Umbilical Cord Blood BankingCord blood is the blood that remains in the vein of the umbilical cord and placenta at the time of birth. Cord blood is rich in hematopoietic stem cells, which give rise to all the other blood cells and is the foundation of our bodies’ immune system. Cord blood stem cells are already being used to treat nearly 80 diseases, including leukemia, lymphoma, anemia, and inherited metabolic disorders. Over 30,000 transplants worldwide have been performed using stem cells from umbilical cord blood and because stem cell technologies continue to advance, the opportunities to utilize preserved cord blood are steadily increasing. Stem cells from your newborn’s cord blood can be used not only to safeguard that specific child’s future, but they can mostly likely be used to treat their siblings, parents and other close relatives in the event that a disease manifests itself. Cryo-Cell’s umbilical cord blood banking service processes and cryogenically preserves these cells for potential therapeutic use.
Umbilical Cord Tissue BankingUmbilical cord tissue, able to be collected at the same time as umbilical cord blood, contains another type of stem cell called mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). Mesenchymal stem cells have many unique functions including the ability to inhibit inflammation following tissue damage, to secrete growth factors that aid in tissue repair, and to differentiate into many cell types including neural cells, bone cells, fat cells and cartilage. Umbilical cord blood-derived MSCs are increasingly being utilized in regenerative medicine for a wide range of conditions including heart and kidney disease, ALS, MS, Alzheimer’s, wound healing and autoimmune diseases. Many clinical trials investigating additional conditions able to be treated with MSC’s are already underway. MSCs derived from umbilical cord blood and umbilical cord tissue are a safe, easily collected, and readily available, source of stem cells.
Cryo-Cell International (or Bank with the Industry’s Leader)Cryo-Cell International was the first cord blood bank to separate and store stem cells, the first cord blood bank to adopt the industry’s premium processing method, and the first private cord blood bank to be awarded FACT (the Foundation for the Accreditation for Cellular Therapy) accreditation for voluntarily adhering to the most stringent quality standards in the industry. Since inception, 100% of Cryo-Cell International’s client’s specimens have been viable upon thaw and no other cord blood company can make that statement. Today, over 500,000 parents worldwide have trusted Cryo-Cell International to store their baby’s cord blood stem cells.
To learn more about cord blood banking and how you can take part in this potentially life saving program you can contact their S. Florida representative Oscar Vergara via:
Phone: 800-786-7235 x 2109
Hours: M-F 8am-11pm or Sat & Sun: 10am-7pm