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Family Bank: PacifiCord
PacifiCord is one of the few family cord blood banks to provide premium service as well as optimal processing and storage methods for cord blood and cord tissue banking. Additionally, PacifiCord, in association with four other cord blood/tissue locations and three research and development subsidiaries worldwide, is a proud member of the HealthBanks Biotech Group, a company that has been at the forefront of cord blood/tissue banking and stem cell research across the globe.
Labs and Locations
PacifiCord’s laboratory and headquarters are both located at the same facility at 185 Technology Drive, Suite 150, Irvine, CA 92618.
PacifiCord’s parent company, HealthBanks Biotech, is headquartered in Taiwan with other cord blood banks in Hong Kong, Macau, and Thailand. In addition to running private cord blood/tissue banking facilities, HealthBanks also operates a public bank which is a proud member of the National Marrow Donor Program (Be the Match).
PacifiCord is a member of the HealthBanks Biotech family, which has been a leader in pharmaceuticals, stem cell therapy and research for over 28 years and has accumulated the most international accreditations (FACT, CAP, AABB, HOKLAS, ISO). TheVax Genetics Vaccine Co., Reber Genetics, and Purzer Pharmaceutical Co. are all sister companies of PacifiCord that focus on furthering scientific breakthroughs to help treat diseases.
PacifiCord invests in only the highest quality collection kits that are safe and convenient for both vaginal births and cesarean sections. Within the collection kit, you will find a FDA NDA approved, sterile Pall collection bag. PacifiCord uses Citrate Phosphate Dextrose (CPD), the preferred anti-coagulant and preservative that enables a significantly higher total nucleated cell count (TNC), recovery, and viability both before and after cord blood processing.
For cord tissue collections, PacifiCord provides a sterile collection container for transport. PacifiCord also provides a Parent Checklist in the collection kit to help guide both parents and medical staff through the collection process.
PacifiCord’s collection kit maintains the temperature of the cord blood and tissue for optimal viability throughout transportation. Inside of the kit are gel packs and a customized insulated pouch, designed to maintain the temperature of cord blood stem cells after the collection. In addition, the Citrate Phosphate Dextrose (CPD) anticoagulant in PacifiCord’s collection bag enhances the viability of the cells throughout transportation.
PacifiCord makes the shipping process as easy as possible. Once the cord blood and tissue has been collected, the parents will call the number located on the collection kit, upon which they will be in contact with a PacifiCord representative. A trained medical courier picks up the kit from the hospital and quickly delivers the kit to PacifiCord’s lab in Irvine.
For residents of Southern California, PacifiCord arranges transportation with its own HIPAA certified couriers. For residents who live outside of Southern California, PacifiCord uses Quick International Courier, which has been providing medical transportation services for over 30 years. All PacifiCord couriers are available on weekends and holidays, and courier/shipping costs are included in the original contract price for parents who reside within the United States.
When processing cord blood, PacifiCord uses the FDA cleared, automated AXP AutoXpress™ Platform that defines the highest processing standard for isolating and retrieving the most stem cells from the cord blood.
When processing cord tissue, PacifiCord separates the mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) from the tissue rather than storing the entire cord tissue segment. By storing the isolated MSCs, parents already have a viable cellular product that is treatment if needed for regenerative therapy.
PacifiCord provides parents with a comprehensive Cord Blood Unit Report which includes: the date/time of storage, the location of their stem cells within the BioArchive storage system, the total nucleated cell count, and the viability of the stem cells stored. Additionally, PacifiCord provides families with a personalized certificate of storage and a $50K Quality Product Guarantee.
Through every step of the storage process, PacifiCord emphasizes security and accuracy. The stem cells are placed in a dual compartment molded bag, which is then secured by another overwrap freezing bag for long-term storage. Once the cells have been secured, PacifiCord uses the BioArchive storage system to store both the cord blood stem cells and the cord tissue cells
PacifiCord is the only US bank to store cord tissue stem cells in the BioArchive. The BioArchive storage system is a fully automated system that submerges the stem cells in 100% liquid nitrogen at -196 degrees Celsius (the recommended storage temperature) and keeps them undisturbed until needed.
Licensing & Accreditation
PacifiCord is FDA inspected and AABB accredited, in addition to being a member of the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating. PacifiCord is licensed to operate in the USA (NY, CA). PacifiCord’s parent company, HealthBanks Biotech, has accumulated the most international accreditations in the industry.
PacifiCord and the HealthBanks family of companies have released cord blood collections for therapies throughout the world, including for unrelated transplants (allogeneic), family transplants (direct allogeneic), back to the child who banked (autologous therapies), and is a proud member of Be The Match. HealthBanks continues to put an emphasis on research and development projects, working with the following affiliate research centers:
Research and Development:
- University of Kansas Medical Center: Vaccine development for HIV
- Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute: treatments for neurodegeneration (Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and ALS)
- Johns Hopkins University and Taiwan University: vaccine development for HPV, HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and Avian influenza
- Taipei Veterans General Hospital: Research for neurological, cardiovascular and bone regeneration, including tissue and organ repair
- UCLA/National Taiwan University/Taipei Medical University/Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute/Cell Stem Biotech Inc.: breakthroughs in cell expansion and research on treatments for diseases, disorders and injuries such as those affected by spinal cord injuries
PacifiCord clients are covered by a $50K Quality Product Guarantee.
PacifiCord provides the following services for clients:
- Free Childbirth Preparation Classes led by certified educators
- Free tours of the PacifiCord facility
- Referral Rewards program available to clients who refer friends and family
- Online Gift Registry available to all clients
- Discounts for military personnel, select medical professionals, twins/triplets, returning clients, and firefighters/law enforcement
Plan: 1 Year Storage
Plan: 18 Year Storage
Plan: Lifetime Storage
Cord Blood and Cord Tissue:
Plan: 1 Year Storage
Plan: 18 Year Storage
Plan: Lifetime Storage