Storing Cord blood in Private Banks
Private umbilical cord blood storage is specialized in the collection, processing, and storage of these valuable mesenchymal cells contained in the umbilical cord after delivery, this is the same cord used to transport nutrients to the baby.
The Four Best Cord Blood Storage Banks
Cord blood is obtained from the umbilical cord after the delivery. It contains hemopoietic stem cells which can turn into mature blood cells. Cord blood is mainly used for hemopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) and for research purposes in developing new therapies for diseases for which there is no cure.
The CBR Cord Blood Registry is the world’s largest private cord blood storage bank containing newborn stem cells, it was established in 1992. It is located in Tucson, Arizona and it has over 500 000 children’s cord blood samples in storage. CBR is collaborating with research institutions in conducting FDA approved clinical trials and advancing clinical applications of cord blood. Sutter Neuroscience Institute, Georgia Regent University, and Florida Hospital for Children are conducting their phase two clinical trials currently.
Some of the diseases research studies are trying to build new therapies for include autism, cerebral palsy, acquired hearing loss, and pediatric stroke. It claims to have helped 350 families through using treatments with their cord blood stem cells. From the released stem cell units, 73% of them have been used for experimental regenerative therapies.
CBR has created a collection device that is specifically designed for cord blood stem cells to improve its effectiveness and preserve the quality during transportation. It also uses seamless cryo-bags for storage which have the lowest chance of breakage. Due to vigorous monitoring, CBR has the highest published average cell recovery rate of 99%. For an additional fee, umbilical cord tissue samples can also be stored. CBR has flexible payment plans based on the income of the parents.
ViaCord is currently the number one provider of cord blood units for transplantation in individual families. This private storage facility for cord blood is situated outside of Cincinnati, Ohio and it was established in 1993. It has more than 350 000 samples in storage. It has released about 280 samples for therapies and their website contains a list of all the transplants or infusions performed.
ViaCord claims to have the highest published treatment success rates at one year of 88%. Overall long-term survival is estimated to be at 82%. Success is higher in sibling donor cord blood treatment for hemoglobinopathies such as thalassemia and sickle cell disease.
It has partnered with prestigious institutions like Brown University, Duke University, and Georgia Regents University for research on developing therapies for autism, cerebral palsy, type 1 diabetes, and bronchopulmonary dysplasia and for other common conditions seen in premature infants. ViaCord is also the first bank to have used umbilical cord tissue cells. It has fixed prices for 25-year periods that are guaranteed not to change and which can be paid annually.
StemCyte is a global company which has branches in Taiwan and India. It was first started in 1997 in southern California. It has 50 000 samples in the US and more than 20 000 overseas. StemCyte’s transplant list is growing steadily. It claims to have shipped more than 2000 cord blood units to 35 countries around the world for transplant alone. It also participates in clinical trials for regenerative therapies through a partnership with clinics.
Families can choose to have their cord blood HLA typed before freezing for an additional charge. Their charges are relatively lower than the other private banks and they offer free services to siblings needing transplantation. There are also discounts available for various professions. StemCyte also guarantees to find a matching donor from its donor bank if the cord blood unit is damaged and the family needs a transplant.
is a leader in advanced umbilical cord blood preservation and storage. This private cord blood bank was established in 2008 and is situated in Indianapolis, Indiana. It is the only bank that offers Cord Blood 2.0™ technology. It can collect about twice the number of stem cells than other banks and hence can offer treatment to adolescents or even adults up to 165 pounds. Other cord blood banks can only treat a child less than 65 pounds from the stem cell yield. It has released three cord blood units for transplants. Americord is funding research to increase the collection of stem cells from the placenta.
They offer the cord tissue and placental tissue storage for an additional fee. They also offer the highest insurance amounts of $90 000 for failed to engraft samples. They also have the lowest prices in the industry with a onetime payment for a 20 year period.