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Human Tissue for Research

Virtually every human organ and tissue is needed for medical research. Everyday heroes donate these tissues to assist in the discovery of cures and remedies to ensure better health for all.
The International Institute for the Advancement of Medicine (IIAM) links organ and tissue donors with the scientific community. After securing the appropriate consent, IIAM provides non-transplantable organs and tissues to researchers for use in medical discovery and education. All areas are served including: physicians, researchers and scientists in academic, pharmaceutical, governmental and biotech institutions.

IIAM's scope of services includes a Neonatal Donor Program that provides non-transplantable, neonatal organs and tissues in the early stages of development for medical research, education and diagnostic studies. This Program offers a unique service to the research community and to families of babies with terminal fetal diagnoses (typically with 37-42 weeks gestation or up to 30 days) who will pass from natural causes shortly after birth.

Human Organs & Tissues Available through IIAM
Organs recovered within 0-2 hours of disconnection from ventilator

  • Adipose Tissue
  • Adrenal Gland
  • Aorta
  • Bile
  • Biliary Tree
  • Bladder with and without Urethra
  • Bone Marrow
  • Brain
  • Breast Tissue
  • Dorsal Root Ganglia
  • Esophagus
  • Gall Bladder
  • Gastric Fluid
  • Heart
  • Intestine (Large & Small)
  • Intestinal Fluid
  • Kidney
  • Liver (Class I, II & III)
  • Liver (Hepatitis+)
  • Lung
  • Lymph Nodes
  • Neonatal Organs and Tissue (various)
  • Ovary
  • Pancreas
  • Prostate with and without Urethra
  • Skeletal Muscle
  • Skin (full thickness)
  • Spleen
  • Stomach
  • Synovial Fluid
  • Testes
  • Thymus
  • Thyroid
  • Trachea
  • Ureter
  • Urethra
  • Uterus
  • Vas Deferens

In addition to the list above, IIAM can accommodate customized requests. Please contact IIAM about your specific research needs.

Contact IIAM for the IIAM Biomaterial Transfer Agreement (PDF) for Non-Distributors “Non-Distributors” are researchers who will use the tissue for in-house research only, and who may utilize contract services to assist in their ability to perform said studies but do not, at any time, lose control of the tissue.

Contact IIAM for the IIAM Biomaterial Transfer Agreement (PDF) for Distributors “Distributors” are researchers who will process the tissues into some other form, and distribute the newly created product for a service fee.

Upon completion of the application please mail it to:

IIAM, Organ Division
Allyson Samuel
125 May Street
Edison, NJ, 08837

The completed Biomaterial Transfer Agreement will be submitted to IIAM's Application Review Committee. The approval process takes approximately 1 to 2 weeks and can be expedited if necessary. Following approval, researchers are notified and offered to be immediately included into IIAM's placement rotation.

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