Organ Recovery Partners

Our organ recovery partners help us by identifying donors that meet nPOD’s donor criteria, recovering and delivering designated organs and tissues from those donors and obtaining consent for research from donor families.

Each donation to research has the potential to save thousands of lives. Our organ procurement organization (OPO) partners provide the gifts to inform several important research projects. Every new nPOD scientific publication will feature a special thank you to all our OPO partners, to underscore the importance of OPO gifts to type 1 diabetes research. For a list of current publications, click here.

Our current organ recovery partners include:


We Are Sharing Hope SC is an independent nonprofit corporation dedicated to advancing organ, eye and tissue donation in South Carolina for transplantation and research.  Together we inspire our community, offer hope and change lives through the gift of organ, eye and tissue donation. We provide professional and public education regarding such donations, educational and emotional support to families of potential donors, and we are the organ and tissue recovery organization for South Carolina. We Are Sharing Hope SC is committed to serving our state effectively, efficiently and ethically at every level, and through alliances with interested individuals and organizations.


The Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) is one of 58 federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organizations (OPOs) in the United States.  The CORE service area includes many counties of Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, as well as Chemung County, New York. CORE works closely with donor families and designated health care professionals to deliver the gift of hope by coordinating the surgical recovery of organs, tissues and corneas for transplantation and research.


New England Organ Bank is the federally designated, non-profit organ procurement organization that coordinates organ and tissue donation in all or part of the six New England states and Bermuda. Since founded in 1968, New England Organ Bank has served thousands of donor families who have generously made the decision to donate.



The International Institute for the Advancement of Medicine (IIAM) is one of the largest recovery and placement networks in the world for donated human organs and tissues. As a partner, it has relationships with Organ Procurement Organizations all across the country. OPOs are able to place one call with IIAM and they can place non-transplantable organs for research in many fields. This strategy has been important to organ recovery because it saves recovery time. IIAM has been a partner with the nPOD project since October 2009.


lifelinklogoLifeLink Foundation includes three organ recovery organizations: LifeLink of Florida, serving west and southwest Florida; LifeLink of Georgia, serving the state of Georgia; and LifeLink of Puerto Rico, serving Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This organization also houses the LifeLink Tissue Bank, which makes tens of thousands of tissue grafts available for transplant each year.




Located at the University of Florida, LifeQuest Organ Recovery Services is one of the founding partners of nPOD. As an Organ procurement Organization, LifeQuest is a critical partner when it comes to teaching nPOD about the stressful nature and process of OPOs. It is often a frontline OPO for families wishing to donate.



A founding partner of nPOD, Lifesharing is an Organ Procurement Organization that, through their executive director, Lisa Stocks, gave critical advice early on to nPOD on how to structure the project for other OPOs to join.



ndriThe National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI) is one of the largest recovery agencies and aims to provide customized biomaterials for use in studies to understand human disease.




OneLegacy is one of the largest Organ Procurement Organizations in the United States. It became a partner with nPOD in 2009. It has a direct partnership with the Mendez National Institute of Transplantation in Los Angeles, Calif. OneLegacy has helped nPOD tremendously by helping nPOD connect with other OPOs at events and aiding with multiple organ recoveries.



Donor Network West is a federally designated nonprofit, 501(c)3, organ procurement and tissue recovery organization (OPO). Established in 1987, we serve more than 13 million people and connect a donor’s gift to those in need in 45 counties in Northern California and Northern Nevada.

Midwest Transplant Network (MTN) has been connecting lives in Kansas and western Missouri since 1973. As a federally certified, not-for-profit organ procurement organization (OPO), we work with organ, eye, and tissue donors, their families, hospitals, and other professional partners to extend legacies, provide hope and give life. Together with our partners and volunteers (“Ambassadors”), we are dedicated to increasing awareness and education about the need for organ, eye and tissue donation.