UNOS Awarded 8th Renewal of National Transplant Network Contract
Thursday, July 11, 2013
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), a non-profit organization
headquartered in the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park in Richmond,
has renewed its federal contract to operate the national Organ
Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN). Among its key functions,
the OPTN develops national organ allocation policy and develops and
operates the data systems that match donors and transplant candidates.
UNOS also collects and reports national transplant data, develops
standards for transplant institutions and monitors them to promote
quality and safety. This is the eighth contract term for operation of
the OPTN since 1986, all of which have been awarded to UNOS.
has helped facilitate over half a million organ transplants since
1986,” said Brian Shepard, UNOS’ acting chief executive officer. "We’re
glad to continue this life-saving work with our partners at HRSA and in
the transplant community.”
UNOS manages the OPTN under contract
with the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services. The renewed contract contains
a series of optional terms to extend through September 2018. Direct
federal funding of the OPTN will increase over the term of the contract
from approximately $2.5 million to $4.5 million per year. Additional
funding comes from fees paid by member institutions when registering an
individual transplant candidate with the OPTN. The total OPTN budget for
fiscal year 2014 is $44 million.
UNOS has a staff of 310
full-time employees. The OPTN/UNOS governance structure includes a board
of directors and 20 advisory committees representing the expertise and
interests of clinicians and professionals involved in organ donation and
transplantation, transplant candidates and recipients, living organ
donors and family members of deceased donors.