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Stem Cell preservation from the umbilical cord blood tissue

  • Storage of umbilical cord blood AND Additional storage of the umbilical cord
  • Collection kit provided
  • Preserved using state-of-the-art technology
  • Immediate processing
  • Conserved at a temperature below -170°C in cryopreservation
  • Unique identification of the sample
  • Up to twenty-five years of storage

In contrast to the blood in the umbilical cord, the umbilical cord itself primarily contains tissue stem cells, called mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). These cells are primarily found in the so-called Wharton’s Jelly – a rich source of stem cells.

Umbilical cord tissue stem cells are collected at the moment the umbilical cord between the mother and child is cut. The collection is easy, over in a few minutes and completely harmless to both the mother and child. It does not affect natural sequences of a birth at all and in contrast to the collection of adult stem cells, no invasive procedure is needed.

Soon after, the collected sample will be picked up by a certified international courier service and immediately taken to our processing facility. There it will be checked and prepared for storage.

The process to determine the cells’ quantity and quality is carried out using state-of-the-art technology. They are then divided into two containers and stored below -170°C in the gas phase of liquid nitrogen at two physically separated locations for additional safety. This is what is known as cryopreservation.

Should the cord blood supplied not correspond to the minimum requirements, we will leave it up to the parents to decide not to freeze the sample to avoid any additional cost.

For the purposes of security and to assure that your child’s stem cells are assigned individually, they will be identified using unique bar codes. You will receive a corresponding certificate approximately six weeks following birth. This ensures that they will be quickly available when necessary. We will store the stem cells for up to 25 years. After that time, your child may decide by themselves whether to continue or terminate storage.

Umbilical cord blood stem cells will also be collected when this service is selected.