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Family Bank: StemCyte
StemCyte is a global cord blood therapeutics company. StemCyte participates in the US network of public cord blood banks operated by NMDP. In addition, StemCyte operates the National Cord Blood Bank of Taiwan, whose units are also listed with NMDP. The StemCyte laboratory and repository in Southern California provides both public donation and family storage for US parents.
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StemCyte is a global cord blood therapeutics company that provides both public donation and family storage for US parents. StemCyte participates in the US network of public cord blood banks operated by NMDP. In addition, StemCyte operates the National Cord Blood Bank of Taiwan, whose units are also listed with NMDP. The StemCyte laboratory and repository in California is accredited under both AABB standards and FACT standards.
Stemcyte opened their first laboratory in California in 1997 and operated as a public cord blood bank. StemCyte currently has one of the world's largest and most ethnically diverse, high quality, HLA typed inventory of donated cord blood units. They are listed on the NMDP's Cord Link registry and available for immediate shipment anywhere in the world.
Since inception, StemCyte has shipped in excess of 2000 cord blood units to transplant physicians in 35 countries, around the globe.
StemCyte began collecting cord blood for family storage and use in 2003. StemCyte uses the same stringent laboratory procedures to process family cord blood units as we do for public, insuring that our clients have the same high quality cord blood unit as a publicly banked unit. StemCyte has specialists available to answer questions 7 days a week, M-F from 7AM-7PM PST and Saturday from 8 AM-5PM PST& Sun 8 AM-12 PM PST
Supplies are provided for gravity collection into a completely sterile, privately labeled bag, unique to StemCyte and manufactured by Pall Medical. The anti-coagulant is CPD. ChloraPrep is used for disinfection of the collection site. StemCyte uses a safer and easy to use butterfly needle for maternal cord blood collections.
To protect the cord blood, our container has both gel packs and the industry's best thermal insulation which has been validated to maintain room temperature under test conditions. Our container is guaranteed to maintain the cord blood at room temperature during transport, for 72 hours.
Normal shipping of cord blood collection kits to parents is included in the standard cost. Last minute, overnight, kit shipping is an extra $50. After the cord blood is collected, the parents call a toll free number to summon the medical courier Midnite Express (MNX). This courier service is included in the standard cost. The courier is available to pick up the cord blood 24/7, including weekends and holidays, and expedite it to the laboratory. At selected hospitals, employees of the bank pick up the cord blood collections. The courier service to the US lab only costs extra if the baby is born outside the US.
StemCyte offers two processing methods to family cord blood units: MaxCellTM and StandardCellTM, performed either by manually by laboratory technicians or with automated Sepax equipment.
Parents are provided with a certificate describing test results, including TNC and CD34+ counts. Parents can choose to have the cord blood HLA typed before freezing for an additional charge of $295. Families will soon have access to information about their cord blood unit in an online portal.
Final cord blood storage is in blood bags, with an overwrap in the storage container. Prior to long-term storage, cord blood is temporarily stored in a quarantine freezer. Once all test results are reviewed, the cord blood is then moved to a long term freezer. The freezers use cryogenic nitrogen in the vapor phase.
Licensing & Accreditation
- Licensed by USA FDA
- Licensed to operate in all states within the USA (includes NY, NJ, MD, CA)
- Accredited by AABB, FACT, GMP, ASHI, and FDA registered
StemCyte's transplant experience has been growing steadily. World-wide, StemCyte has shipped over 2000 cord blood units to over 315 transplant centers in 38 countries on 6 continents.
StemCyte offers engraftment insurance:
1. If the cord blood stem cells do not engraft upon transplantation, you will be refunded all service fees paid to StemCyte and an additional $50,000.
2. Next, we will search the StemCyte donor bank and provide an alternative cord blood unit if one is available at a 4/6 HLA match or higher for transplant.
3. If your baby's cord blood unit is damaged during processing or storage, and if your child or immediate family member needs a stem cell transplant, we have the ability to search our donor bank and provide you with an alternative cord blood unit, if one is available at a 4/6 HLA match or higher.
This unprecedented guarantee is made possible by our unsurpassed collection and storage process as well as our exclusive access to our public donor cord blood bank. This reflects our commitment to our customers while helping transplant physicians save lives.
- Stemcyte collects publicly donated cord blood from donors at no charge to the donor.
- Free cord blood banking is provided to families where a sibling has a diagnosis for which transplantation is standard therapy (Sibling Donor Program).
- Discounts are available for active & retired military personnel.
- Discounts to public servants (Police, Fire, EMT).
- Discounts to medical professionals.
Total initial cost of enrollment:
- Shipping & courier fees + cord blood processing + 1st year storage fee = $1395
- Cord blood Annual storage fee is $150 starting 2nd year
- Shipping & courier fees + cord blood processing + cord tissue processing + 1st year storage fee = $2190
- Cord blood + tissue Annual storage fee is $275 starting 2nd year
Discounts for pre-paid annual storage:
- No Interest/No Credit Check payment plans are available for terms up to 12 months
- Website has an easy-to-use payment calculator for cord blood banking and storage