DKMS Life Science Lab is one of the largest and most advanced tissue typing laboratories in the world and makes a significant contribution to the fight against blood cancer. The lab is accredited by the EFI (European Federation of Immunogenetics) and the ASHI (American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics). We employ the most advanced biotechnological methods to perform high resolution, high capacity HLA typing, following the latest results of medical research.
Providing high-quality HLA genotyping services is the ongoing mission of the DKMS Life Science Lab to help stem cell donor registries, transplant centers, hospitals, and doctors all over the world. DNA extracted from blood or buccal swab (cheek smear) samples are analyzed to determine the exact genetic profiles of the HLA genes. These profiles are essential for matching potential donors to patients needing stem cell transplantation. A high degree of matching between donor and patient HLA genes is required to minimize the risk of complications following transplantation.
DKMS Life Science Lab employs the most advanced biotechnological methods to perform high resolution, high capacity HLA typing. In 2013, as the world’s first HLA typing lab, we started using novel sequencing technology, NGS, for HLA typing in a truly high throughput and highly parallelized fashion. Using this process, over 1 million potential stem cell donors are typed each year.
The clinical lab performs all patient-associated typings (patient, relatives and confirmatory typing of unrelated donors), while the search unit carries out donor searches for individual patients among both relatives and unrelated potential donors.
We are proud of our highly skilled and motivated employees. Our staff includes internationally recognized specialists in genotyping and related technologies.
To accommodate our growth, we are constantly looking for additional members to complement our team. DKMS career portal
Dr. med. Dr. rer. nat. Alexander Schmidt CEO
Responsible for general medicine and science.
Dr. rer. nat. Vinzenz Lange CTO
Responsible for laboratory technology and automation, bioinformatics, genotyping analysis, IT and R&D.
Responsible for administration, finances, laboratory management, quality management, customer service and business development.