Plasma business wants new collection center in Urbana | Health-care
URBANA — Another plasma collection center may open in Champaign-Urbana.
The Urbana City Council will vote Monday on a special-use permit sought by Charlotte, N.C.-based Octapharma Plasma Inc. to open a plasma collection center at 220 N. Broadway Ave., U.
The center would be in 12,000 square feet of the 31,500 square foot building that formerly housed a Save-A-Lot grocery store.
If the permit is approved, the Urbana location would be the 10th in Illinois for Octapharma, which operates more than 160 plasma collection centers across the U.S.
About half of what is in human blood is plasma, and it’s what remains after red and white blood cells, platelets and other components are removed.
Donor plasma can be used to treat severe trauma injuries, burns and shock. Proteins in plasma can also be used to create…