Cord blood banking isn’t just about storage. The more stem cells collected and preserved, the higher the quality of the cord blood unit. More cells also mean a higher chance of success should the unit be needed for transplant.
Our pioneering ThermoGenesis® processing and freezing system harvests the maximum number of quality stem cells in every unit of cord blood. With our 94% recovery-rate of viable cells on thawing (compared to 56% when stored conventionally) we’re securing the most successful future transplants.
How we collect and process your baby’s cord blood
Collecting cord blood: After the birth is over and the placenta is still in the womb, the midwife or doctor clamps the umbilical cord and collects the cord blood. The blood is transferred under sterile conditions to a specialized bar coded processing kit.
Testing: Cord and maternal blood are extensively tested to ensure sample quality.
Cell separation: Processing kits fit into an automated computerized system for cell separation during centrifugation.
Sealing: Stem cells are hermetically sealed in a double wrapped pouch with Teflon sheath. Our equipment and system are designed to capture essential data for quality assurance and compliance with current good manufacturing and tissue practices.
Tracking: Each blood unit’s separation data is tracked and documented.
How we store your baby’s stem cells
Ready for preservation: After processing and sealing, stem cells are encased in a stainless steel cartridge and transferred to the BioArchive system (shown to the left) for cooling and storage.
The BioArchive is a stem cell storage tank that is a fully automated computer controlled cryopreservation system.
Learn more about the BioArchive system.
Cooling: Each unit is introduced into the system through an external port and transferred to the cooling chamber, optimized for stem cells.
Archiving: After controlled cooling, the sample is frozen in liquid nitrogen and archived. The archive is isolated from the cooling chamber to ensure that stored samples are never disturbed or warmed by the introduction of new samples.
Stem cell data transparency
The final step is to log all the data into our Enterprise Database. Here, we create a complete file for each unit including process, storage, cell count, client’s history and laboratory test data. We then provide our clients with a final account status report, which indicates the amount and quality of cells collected.
Why is this picture important?
Don’t let your valuable cells be treated in this way.
Today, most companies use freezers like the one shown to the left, which involve racks and manual introduction of samples. Every time a new sample is added, the entire rack is taken out, exposing stored samples to uncontrolled warmth. This can repeatedly destroy cells and make them useless for future stem cell therapies. Moreover, you have no way of knowing the damage caused by this process until it’s too late.