AboutCord for LifeSM is the 2011 re-branding of Lifeforce Cryobanks (LC), a fully accredited NMDP-member public cord blood bank that brings the same level of expertise and oversight to their family banking service. LC has been banking cord blood since 1995.
Labs and LocationsLC laboratory is located at their headquarters. LC utilizes premium collection bags, fully validated shipping kits, and their PremierMaxCB processing method to ensure a high quality stem cell product stored for your potential use.
Business ExperienceLC has collected cord blood for public and private banking since 1995. LC has collected over 25,000 units and processed over 17,500 units, including over 2,500 for private family banking. LC has client service staff available to answer phone calls M-F 8-5 ET and an 24hr messaging service for emergencies.
Collection KitThe LC collection utilizes the Pall brand (CPD anticoagulant) cord blood collection bag, which is sterilize both inside and outside for C-section collections. The collection kit contains all materials for collection and shipping.
Transportation ContainerThe LC kit contains gel packs and thermal insulation and has been validated to maintain room temperature when properly packaged for greater than 48 hrs at external temperatures ranging from 30-110F. The kit may contain an internal data logger as part of our random continued validation process.
Shipping Info:Parents call LC following the delivery of their baby and collection of the cord blood. LC staff will arrange for the courier pick up at the hospital. Contract price includes standard FedEx shipping, available M-F. For deliveries on weekends and holidays, a special medical courier is necessary and client will be billed up to $300 for service (not to exceed actual cost). Shipping from non-US clients is determined on case-by-case basis.
Processing MethodLC processes cord blood with our exclusive premium PremierMaxCB process that features PrepaCyte-CB from BioE and CryoStor CS10 along with individual unit post-thaw QC. This process removes excess plasma and 99% of red cells, leaving a concentrated cellular product (buffy coat).
Components StoredLC stores stem cells in a total 25mL volume sectioned in one 80%/20% split bag with 3-5 attached segments. CB plasma samples, CB cell samples, and maternal serum and plasma samples are also stored for potential testing. Parents are provided a card describing test results and an ID number.
Storage MethodFinal storage is in 80%/20% (20ml/5mL) bags, overwrapped, inside an aluminum cassette in the vapor phase of cryogenic nitrogen.
Licensing & AccreditationLC is accredited by AABB, and licensed in the States of CA, MD, NJ and NY.
Clinical ExperienceLC has banked over 2500 family units. LC has released 2 family units for autologous therapy. LC also collects public units for transplantation.
Community ServiceLC has an Imminent Need charity program for families expecting transplantation within 1 year.
PricesTotal cost = $1399 includes first yr storage, kit, std shipping, processing.
Annual storage fee = $120; multi-year discounts available.