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Family Bank: Biocells
Biocells is the first bank in Ecuador to offer umbilical cord blood cryopreservation and the first private bank in the Andean Pact to receive AABB accreditation. Biocells has advanced technology and guarantees highest cell recovery and long term reliability.
Labs and Locations
BioCells laboratory is located at their headquarters in Quito, Ecuador.
Biocells has been operating in Ecuador for almost 10 years, positioning itself as the first bank to cryopreserve cord blood stem cells. We work under the highest standards of technology and quality, supported by our strategic partner in the United States, Lifeforce Cryobanks, from whom we acquired rules, procedures and training according to the provisions of the AABB.
Biocells collection kit is designed for gravity collection. It uses the Terumo blood bag and the anti-coagulant EDTA. The bag is sterile both inside and out so that it can be used in the operating room for a C-section delivery.
BioCells collection kit has been validated to maintain room temperature.
Logistics and shipping of cord blood samples is performed by Biocells.
BioCells employs trained laboratory technicians to separate stem cells by manual processing.
Parents are provided with a certificate letter and card describing the results of tests on their child's blood.
Final storage is in cryobags immersed in the vapor phase of liquid nitrogen cryotanks.
Licensing & Accreditation
Acredited by the INDOT (Instituto Nacional de Donación y Trasplante de Órganos, Tejidos y Células), entity attached to the Ministry of Public Health of Ecuador. Biocells has AABB accreditation.
Biocells began banking cord blood in 2006 with its own laboratory. We have 9,000 stored units as 2015.
Biocells offers totally or partially coverage of the entire cryopreservation services to mothers with limited resources with a health issue that could benefit from cord blood stem cells.
Biocells initial price for enrollment and processing is USD 1695, final price depends on private health insurance coverage. The yearly maintenance fee is USD 150.
Biocells provides cord blood banking coverage with BestDoctors and BMI healthcare insurance.