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Our services and our engagement in science and research

At DKMS, we believe the only effective way to address blood cancer and other life-threatening blood disorders is with a macro perspective. Originally founded as a non-profit donor center, our commitment today extends far beyond the registration of potential unrelated hematopoietic stem cell donors.

With our international registry, the DKMS Registry, our DKMS Stem Cell Bank and our highly qualified research team, as well as our high-performance laboratory, the DKMS Life Science Lab, we are constantly on a mission to provide a second chance at life to even more people with blood cancer and blood disorders. To optimize our work and make hematopoietic stem cell transplants a lasting success for patients, we conduct our own research and invest in research projects and quality programs on an international level.

Our specialist departments continuously work to improve the situation for patients around the world and support professionals by providing excellent services, information and research findings. The safety of our donors is a top priority for all of us, all the time.

Moreover, to provide patients living in low- and middle-income countries with access to potentially life-saving therapy, we have set up various programs and activities to support them.

Our Story

It was the fate of one person that laid the foundation for a worldwide community committed to fighting blood diseases. As an international non-profit organization, DKMS is dedicated to the fight against blood cancer and other blood disorders. It was founded in Germany in 1991 by Dr. Peter Harf, one of the world’s most successful businessmen and loving father of two daughters. After losing his wife Mechtild to leukemia, Peter set about delivering on the promise he had made to her: to find a matching donor for every blood cancer patient. Since then, Peter and his daughter Katharina Harf, the Vice-Chairwoman of the DKMS Foundation Board, have kept that promise.
Today DKMS is the global leader in the facilitation of unrelated hematopoietic stem cell transplants. We run offices in Germany, the US, Poland, the UK, Chile and South Africa. In India, we have founded the joint venture DKMS-BMST together with the Bangalore Medical Services Trust. Together, we have more than 1,000 employees, significantly contributing to the worldwide donor pool’s diversification by having registered more than 11 million potential hematopoietic stem cell donors. To date, DKMS has given almost 95,000 patients across the globe a second chance at life by facilitating hematopoietic stem cell transplants. In total, DKMS accounts for 38% of all unrelated hematopoietic stem cell donations worldwide.
1991
Founding DKMS

On 28 May, DKMS (Deutsche Knochenmarkspenderdatei gGmbH) is officially founded in Tübingen, Germany.

1995
DKMS LIFE

DKMS LIFE gemeinnützige gGmbH (formerly: “Aktiv gegen Krebs”) is founded. Today it operates as a subsidiary of DKMS.

1996
First peripheral blood stem cell collection

DKMS is the first donor center worldwide to carry out the peripheral blood stem cell collection (PBSC) procedure for the collection of stem cells from the bloodstream.

1997
Founding DKMS Stiftung Leben Spenden

DKMS Stiftung Leben Spenden (Foundation for Giving Life) is founded and becomes the parent organization of DKMS.

1997
Founding DKMS Life Science Lab

DKMS Life Science Lab in Dresden (Germany) is founded and is part of the worldwide DKMS Group.

1998
Science Award

DKMS awards the annual Mechtild Harf Science Award for the first time to physicians who have done outstanding work in the field of stem cell research.

2004
DKMS US

The first international DKMS location (formerly DKMS Americas and Delete Blood Cancer DKMS) is founded in New York, US.

2008
Independence of DKMS Cord Blood Bank

The nonprofit DKMS Cord Blood Bank (now DKMS Stem Cell Bank) becomes an independent DKMS Group member.

2009
DKMS Polska

DKMS Polska is founded in Warsaw.

2013
DKMS UK

DKMS UK (formerly: Delete Blood Cancer UK) is founded in London.

2013
Clinical Trails Unit

DKMS establishes its own department for clinical research, the Clinical Trials Unit (CTU), based in Dresden, Germany.

2018
DKMS Chile

In April, DKMS celebrates its foundation in Chile, Santiago de Chile.

2019
DKMS-BMST India

In June, the DKMS-BMST Foundation India is launched in Bangalore.

2020
DKMS and The Sunflower Fund

In May, The Sunflower Fund (in Cape Town, South Africa) and DKMS join forces in a partnership.

2020
DKMS Stem Cell Bank

In June, the DKMS Stem Cell Bank (formerly DKMS Cord Blood Bank) is established.

2020
DKMS Registry

In July, the nonprofit DKMS Registry gGmbH is founded as an independent subsidiary of DKMS.

2021
DKMS Africa

The Sunflower Fund partnered by DKMS becomes a full member of the international DKMS Group

Our Donor Center Locations

DKMS is active in seven countries on five continents, because international expansion and collaboration are key to helping patients worldwide: blood disorders know no borders – and neither do we.
Our Donor Center Locations
Germany

DKMS gGmbH
Headquarter
Kressbach 1
72072 Tübingen

UK

DKMS Foundation
Ashburnham House
Castle Row
Horticultural Place
London, W4 4JQ

USA

DKMS USA
100 Broadway
6th Floor
New York, NY 10005

Poland

Fundacja DKMS
ul. Altowa 6/lok. 9
02-386 Warsaw

Chile

Fundación de Beneficencia Publica DKMS
Avenida Pedro de Valdivia 0193
(esquina Av. Andrés Bello)
Oficina 72
Providencia
Santiago

South Africa

DKMS Foundation NPC
Head Office
Block C, Grosvenor Square
Century Way
Century City
Cape Town, 7441

India

DKMS BMST Foundation India
#723, 2nd floor
Chinmaya Mission Hospital Road,
Indiranagar 1st Floor
Bangalore, India 560038

Germany

DKMS gGmbH
Headquarter
Kressbach 1
72072 Tübingen

UK

DKMS Foundation
Ashburnham House
Castle Row
Horticultural Place
London, W4 4JQ

USA

DKMS USA
100 Broadway
6th Floor
New York, NY 10005

Poland

Fundacja DKMS
ul. Altowa 6/lok. 9
02-386 Warsaw

Chile

Fundación de Beneficencia Publica DKMS
Avenida Pedro de Valdivia 0193
(esquina Av. Andrés Bello)
Oficina 72
Providencia
Santiago

South Africa

DKMS Foundation NPC
Head Office
Block C, Grosvenor Square
Century Way
Century City
Cape Town, 7441

India

DKMS BMST Foundation India
#723, 2nd floor
Chinmaya Mission Hospital Road,
Indiranagar 1st Floor
Bangalore, India 560038


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