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Family Bank: Cells4Life
Founded in 2002, Cells4Life serves more UK clients than any other cord blood bank. From its systems and processes, to the range of services it offers, and even how and where its cord blood samples are stored, everything about Cells4Life has been designed to gain maximum potential from umbilical cord blood stem cells.
Labs and Locations
Cells4Life has a 2nd generation, purpose built laboratory based at their state-of-the-art Head Office in Sussex. Along with its customer care team, cord blood collection service and courier service, Cells4Life’s laboratory operates 24/7, 365 days per year. This ensures samples are processed as quickly as possible after birth, delivering highly viable cord blood samples.
Cells4Life is also the only UK company to store cord blood units across two geographically separate locations, meaning that in the unlikely event that there is a problem at one of their facilities, clients have the security of knowing that part of their sample remains safely stored elsewhere
In addition to its UK facilities, Cells4Life has local offices throughout Europe & the Middle East.
Units 2&3 Oak House, Woodlands Office Park
Albert Drive, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 9TN
Cells4Life was founded in 2002 and was the first private company to offer a stem cell storage and collection service in the UK. Today, Cells4Life stores more cord blood for private UK clients than any other bank and in August 2016 had in excess of 110,000 separate stem cell samples in storage. Cells4Life also provides its services all over the world, storing cord blood and tissue samples from customers in 54 countries.
Each Cells4Life Cord Blood Collection Kit provides the necessary contents for the safe collection of umbilical cord blood and umbilical cord tissue. Included within the tamper evident packaging are pictorial instructions for optimum collection of the blood & tissue.
Included in the base price, Cells4Life has a dedicated single purpose courier collection service that operates 24/7 365 days a year in the UK.
Cells4Life collection kit for international procurements includes specialised gel packs to ensure that samples remains at the optimum temperature of 2-80 degrees Celsius while shipping worldwide.
Cells4Life offers TotiCyte, the highest performing cord blood processing system in the UK. TotiCyte delivers 3 times more stem cells than any other method in the UK, and is therefore 100% compatible with delayed cord clamping.
Parents are provided with a certificate describing test results (volume of blood stored, cell count, viability, cord blood and cord tissue sterility and maternal disease marker testing).
Cells4Life stores the majority of the umbilical cord blood sample in a cryogenic bags AND smaller subsections of the sample in cryogenic vials. Following initial processing, the sample undergoes a controlled rate freeze for 24 hours to -80 degrees Celsius and is then stored in vapour stage cryogenic nitrogen tanks at -180 degrees Celsius.
Licensing & Accreditation
Cells4Life is licensed by the Human Tissue Authority (HTA), license number 11083. Cells4Life is also the only UK cord blood bank to have a laboratory that is certified under ISO13485.
Cells4Life offers private umbilical cord blood and cord tissue storage.
- 13 sample releases
- First cord blood bank in the UK to have provided cord tissue for treatment.
- First cord blood bank to have provided three separate samples from the same cord blood unit for three separate treatments
Cells4Life is the only cord blood bank in the UK to offer a unique stem cell treatment insurance. Their +PROTECT insurance policy provides up to £250,000 of cover in the event an approved stem cell therapy is required, with an optional £50,000 lump sum cover in the event of a cerebral palsy diagnosis.
- Cells4Life operates a cord blood donation service at Epsom and St Helier hospitals. To find out how to donate click here.
- Cells4Life works with Just4Children, a UK based charity, to help families seeking stem cell therapies raise the required funds for treatment.
- Cells4life also champions general awareness of cord blood – be that private storage or public donation through its Social Media:
Please visit our website for the most up to date prices and services for each market. In the UK, Cells4Life offers the following processing options for the first year:
- £1495 Cells (storage £60 per year)
- £2090 CellsPlus (storage £100 per year)
Phlebotomy Service: £300
Tissue storage (see package prices)