Tissue recipient, Kate Taylor, received an aortic valve transplant. She represented CTS on the Donate Life float in the January 2013 Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, CA.Tissue recipient, Kate Taylor, received an aortic valve transplant. She represented CTS on the Donate Life float in the January 2013 Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, CA.
Research & Development Director, Shawn HunterResearch & Development Director, Shawn Hunter
Process Improvement Scientist, Scott LucousProcess Improvement Scientist, Scott Lucous
  • Tissue recipient, Kate Taylor, received an aortic valve transplant. She represented CTS on the Donate Life float in the January 2013 Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, CA.
  • Research & Development Director, Shawn Hunter
  • Process Improvement Scientist, Scott Lucous

Your Community Tissue Services (CTS) Center for Tissue, Innovation and Research is a place of wonderment, both for its exquisite architectural form and for what lies beneath the shining surface. This is a place where legacies live, lives are rebuilt, and the incredible becomes possible! In 1986 Community Blood Center launched the Dayton Regional Tissue Bank to help patients in need of life-saving or life-enhancing tissue grafts. Since 1994, when it was renamed Community Tissue Services, CTS has expanded into five other states, becoming one of the largest tissue banks in the country and the largest non-profit provider of skin grafts for burn patients. In the spring of 2011 CTS unveiled the new 90,000-square-foot Center for Tissue, Innovation and Research in Miami Valley Research Park in Kettering, Ohio.  It is the heart of the CTS national network, responsible for its tissue processing, marketing and distribution worldwide, plus cutting-edge research and development.

CTS introduced the FiftyLives Campaign in 2011 to share the powerful stories of tissue recipients and donors and the global message that one tissue donation can impact 50 lives. Visit the sparkling Center for Tissue, Innovation and Research and the openness of the building’s design is revealed as a metaphor for its spirit of sharing. Separated only by glass, visitors see the careful, respectful, and ethical treatment of tissue, intended by the donor for someone in need. Also at work are the most advanced labs producing specialty grafts and unlocking new knowledge in tissue biomechanics and biomaterials technology. Like the arching walls of glass that connect CTS to the sky, there is no limit to the life-saving work that takes place here. To this Dayton Original, science and technology are only the tools. The saving of lives begins with a single donor and a precious gift!