The Scientific Support Office Laboratory was founded by Dr. Susan Stramer in 1995 to serve as confirmatory testing site for the American Red Cross, National Testing Laboratories. Currently, the SSO is a centralized laboratory within the Red Cross performing operational support and applied studies focused primarily on infectious disease testing, contributing to a safe and effective blood supply.
The SSO laboratory acts as the investigational branch of major blood screening assay developers, performing preclinical assay validations for IND and BLA application submissions.
Our work involves collaboration within the Red Cross, with our vendors, federal agencies, and national and international colleagues.
Additionally, we maintain a plasma and red cell repository available for purchase and distribution to non-ARC investigators. The biorepository comprises the following marker-positive samples: