About DKMS-BMST

DKMS BMST Foundation India is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the fight against blood cancer and other blood disorders, such as thalassemia and aplastic anemia. Our aim is to improve the situation of patients suffering from blood cancer and other blood disorders in India and throughout the world, by raising awareness about blood stem cell transplantation and registering potential blood stem cell donors.


By doing this, DKMS-BMST provides patients in need of a blood stem cell transplant with a second chance at life. DKMS-BMST is a joint venture of two reputed non-profit organisations: BMST (Bangalore Medical Services Trust) and DKMS, one of the largest international blood stem cell donor centres in the world.

ABOUT DKMS

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DKMS is an international non-profit organisation dedicated to the fight against blood cancer and other blood disorders, founded in Germany in 1991 by Dr. Peter Harf, one of the world’s most successful businessmen as well as loving husband and 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, the goal has been to give as many patients as possible a second chance at life.

The DKMS-family continued to expand its international operations in the following years, establishing offices in Poland (2009), the UK (2013), Chile (2018), India (2019) together with our partner BMST, while most recently partnering with The Sunflower Fund in South Africa (2020). DKMS is today the global leader in providing life-saving stem cell transplants to patients. Together, they have registered more than 10 million potential blood stem cell donors and have given more than 84,000 patients across the globe a second chance at life by facilitating blood stem cell transplants.

ABOUT BMST

BMST (Bangalore Medical Services Trust) is a non-profit organisation of Rotary Club of Bangalore and TTK group of companies. Founded in 1984 it was initially set up to provide blood-banking services through its division, the Rotary Bangalore-TTK Blood Bank.

BMST has evolved over time to become a centre of excellence in the areas of blood banking, transfusion and immunohematology; transplant immunology; tissue banking; training; research and community based health services.

BMST was born from the vision of Dr. Latha Jagannathan, medical director and managing trustee, who made it her mission to help Indian patients with thalassemia and other blood disorders.

OUR MISSION

To give as many blood cancer and blood disorder patients as possible, a second chance at life.

Thalassemia survivor meets his lifesaver for the first time

The fate of patients like Vansh is our driving force. A stem cell donation can save the life of someone who is suffering from blood cancer, Thalassemia or Aplastic Anemia.

Vansh was diagnosed with Thalassemia when he was just two years old. Thanks to a stem cell donation from his matching donor, Vansh can now lead a normal life again. “I would never have thought that I would be able to experience this!” - says Vansh

What we do

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  • We create awareness of blood cancer and the possibility of blood stem cell transplantation.
  • We recruit blood stem cell donors to give those in need of a stem cell donation a second chance at life.
  • We engage the public as well as companies to organize donor registration events.
  • We help to improve blood cancer treatment – through our own research and state-of-the-art technology in our laboratory.
  • We maintain our donor relationship from day one of registration until stem cell donation.

OUR FUNDING

Every rupee counts in the fight against blood cancer, because the costs for registration of a new donor, including the required tissue typing, has to be covered by DKMS-BMST. You can get involved too! We need your help!

DKMS-BMST’s funding rests on two pillars: the monetary donations from individuals and businesses, and reimbursements from the health care systems for maintaining the donor database and for successfully matching a stem cell donor to a blood cancer patient in need of a donation.

Thanks to our dual funding strategy and our operational efficiency, DKMS-BMST is an economically viable nonprofit company that is self-sustaining and can work independently of public funds. However, despite all our successes, DKMS-BMST relies on financial support from donors who provide funds for the expansion of the database.

INTERNATIONAL REACH

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We help across borders

39% of all stem cell donations worldwide are enabled by DKMS. To work towards our goal of finding a matching donor for everyone in need of a stem cell donation, we need to continue to grow and register potential donors from all over the world.

We are international

Every day, over 850 DKMS employees around the world are committed to giving more people in need of a stem cell donation a second chance at life.

BOARD OF DKMS BMST FOUNDATION INDIA

DR. LATHA JAGANNATHAN

Dr Latha Jagannathan

CHAIRMAN & DIRECTOR

DR. MED. DR. RER. NAT. ALEXANDER HEINRICH SCHMIDT

Alexandar

DIRECTOR

MR. SIRKO GEIST

Sirko Geist

DIRECTOR

 

DR. LATHA JAGANNATHAN

Dr. Latha Jagannathan studied Medicine from the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, and was trained at Hoxworth Blood Center, University of Cincinnati, Ohio in Tissue matching and typing. She founded Bangalore Medical Services Trust, a not-for-profit organization in 1984. She set up this Rotary, Bangalore–TTK Blood Bank and has been responsible for its operations till date with International quality standards, a 100% voluntary donor base and its growth as a Regional Blood Transfusion Centre, Karnataka. Today the blood centre issues 70 thousand units of blood components per annum. She is an invited member on several Government bodies & NGO including the National Blood Transfusion Council, National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), Indian Society of Blood Transfusion and Immuno-haematology (ISBTI) and country head of the Asian Association of Transfusion Medicine (AATM), India chapter and the Task Force on Health and Family Welfare constituted by the Government of Karnataka.

 

DR. MED. DR. RER. NAT. ALEXANDER HEINRICH SCHMIDT

Dr. Alexander Heinrich Schmidt studied medicine, mathematics, physics and economics in Giessen and Heidelberg. After working as a physician at the Neurology Department of the University Hospital in Heidelberg (1997-1998), he joined the Frankfurt office of the Boston Consulting Group where he focused on customers from the health care sector (1998-2002). Since 2002, he has worked for one of the world’s leading stem cell donor centers, where he today holds the position as the CMO (Chief Medical Officer). Dr. Dr. Schmidt is a renowned expert particularly regarding medical and scientific issues related to stem cell transplantation and stem cell donor center activities. He is a valued member of international associations and organizations specialized in the field of stem cell transplantation, and has excellent contacts to key players of the international community in the field of stem cell transplantation. Additionally he has expertise in HLA typing and related scientific matters.

 

MR. SIRKO GEIST

Mr Sirko Geist is a renowned expert for his specialized knowledge and experience of efficiently setting up processes ensuring financials, governance and compliance for stem cell donor centers. He has a proven track record in establishing organizational structures and in expediting interdisciplinary projects within the DKMS donor centers in Germany as well the US, UK and Poland. He is also treasurer of the board of directors of DKMS US and DKMS UK as well as a member of the supervisory board of DKMS Poland. Sirko has studied law in Germany and holds a degree as Master of Business Administration. He started his career in one of the big four auditing firms. Since 2009 he is working for DKMS and today holds the position of the CFO (Chief Financial Officer).

MR. KHOKALE NARAYANA RAO PRABHASHANKAR

Mr. Prabhashankar

DIRECTOR

 

MR. KHOKALE NARAYANA RAO PRABHASHANKAR

Mr. Khokale Narayana Rao Prabhashankar did his Bachelor of Commerce in 1973 and passed out his Final Chartered Accountancy examination in 1977. Presently he is a Founder and Senior Partner in M/s. Ashok Kumar Prabhashankar & Co., Chartered Accountants, Bangalore. He has more than 35 years of experience in the Accountancy profession. Mr. Prabhashankar joined Rotary Club of Bangalore (RCB) in the year 1986 and he was the President of RCB in the year 1993-94. He was instrumental in conducting many humanitarian projects in the community and he was recognized by the Rotary Foundation for his contribution to the Foundation during his term as District Governor of District 3190 during the year 2003-04. He continues to serve the Rotary Foundation through various programs and he was instrumental in setting up a hospital for the poor during his tenure as President. He is actively involved as Trustee of the Bangalore Medical Services Trust (Rotary Bangalore TTK Blood Bank). He is serving as the Chairman of the Trust for the last 8 years. His responsibility is to take care of the working of the Blood Bank in terms of better administration and good financial ethics.

OUR CORE TEAM

MR. PATRICK PAUL

Patrick Paul

Chief Executive Officer - India

LATE DR. VINOD SWAROOP SAXENA

Dr. Vinod Swaroop Saxena, was the Director of DKMS-BMST for 4 years. We are very grateful for his contribution and his long association with DKMS-BMST. A founding member of the Indian Epilepsy Society, he was recognized for his contribution in the field of Epilepsy and received the Ambassador for Epilepsy award in 1991. Further, he received official recognition of a lifetime work for medical and social aspects of epilepsy in 2018. He was also a founding member of the Indian Society of Clinical Medicine as well as the Geriatric Society of India. Recently, he worked as a pharmaceutical consultant with Reckitt Benckiser Ltd., and Natural Remedies Bangalore.

Working for DKMS-BMST

The DKMS group is the world’s largest international network of donor centers and grows steadily every year. Inspired by our mission of providing every blood cancer and blood disorder patient with a matching blood stem cell donor we work with passion, enthusiasm and dedication. We work together to promote the sharing of ideas and always encourage creativity. A team in the truest sense of the word, we support each other to achieve our goals. We value diversity and strive to reflect the communities we serve. Our people are at the core of everything we do, together we help give blood cancer & blood disorder patients a second chance of life.

We value diversity and inclusion and are committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity. We comply with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination or harassment against any applicant or employee. This prohibition includes, without limitation, discrimination based on age, ethnicity, external appearance, gender, national origin, religion, creed, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, marital status, citizenship status, and any other personal characteristic protected by applicable law.

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