Cells for Life

About

Cells for Life is the only Canadian cord blood bank located within a hospital (Toronto General Hospital). Cells for Life is one of the oldest and largest FACT & AABB accredited cord blood banks serving Canadians coast to coast. Since 1997, Cells for Life has stored over 42, 000 cord blood units. Founded by medical professionals, Cells for Life continues to be managed by a professional team of doctors, scientists and registered nurses

Labs and Locations

Cells for Life is the only Canadian cord blood bank located within a hospital. This state-of-the-art facility located at the world-renowned Toronto General Hospital has been designed with every possible safeguards including the most reliable storage freezers, emergency back-up power, and 24-7 surveillance and security systems.

Cells for Life Main Office:
Markham Stouffville Health Centre, 379 Church St., Suite 402 Markham, ON, L6B 0T1 (Phone 905-472-0060)
Cells for Life Laboratory: Toronto General Hospital, 585 University Ave., Suite B-PMB 120 Toronto, ON, M5G 2N2

Business Experience

Cells for Life is the "blue-chip" choice and experts in cord blood banking since 1997. One of the oldest and largest cord blood banks in Canada with over 42,000 samples stored. One of the first cord blood banks in Canada to obtain AABB (2004) and FACT (2012) accreditation, we are Health Canada Inspected & Compliant (CTO# 100044).

Our exemplary Scientific Team is headed by Dr. Elisabeth Semple, an internationally recognized leader in the field of stem cells. Her years of experience and strict adherence to quality standards make Cells for Life second to none. Cells for Life and Dr. Semple contribute research, published data and presentations at national and international conferences.

Collection Kit

Sterile MacoPharma Collection Bag, approved for caesarean and vaginal birth (gravity collection process). Cells for Life is the only Canadian cord blood bank with this collection bag which features a unique CPD flush pad to recover as many cells as possible.

Transportation Container

The Cells for Life collection kit contains gel packs to maintain room temperature at all times, and the use of a data logger helps monitor the temperature throughout the shipping process. We validate the collection kit on a regular basis to ensure it maintains a constant temperature at all times.

Shipping Info:

Cells for Life arranges the shipping for all clients coast to coast. We use two different shipping methods dependent on the birthing hospital:

1) Local personalized service - Cells for Life Employees pick-up cord blood units from the mother's bedside at over 40 different hospitals in Southern Ontario, the GTA, Calgary & Montreal

2) Outside Southern Ontario, GTA, Calgary & Montreal - we use approved medical couriers throughout Canada.

Processing Method

Cord blood processing at Cells for Life is done by one of two semi-automated, closed processing methods which provide high cell recovery rates and excellent cell viability. We use a method referred to as top-and-bottom method, also used by Quebec’s Hema-Quebec public cord blood bank. The addition of a starch solution, as done by some companies, is not required with our methods.

Components Stored

Cells for Life stores the buffy coat containing the stem cells.

Storage Method

•    Samples are stored in 25mL cryobags, with 3 segments, double-wrapped and then placed in a stainless steel protective canister.
•    All samples are placed in quarantine until receipt of infectious disease testing.
•    At all times the Cells for Life samples are stored in the vapour phase of liquid nitrogen, which is consistent with industry best practices. 

Licensing & Accreditation

Cells for Life is:
•    Health Canada inspected and compliant (CTO# 100044)
•    AABB accredited since 2004
•    FACT accredited since July 2012
•    FDA Registered
•    A+ rating with the US Better Business Bureau

Clinical Experience

Since 1997 Cells for Life has stored over 42,000 samples.

Six Samples have been released for use at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Canada. Five of these samples have been used for siblings (allogeneic) in the treatment of Hematological Diseases, and one child used their own sample for transplant (autologus) in the treatment of a brain tumour.

Insurance

Cells for Life will not increase the annual storage fees for the length of the contract.

Community Service

The "Angel" Directed Donation Medical Need Program - Cells for Life was the first Canadian cord blood bank to establish a medical need program in 2002.  The program provides funding to expectant parents with a family member who is currently suffering from a disease that can be treated with cord blood stem cells.

Cells for Life Supports Public Banking – We process and store publicly donated samples for Victoria Angel Registry of Hope Public Cord Blood Bank. Cells for Life has provided significant financial support and effort to Ontario's first public cord blood bank.

Prices

Year 1:
Payment 1 (due at registration):
$140 Collection Kit (non-refundable)
Payment 2 (after birth all-inclusive):
$835  Processing and Medical Testing
$125 Annual Storage Fee

Payment Plans:
•    3 consecutive monthly installments about $329/month ($25 administrative fee included)
•    12 consecutive monthly installments about $84/month ($40 administrative fee included)
* Courier fees & applicable taxes extra

Payment of Storage fees:
OPTION 1: Annual Storage fees  $125/year (no increase for 18 years)
OPTION 2: Pay in advance 18 years $1850 (saves $400)
* Applicable taxes extra

Returning Clients: Receive $100 savings
Referral Program: Refer family and friends to reduce your annual storage fee

Additional Services

TWINS Year 1:
Payment 1 (due at registration):
$280 Collection Kits (non-refundable)
Payment 2 (after birth all-inclusive):
$1290 Processing and Medical Testing
$250 Annual Storage Fee

TWINS Payment Plans:

•    3 consecutive monthly installments about $522/month ($25 administrative fee included)
•    12 consecutive monthly installments about $132/month ($40 administrative fee included)
* Courier fees & applicable taxes extra

TWINS Payment of Storage fees:
OPTION 1: Annual Storage fee $250/year (no increase for 18 years)
OPTION 2: Pay in advance 18 years $3700 (saves $400/child)
 * Applicable taxes extra

MULTIPLES: Please contact Cells for Life for details