CORD:USE

About

CORD:USE is directed by leading doctors in cord blood transplantation.  They offer both public donation and family storage.  Public donations collected by CORD:USE are sent to the Carolinas Cord Blood Bank, a FACT-accredited laboratory under the direction of Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg.  CORD:USE has their own AABB-accredited laboratory in Florida for family storage. 

Labs and Locations

CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank owns a state-of-the art laboratory and storage facility accredited by AABB in Orlando, Florida for expectant parents wishing to store their baby’s cord blood for the exclusive use of their family.

 

CORD:USE Public Cord Blood Bank is partnered with Duke University Medical Center, in Durham, North Carolina, who processes and stores CORD:USE's publicly donated cord blood units.

Business Experience

CORD:USE was founded in 2004 by obstetricians and is directed by a team of the world’s leading cord blood pioneers and experts, who have more than 100 years of combined cord blood knowledge and experience.  CORD:USE team’s knowledge of critical factors that determine future viability of the cord blood stem cells guide CORD:USE’s utilization of high-quality practices and highly advanced technologies.   The CORD:USE team has stored thousands of cord blood units and released hundreds for transplants to the leading transplant centers throughout the world.  CORD:USE Public Cord blood Bank is one of the cord blood banks funded by HRSA of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Public cord blood banks are regulated by more stringent guidelines than family banks.  CORD:USE uses similar high quality procedures in its family bank as it does in its public bank.  CORD:USE provides telephone support to CORD:USE clients and obstetrical providers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week  by calling 1.888.CORDUSE (267.3873) or 407.667.3000. 

Collection Kit

  • - CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank uses the only FDA 510k approved cord blood collection bag, which is made by Pall.
  • - CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank’s collection bag is completely sterile on both the inside and outside for use in vaginal and cesarean section deliveries.
  • - CORD:USE kit contains the special disinfectant, ChloraPrep to clean the umbilical cord prior to collection of the cord blood.
  • - Cord blood is collected into the bag using the worldwide industry standard gravity collection method. 
  • - CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank’s collection bag is pre-filled with CPD liquid anticoagulant which is used by the world’s leading public cord blood banks to protect the cord blood.  The liquid citrate-based anticoagulant is the industry standard because unlike the dry heparin-based anticoagulant, the liquid anticoagulant also contains cord blood buffers and nutrients.  The US FDA guidance document to the cord blood industry released in Oct. 2009 states, "We recommend that you use only citrate-based anticoagulants."

Transportation Container

CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank uses the most protective, insulated shipping container available which is exclusively licensed to and used by CORD:USE for transporting cord blood.  This container has been validated to maintain temperatures under extreme test conditions much longer than any other shipper used in family banking.  Other shippers most often consist of cardboard and foam.

Shipping Info:

  • - CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank arranges for a medical courier through AirNet to transport the cord blood from the hospital to the laboratory. 
  • - CORD:USE has a one-time flat fee of $150 for shipping and is included in the contract. 
  • - Cord blood courier service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Processing Method

  • - CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank uses the automated processing technology, Sepax, from Biosafe.
  • - The Sepax technology has processed more units subsequently used in transplantation than any other automated technology. 
  • - The Sepax technology is used by many of the world’s leading public cord blood banks.  
  • - Sepax system is functionally closed, which provides the greatest chance that the cord blood will be sterile and not get contaminated during processing.

Components Stored

CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank stores the buffy coat which contains the stem and progenitor cells. Three segments/testing portions are stored per the recommendation of the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT). CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank clients are provided with a formal report of the test results.

Storage Method

  • - CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank uses an automated cryo-storage technology, BioArchive®, which is used by the world’s leading public cord blood banks.
  • - The highly advanced robotic technology of the BioArchive® is designed to keep the cryogenic freezer closed in order to prevent possible warming of the cord blood which can damage the cells and decrease the viability of the cord blood. 
  • - Nearly all other private cord blood banks use manual freezers which require opening the lid and entire racks of stored cord blood to be raised so new units can be added or stored units can be removed.
  • - Controlled rate freezing of the cord blood occurs in the BioArchive so cord blood does not have to be exposed to room temperature when transported to the freezer as with other freezers.
  • - CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank stores their clients cord blood in liquid nitrogen within the BioArchive® using cryogenic storage bags that are overwrapped in protective sheaths.

Licensing & Accreditation

CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank is accredited by AABB and licensed in all U.S. states. In addition, CORD:USE also operates a public cord blood bank that is accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT).  CORD:USE Public Cord Blood Bank is one of the cord blood banks funded by HRSA of the United States Department of Health and Human Services to place donated cord blood units in the National Cord Blood Inventory.  CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank protects privately stored cord blood in its state-of-the-art, FDA registered laboratory utilizing similar high-quality cord blood banking practices and technologies that are used in its leading public cord blood bank.

Clinical Experience

CORD:USE is founded by obstetricians and directed by a team of the world's leading cord blood experts who have unparalleled experience in cord blood.  They are the pioneers who discovered and have helped advance the field of cord blood banking, science and transplantation for the world.  Members of CORD:USE’s Leadership Team performed the first cord blood transplant and have performed thousands of transplants in children and adults.  CORD:USE’s Leadership Team has more than 100 years of combined cord blood knowledge and experience.  CORD:USE team’s knowledge of critical factors that determine future viability of the cord blood stem cells guide CORD:USE’s utilization of high-quality practices and highly advanced technologies.  The CORD:USE  Family Cord Blood Bank Leadership Team includes:   

 

Hal Broxmeyer, Ph.D. - Founder of CORD:USE Family Cord Blood Bank

·         Internationally recognized as a founder of the field of cord blood banking and cord blood stem cell transplantation.

·         President of the American Society of Hematology (ASH), in 2010, with members from 97 countries.

 

Joanne Kurtzberg, M.D. - Medical Director of CORD:USE Family Cord Blood Bank and CORD:USE Public Cord Blood Bank

·         World renowned pioneering cord blood expert recognized as one of the world’s most experienced cord blood bankers and transplant physicians.

·         Performed the world’s first successful unrelated cord blood transplant in 1993, and since, her program has performed more than 1,000 transplants.

·         Director of the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Duke University Medical Center.

 

Alan Levine, Ph.D. - Director of CORD:USE Family Cord Blood Bank

·         Former Director of the National Institutes of Health’s Blood Disease Program at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

·         Created the Bone Marrow and Cord Blood Research Programs for the National Institutes of Health at the NHLBI.

 

John Wagner, M.D. - Chief Clinical Scientific Advisor of CORD:USE Family Cord Blood Bank

·         World renowned cord blood expert who discovered that two partially matched umbilical cord blood units could be safely used to treat larger patients for whom a single unit was not adequate.

·         First to use umbilical cord blood in the treatment of leukemia in 1990.

·         Director of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation and Scientific Director of Clinical Research of the Stem Cell Institute at the University of Minnesota.

·         His program has performed approximately 1,000 cord blood transplants in adults.

 

Eliane Gluckman, M.D., Ph.D. - Director of International Operations of CORD:USE Family Cord Blood Bank

·         Performed the world’s first successful cord blood transplant in Paris in 1988.

·         President of Eurocord, an International Registry on Cord Blood Transplantation with 47 participating countries.

·         President of the European School of Hematology.


Vanderson Rocha, M.D., Ph.D. – Clinical and Scientific Advisor of CORD:USE Family Cord Blood Bank

·         World renowned cord blood expert who continues to contribute significantly to development and refinement of therapeutic applications of cord blood stem cells.

·         Eurocord and Netcord Board Member, Former Chairman of Acute Leukemia Working Party of European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation.

·         Director of Bone Marrow Transplant Units at the University of Oxford, UK, Hospital Sirio Libanes and Children’s Hospital of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Insurance

CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank provides a Quality Service Guarantee.  Because CORD:USE operates both a high quality family cord blood bank and a leading public cord blood bank, it is able to offer a guarantee not generally possible for the other cord blood banks to offer.  In the unlikely event that the cord blood fails to engraft (produce new cells) if used for transplantation, CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank, if medically indicated and a match is available, will provide a unit from CORD:USE Public Cord Blood Bank’s high quality, diverse inventory at no charge.  If a medically acceptable match is not available in the CORD:USE Public Cord Blood Bank, CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank will refund all fees paid under the Client Service Agreement and contribute up to $50,000 towards the search and procurement of a publicly available cord blood unit.

Community Service

  • - CORD:USE provides free banking, through its Directed Donor Program of its Public Cord Blood Bank, for families who already have a child with one of the diseases that can be treated with cord blood.
  • - CORD:USE provides discounts to military personnel.
  • - CORD:USE provides discounts to obstetrical providers
  • - The CORD:USE Foundation, an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, is dedicated to supporting patients, families and research with the utilization of umbilical cord blood stem cell transplants and therapies, and to educating the public on the scientific advancements and benefits of these transplants and therapies.
  • - CORD:USE Public Cord Blood Bank is providing donated cord blood units for transplant to help patients in need at the leading transplant centers around the country and world.
  • - CORD:USE Public Cord Blood Bank is involved in research with many of the world’s leading researching scientists and clinicians.

Prices

Pricing for Cord Blood Storage 

One-Time Processing Fee

$1,870

One-Time Medical Courier Fee

$150

Annual Storage Fee

$125

Total

$2,145

 

  • CORD:USE often offers discounts – Expectant parents should call 1.888.CORDUSE (267.3873) or 407.667.3000 to learn about current discounts
  • CORD:USE offers a wide range of payment plans which include 6 and 12 month no interest plans, and 24, 36, 48, and in some cases 60 month financing plans through GE CareCredit®-– Payment plans as low as $60 per month.
  • CORD:USE offers 4 years free (a savings of $500) for prepayment of 18 years of storage fees.
  • CORD:USE offers discounts for multiple births. 50% off the one-time fees for each child after the first.
  • CORD:USE offers discounts for repeat clients. $500 off the one-time processing fee - not applicable with other discounts.
  • CORD:USE offers discounts for military personnel. Please call 1.888.CORDUSE (267.3873) for more information.
  • CORD:USE offers benefits for referring a friend. 1 free year of storage for each referral or $50 gift card if storage is prepaid.
  • CORD:USE offers a Gift Registry to give friends and family members the opportunity to contribute toward the gift of cord blood banking.
  • CORD:USE will offer parents a refund if the cell count is low and the parents choose not to store it.