BioCells

About

BioCells claim to be the second largest cord blood bank in Argentina: their headquarters are in Buenos Aires but they have several sales locations.

Labs and Locations

BioCells laboratory is located at their headquarters in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Their website also provides staff profiles

Business Experience

The full title of BioCells is Biocordcell Argentina S.A.  In Sept. 2010, Cord Blood America (CBAI) acquired a 50.1% ownership of the company.

Collection Kit

BioCells collection kit is designed for gravity collection.  It uses the Rivero blood bag and the anti-coagulant EDTA.  The bag is sterile both inside and out so that it can be used in the operating room for a C-section delivery.

Transportation Container

BioCells collection kit has been validated to maintain room temperature under test conditions.

Shipping Info:

The contract price includes shipping, and arrangements are made by the bank.  The courier service, Transportes Ambientales, is available on weekends and holidays.

Processing Method

BioCells employs trained laboratory technicians to separate stem cells by the “Rubinstein method”.

Components Stored

Parents are provided with a certificate describing the results of tests on their child's blood.

Storage Method

Final storage is in blood bags immersed in the vapor phase of cryogenic nitrogen.

Licensing & Accreditation

BioCells is licensed by the Argentina Ministry of Health and accredited under ISO 9001:2008.

Clinical Experience

BioCells began banking cord blood in 2004, established their own laboratory in 2009, and has an inventory of 4000 as of summer 2011.

Community Service

Free banking is given to families where an immediate relative has a diagnosis for which transplantation is standard therapy.  BioCells gives discounts to medical doctors.

Prices

BioCells initial price for enrollment and processing is USD 1400, followed by annual fees of USD 120 to maintain storage.  Payment plans are available upon request.

Additional Services

  • BioCells announced in Jan. 2011 that they will become the first company in Argentina to offer storage of stem cells from dental pulp (baby teeth).
  • BioCells also offers health insurance from Best Doctors.