BabyCord Jordan

About

BabyCord Jordan was the first to provide cord blood and cord tissue banking not only in Jordan but in the Middle East, having received samples from Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the West Bank. BabyCord Jordan was established in 2005, and is the only cord blood bank that is FDA approved operating in Jordan. BabyCord Jordan operates under New England Cord Blood Bank (NECBB), established in 1995, a privately held family business that  is accredited by AABB  to store stem cells from umbilical cord blood and tissue at their state of the art facility just outside of Boston, MA, USA.

Labs and Locations

BabyCord Jordan is currently in the process of building their own Stem Cell and Cord Blood Laboratory, a state-of-the-art facility that will service Jordan and the Middle-East.  Meanwhile, cord blood is shipped to the cryogenic laboratory of NECBB:

New England Cord Blood Bank, Inc.
Global Headquarters
153 Needham Street
Building One
Newton, MA 02464

Business Experience

New England Cord Blood Bank (NECBB) is a subsidiary of New England Cryogenic Center. They have operated their own cryogenic storage facility since 1982 and have stored cord blood since 1995. NECBB has about 53,000 cord blood collections stored at their laboratory. NECBB is a privately held family business with three generations of experience in the medical industry. Cord blood stem cells are processed, tested, and cryopreserved at our state-of-the-art Boston facility. NECBB is registered with the FDA and is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB). In addition to the Boston headquarters, international cord blood locations include: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Italy, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Collection Kit

BabyCord Jordan provides a nurse to extract the cord blood. Supplies are provided for gravity collection of cord blood into Baxter blood bags with the anti-coagulant Citrate Phosphate Dextrose Solution (CPD). To clean the cord prior to collection, ChloraPrep proprietary disinfection wipes are provided. The kit is sterile inside and out, suitable for use in the operating theatre during a C-section.

Transportation Container

The transportation container is a custom made Styrofoam box with specialized gel packs. The container has been validated and tested. The container is guaranteed to maintain room temperature for over 72 hours under test conditions.

Shipping Info:

BabyCord Jordan staff are on-call 24 hours a day 7 days a week for any cord blood collection and shipping arrangements. The contract price includes shipping, with NO extra cost from outside Jordan. Shipping is provided by FedEx under special arrangements set up by BabyCord Jordan that cover weekends and holidays.

Processing Method

•    NECBB processing method uses the AutoXpress Process (AXP) developed by Thermogenesis. The AXP is an automated, fully closed, and sterile system that consistently can harvest greater than 97% of the mononuclear cell population from cord blood, without the use of additives.
•    AXP also minimizes the risk of contamination and ensures predictable and reliable results.
•    NECBB still offers manual processing of smaller collections by Ficoll-Hypaque density centrifugation.
•    Final cryogenic storage is in AXP multi-compartment bags

Components Stored

Parents are provided with a certificate describing their test results post-processing: cell counts, viability, maternal blood tests, and cord segment mesenchymal stem cells. The component stored after processing contains white blood cells and stem cells, plus testing portions which are used prior to any transplant to test the stem cells. There are two integrally attached test segments for confirmatory HLA typing.  We also put away three test aliquots for any additional testing such as initial HLA, hemoglobinopathy assay, or post-thaw viability.

Storage Method

Each unit of cord blood that arrives at NECBB laboratory is given a unique identifying number. Once the stem cells are separated from the blood, they are placed in a multi-chamber cryogenic Freezing bag in preparation for freezing and storage. The Freezing bag is clearly marked with your baby’s name, date of birth, date of processing, and contents, as well as its unique Cord Blood Number. The bag is then frozen at a computer-controlled rate and stored in our liquid nitrogen tanks. This process ensures the safety of your baby’s cells because progressively lowering the temperature keeps the cells from going into shock before reaching the storage temperature of -321° Fahrenheit (-196°C). The frozen cord blood stem cells are stored in tanks located in our constantly monitored, secure laboratory facility.

NECBB’s cord blood processing technique includes full cell separation, a method designed to optimize viability and usability of your baby’s stem cells. To shield the stem cells from freezing damage, we use DMSO (Dimethyl Sulfoxide), a cryoprotectant, which is washed out of the stem cells in the thawing and preparation process prior to transplantation. Research has shown that this methodology is the most successful in terms of cell recovery and, ultimately, for transplant results.

Your baby’s cord blood stem cells are stored in a multi-compartment storage bag. We set aside a smaller sample, which can be used for Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) type matching should the cells be needed for someone other than your baby. (HLA type matching determines whether a patient has a suitable donor for stem cell transplant.) One-hundred percent of the processed cells are preserved for your family and nothing is withheld for our use, a procedure unique to NECBB. We also set aside three smaller samples, which can be used for Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) type matching should the cells be needed for someone other than your baby. (HLA type matching determines whether a patient has a suitable donor for stem cell transplant.) One-hundred percent of the processed cells are preserved for your family and nothing is withheld for our use, a procedure unique to NECBB.

All processing and storage is done at our state-of-the-art facility just outside Boston, Massachusetts. At no time in the process is your baby’s cord blood sent out to any third party for processing or storage.

Our storage containers can maintain their internal temperatures within one degree for up to 30 days in case of a power failure. NECBB is further protected from power outages by a redundant, on-site electric generator system. Our facility also includes on-site storage of liquid nitrogen, eliminating the need for costly deliveries and the handling of smaller refill containers, all of which helps us control our expenses, which in turn keeps our service affordable.

Licensing & Accreditation

•    Registered by the FDA
•    Accredited by the AABB.
•    Accredited by the ISO.
•    NECBB is licensed in US states of NY and NJ.

Clinical Experience

•    12 family cord blood collections released for therapy by NECBB
•    2 cord blood collections from BabyCord Jordan used since 2005                                                          
•    The bank also develops research products from cord blood donation.

Insurance

Parents are provided with a personalized letter from our director outlining the results of the cord blood processing: cord blood volume processed, total nucleated cell count, CD34+ count, viability, maternal viral testing, and fluid culture results.  The letter also explains all of this information in an easy to understand manner.  Clients may also receive personal contact from the director to discuss any results that may be out of the reference range or need further explanation.

New England Cord Blood Bank. will refund all monies paid towards the processing and storage plus up to an additional USD 50,000 to cover the cost of an alternative medical treatment for any cord blood that fails to engraft  during transplant. This applies only to cord blood units processed and  stored  by NECBB.

If the stem cells count was low, we will notify the client giving them the option to bank those cells, donate them, or discard the cells.

Community Service

•    We have sponsored families who have a child with a known and treatable blood disorder who cannot afford the service for the aim of treatment.
•    Discounts are available for twins and triplets.
•    NECBB is a sponsor of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Prices

  A. Annual storage option:
-Enrollment + courier (FedEx) + processing + 1st year’s storage fee = 1500 JD
-Annual Storage Fee = 150 JD

B. 20 years prepaid storage option:
-Enrollment +courier (Fedex) +20 years storage fees = 3350 JD (Get 8 years storage for free!)


PLUS Cord Segment for mesenchymal stem cells (collection / processing / storage) is free of charge
Interest free Financing option (paying in installments) is available

Additional Services

- Storage of umbilical cord tissue (BabyCord Jordan)
Free of charge – included in the price of cord blood stem cell preservation

- Storage of stem cells from baby teeth (DentiStem)
National Dental Pulp Laboratory (NDPL) which was launched in 2007, is a subsidiary of New England Cryogenic Center and sister company to New England Cord Blood Bank. NDPL provides a new opportunity for consumers to save a unique stem cell. Our company has been committed to stem cell preservation for over 25 years.

Prices with Additional Services

Storage of cord tissue is included in the cost of the cord blood storage.