AboutSmart Cells International has been safely storing stem cells for families around the world since 2001, and have released stem cells for use in transplants to clinics in Singapore, Germany, USA and London. Smart Cells International holds a HTA license for procurement, processing, import and export and testing and storage of human tissue. Smart Cells is also the London Export company of the year in Life Sciences for 2010.
Labs and LocationsSmart Cells International,
Unit 7 Chancerygate
West Drayton, UB7 8EW
Business ExperienceOver 10 years, safely storing stem cells for parents around the world.
Collection KitSmart Cells International’s cord blood and cord tissue collection kit has been designed in conjunction with consultant OB/Gyns for ease of use.
Transportation ContainerSmart Cells cord blood and cord tissue transportation container has been designed to ensure the samples remain at an ambient temperature.
Shipping Info:Smart Cells uses a dedicated medical courier service to transport all samples into the laboratory. In the event a stored sample is needed for a transplant, we have a validated dry-shipper that can safely transport samples to any transplant centre in the world.
Processing MethodSmart Cells uses the Biosafe Sepax equipment for automated volume reduction of cord blood – this is the preferred method of all public banks in the United Kingdom and most public and around the world. Smart Cells conducts detailed testing of all cord blood samples before storing, including the CD34+ count – a requirement from all transplant centres with which we have worked.
Components StoredSmart Cells stores the whole buffy coat, the component of blood that contains white cells and stem cells, as well as smaller samples of whole blood taken before processing.
Storage MethodSmart Cells uses a controlled step-rate freezer to reduce the temperature of cord blood samples slowly to -180 C before transferring them into long term storage tanks where the units are stored in the vapour phase of cryogenic nitrogen.
Licensing & AccreditationThe Human Tissue Authority (HTA) is the accrediting organization for the procurement, testing and processing and storage of all human tissue in the United Kingdom. Smart Cells International holds a full HTA licence for all these procedures.
Clinical ExperienceSmart Cells International is the only private company in the UK to have released samples for therapeutic use. They have been released for both autologous and allogeneic transplant to treat a number of illnesses, including Thalassaemia and Cerebral Palsy. Smart Cells is working in partnership with Imperial College, London, conducting a study into the efficacy of cord blood stem cells in the treatment of Cerebral Palsy.
GuaranteesSmart Cells International has a third party agreement in place with another HTA registered company so that in the event of any disaster, the continued storage of the samples is guaranteed.
- If a stored sample needs to be used within the first year of storage, the service is provided free of charge, and any monies paid in advance will be fully refunded.
- If a sample needs to be used after the first year of storage, there is no fee for preparing the sample for transportation to the treating clinic.
- Smart Cells International has provided a completely free collection and storage service for a number of families where there is a pre-diagnosed illness in the family that may be treated using stored stem cells.