Precious Cells

About

Precious Cells International (PCI) is the first Family Stem Cell Bank to offer collection processing and 30 years of stem cell storage in a dedicated UK laboratory. Committed to providing families around the world with an efficient service, they ensure that the whole process is taken care of from first contact to offering advice on stem cell treatment centers. PCI also offers storage of: Bone Marrow, Lipo Tissue, and Dental Pulp Cells and are licensed under the HTA (License no: 22615).

Labs and Locations

The custom built stem cell processing laboratory (designed by Precious Cells International Ltd) is located at the company’s head office within Brunel University Science Park, in the prestigious Brunel University campus in London. The dedicated facilities are located only 15mins away from Heathrow International Airport, ensuring all samples collected from anywhere in the world are express couriered to the laboratory facility and processed immediately operating on a 24/7 system.

Business Experience

Precious Cells International builds upon over 10 years stem cell research and clinical studies. Located within the science park hub ensures the company are constantly implementing the latest available technology in their lab. We are able to provide the most efficient service possible with our state of the art equipment and custom designed laboratory.

Several hundred samples have now been processed by Precious Cells International since launching its new services, with new clients entrusting their Precious Cells with the company daily. Precious Cells International is a globally operated business with true family values, spearheaded by actual scientists, medical doctors and dentists working within the company, not simply nominated advisors. Precious Cells has friendly advisors on hand to answer your queries, whatever they may be.

Collection Kit

Blood Collection Kit:
Blood bag
Disinfectant swab
Miscellaneous clinical support items
Healthcare Professional Guide to Collection

Cord Tissue Collection Kit:
Tissue biopsy container
Precious Cells Patented Transport Solution
Miscellaneous clinical support items
Healthcare Professional Guide to Collection

Transportation Container

The transportation container is surrounded by cool gel packs throughout and thermal insulation system creating the validated cryoshipping kit. The container is validated to maintain regulated temperature during transportation due to the combination of the gel packs and the thermal insulation. The blood/tissue sample maintains optimal viability for a maximum of 5 days by remaining within ambient temperature conditions during the transportation period to the laboratory.

Shipping Info:

Precious Cells International will organize the shipping arrangements, parents simply contact the dedicated courier to request shipping of their sample as soon as the collection procedure has taken place. International Express Courier is undertaken by one of our partner companies (DHL, UPS or FEDEX); all shipping costs are included in the price of the service, regardless of the country of origin. Their couriers are available 24hrs a day, 7 days a week, all year round. Employees of the bank are available to pick up blood/tissue at selected hospitals where necessary.

Processing Method

Precious Cells International uses the state of the art automated Sepax processing system from the Swiss company Biosafe. The processing kit is a single-use, closed system. As per transplantation center requirements, the company utilizes red blood cell depletion prior to cryopreservation.

Components Stored

Precious Cells International extracts and preserves the buffy coat fraction containing the known population of stem cells including immune cells etc. 

Storage Method

Cord blood is stored in a sealed blood bag within a sealed overwrap bag to protect the stem cells from contamination. Within each bag they are separated into compartments with 3 testing segments. This makes it easier to access the cells for multiple usages. Tissue and Blood samples are stored separately. Final storage of the sample is within an aluminum canister which is fully barcoded for traceability. Temporary storage is in a quarantine freezer until the sample(s) are tested and clear. Final storage is within the vapour phase of cryogenic nitrogen not in the liquid phase

Precious Cells’ processing technique follows the international guidelines of minimal manipulation. The stem cells are prepared for slow-freeze by using a clinical grade cryoprotectant. The cryoprotectant is washed out of the stem cells during the thawing process. Best scientific practice has shown that this methodology is the most successful in terms of cell recovery.

Licensing & Accreditation

Precious Cells International is licensed by the Human Tissue Authority – License No: 22615.  Precious Cells International is a corporate member of the BioIndustry Association (BIA). They are supported by Brunel University, London and are accredited and supported by UK Trade and Investment.  Precious Cells is a member of the One Nucleus based out of Cambridge University. Precious Cells International were the first Stem Cell Bank to be awarded BioBank Accreditation.

Clinical Experience

Precious Cells International was founded by a stem cell biologist.  Dr. Salem founded Precious Cells after spending over a decade in academic research focusing on novel cellular therapies for a number of diseases, with particular emphasis on cardiac and neurological disorders. Dr. Salem has spent time working in some of the UK’s most elite universities including Manchester University and Imperial College London before setting up Precious Cells International. Building the company on strong scientific evidence and continuing to build on the ever growing body of scientific information, Precious Cells International is a truly innovative and astonishing opportunity for all.

Dr. Salem is joined by a strong team of professional scientists and medical professionals who support the development of the company as our Scientific Advisory Board.

Precious Cells has an affiliation with Stem Cell treatment Centres and are rapidly expanding our Healthcare Network using its skills and knowledge for the betterment of society. This network consists of Clinical Doctors, General Practitioners, Dentists, Nurses, Scientists and many more allied healthcare professionals.

Precious Cells International has a collaboration with Brunel University, London, where their lab and offices are based. Being located within, and supported by a leading university, means they have access to current, up to date research into stem cell technology, therapy and advances.

Insurance

Precious Cells International has a disaster recovery plan, as required by regulatory bodies. The cryogenic facility maintains multiple levels of security. This includes back-up alarm systems, 24 hour on-call staff, 24 hour temperature monitoring, and a gravity driven liquid nitrogen system which does not depend on electricity.

Precious Cells International are based in London UK with our offices and laboratories on site. They are located near to Heathrow and all the major road and rail networks, allowing all specimens to reach our laboratory in the quickest time possible for processing.

Their laboratories operate a policy ensuring your sample is received any day at any hour. As it is absolutely vital that samples reach the laboratory within a specified time frame, their location means they are able to receive samples from all over the world within the specified time frame.

Precious Cells’ processing technique follows the international guidelines of minimal manipulation. The stem cells are prepared for slow-freeze by using a cryoprotectant which prevents damage. The cryoprotectant is washed out of the stem cells during the thawing process. Best scientific practice has shown that this methodology is the most successful in terms of cell recovery. Precious Cells are due to operate an escrow account to secure storage fees for the term of the contract.

Community Service

Discounts for twins
Loyalty scheme discounts for current customers
Refer a friend scheme
Discounts to registered medical professionals
Discounts for multiple services

Prices

All services prices include courier/shipping costs. All prices as shown with no extra future payments. Interest-free payment plans available on request

Cord Blood
Registration - £150
Phlebotomist - £250
Processing and Cryopreservation - £850
30 years of storage - £440*
Total service - £1,690

Cord Tissue
Registration - £150
Phlebotomist - £250
Processing and Cryopreservation - £540
30 years of storage - £440*
Total service - £1,380

Cord Blood + Tissue
Registration - £250
Phlebotomist - £250
Processing and Cryopreservation - £995
30 years of storage - £595*
Total service - £2090

* Annual storage payment plans offered starting as low as £15/yr

Additional Services

In addition to the service of Umbilical Cord Blood and Umbilical Cord Tissue Banking, Precious Cells International are able to offer collection, processing and storage of adult stem cells from three other sources in the body:

•    Stem cells from baby or adult teeth
•    Stem cells from adult bone marrow
•    Stem cells from adipose/lipo/fat tissue

Precious Cells International can offer the latest and most up to date information on stem cell research and treatment, through the company’s Scientific Advisory Board, who are on hand to offer you unbiased information and answers to your questions.

The Precious Cells dedicated laboratory and Head Office are both situated in Brunel University’s Science Park, a short distance from Heathrow Airport. If you would like to visit their facilities, simply contact them on 0845 472 5221. They will be happy to arrange a visit during which a member of the scientific team will give you a tour.

Prices with Additional Services

Umbilical Cord and Umbilical Cord blood can be banked together, for additional cost of £400