Cryo-Cell

About

Cryo-Cell International, Inc. (CCEL), one of the world’s largest and most established private family cord blood stem cell banks, was founded in 1989 and began to store cord blood in 1992. Cryo-Cell is engaged in cellular processing and cryogenic storage, with a core focus on the collection and preservation of umbilical cord (U-Cord®) blood stem cells for family use. Headquartered in Oldsmar, Florida, Cryo-Cell is FDA registered, cGMP- and  cGTP-compliant, AABB accredited, and ISO certified private cord blood bank. 

Bank Locations:

Cryo-Cell Pakistan (Karachi), Cryo-Cell de Chile (Santiago), Cryo-Cell de Colombia (Bogota), Cryo-Cell del Peru (Lima), Cryo-Cell de Venezuela (Caracas), Link Cell (Willemstad), Stem Cells Costa Rica (San Jose)

Business Experience

Cryo-Cell stores 240,000 cord blood specimens worldwide for the exclusive benefit of newborns and potentially for use by other family members.  Cord blood and other hematopoietic stem cells have successfully treated nearly 80 diseases and over 25,000 cord blood stem cell transplants have been performed to date (Nov. 2011).  Researchers believe they may be utilized in the future to treat other currently non curable diseases.  As an industry pioneer, Cryo-Cell extensively educates the public on benefits of cord blood stem cell preservation.

In November 2007, Cryo-Cell announced its discovery of a novel stem cell technology.  The new service called CélleSM  (pronounced “C-L”), enables women to collect their own menstrual flow containing highly prolific stem cells which can be cryogenically preserved and may one day serve as a potential source for promising regenerative therapies to treat stroke, cardiac, diabetes, liver disease and other debilitating diseases. CélleSM is based upon Cryo-Cell’s expansive intellectual property portfolio, for which patent applications are pending related to cover the procurement, processing, isolation, cryopreservation and composition of matter of these unique menstrual stem cells. CélleSM menstrual stem cells may have significant impact on the future of regenerative medicine and possibly save or improve the quality of life for millions of people.

Cryo-Cell also offers U-Cord PlusSM, an advanced new service that combines  the U-Cord® product with cord tissue storage. Along with cord blood banking, Cryo-Cell is pioneering the way in research, to find more solutions to preserve stem cells in a non-controversial way.
 

Collection Kit

Supplies are provided for gravity collection of cord blood into an FDA-approved, sterile collection bag.  The sterile collection bag from Pall is used; the bag may be used in the operating room during a C-Section.  The anti-coagulant is Citrate Phosphate Dextrose Solution (CPD).  The sterilization supplies are Povidone Iodine Swabsticks.

Transportation Container

Cryo-Cell provides a Seasonal kit during certain months of the year, and distributed to specific states, which contain ice bricks in an insulated cooler.  The Cryo-Cell shipping container is validated to maintain room temperature under test conditions for a certain number of hours.

Shipping Info:

  • Shipping arrangements are made by the bank: parents are to call the bank to let them know a cord blood collection is to be picked up. 
  • The contract price within the US includes standard shipping by FedEx.  When a Holidays may delay shipping, an alternate courier will be advised and not covered by the contract price.
  • For an additional fee of $150 (plus another $50 for Puerto Rico, Alaska, or Hawaii), courier shipping by AirNet is available to US clients.
  • Outside the US, shipping is included if Fed Ex International is used for non-affiliate clients.
  • Other couriers used internationally are: Fed Ex, AirNet, USA couriers, Quick International, World Courier.

Processing Method

Stem cells are manually separated from cord blood by the "Rubinstein method" that uses sedimentation and gentle centrifuge.

Components Stored

The final component of blood that is stored is the "buffy coat" containing white cells and stem cells.  Parents are provided with a certificate describing testing results.

Storage Method

Final storage is in multi-compartment cryo-bags.  The bags are encased in overwrap to keep them quarantined and placed in a freezer in the vapor phase of cryogenic nitrogen.

Licensing & Accreditation

  • FDA registered
  • cGMP- and  cGTP-compliant
  • Licensed in the states of CA, MD, NJ and NY
  • AABB accredited
  • ISO certified

Clinical Experience

The Cryo-Cell transplant list is on-line:
  • Number of family cord blood collections released for transplants: 61
  • Number of family cord blood collections released for autologous therapy: 33

Guarantees

  • $50,000 Guarantee:  In the event a client's cord blood, which was processed and stored by Cryo-Cell, is used for transplant and fails to engraft, we will pay the Client $50,000.
  • $10,000 Cryo-Cell Cares payment program:  In order to help ease the financial burdens of certain transplant procedures, Cryo-Cell will provide clients $10,000 to cover associated costs of such therapies

Community Service

Discounts for Medical Professionals

Prices

Annual Storage Plan
$1,720 – processing, testing and first year annual storage fee (1st year)
Annual Storage fee - $125
$1,395 – returning client processing, testing and first year annual storage fee (1st year)
Annual Storage fee - $100
One-Time Storage Plan – 21 years of prepaid storage
$3,495 – 21 years of prepaid storage
$2,895 – 21 years of prepaid storage – returning clients
Payment Plans
6-month interest free
12 month interest free
48 month payment plan - $57 per month - Payments begin after we've completed testing, processing and storing the baby's cord blood stem cells.  Includes Initial Fee and 4 years of Annual Storage Fees
All payment plans are financed through a third-party financing company.

Additional Services

Additional options are:
  1. Storage of a length of umbilical cord tissue
  2. Storage of stem cells from menstrual blood (Célle)

Prices with Additional Services

Cord tissue:  U-Cord Plus
Annual Storage Plan
$2,099 – processing, testing and first year annual storage fee (1st year)
Annual Storage fee - $125 (U-Cord), Annual Storage fee - $125 (Cord Tissue)
$1,899 – returning client processing, testing and first year annual storage fee (1st year)
Annual Storage fee - $100, Annual Storage fee - $125 (Cord Tissue)
One-Time Storage Plan – 21 years of prepaid storage
$4,999 – 21 years of prepaid storage (Savings of $896)
$4,799 – 21 years of prepaid storage – returning clients (Savings of $496)

Célle:  Protect Baby Protect Mom
Annual Storage Plan
$1,999 – processing, testing and first year annual storage fee (1st year)
Annual Storage fee - $125 (U-Cord), Annual Storage fee - $99 (Célle)
$1,899 – returning client processing, testing and first year annual storage fee (1st year)
Annual Storage fee - $100, Annual Storage fee - $99 (Célle)
One-Time Storage Plan – 21 years of prepaid storage
$4,999 – 21 years of prepaid storage (Savings of $725)
$4,499 – 21 years of prepaid storage – returning clients (Savings of $650)

Protect Baby Protect Mom Protect Family (U-Cord, Cord Tissue and Célle)
Annual Storage Plan
$2,299 – processing, testing and first year annual storage fee (1st year)
Annual Storage fee - $125 (U-Cord), Annual Storage fee - $125 (Cord Tissue), Annual Storage fee - $99 (Célle)
$1,999 – returning client processing, testing and first year annual storage fee (1st year)
Annual Storage fee - $100, Annual Storage fee - $125 (Cord Tissue), Annual Storage fee - $99 (Célle)
One-Time Storage Plan – 21 years of prepaid storage
$5,999 – 21 years of prepaid storage (Savings of $1,781)
$5,799 – 21 years of prepaid storage – returning clients (Savings of $1,381)