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Stem Sciences Inc.

Autologous Umbilical Cord Blood Bank

Office: 790 Bay St. Suite 912, Post Box 35,Toronto, Ontario, M5G-1N8

T: (416) 730-0800, F: (416) 730-0741

Toll Free: 1-866-730-0800, E: info@stemsciences.com

 

Laboratory: 790 Bay St. # 1130, (11th Floor), Toronto, M5G-1N8

Same location as CReATe Cord Blood Bank

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Autologous Umbilical Cord Blood Banking 

 

Advances in medical science have identified umbilical cord blood as a viable and useful source of blood forming stem cells. Stem cells are the fundamental building blocks of our blood and immune systems and are normally confined to the bone marrow. Throughout life, stem cells multiply and mature into red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.  In certain disease conditions or as a side effect of chemotherapy or radiotherapy, the bone marrow may stop functioning. At such times, a stem cell transplant becomes necessary to regenerate the bone marrow. 

At birth, after the umbilical cord has been clamped and cut, the remaining segment of the umbilical cord and placenta, including whatever blood is within it, are discarded as medical waste. A simple, painless and risk free procedure allows your delivery physician/midwife to use our ‘Cord Blood Collection Kit’ to extract this ‘stem cell rich’ cord blood from the blood vessels of the placenta and umbilical cord. The procedures used to collect the cord blood do not pose any risks to the mother or child and should in no way interfere with the standard practices of your health care provider. Once collected, the cord blood is transported to Stem Sciences Inc.’s  dedicated cord blood cryo-archiving facility.  At Stem Sciences Inc., the nucleated cell component of the cord blood, that includes the stem cells, is isolated, bar code labelled and uniquely identified under the mother’s name, before being cryopreserved for long term storage.

 

The cord blood stem cells are for the use of the child from whom they were collected (autologous use only). Any other use is subject to regulatory authority approval.

 

Umbilical cord blood stem cells have been used successfully in the management of an increasing number of cancers and blood disorders, including the following:  Malignant Diseases: Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, Acute Myelocytic Leukemia, Juvenile Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, Chronic  Lymphocytic Leukemia, Neuroblastoma, Myelopdysplastic Syndrome, Lymphoma, Hodgkins. Nonmalignant Diseases: Fanconi’s anaemia, Idiopathic aplastic anaemia, Thalassemia, Sickle Cell Anaemia, Amegakaryocytic thrombocytopenia, Kostman syndrome, Blackfan-Diamond syndrome, Severe combined immunodeficiency, x-linked lymphoproliferative syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome, Hurler syndrome, Hunter syndrome, Gunther disease, Osteopetrosis, Globoid Cell leukodystrophy, Adrenoleukodystrophy, Lesch-Nyhan syndrome. This is a partial list. Many other conditions treated with bone marrow transplants can also be potentially treated with umbilical cord blood stem cells.

 

 

Why use Cord Blood Stem Cells? 

 

Amongst the key advantages of using cord blood stem cells rather than adult marrow stem cells are their ready availability, lower acquisition costs, lower risks of viral infections, and a significant decrease in developing fatal transplant associated ‘graft versus host disease’

 

 

Cord Blood Processing. 

 

All cord blood samples are processed in a dedicated Cord Blood Processing Facility. Under ideal conditions, as much as 150 ml of cord blood can be collected and processed. In general however, lower volumes are often collected. There is no hard and fast rule to determine what the minimum volume of cord blood that one can store should be. With the possibility of propagating these cells in laboratory culture, we feel that volumes lower than the generally accepted minimum of 40 mls may also yield significant numbers of cells and should be stored. You will be informed of the volume of blood that we receive from your child and should you not wish to store it, we will dispose of the sample in an appropriate manner.

 

 

How long can cord blood be stored?

 

The nucleated cells present in the cord blood are concentrated and cryopreserved in liquid nitrogen at temperatures of –196oC.  The addition of the cryoprotectant DMSO allows us to freeze these cells until such time as they are required. Initial reports in the scientific literature indicate that stem cells can be successfully stored for periods of up to 15 years without any significant loss of activity. Experience gained from the cryopreservation of human cells in general has shown that they can probably be stored for longer periods using current technology. It is only with time that we will learn the true lifespan of these cells.

 

 

Infectious Disease Testing.

 

Maternal blood samples obtained at the time of delivery will be tested for the following transmissible diseases: HIV (AIDS), HTLV, VDRL, CMV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and west Nile Virus. The Cord Blood will be tested for bacterial, viral and fungal contamination. Evidence of any significant infection/exposure will render the Cord Blood ineligible for storage.

 

 

The future. 

 

Since the first cord blood transplant in 1988, tremendous progress has been made in better understanding and utilizing umbilical cord blood stem cells. Encouraging progress is being made in understanding the nature of stem cells and their applications in managing diseases and conditions that are at present considered incurable. Already, experimental evidence has been accumulated showing improvements in healing and recovery from conditions such as ‘strokes’. Molecular biological manipulation of stem cells to insert or correct gene sequences will open up new opportunities in treating conditions such as Sickle Cell Anaemia, Haemophilia, Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, Parkinson’s, and other genetic and infectious diseases. There is also very exciting research going on in the area of cell expansion, that would allow scientists to increase the numbers of stem cells/progenitor cells in laboratory cell culture to levels that would improve the chances of engraftment.

 

 

It’s your decision.

 

The decision to bank your  baby’s stem cells is an important one and can only be made by you, the parents. If you think you might look back and regret not having saved your baby’s stem cells or feel that you want to take advantage of emerging new therapeutic approaches utilising stem cells, or you simply want peace of mind, then you should certainly consider banking your baby’s umbilical cord blood stem cells.

 

 

Fee Structure: 

 

Stem Sciences Inc. is able to offer you a cost effective opportunity to bank your baby’s umbilical cord blood stem cells. See fee schedule for full details.

 

 

Transportation Charges:

 

Courier charges, if applicable, are to be paid for by the parents. Once the cord blood has been collected, it must be transported to Stem Sciences in a timely manner. For out of town collections, this may require the use of a same day courier. Please call Air Logistics at 1-866-882-8865 or Disher Courier at 1-800-463-1035 to discuss your options.

 

 

Registration: You may register at any time during your pregnancy. However, for your own peace of mind, we recommend that you register early.

 

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Fees are fixed for the duration of your contract.

Please note: Your Physician/Hospital may charge additional collection/administration fees. Please negotiate these fees directly with them.

 

 

To further explore this unique opportunity of saving your baby’s umbilical cord blood stem cells, please visit us or contact us, and our friendly staff will walk you through our simple and affordable registration process.

 

Stem Sciences Inc.

Office: 790 Bay St. Suite 912, Post Box 35,Toronto, Ontario, M5G-1N8

T: (416) 730-0800, F: (416) 730-0741

Toll Free: 1-866-730-0800, E: info@stemsciences.com

 

Laboratory: 790 Bay St. # 614, (6th Floor), Toronto, M5G-1N8

(Same location as CReATe Cord Blood Bank)

 

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