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Family Bank: Cordón de Vida
Cordón de Vida is a privately owned laboratory specialized in collecting, processing and cryogenically storing stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood and cord tissue that can later be used to treat a variety of diseases. The laboratory is located in Panamá City, Panamá. Cordón de Vida offers nationwide service and strategic alliances with international partners. Cordón de Vida supports foundations and works closely with programs supporting the cord blood storage of siblings with cancer.
Cordón de Vida also offers cord blood and cord tissue storage in the United States with FamilyCord, subsidiary of California Cryobank.
Labs and Locations
Cordón de Vida opened the first and only cord blood bank in Panamá City, Panamá, which later became the first AABB Accredited cord blood bank in Latin America in 2010.
In addition Cordón de Vida markets to these countries:
- Cordón de Vida Costa Rica (San José, Costa Rica)
- CrioVida El Salvador (El Salvador),
- Cordón de Vida Guatemala (Guatemala),
- Cordón de Vida Venezuela (Caracas, Venezuela)
Cordón de Vida has been closely working with FamilyCord from California Cryobank for more than a decade.
Cordón de Vida started operations in 2003 as a partner of Family Cord, exclusively sending cord blood samples to the laboratory of FamilyCord’s.
In 2007 Cordón de Vida opened the first and only cord blood bank in Panamá City, Panamá, which later became the first AABB Accredited cord blood bank in Latin America in 2010.
Cordón de Vida has always thrived for the best quality for their customers, having high quality standards and processing the samples in a short time frame.
Cordón de Vida and its partners are committed to educating the public on the benefits of adult stem cells, the laboratory is always on the forefront in providing clients with information on current and future potentials for the use of stem cells in medical treatments.
Cordón de Vida features a collection kit that provides maximum stem cell protection:
- Temperature stabilizers.
- Reinforced case and protective inner tubes provide the ultimate protection against breakage.
- FDA-approved blood collection bag kit.
Cordón de Vida utilizes Fenwal (previously known as Baxter) and the anticoagulant is Citrate Phosphate Dextrose (CPD).
Cordón de Vida kit includes an inner container specially designed with patented materials and gel packs to provide maximum thermal insulation.
Thhe collection kit is validated to maintain room temperature under ISTA test conditions. Temperature monitoring device is used during outbound shipment for released samples.
Shipping costs are covered as part of the Cordón de Vida contracts. The samples will be collected at the hospital of origin by Cordón de Vida employees and will be transported in containers with thermal insulation to our processing facility.
Cordón de Vida has strategic alliances with different couriers in order to process the sample as fast as possible.
Cordón de Vida provides services 24 hrs a day, 365 days of year.
Cordón de Vida used a closed system processing method, which separates stem cells from your child's blood collection with a "red blood cell reduction" procedure.
Cordón de Vida maintains a cord blood testing segment integrally attached to the main storage bag, which serves as quality control and ensures that the storage conditions are the same for the testing segment and the whole sample.
Parents are provided with a Laboratory Report that contains the following information:
- Unique Unit Number (ID)
- Date of processing
- Pre-processing volume and TNC
- Post-processing viability (7AAD), TNC, and CD34
- Bacterial contamination
Cordón de Vida storage is in 25 ml cryo-bags. Prior to final storage, each cryo-bag is placed in a second overwrap layer of plastic, which is hermetically sealed as an extra precaution against possible cross contamination. The cord blood units are stored in cryogenic nitrogen that creates a vapor-phase environment kept at minus 196 degrees Celsius.
Licensing & Accreditation
Cordón de Vida laboratory holds these certifications:
- Certified by the Ministry of health in Panamá
- AABB Accredited
- FDA Registered
Cordón de Vida has processed and stored over 7 thousand cord blood units. Our first therapeutic release went to Duke University in 2016 for a case of Cerebral Palsy.
Cordón de Vida offers a $50,000 Engraftment Guarantee:
In the event that a client's cord blood, which was processed and stored by Cordón de Vida laboratory, is used for transplant and fails to engraft, we will pay the client $50,000.
Cordón de Vida Shipping Worldwide Guarantee:
In case the stem cells are needed for transplant to treat one of the diseases with approved protocols, Cordón de Vida covers the delivery of stem cells anywhere in the world. This insurance requires validation by the Medical Director. *
Cordón de Vida supports foundations and works closely with programs supporting the cord blood storage of siblings with cancer.
Cordón de Vida total cost includes: Collection kit, courier, processing and storage fee.
- No late enrollment fees.
- 6, 12, 18 and 24-month interest free payment plans.
- Discount for twins, triplets, and secondary pregnancies/repeat clients.
- Discounts to our clients for family and friend referrals.
- Discounts for prepaid storage of 6, 15 and 25 years, friend/client referrals