The BioMedical Research Institute of America (BIOMED) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the sciences in research and education. BioMed was founded in 1955 by the same advanced group of engineers and physicians who developed San Diego's first heart-lung pump. Many highly skilled specialists, while filling a full time professional position, wished to pursue individual research of their own. The Institute was founded as a non-profit corporation to assist these specialists in many fields, in coming together for the mutual exchange of knowledge, both physical and biomedical, and to provide them a facility for private research. Many of the area's institutions collaborated and provided space for the early beginnings.
The founding purpose was to establish an institution where many scientifically diverse talents of San Diegans could be molded together for the singular purpose of understanding and, wherever possible, relieving disease. A second, and important, purpose was to provide a place where grants (from foundations, government agencies and individual persons) could be received and administered for those who chose to devote their spare time to better mankind. A third purpose was to encourage the young men and women in our colleges and senior high schools to pursue a career in one of the scientific fields.
Today BioMed's primary purpose and motivation is the sponsorship of organizations within our community which promote science and research. This is accomplished by revenues generated by the IRB which was developed in 1980.
All Board of Directors and Institutional Review Board members, with the exception of IRB staff, volunteer their time for the benefit and good of the community and the satisfaction of investing in the future by rewarding students' interest in science.
The BioMedical Research Institute of America is a non-profit independent Institutional Review Board dedicated to providing scholarships and programs for young students to further their interest and education in science and research. BioMed IRB is committed to superior human research subject protection by maintaining the highest ethical standards while providing prompt personal services in an efficient and cost effective manner.
The IRB holds a voting meeting once per week. Please call the office if you need more specific scheduling information.
BioMed has many opportunities for Honorary Directors with specialized know-how donated to guide us. BioMed recruits volunteers to serve on its Board of Directors. Volunteers are not paid, and, we discourage direct connections to current customers, vendors or stakeholders with missions even if complimentary to our programs to promote science and education. We do get help from volunteers, we have many ambassadors who bring us intellectual and financial strength for our efforts to maintain independent citizen engagement in advancing education and health care.
Most of our volunteers do not become members of our Board of Directors. Most of our volunteers do become members of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and directly oversee clinical research. All of our volunteers encourage awareness of our accomplishments and goals. Members of the Board of Directors (BoD) personally and most often contribute to our mission in ways that do not win any recognition beyond our deepest appreciation and respect. Board members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated record of sharing their experience and commitment to improving the world regardless of commercial advantage or political gain. We reach out and recruit for volunteers to help BioMed in all of our activities. Every member of the BoD donates more than time to help our mission. Nominations to our BoD must be made prior to May 24 of each year for action by the BoD.
For donation or volunteer information about any of our beneficiary organizations, please contact us at .
You can contact the IRB Monday through Friday, from 8am to 5pm, Pacific Standard Time.
P.O. Box 600870
San Diego, CA 92160-0870
Phone: (800) 643-0730