MTF Fact Sheet 2012
Mission Statement: MTF is a non-profit service organization dedicated to providing quality tissue through a commitment to excellence in education, research, recovery and care for recipients, donors and their families.
MTF has been involved with the recovery, aseptic processing and distribution of bone, tendons and ligaments for 25 years, and with dermal tissue recovery, processing and distribution since 2005.
MTF was founded by leading academic orthopedic surgeons who identified an increasing need for high quality allograft tissue and a means to evaluate outcomes of orthopedic allograft surgery.
MTF was initially founded with the goal of increasing the availability of tissues, especially large grafts, through a centralized inventory of tissues. In the ensuing years, this goal has expanded to include the development of more technologically advanced tissues, which are processed from musculoskeletal tissues, adult stem cells and from skin. Affiliations with medical device companies have offered many new opportunities to ensure that the gifts of each donor are used in the most effective way possible.
To date, MTF has recovered tissue from over 90,000 donors. MTF and its members recovered tissue from over 6,914 donors in 2011, resulting in the distribution of more than 427,000 grafts to surgeons, hospitals, dentists and clinicians. Since our inception we have provided 5 million allografts.
MTF was incorporated January 30, 1987 as a 501© (3) non-profit corporation.
MTF has 72 academic and recovery affiliates, recovering tissue through over 30 recovery partners.
MTF operates three independent recovery locations: in New York, Texas and Illinois.
MTF relies on three boards for governance: its Board of Directors, its Medical Board of Trustees and its Donation Board of Trustees.
MTF is accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) and the Standards and International Standards Organization (ISO).
MTF has the largest selection of allograft tissue in the nation with over 850 tissue forms available.
MTF employs the User-Donor loop. Every effort is made to return tissue back to the community where it was recovered to meet the needs of local patients.
MTF has a customized partnership approach with organ and tissue procurement organizations.
MTF is committed to Research and Development to ensure innovative clinical options.
MTF provides consistent and generous support for grants, fellowships, and educational opportunities awarding more than $32M through 2011 in Research Grants.
MTF does not work with any independent, for-profit tissue recovery agencies.
MTF is guided in all aspects of its mission by our Board of Directors, Medical Board of Trustees and Donation Board of Trustees, not shareholders.
MTF's donor safety criteria is among the most stringent of any tissue bank.
MTF meets and exceeds the standards and regulations of the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) and the FDA.
MTF employs an Audit Team whose sole purpose is to routinely audit our tissue recovery partners to ensure compliance with our strict standards and protocols.
MTF rejects more donors every year than any other tissue bank.