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Oct 2019 Facundo Cañon is an Argentinian boy of 7 years old who has cerebral palsy due to hypoxic encephalopathy at birth. His parents saved Facu´s umbilical cord blood with MaterCell, and this gave them a chance to participate in the Duke clinical trial for cerebral palsy. The infusion of his own cord blood gave Facu a chance to improve in many skill areas.
Oct 2019 CSG-BIO has taken over the brand identity of the former Cryo-Save Europe, now known simply as “CryoSave”. They plan to set up operations in Switzerland and restore CryoSave to a leadership role in cord blood banking in Europe.
Oct 2019 The cord blood bank Cryo-Save AG in Switzerland has filed for bankruptcy. The brand identity CryoSave now belongs to CSG-BIO. The inventory of Cryo-Save Europe is held by PBKM of the FamiCord Group.
Sep 2019 Sofia was a 3 year old in Ukraine who nearly drowned and was left in a coma. Sofia now leads an ordinary life, thanks to cord blood from her baby sister and lots of rehabilitation.
Sep 2019 HEMAFUND cord blood bank in Kyiv Ukraine has provided cord blood to help over 360 children who needed surgery shortly after birth. This includes over 174 children with complex critical congenital heart defects. The CorD Program makes it possible to identify children with serious heart defects in utero, arrange to collect their cord blood at birth, and rush the children to surgery supported by cord blood within hours of birth. The CorD Program is a partnership of HEMAFUND with the Scientific-Practical Medical Center of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery led by Prof. Illya Emec. HEMAFUND is committed to medical research and public health programs that may improve the lives of families in the Ukraine.
Sep 2019 Cord blood is a serious competitor in cell therapy for stroke because it is available off the shelf and HLA matching of MNC can be relaxed. Recent trials are pushing the envelope of just how much matching is needed for allogeneic cord blood. In cell therapy trials for stroke over the time Jan. 2018 - July 2019, the top two cell sources were bone marrow (43%) and cord blood (18%), and the top two cell types were MSC (49%) and MNC (35%).
Aug 2019 A savior child can provide cord blood that is a match to an older sibling that needs a stem cell transplant. Conceiving a savior child requires Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT) that screens embryos to both exclude genetic diseases and include matching HLA types. To avoid a slippery slope into creating designer babies, the clinics that perform PGT should adhere to ethical guidelines.
Aug 2019 Most of the clients of Cryo-Save in Europe can now find their children’s biological material stored with the bank PBKM Famicord. Parents are advised to verify the status of their children’s samples.
Jul 2019 Itzel Cervantes had a successful cord blood transplant to treat recurring leukemia. The cord blood that saved her life had been in storage for 12 years before it was called from the StemCyte public bank. More than 5 years after her transplant, Itzel remains healthy, with no serious side effects, and is thriving.
Jul 2019 Patients need unrelated cord blood donors, but public cord blood banks that stand alone have struggled to survive financially. In honor of Cord Blood Awareness month, we review alternative business models for public cord blood banks: hybrid banking, crossover banking, and community or pool banking. We also do the math to demonstrate that community or pool banking is a financially viable support for public banks and fills unmet public health needs.