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Cryo-Cell Cord Blood Bank has been in existence since 1992 and is one of the oldest cord blood banks. The bank is located in Tampa, Florida but has established business in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Pakistan.   Cryo-Cell Cord Blood Bank is registered with the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In addition to this, it is the only blood bank with ISO 9001:2000 certification. Cryo-Cell Cord Blood Bank provides the U-Cord ® service which carries a processing and testing fee of $1595.00 and an annual storage fee of $125.00.   The processing and testing fee encompasses the cost of registration, the collection and outbound kits, shipping, cord blood processing and infectious disease screening on the mother’s blood. There are also other payment plans offered to returning customers etc.   The bank also offers financial support programs that can pay a client up to $10,000.00 to cover the cost of transplant therapies. It also provides a financial guarantee that will pay a client $50,000.00 if a client’s blood fails to engraft when it should. Cryo-cell uses the bag collection method which draws blood from the severed umbilical cord into a bloodbag. Blood is also collected from the mother for screening purposes.   When the cord blood is taken to the laboratory it is processed using hydroxyl ethyl starch which isolates the white blood cell percentage containing the stem cells.   The cryoprotectant, DMSO, and Dextran are then added and all of the contents stored in a compartmentalized cryobag. The cryobag contains three segments that are used for testing and a 20ml and 5ml sample. The bag is over-wrapped and subjected to controlled-rate freezing to make it suitable for long-term storage. In controlled-rate freezing the bag is placed in a protective casing and placed in Dewar flasks containing liquid nitrogen.   This type of storage should keep the blood feasible for use for decades. The blood taken from the mother is tested at a laboratory that is approved by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) and registered with the Food and Drug Association. At this lab the mother’s blood is tested for HIV, CMV, HTLV, hepatitis and syphilis as well as for the absence of microorganisms. This testing is done to determine if the child’s blood could possibly be used by relatives.   The samples stored in the bank belong to the parents of the child until said child reaches the legal age. During this interim, only the parents can decide if the blood should be given to other relatives or siblings. There is no cost to retrieve the stem cells and when they are needed, Cryo-Cell Cord Blood Bank will send them in a specialized container that is able to maintain cryogenic temperatures. Since start-up to February of 2010, all blood grafts coming from Cryo-Cell Blood Bank have been viable upon thawing and have been used to treat diseases like cerebral palsy, sickle cell anaemia, neuroblastoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and acute myeloid leukaemia. Cryo-Cell Cord Blood Headlines Scientists Give the Go-Ahead for Private Storage of Stem Cells From Umbilical ... - PR Newswire (press release)

World News Heard now (blog)Scientists Give the Go-Ahead for Private Storage of Stem Cells From Umbilical ...PR Newswire (press release)The four scientists supported the "Family Cord Blood Bank" which has just been established in the US by CORD:USE. Cryo-Save (Euronext/AIM: CRYO), ...Donating Cord Blood may be the future to saving lives.World News Heard now (blog)Cord Blood America CEO Interview Details the Value of New 'Afford-A-Cord' ProgramMarketWatch (press release)Cryo-Save welcomes support for private cordblood bankingBusiness Financial News Wireall 34 news articles » Govt notifies draft rules for umbilical cord blood stem cell banking - Govt notifies draft rules for umbilical cord blood stem cell bankingpharmabiz.comThe rule has laid out standards for the quality of building and premises of cord blood banks and storage and testing areas, collection and storage of ... Banking on fat to keep you alive - 7DAYS 7DAYSBanking on fat to keep you alive7DAYSThe first successful umbilical cord blood stem cell transplant took place in 1988. The recipient was five-year-old Matthew Farrow, who was diagnosed with ... Three risky research stocks with enormous potential - MoneyWeek Three risky research stocks with enormous potentialMoneyWeekStem cells can be taken from blood or bone marrow, but much better is to take them from the umbilical cord of newborn babies. Stem cells are easy to extract ... Cryo-Save (LON:CRYO) report: Contract and update on France - Stock Markets Review Stock Markets ReviewCryo-Save (LON:CRYO) report: Contract and update on FranceStock Markets ReviewMutua Madrileña, will offer its clients reimbursement  of EUR550 for using Cryo-Save's umbilical cord blood cryopreservation services. ...

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