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Family Bank: Redcord
AboutRedcord S.A is one of the largest privately owned cord blood banks in Colombia. Their purpose is to provide unparalleled customer service based on high-end technologies throughout the collection and cryo-preservation of cord blood stem cells. Their laboratory is accredited by the Colombian health agency INVIMA and by ISO 9001-2000. They follow the protocols of JACIE, and FACT accreditation is under process.
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Business ExperienceRedcord S.A. Banco de Células Madre del Cordón Umbilical is the full name of "Redcord".
Redcord is a subsidiary of Conceptum, a leading fertility clinic in Colombia. Since 1988 Conceptum has operated their own lab with state of the art processing and cryopreservation of human embryos, eggs and sperm cells. This experience in cryopreservation of live cells led to the launch of Redcord in 2003, to allow Colombian families the opportunity to preserve their babies cord blood stem cells.
As of 2013 Redcord has collected and processed over 5000 cord blood units, currently the bank processes over 800 units per year.
Customer Services Representatives are available 24/7, 365 days a year, ready to provide help and guidance in case of an emergency.
The collection kit provides supplies for gravity collection of cord blood into an FDA-approved, sterile collection bag. The sterile PALL collection bag that is provided in every kit may be used in the operating room during a C-Section. The anti-coagulant is Citrate Phosphate Dextrose Solution (CPD). The sterilization supplies are Iodine Swabs.
Transportation containerThe Redcord shipping container is guaranteed to maintain room temperature for a certain number of hours.
Shipping InfoEmployees of Redcord will pick up the blood from hospitals in the Bogotá area 365 days of the year. Elsewhere in Colombia, Redcord provides shipping arrangements with the courier Ocasa International, a specialist in the transportation of biological tissue, who will collect the cord blood container.
Redcord uses automated Sepax cell separation equipment from Biosafe. The Sepax main processing unit allows the controlled separation of stem cells in a fully automated and closed environment. Each cord blood sample received by the bank is subjected to rigorous studies of infectious diseases. CD34+ count – a requirement from transplants centers – is also included. At Redcord, even low volume cord blood samples are fully processed. Within 30 days of all processing, parents are provided with a certificate describing tests results, cell counts and viability.
Licensing & AccreditationRedcord is accredited by the Colombian health agency INVIMA as well as ISO 9001-2000.
Redcord follows the protocols of JACIE, and FACT accreditation is under process.
Community ServiceIn 2005 Redcord established RedLife, a corporate social responsibility program that offers free cord blood banking to families where an immediate relative has a diagnosis for which transplantation is standard therapy.
PricesTotal cost includes: Collection kit, courier, processing and storage fee. No enrollment fee is ever required.
Storage plans vary from 1 year up to 18 years, upon agreement with the bank.
Annual storage fee is an option.
Payment plans are available.