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Family Bank: ReeLabs
ReeLabs offers their "ReeCord" cord blood service only in the Mumbai area and guarantees to begin processing the cord blood within 6 HOURS of birth. No other lab in India maintains this commitment to achieve the highest standards of cell viability while operating 24/7.
Labs and Locations
Unit No. 3, Andheri Industrial Estate,
Veera Desai Road, Andheri (W),
Mumbai - 400 053
ReeLabs is an independent company with zero debt; they are presently 10 crore company with a working capital of 100 crores that has recently ventured into cord blood banking and stem cell research and therapy. ReeLabs was founded by 3 promoters:
Mr. Sunil Pophale (Managing Director and Chief Promoter): Graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (I.I.T.), Powai, 1979. Mr. Pophale is a renowned entrepreneur with a wealth of over 28 years experience in brand building. He has a proven track record as a founder and chief promoter of Fem Care Pharma Ltd. listed with the Bombay Stock Exchange that has many notable products like bleach, soaps, medicines, etc. He monetised his stake to Dabur in 2009 and entered this field.
Dr. Abhijit Bopardikar and Dr. Rohit Kulkarni (both Directors) are the other 2 promoters who are qualified M.D. Pathologists and have been instrumental in setting up a chain of Blood Banks and Pathology Diagnostic Centers in Mumbai. They have taken extensive training at various prestigious institutions on this subject and have lent their valuable support and technical expertise to this exciting field.
ReeLabs recommends collection before the delivery of the placenta. Cord blood is collected by gravity into blood bags.
ReeLabs is based in Mumbai and only collects samples from in and around Mumbai. Since the sample usually takes about 1-2 hours to reach the laboratory facility, it is surrounded by ice packs during transportation.
ReeCord is the only facility that guarantees initiation of processing in the first six hours of collection of the cord blood or cord sample for patients in Mumbai and around. This ensures an unbeatable count, viability and potency of the processed stem cells.
ReeLabs follows the Ficoll-Hypaque method of processing cord blood. This consists of a hard spin in a centrifuge to completely separate a few mL of fluid containing stem cells.
ReeLabs stores only the separated stem cells.
ReeLabs gives the option of storing the final cells in either vials or bags based on client preference. Final storage is in the vapor phase of cryogenic nitrogen.
Licensing & Accreditation
At ReeLabs, we have adopted the industry’s best practices and evolved a highly efficient processing mechanism that ensures the highest yield and potency, maximizing the benefits that processed stem cells can deliver when used in treatment. We have a state-of-the-art stem cell processing laboratory with the latest and most sophisticated technology in the heart of Mumbai. The laboratory is manned 24x7 by a well-qualified, highly competent and skilled staff, to receive, process, and store stem cell samples from all possible sources. The processing is done in a specifically designed “clean room” that has international levels of sterility and hygiene. The laboratory is accredited by ISO.
ReeCord is the only facility that guarantees initiation of processing in the first six hours of collection of the cord blood or cord sample for patients in Mumbai and around. This ensures an unbeatable count, viability and potency of the processed stem cells. ReeLabs commenced cod blood banking in 2010. As of July 2011, the lab has stored cord blood for 200 private clients and has not released any collections for therapy.
ReeLabs net fee for enrollment, processing, and storage is Rs 69,000. Discounts are offered per company policy.
Staff at ReeLabs have the requisite craft and expertise to process stem cells from cord blood, cord tissue, bone marrow, amniotic fluid, adipose tissue and other suitable sources as need be.