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AboutParent bank: Future Health Technologies
Future Health is licensed to transport biological samples around the world and to store cells and tissues for use by either the donor, the donor's family, or an unrelated person. In 2016 they launched a new diagnostics division to the company which offers a range of screening tests. Their Canada affiliate is Tyros Biopharma.
Future Health Technologies was founded in 2002 following 3 years of extensive research and was the first stem cell bank to receive a Human Tissue Authority (HTA) license in 2005. Today, Future Health has stored more samples than all other UK banks combined and as of April 2019 had in excess of 154,000 samples in storage.
- The UK’s largest stem cell bank having processed and stored more umbilical cord stem cell samples than all the other UK banks combined
- 154,000 stem cell samples are stored from over 75,000 families in 75 countries, with offices in over 40 countries worldwide
- The only cord blood bank in the world to own storage facilities in both the UK and Switzerland
- The most highly accredited cord blood bank in the UK, one of the most highly accredited in the world
- Released 92 samples for therapies to Europe, the Middle East and the US, including 9 cord blood therapies
- Expertise in processing and storing stem cells from dental pulp
Future Health provides its clients with a purpose built collection kit containing all of the necessary components required to collect the samples. Included within the kit is a specially designed cord blood collection bag packed in individual aluminium sterile packaging.
Also provided, is a bespoke cord tissue collection kit, containing an antimicrobial tablet and a transportation preservation solution, to ensure the sample returns to the laboratory in the optimum state.
The cord blood and the cord tissue are transported in a thermally insulated shipping box. It is fully tested to ISTA 7D and 3A standards for protection against adverse temperature. The container includes evaporative cooling system and a temperature data logger to monitor shipping conditions.
For cord blood, clients are offered the Future Health’s Premium (volume reduced processing) storage method.
Future Health is the only bank in the UK to have its own in-house serology and PCR laboratories which perform tests for infectious diseases on the donor’s bloods. In addition to this, Future Health also uses flow cytometry to confirm the number of stem cells successfully stored within the sample.
Future Health is also the only bank in the UK to perform viability testing on all cord tissue samples to ensure the cells are healthy and viable.
Parents are provided with a certificate of storage detailing their unique identity code, the volume of blood stored, stem cell counts, and confirmation of the cord tissue viability. All clients are also provided with the maternal blood test results and the outcome of the microbial-contamination testing.
The samples are stored in multiple portions over separate storage locations which are all fully owned and maintained by Future Health. A member of the laboratory team is on call 24 hours per day to respond should there be any issues with the storage facility and there is also a security presence 24 hours per day.
The company maintains an insurance backed disaster recovery programme, which allows the transference of the samples to a suitably HTA licensed cryogenic storage facility in the highly unlikely event of a disaster at one of the company’s storage sites.
Licensing & Accreditation
Future Health Technologies is the most accredited stem cell bank in the UK. At present Future Health Technologies maintains the following licenses and accreditations:
- Human Tissue Authority (HTA) License (no. 22503)
- Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) Blood Establishment Authorisation
- ISO:9001 Quality Management Accreditation
- Prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise and International Trade
- AABB accreditation
Future Health has released 9 cord blood samples successfully for therapies to Europe, the Middle East and the US. These samples have been used to treat conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, Fanconi’s Anaemia, Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) and Beta Thalassemia. In addition, Future Health has released stem cells for a total of 92 successful clinical therapies.
Future Health believes that every family should have peace of mind when storing such a precious sample. That’s why Future Health offers every client private sample protection ensuring that in the unlikely event Future Health Technologies was to become insolvent, the sample would continue to be stored by an alternative HTA licensed storage facility.
Future Health Technologies is proud to offer a range of discounts designed to make stem cell banking accessible for everybody. These include:
- Price Beat Guarantee
- Repeat customer discount
- Twin/Triplet discounts
- Refer a friend scheme
- Special discount for immediate use cases
Future Health Technologies offers the following cord blood and cord tissue package prices:
- Standard Cord Blood Service - £1600 + annual storage cost £65
- Premium Cord Blood Service + Cord Tissue Service - £2195 + annual storage cost £100
- Premium+ Cord Blood Service + Cord Tissue Service + Outlook test - £2445 + annual storage cost £100
*Customers may be required to pay an additional phlebotomist fee of £300
Vision NIPT Test
Vision is non-invasive prenatal test which can be performed as early as 10 weeks into pregnancy. It is a safe, accurate and reliable prenatal test screening for life-altering conditions, including Down’s syndrome.
Outlook New Born Screening
Outlook is a simple, saliva based screening test for four conditions including lactose intolerance and coeliac disease. If purchased as part of the Premium cord blood banking service, the test is carried out on cord blood sample taken.
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