PBKM FamiCord

About

Polski Bank Komórek Macierzystych S.A. (PBKM), is the only family cord blood bank in Poland that is accredited by AABB and ISO 9001:2008.  They lead the international banking network FamiCord that operates in more than 20 European countries and owns 4 laboratories. FamiCord is controlled by Enterprise Investors. PBKM is also a founding member of Cord Blood Europe.

Bank Locations:

Climes Sunu Banka (Riga)

Business Experience

- FamiCord is currently controlled by Enterprise Investors.
- The history of Famicord began in 2002 with cord blood banking at the lab of PBKM.
- FamiCord currently (Feb. 2013) processes about 1200 cord blood collections per month, which gives them the 3rd position in Europe.
- FamiCord cord blood inventory among the bank's 4 labs is currently (Feb. 2013) more than 70.000, 4th largest in Europe.
- FamiCord began public banking in 2011 and now has more than 400 donations that may be searched by patients in need of a match.
- FamiCord owns a network of medical consultants and staff that answer telephones and e-mails.
- Number of employees within FamiCord Group: 200

Collection Kit

Proprietary bag developed by CryoProfile Company for PBKM
Type of anti-coagulant: CPD

Transportation Container

Container is IATA certified

Shipping Info:

The contract price includes shipping.

Processing Method

- Laboratory technicians perform manual cell separation by sedimentation and centrifuge.
- Optional automated processing by Sepax is only available at Sevibe in Spain.

Components Stored

The final storage is the separated "buffy coat", a blood component that holds white cells and stem cells.  Also 4 testing segments are stored.

Storage Method

- Final storage in cord blood freezing bags packed in metal cassettes
- Freezer uses vapor phase of cryogenic nitrogen

Licensing & Accreditation

Some laboratories are accredited by their national Ministry of Health.
International accreditation of the laboratories owned by FamiCord:
Poland (Warsaw) - PBKM - AABB, ISO 9001:2008
Hungary (Budapest) - Krio - AABB, ISO 9001:2008
Spain (Girona) - Sevibe Cells -
Romania (Bucharest) - Biogenis -

Clinical Experience

- FamiCord family storage released for transplants: 11
- FamiCord family storage released to the child who banked (autologous therapy): 1 (PBKM)
- FamiCord also collects cord blood donations for the public
- FamiCord participates in clinical trials (under bioethical committee approvals) using stem cells from cord blood and cord tissue.

Guarantees

If the privately stored cord blood is released for treatment, the family will receive a monetary amount to help cover the costs of therapy.

Community Service

- Free banking to families where an immediate relative has a diagnosis for which transplantation is standard therapy.
- Discounts to medical doctors.

Prices

FamiCord total cost = $200 (enrollment) + $500 (processing) + $125 (annual storage fee)
Discounts for pre-paid annual storage: 20 years in advance costs 1500$
Payment plans and discounts available upon request

Additional Services

Storage of umbilical cord tissue, aka Wharton's Jelly
Newborn genetic testing
Baby Insurance

Prices with Additional Services

Offer cord tissue banked together with cord blood for additional $200 processing, plus additional $20 annual storage fee .