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Cord For Life
AABB: Public & Family
Cord for Life accepts MAIL-IN DONATIONS from across the nation. Mothers must register by week 34 of pregnancy.
- Cord for Life was founded in 1993.
- Cord for Life has always been a leader in adopting innovations in cord blood laboratory operations.
- Cord for Life became the first public bank to accept mail-in donations in 2003, long before any other public banks, and continuing to this day.
- In 2008 the bank adopted the PrepaCyte-CB processing system for separating stem cells from cord blood. PrepaCyte-CB is the first cord blood processing platform to integrate a separation reagent which causes red cell sedimentation with the use of cryopreservation-ready, functionally closed-bag system.
- In 2013 the bank adopted the CryoStor serum-free, protein-free cryopreservation media product from BioLife Solutions.
Cord for Life both accepts mail-in donations and maintains traditional donation collection programs at selected hospitals in several states.
Collection sites, as of March 2018:
- Univ. Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
- Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, MD
- St. Agnes Hospital, Baltimore, MD
- Franciscan St. James Health, Chicago Heights, IL
- Deaconess Women's Hospital, Newburgh, IN
- La Porte Hospital, La Porte, IN
- St. Mary Medical Center, Hobart, IN