ViaCord is part of PerkinElmer, a $2.2 billion global company focused on the health and safety of people and the environment.

Labs and Locations

The ViaCord Processing Laboratory is centrally located in Hebron, KY (outside Cincinnati, OH).  The laboratory is AABB accredited, CLIA certified, FDA registered, and licensed to operate in these states that require licensing: CA, MD, IL, KY, NJ, NY.

Business Experience

•    To date, nearly 350,000 cord blood units have been stored with ViaCord (Oct. 2014)
•    ViaCord is currently the #1 provider of family cord blood units for transplant.
•    As of Oct. 2014,ViaCord has released more than 280 cord blood units for transplants or infusions
•    List of ViaCord transplants
•   Since October 2007 ViaCord has been part of  PerkinElmer, a $2.2 billion global company focused on the health and safety of people and the environment.
•    ViaCord has the highest survival rate among those banks which have disclosed complete transplant data. The one-year survival rate of patients who were treated with ViaCord cord blood units is 88%, and the long term patient survival rate is 82%.
•    ViaCord supports ongoing cord blood and cord tissue research at leading academic institutions in the areas of cardiac repair, cancer, stem cell amplification, Type 1 Diabetes, Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Stoke, Liver Fibrosis, and cartilage sports injuries.
•    ViaCord is the first bank to offer families the option to extract stem cells from the surrounding umbilical cord tissue prior to storage, which recovers up to eight times more mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) compared to that of stored segments or pieces of the umbilical cord.

Collection Kit

•    ViaCord's FDA-approved sterile collection bag is suitable for surgical deliveries. The collection bag was developed in collaboration with medical equipment manufacturer Pall Corporation.
•    ViaCord's cord blood collection bag is pre-filled with citrate phosphate dextrose (CPD), an FDA-approved anti-coagulant that also functions as a cell preservative. ViaCord studies have shown CPD preservative increases stem cell yield by more than 50% compared to heparin collection bags - a key consideration with regard to treatment success.
•    ViaCord's collection kit provides a ChloraPrep® One-Step Frepp® Applicator to clean the umbilical cord prior to collecting the cord blood.
•    ViaCord collection kit is sterile for use in the OR during C-section.

Transportation Container

The transport container includes a foam insulation that controls temperature during transportation to ViaCord's processing laboratory. Every umbilical cord unit is assessed for viability using 7-AAD to ensure appropriate temperature controls were maintained during transportation.

Shipping Info:

•    ViaCord arranges shipping and uses MNX, a private medical courier service, to retrieve the sample from the hospital and arrange for transport to the processing laboratory. 
•    MNX has been the pioneer of first flight global transportation since the early 1980s, and has the experience and resources to offer time definite, temperature controlled shipping of specimens, blood, tissue, clinical, infectious materials, and live animals.
•    Courier service is available 24/7, 365 days a year.
•    Shipping cost is included in the first year service fees for U.S. collections. Additional shipping fees apply for international collections and vary depending on location.

Processing Method

•    ViaCord stores cord blood units in bag with two compartments (80% of the unit is in one section and 20% of the unit is in the second section). A family may utilize one portion of the unit and continue to cryopreserve the other.
•    ViaCord offers two different methods for processing to provide parents with more options:
•    The first processing option is the traditional method using hetastarch, which ViaCord has employed for the past 20 years and with which they have attained their published 88% survival rate. 
•    The second processing option uses Prepa-Cyte® to derive an even more pure stem cell collection by removing nearly all red blood cells.

Components Stored

•    ViaCord customers are provided a certificate of cryopreservation as well as a document describing the potency of the cord blood unit. 
•    In addition to storing the cord blood unit in two portions, ViaCord stores 3 contiguous samples for unit testing as well as a dried blood spot card for HLA typing

Storage Method

ViaCord's final product is stored in a cyrogenic storage bag and is stored in the vapor phase of cryogenic nitrogen to eliminate the risk of contamination between samples.

Licensing & Accreditation

ViaCord's storage facility is FDA registered, accredited by the AABB, CLIA certified, and licensed in the states of CA, MD, IL, KY, NJ, NY

Clinical Experience

•    ViaCord's record of therapies is more than 280, including both transplants and emerging therapies (Oct. 2014)
•    As of January 2013, 40% of ViaCord units had been used in autologous therapy for the baby who banked, while the other 60% had been used in allogeneic therapy as sibling transplants.
•    ViaCord families have participated in clinical studies using cord blood to help treat Autism, Cerebral Palsy, and Type 1 Diabetes.


•    Annual cord blood storage fees are guaranteed not to change for 25 years
•    Families that pay storage fees in advance will be reimbursed for the unused amount if the family retrieves the unit for transplant (ie a family prepays 25 years, but retrieves the unit for use after 5 years, the family will be reimbursed the 20 years of prepaid storage fees).
•    If the final cord blood stem cell count is low (for transplant use), parents are informed and may choose to not store it and receive a full refund on processing and storage.
•    If the cord blood stem cells processed and stored by ViaCord are used in a hematopoietic stem cell transplant following standard, recognized medical practices and they do not engraft, ViaCord will pay $25,000 to the legal owner of the cells, per the ViaCord Service Agreement, to defray the cost of the procurement of an alternative stem cell source if medically indicated.

Community Service

The Sibling Connection Program is a unique partnership between ViaCord and Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI). This program provides ViaCord's COMPLETE NEWBORN STEM CELL PACKAGE™ which includes cord blood and cord tissue stem collection, processing and five years of storage at no cost to expecting parents who have a child in need of a transplant and meet the other enrollment requirements of the program.
Any expectant family with a child who has an established diagnosis of a disease that is currently treatable with sibling cord blood may be eligible. Your child's doctor will need to complete a medical referral form for approval.


-    No payment is due until the cord blood unit is stored at ViaCord Processing Laboratory

-    Service Fees (for Single Births, cord blood)
Cord Blood Banking
CB Processing & Courier Standard Pricing: $1200 (+ $175 annual storage fee) = $1375

-  Storage Fees (for Single Births, cord blood)
Cord Blood Banking
Annual storage fee is $175
20 Years of pre-paid annual storage is $2765 (Save $735)
25 Years of pre-paid annual storage is $3225 (Save $1150)

- Payment Plans available upon request:  6 month, 12 month,  18 month, 48 month

- Discount Pricing
Qualified Medical Professionals receive a monetary discount on ViaCord's services. Clients that bank more than one child also receive a discount on the cost of ViaCord's service.

Additional Services

-    Newborn Genetic Screening HealthCheck | NB

ViaCord offers a newborn genetic test, through its parent company PerkinElmer, that can detect more than 50 disorders in newborns.  This process, separate from banking a baby’s cord blood, provides valuable information to parents by determining the risk a baby is at for a metabolic or other inherited disorders. Many of these disorders are manageable if treatment begins early, so results from this test may prevent complications of undiagnosed disorders.

ViaCord provides a HealthCheck | NB genetic screening packet to parents to bring to the hospital on the day of delivery. The procedure, called a heel stick, is a quick and simple process in which the newborn baby's heel is pricked; 24-48 hrs after delivery, and then a small amount of the blood is collected on the special filter paper. The heel stick is the most common way to draw blood from newborns. The sample is mailed to PerkinElmer’s genetics lab using the UPS Next-Day Air envelope, provided in the HealthCheck|NB screening packet. Test results are sent directly to the child’s pediatrician.

-    Storage of Treatment-Ready Stem cells from Cord Tissue

ViaCord is the first family bank to offer families the option to collect and cryogenically preserve the stem cells extracted from the surrounding umbilical cord tissue. The tissue of the umbilical cord is an abundant and rich source of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC); a cell type which has the potential to play a critical role in the treatment of disease and are being studied in great detail in clinical models for their regenerative properties in cartilage, muscle, and nerve cells.

Cord tissue stem cell collection materials are provided by ViaCord. After the umbilical vein is drained, a section of the umbilical cord tissue is collected and sent to ViaCord’s processing lab using the same transportation model as collected cord blood units. Upon arrival, the surrounding umbilical cord tissue is immediately processed.

Extracting the stem cells and cryopreserving, versus freezing the tissue itself, makes the stem cells ready for use; which means less delay if a patient is in need of a transplant. ViaCord characterizes and reports on cell count and includes a contamination rate. This information will be required by a transplant physician should there be a clinical need to use the cord tissue stem cells in the future.

There are no medical treatments currently available today using stem cells extracted from cord tissue. However, there is a great deal of research underway to better understand their potential value. Over 55 studies using MSCs extracted from cord tissue (not frozen tissue) in clinical models underscore their importance to the scientific community. 

Prices with Additional Services

-    Service Fees (for Single Births)

Complete Newborn Stem Cell Package – Cord Blood + Cord Tissue
CB & CT Processing & Courier Standard Pricing: $2045 + $350 Storage Fee=$2395

Cord Tissue Stem Cell Banking
Total First Year Service Fee is $1020 (processing $845 and storage $175)

HealthCheck | NB
Total First Year Service Fee is $299 – Stand Alone Purchase
Total First Year Service Fee is $199 – Purchased with ViaCord Cord Blood Banking
Complete Newborn Stem Cell Package: Cord Blood + Cord Tissue + First Year Storage & HealthCheck is $2594

-    Storage Fees (for Single Births)

Complete Newborn Stem Cell Package – Cord Blood + Cord Tissue
Annual storage fee is $350
20 Years of pre-paid annual storage is $5530 (Save $1470) 
25 Years of pre-paid annual storage is $6450 (Save $2300)

Cord Tissue Stem Cell Banking
Annual storage fee is $175
20 Years of pre-paid annual storage is $2765 (Save $735) 
25 Years of pre-paid annual storage is $3225 (Save $1150)

-    Payment Plans available upon request:  6 month, 12 month,  18 month, 48 month