Restore Life USA was started in Johnson City, Tennessee in September of 2008. After spending over 20 years in the tissue for transplant area of tissue banking, James Byrd, former Director and President decided he wanted to move back to the area he grew up in.  He began the company with just the idea of doing spine injury research with a researcher from Chicago.  A short time later, he was approached by Gary Hill, director of Hillco Medical to see if James could supply joint specimens for training of surgeons. Another whole-body program provided those specimens. In 2011, the decision was made by the Board of Directors that perhaps a similar program could be started locally.  That was the beginning of Restore Life USA’s Body Donation Program.  Since 2011, Restore Life USA has become a preferred supplier of not only joint, and spine specimens but of soft tissue (organs, vessels, and researcher specific) specimens for researchers, and educators beginning with large, in-state academic institutions and growing throughout the United States, Canada, and other foreign countries while honoring our donor’s wishes and supporting our donor families.



At Restore Life USA, we are dedicated to transforming lives through innovative healthcare solutions. - We hope to help our donors strive to become soldiers to battle the disease process that robbed them of their quality of life. Our passionate team strives to provide exceptional care and support, empowering individuals to regain their health and embrace a vibrant future.


When we started our non-profit program in 2008 we never, in our wildest dreams, imagined we would put together a team that would develop an RNA preservation technique that would aid in RNA research in hopes of uncovering new treatments for countless genetic disorders. Thanks to determination, commitment, and countless sleepless nights of work, we feel we are on the verge of a break through treatment.

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We would like to give a special thank you to the ALS Center and Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at Wake Forest for helping us honor the wishes of a recent donor and donor family. We hope his gift of body donation will help researchers better understand and hopefully find cures for Lou Gehrig Disease / ALS.

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Thanks to the overwhelming support of our partner researchers and educators, we at Restore Life USA are privileged to again to be a sponsor of Camp Caterpillar. Camp Caterpillar is a free, one-day camp designed to meet the needs of children and teenagers who have experienced the death of a loved one or similar loss.

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John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics . University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Due to their on going research were able to help a local woman who suffered from HSP (Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia) We hope her donation will help researchers learn how to prevent others from suffering from this inherited neurological disorder.

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