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Family Bank: GeneCell
GeneCell International is a privately owned laboratory specialized in collecting, processing and cryogenically storing stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood, cord tissue, adipose (fat) tissue, and other cells and tissues that can later be used to treat a variety of diseases. GeneCell International has deep roots internationally and more than a decade of experience in helping patients make informed decisions that can lead to potentially life-saving possibilities
GeneCell International was sister company of a group of laboratories headquartered in Venezuela: Genetics and Cord Blood Services, Celulas Madre C.A., and Laboratorio Venezolano de Celulas Madre, C.A (LVCM) in Venezuela. Collectively these laboratories have processed and stored over 30 thousand cord blood units. The United States laboratory of GeneCell International is in Florida.
GeneCell International relies on gravity drip into a blood bag for the collection procedure. GeneCell utilizes the 250 mL Baxter/Fenwal blood bag that already contains 35 mL of the anti-coagulant CPD. A sterile extension is provided for use during a C-section. GeneCell has a proprietary collection kit that contains all components that the procurement physician will need. The components to collect the required maternal blood include vacutainer blood collection tubes, needles and holders. Instructions are provided for collection and shipping of both cord blood and cord tissue.
GeneCell International’s kits are insulated for the protection of the cord blood and all other tissues during the shipping process. The kits have been validated under test conditions and are guaranteed to maintain room temperature until the kit reaches its destination within a period of 72 hours.
Shipping arrangements are simple. The cord blood collection kit includes pre-filled and addressed documents, including the air bill. Clients generally call our facility to inform us of the birth, and then call the shipper. We are staffed to provide services during weekends and holidays as long as the shipping company delivers during these days.
- Shipping within a 50 mile radius of our facility is FREE.
- Within the Miami-Dade/Broward area we have FREE courier services to pick up the cord blood from the hospital.
- For shipments within the United States, we use FedEx.
- For international shipments, we use FedEx, DHL and UPS.
GeneCell International manually processes cord blood units via a volume reduction method (in a closed system) that is essentially the same as the method pioneered by Dr. Pablo Rubinstein at the NY Blood Center. GeneCell performs numerous tests on the sample, including: Total Nucleated Cell Count, Viability, CD34+, Sterility, and Infectious Diseases.
GeneCell stores the "buffy coat" component of the blood that contains white blood cells, stem cells, a reduced volume of plasma and a reduced volume of red blood cells. They are stored in a 25 mL Pall blood bag.
After storage and testing, parents are provided a Lab Report that contains the following information:
- Unique ID
- Date of processing
- Pre-processing volume and TNC
- Post Processing Total Nucleated Cell Count
- Cell Viability
- CD34+ Count
All GeneCell cord blood units are stored in the Pall freezing bag. This is a two chamber bag (20ml and 5ml compartments) which also contains 2 integrally attached segments that can be utilized for HLA testing prior to release of the umbilical cord blood unit. Each Pall bag is encased in a vacuum-sealed Teflon overwrap for additional protection as a barrier to the outside environment. All samples are stored in the liquid phase of cryogenic nitrogen to ensure there are no thermal transitions upon opening and closing of the cryogenic tank, which may be a potential risk for those cord blood units stored only in the vapor phase. Too many thermal transitions may result in a lower viability cord blood cell therapy product.
Licensing & Accreditation
- Registered with the FDA
- Licensed by the Florida Department of Health
Cord blood collection, testing, processing
& 1st Annual storage: $1795
SPECIAL DISCOUNT: -$500
*Prices includes enrollment, collection kit ($300.00 non-refundable), cord blood processing, cord blood testing, maternal blood testing and first year of storage.
*Payment plans available upon request
GeneCell also offers:
- Storage of stem cells from cord tissue, aka Wharton's Jelly
- Storage of stem cells from adipose tissue (fat)
- Biorepository services for adults
Prices with Additional Services
Cord Blood and Cord Tissue:
Cord Blood & Cord Tissue collection, testing, processing
& 1st Annual storage: $2295
SPECIAL DISCOUNT: -$295
* Prices includes enrollment, collection kit ($500.00 non-refundable), cord blood and tissue processing, cord blood and tissue testing, maternal blood testing and first year of storage.