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Family Bank: Maze Cord Blood Laboratories

MAZE Cord Blood Laboratories


Maze Cord Blood Laboratories pledges to do their absolute best to make the remarkable technology of Cord Blood affordable to as many families as possible. Thus, they provide the highest quality cord blood and cord tissue collection and banking services at one of the lowest prices among accredited cord blood banks. The best science at the best value; this is their way of contributing to your family's health and happiness. Now and in the years to come.

Maze has a one-time fee that includes 20 years of storage and no annual or hidden fees ever. Visit

Labs and Locations

Maze Cord Blood Laboratories is an FDA-approved and regulated cord blood storage facility. They partner with the laboratory of Community Blood Services, which is FDA registered, AABB accredit, American Society of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI) accredited, and a member of National Cord Blood Inventory (NCBI) of the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). Since first opening, their laboratory has processed over 35,000 units of cord blood and provided cord blood stem cells for over 300 transplants.

Business Experience

Maze Cord Blood Laboratories was founded with a commitment to making cord blood banking affordable to as many parents as possible, without ever compromising service and quality.  Maze has been offering cord blood banking since 2004. The staff of Maze includes Founder, Michael A. Werner, MD, FACS and Medical Director, Marvin A. Lessig, DO, FCAP.  Maze stores cryopreserved cord blood in their own facility and has on-call service available 24 hours a day. The parent company, Maze Health, also operates an FDA-approved fertility lab that specializes in male fertility testing and sperm cryobanking. Additionally, Maze Health includes two medical practices: Maze Women's Sexual Health and Maze Men's Sexual & Reproductive Health. 

Collection Kit

Maze provides a state-of-the-art collection kit and all the supplies needed for cord blood and tissue collection:

  • Maze uses the only FDA-approved cord blood collection bag, which is sterile inside and out, making it suitable for all deliveries including Cesarean Sections
  • The collection bag contains citrate phosphate dextrose (CPD), an FDA approved anti-coagulant which is Heparin-free
  • All documentation and Physician Instructions
  • The kit also includes: Cord tissue collection cups, needles, iodine swabs for disinfecting, blood tubes for maternal testing, and labels for identifying the samples

Transportation container

  • When the blood is collected, it is shipped via our medical courier service.
  •  The medical courier is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including holidays)
  • After the cord blood is processed at the laboratory, it is then shipped in a vapor nitrogen tank to the storage facility at Maze Cord Blood Laboratories headquarters in New York.

Shipping Info

Parents will be given a number to call once the baby has been born and the cord blood has been collected.  Pick-up is available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.  Maze arranges courier shipping with Quick International on behalf of parents. FedEx shipping is also available upon request at an additional charge.

Processing Method

Your baby’s stem cells will be processed using our Advanced Suspension MethodTMAdvanced Suspension MethodTM is a superior processing technology, which yields more healthy stem cells and reduces red blood cell contamination. This results in less toxic side effects, and a decrease in the likelihood of certain complications in future use. 

Advanced Suspension MethodTM is a manual processing technique, which results in higher accuracy and less cell damage than automated processing. This method also allows the lab technologists to customize the separation according to the specific speed of cell sedimentation no matter what the volume of blood.

In the lab, the technician will:

  1. Run the mother’s blood through a wide variety of tests to ensure that there are no diseases present at the time of delivery that could have transferred to the child’s cord blood.
  2. Reduce the volume of the blood to about one quarter of the collected volume (approximately 25 ml or .85 ounces) by removing a large proportion of the red blood cells and plasma (liquid portion of the blood). The red blood cells and plasma do not need to be stored as they do not contain stem cells.
  3. Test the blood components left after processing, but before freezing, to check counts of CD34+, TNC, and 7-AAD cell viability in order to verify product quality.
  4. Add a cryo-preservative (55% DMSO/Dextran 40 solution) to the blood in a controlled manner through the utilization of an automated temperature controlled system, COOLMIX AS-210.
  5. Place the bag holding the cooled cells and cryopreservative mixture in a metal canister and label it with a unique identifying number.
  6. Slowly chill the cells by 1º centigrade (C) per minute in a controlled rate freezer until it reaches the temperature of -130º C.  It is standard lab procedure to cool cells slowly to this target temperature before putting them into the freezer.
  7. Transfer the stem cell collection to cryogenic storage in a portable tank holding vapor nitrogen at the optimal long-term storage temperature of -196º C. The portable freezer tank will be shipped back to Maze Laboratories for final storage in a large freezer tank.

Components Stored

Maze provides parents with a certificate describing test results, including collection volume and viability. The stored component of the cord blood is the buffy coat holding white cells and stem cells. Maze also stores maternal blood plus several testing portions.

Storage Method

  • The final storage is in the Maze cryogenic facility in Purchase, NY that has been FDA approved for over 18 years
  • The stem cells are held in multiple 25ml bags that are encased in overwrap and then placed in a metal canister
  • MazeT5TM Multi-Compartment Cord Tissue Storage: MazeT5TM preserves the unique stem cells from your baby’s cord tissue into 5 equal and separate segments. This gives your family the most options for the future with the flexibility to use only a part of these valuable stem cells as needed
  • All stem cells are stored in tanks holding vapor nitrogen at optimal long-term storage temperatures between -175º C to -190º C
  • Maze prefers vapor nitrogen over liquid nitrogen due to vapor’s ability to remain at a consistent temperature throughout the tank. Additionally, using vapor nitrogen protects the frozen cord blood from any infections or bacteria, which are able to “swim” through liquid nitrogen and infect other cord blood specimens.


Licensing & Accreditation

We maintain the highest possible cord blood standards in the industry.  Your cord blood is processed in an FDA registered, AABB & American Society of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI) accredited lab that is a member of National Cord Blood Inventory (NCBI) the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). In addition Maze is licensed by all 4 US states that require cord blood bank licensing: CA, MD, NJ and NY.

Clinical Experience

So far Maze has only released one collection back to the baby for successful therapy (read more). Two other samples have recently been released and are awaiting trial results.


Maze guarantees FREE storage for 20 years, and offers a $50,000 Quality Product Guarantee.

Community Service

  1. Discounts are available for returning customers, multiple births, groups, and military personnel.
  2. Maze has a gift registry.
  3. Maze offers exceptional customer service; representatives are available to speak with parents directly at 914-992-0000, via LiveChat at or via email:


Maze offers a One-Time cost of $2490.  This includes:

  • Maze Cord Blood & Tissue State-of-the-Art Collection Kit
  • Medical Courier & Hospital Bedside Pick-up
  • Advanced Suspension MethodTM Stem Cell Processing
  • Free storage for 20 years
  • $50,000 Quality Guarantee

Maze also offers multiple flexible payment plans. All payment plans are interest free with no credit checks required:

  • 12 Months ($204.17/month)
  • 24 Months ($104.58/month)
  • 36 Month ($71.39/month)

Additional Services

Prices with Additional Services

Maze also offers Cord Blood & Tissue storage for a One-Time cost of $3,490. This includes: 

  • Maze Cord Blood & Tissue State-of-the-Art Collection Kit
  • Medical Courier & Hospital Bedside Pick-up
  • Advanced Suspension MethodTM Stem Cell Processing
  • Free storage for 20 years
  • $50,000 Quality Guarantee

Flexible payment plans are available. All payment plans are interest free with no credit checks required:

  • 12 Months ($287.50/month)
  • 24 Months ($146.25/month)
  • 36 Month ($99.17/month)
Address: 2975 Westchester Avenue, Purchase NY 10577
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