Lifeforce Cryobanks was founded in 1993 and was known as Cryobanks International prior to June 2010. The company has always been a leader in adopting innovations in cord blood laboratory operations.
• Cryobanks Intnl were the first to accept mail-in donations in 2003, long before any other public banks.
• In 2008 Cryobanks Intnl adopted the PrepaCyte-CB processing system for separating stem cells from cord blood. PrepaCyte-CB is the first cord blood processing platform to integrate a separation reagent which causes red cell sedimentation with the use of cryopreservation-ready, functionally closed-bag system.
• In 2013 Lifeforce Cryobanks adopted the CryoStor serum-free, protein-free cryopreservation media product from BioLife Solutions.
Lifeforce Cryobanks both accepts mail-in donations and maintains traditional donation collection programs at selected hospitals in several states.
Collection sites, as of Sept. 2014:
- Univ. Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA
- Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, MD
- St. Agnes Hospital, Baltimore, MD
- Community Hospital, Munster, IN
- Dupont Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN
- Franciscan St. Anthony Health, Crown Point, IN
- Franciscan St. Anthony Health, Michigan City, IN
- Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health, Lafayette, IN
- Franciscan St. Margaret Health, Dyer, IN
- Franciscan St. Margaret Health, Hammond, IN
- IU Health Ball Memorial, Muncie, IN
- Porter Regional Hospital, Valparaiso, IN
- Riverview Health, Noblesville, IN
- St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka, IN
- Franciscan St. James Health, Chicago Heights, IL