The University of Arizona has been collecting cord blood donations for research from the University of Arizona Medical Center since the 1990's. Most donations supply research programs in the laboratory of Dr. David T. Harris, a Prof. of Immunobiology
at the U. of AZ, and one of the founders and Chief Medical Officer of the family bank, Cord Blood Registry
. His research group seeks to develop regenerative medicine therapies that rely upon the stem cells in cord blood. The University of Arizona has launched BIO5
: a collaborative biotech research institute bringing together scientists from 5 disciplines–agriculture, medicine, pharmacy, basic science and engineering.