AboutIn 2003 Lifeforce Cryobanks became the first public bank enrolling mothers to mail in donations. Those donations that cannot be accepted for unrelated transplants are either sold for research or discarded. Parent enthusiasm for this program has always exceeded the company's ability to accept donations.
Lifeforce Cryobanks was known as Cryobanks International prior to June 2010. Cryobanks Intl. was founded as a family bank in 1993 by businessman Dwight Brunoehler, who served as CEO until the company went public in 2008. In June of 2010 Cryobanks Intl. was sold at debtor's auction and renamed Lifeforce Cryobanks. The laboratory staff were retained and business has continued as usual.
Lifeforce Cryobanks both accepts mail-in donations and maintains traditional donation collection programs at selected hospitals in several states. As of Dec. 2011, their collection sites are:
- Univ. Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA
- Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, MD
- DeKalb Memorial Hospital - Auburn, Auburn, IN
- St. Anthony Medical Center - Crown Point, Crown Point, IN
- DuPont Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN
- Parkview Hospital (Main) - Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN
- Parkview Hospital North - Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN
- Parkview Huntington Hospital - Huntington, Huntington, IN
- Memorial Hospital - South Bend, South Bend, IN
- Bear Tooth Hospital, Red Lodge, MT