Scripps Research

Normal Blood Donor Services

Scripps Research's Normal Blood Donor Services (NBDS) has been created to provide normal human blood for investigators as a core service for the Institute. The program has been expanded to outside entities to provide a unique and much needed resource to the scientific community.

Normal Blood Donor Services Overview

The Program’s Goals

To provide Scripps Research and nearby laboratories with normal human blood for scientific studies that has been screened for serious infectious agents such as HIV and the hepatitis viruses.

To have human blood drawn by licensed and experienced RNs and Phlebotomy Technicians, in a central location that is designed to be compliant with the Scripps Research policy and enhances the safety of the entire blood donating process for the subject, our scientists, and the institution.

We appreciate all feedback about this program. Please email any comment, concern or question to and it will be forwarded to the appropriate person.

Recruiting and Screening

The Normal Blood Donor Services welcomes all healthy individuals in the community who are readily available during blood drawing hours of 6:30am - 9:00am.

Notices and fliers are regularly sent out to recruit donors from around the Torrey Pines area.

  • The recruitment of donors is not limited to Scripps Research employees, but to others with some sort of connection to the scientific community.

All eligible donors are initially screened for infectious diseases prior to being enrolled in the program, and on a yearly basis after the initial screen to remain active in the program.

The Annual Donor Screen consists of the following:

  • CBC - Complete Blood Count to test for anemia
  • HBag - Hepatitis B Surface Antigen
  • HCV - Hepatitis C Antibody
  • HIV - HIV-1 Antibody Screen with Reflex to Western Blot Confirmation

Information for Outside Entity Principal Investigators (PIs)

How to Access NBDS

Scripps Research NBDS has provided research laboratories with human blood for scientific studies since 2005. For further information please contact

Outside Entity ONLY

The cost of the blood for users of the NBDS who are not employees of Scripps Research is listed in the table below for varying blood volumes. 

  • The Base Rate charge includes payment to the donor and other direct expenses associated with the services such as blood donor supplies, donor testing and screenings.

Volume Requested Base Charge
1 ml to 125 ml $130.00
126 ml to 250 ml $155.00
251 ml to 375 ml $180.00
376 ml to 500 ml $230.00

The above charges are also assessed an indirect cost (IDC) recovery fee of 77.50% plus 2.50% for commercial users. These IDC recovery fees are for the facilities and administrative costs associated with this service not covered by direct expenses.  This is the same fee that is applied to internal Scripps Research users.

The NBDS requires a 48 hour advance cancellation notice for all Blood Orders requested. 

Any requests made that are not cancelled as specified will result in the investigator being charged based on the volume of blood ordered to compensate the donor for their time/travel expenses.

The NBDS provides a unique resource to the scientific community and we appreciate your receptivity to Scripps Research's cost recovery requirements.

Services Provided

Blood collection from normal healthy blood donors for approved Scripps Research IRB protocol.

  • Lab specified blood bags, syringes, and tubes with different anti-coagulants provided.

DNA Extractions

  • DNA Extractions using the Qiagen method is provided as a service of the NBDS. 
  • The charge for this service is a $25.00 flat fee over and above the cost paid to the donor.
  • The Investigator must have IRB approval for Human subjects and the use of DNA.
  • The NBDS core lab will draw and process the sample then provide the Investigator with the DNA.

Normal Whole Blood Processing

  • Plasma, serum from your normal blood order can be centrifuged and processed for an additional processing fee of $25.00 over and above the cost paid to the donor.

Blood Donor Overview

To become a donor for Scripps Research NBDS, please complete and return this application. Applications can be emailed as a scanned attachment to or mailed to:

Scripps Research Normal Blood Donor Services
Mail Stop: NMR – NBDS
10582 John J. Hopkins Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92121

Scripps Research NBDS Blood Donor Requirements:

  • Be between 18 and 65 years of age.
  • Weigh at least 110 pounds (50 kg).
  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 19 – 39.
  • Have blood pressure between 90-180 mm Hg systolic and 50-100 mm Hg diastolic.
  • Not have had major surgery within the past six months.
  • Have had an adequate hemoglobin on initial screening test.
  • Have negative screening for HIV and Hepatitis B, C, at initial screening, and annually thereafter.
  • Is not on daily aspirin or daily anti-inflammatory medications.
  • No auto-immune diseases.

Donors are immediately compensated with a minimum of $50 and a maximum of $150 for a single blood draw, depending on the quantity of blood drawn during the appointment visit.

Donor Compensation

New Blood Donor Process

Fill out and submit the NBDS Blood Donor application to Scripps Research NBDS.

A phlebotomist will contact you to schedule a screening appointment.

  • Please plan for an approximate 20 – 30 minute appointment.
  • During this appointment, program requirements, forms, and concerns will be reviewed with you in order to obtain informed consent for the initial screen.
  • Blood will be drawn at this time for infectious disease testing, blood typing, and a CBC count.

You will automatically be placed in the donor pool once initial screening results are reviewed and cleared by the Program Director.

A phlebotomist will contact you to donate your blood for research periodically (being reliable and flexible with your availability is ideal).

You will be paid at the time of your donation.

Donor Compensation

Donors are paid a minimum of $50.00 per visit.  The actual payment to a donor is based on the amount donated shown in the table below:

Amount Donated Amount Paid
1 ml to 125 ml $50.00
126 ml to 250 ml $75.00
251 ml to 375 ml $100.00
376 ml to 500 ml $150.00

NBDS Program Information

Contact Information

Please direct questions about the blood donation process to Emmea Mattox (858) 784-7870.

Please direct medical and scientific questions to Dr. Darlene J. Elias, M.D. at

The Scripps Research NBDS site is located at 10582 John J. Hopkins Dr. La Jolla, CA 92121.


Normal Blood Donor Services
10582 John J. Hopkins Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92121


How do I become a donor?

Fill out the Scripps Research NBDS Blood Donor application and submit to Scripps Research NBDS.

When and what times can I donate?

Blood drawing room operating hours are only during Monday thru Friday 06:30 – 9:00 am.

How often can I donate?

This will vary according to set donating time standards and the amount of blood volume you donated during your most recent visit.

If you donate a full unit of blood (~500 mL) you will not be eligible to donate again until 10 weeks after your donation.

On average the time frame between blood donations is 8 – 10 weeks depending on the blood volume donated.

How long will it take to replace my blood?

Your body is constantly replacing the fluid portion of your blood within 24 hours. It takes a few weeks to replace the red blood cell component of your blood.

What happens to my blood after I donate?

At the time of your donating appointment you will be shown the Blood Donor Information Form(s) for the lab(s) that will be using your blood and what studies it will be used for.

How, when, and what amount do I get paid?

You will get paid at the time of your blood donation via a check written out to you. The amount paid is based on the volume of blood the investigator needs for that particular day.

I have allergies, will that stop me from donating?

Yes, if you take daily dosages of any anti-inflammatory (NSAID) or anti-histamines such Zyrtec, Benadryl, Claritin, etc.

What kinds of medication will prevent me from donating?

Please let us know of any types of medications you may be taking at the time of submitting the application.

The following medication would exclude you from donating:

  • Proscar, Soriatane, Tegison, Propecia, Insulin, Avodart, Accutane.
  • Medications for ADHD such as Adderall, Ritalin, Vyvanse.
  • Phentermine
  • Topimax

I lived and traveled in Europe; am I excluded from donating?

No, blood is used for research purposes only.

I have a recent tattoo or body piercing, am I excluded from donating?

No, blood is used for research purposes only.

Can I eat before my blood donation?

Yes, always eat a healthy breakfast and drink plenty of water prior to your appointment. Please do not fast.

Would I be able to donate if I have high blood pressure or cholesterol?

Yes, if your blood pressure is within the acceptable range of 180/100. If taking medication for high blood pressure, continue to follow your primary health care provider’s instructions.