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AboutParent bank: Cells4Life
Cells4Life, founded in 2002, is one of the leading cord blood banks in the UK. 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 as many stem cells and as many stem cell types as possible at the point of therapy. In 2020, Cells4Life also became the first and only stem cell bank in Britain to offer placenta storage. Parents can choose to store placenta tissue either alone or alongside cord blood and cord tissue banking.
Cells4Life has a strong commitment to reseach and develoment of novel methods for processing and storage of blood and tissues from birth. New in 2020: Cells4Life is the only stem cell bank in the UK that offers parents the option to store the amniotic membrane and/or the chorionic villi portion of the placenta. Both amnion and chorionic villi are currently being used in numerous clinical trials to push the boundaries of conventional medicine. Placenta banking enables parents to make the most of their baby’s birth and maximise the therapeutic possibilities of their baby’s sample.
Each Cells4Life Cord Blood Collection Kit provides the necessary contents for the safe collection of umbilical cord blood, umbilical cord tissue and placental tissue. Included within the tamper evident packaging are pictorial instructions for optimum collection of the cord blood, cord tissue, and placental 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 remain at the optimum temperature of 2-80 degrees Celsius while shipping worldwide.
Cells4Life offers TotiCyte, a unique cord blood processing system which in Cells4Life laboratory testing delivered more stem cells than any other processing method. Due to the high cell yield from TotiCyte, Cells4Life feels that their processing is compatible with delayed cord clamping.
Cord Blood: 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).
Placenta: Cells4Life is the only stem cell bank in the UK that offers parents the option to store the amniotic membrane and/or chorionic villi. The amniotic membrane is stored as a sheet. The processing of the chorionic villi tissue is proprietary.
Cells4Life stores the majority of the umbilical cord blood sample in a cryogenic bag 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. In 2019 Cells4Life achieved accreditation under the international AABB standard.
Cells4Life offers private umbilical cord blood, cord tissue and placental tissue storage.
- 14 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.
- First cord blood bank in the UK to provide placenta banking services.
Cells4Life offers stem cell treatment insurance. Their +PROTECT policy provides a lump sum payment of between £75,000 to £150,000 in the event an approved stem cell therapy is required.
- 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:
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In the UK, Cells4Life offers the following processing options for the first year:
- £1495 Cells (storage £65 per year)
- £2090 CellsPlus (storage £100 per year)
- £1495 Amnion (storage £65 per year)
- £2090 Amnion & Placental Cells (storage £100 per year)
Phlebotomy Service: £300
Tissue storage (see package prices)