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.


The fate of one person laid the foundation for a worldwide community committed to fighting blood cancer

Our story began with one family fighting to save someone they loved. When Mechtild Harf was told that the only treatment for her leukemia was a bone marrow transplant, she had no matching family members. At the time, there were only 3,000 potential stem cell donors on the German registry to provide a transplant. Confronted by the knowledge that his wife faced difficult odds in finding a matching donor, her husband Peter decided to apply his prolific business skills to the question of how to give his wife and patients like her the best chance at survival. The answer seemed clear: more unrelated donors meant better chances for all patients in need.


Peter founded DKMS with his wife’s transplant physician, Gerhard Ehninger, on the 28th of May 1991 and in our first year of operations we managed to expand the registry from 3,000 donors to 68,000. Despite the Harf family’s best efforts, Mechtild ultimately did not survive. However, before she passed away she made Peter promise her that he would not stop fighting until every patient had a matching donor and a potential second chance at life.

Since then Peter and his daughter Katharina Harf, the Vice Chairwoman of the DKMS Foundation Board, have kept that promise. Motivated by the fate of their wife and mother, by 1995 Katharina and Peter had helped build DKMS into the world’s largest stem cell donor register and ever since we have worked tirelessly to fulfill our mission – to provide as many blood cancer patients as possible with a second chance at life.


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.


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.


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.


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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.



Dr Latha Jagannathan






Sirko Geist




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. 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 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. 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.



Patrick Paul

Chief Executive Officer - India


Dr Nithin Agarwal

HOD - Donor Request Management


HOD - Donor Recruitment



AGM - Information, Education and Communication



AGM - Data Management & Online Donors


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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