Bio-Linked is an innovative network, optimizing clinical research by partnering with trusted Blood Centers, giving researchers access to a robust database of diverse participants. When you join the Bio-Linked registry as a participant, you become a part of a community on a mission to find cures and save lives.
Bio-Linked’s goal is to connect extraordinary people like you with the nation’s most promising research. More than 85% of clinical research studies do not meet their enrollment goals due to lack of participants causing delays and/or termination of the entire study. When you join the Bio-Linked Registry, you become a part of the research community that is bringing new hope to patients as soon as possible.
Your participation in the Bio-Linked community propels clinical research that finds cures, paving the way for a healthier tomorrow.
Your Blood Center is an important part of your community. They recognize that there is great potential to make an impact in healthcare by connecting their extraordinary donors with lifesaving research.
Possibly, but each clinical trial/study is different. Compensation can depend on the length of the trial, the treatment or procedures performed and is dependent on the amount budgeted for the clinical trial/study.
Every clinical trial/study will be unique. Some studies are short and only require a single visit to your local blood center. Other studies may involve multiple visits over a period of time. Depending on the nature of the study, you may undergo a blood pressure or ECG test, be asked to provide blood or urine, or simply fill out a questionnaire on your health history.
For every study you participate in, you will be given an Informed Consent document to read. The Informed Consent Document provides an overview of the study, outlines your role in the study, and describes any potential risks.
Frequently Asked Questions
Your encrypted data is stored in a private, secure database used to locate people with specific medical, family and social backgrounds that match up with research opportunities.
Only you and a few authorized team members at our blood center can see your answers to questionnaires. Your information will never be shared with anyone else unless you consent in writing. You have trusted us for decades as a blood donor, and we will never break that trust.
Many scientists contact our blood center for help with clinical trials and basic research. The researchers are often looking for people with very specific conditions or symptoms. When a researcher contacts Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, we will search the Bio-Linked database to see if anyone matches the need.
Absolutely not! If your history matches a researcher’s need, one of our medical staff will contact you. If you are interested in participating, we will explain what the researcher needs and how that may affect you. The choice to move forward is completely yours. Unless you agree, the researcher will never know your identity.
Possibly, but each research project is different. Some, but not all, do have budgets for compensating participants.
More than 16,000 clinical studies are occurring at any one time in the United States. These studies could provide cures or treatments for diseases that affect our friends and neighbors. This progress is often delayed for many years because scientists cannot locate people to participate in their research. By helping researchers locate willing participants, we are doing our part in bringing new hope to patients.