Stem Cells Storage & Cord Tissue Storage
Stem Cells Storage & Cord Tissue Storage
After years of medical research on stem cells, cures and treatments for many diseases have been created. Therefore parents should strongly consider the option of storing the stem cells of their child. The options offered today in Greece is storing stem cells in a family bank (private) or donate them in a “donation bank”. These two options are essentially two different services.
A family stem cells bank, as Omnigen, offers stem cells storage from the umbilical cord blood and cord tissue storage for future use by the donor himself/herself (99% compatibility) and possibly by a family member. Only the above have the right to use the stem cells.
The stem cells stored in a “donation bank” can be used for therapy by any compatible receiver in the future. Most donation banks belong to a global cord blood transplants network and samples can be selected, based on parameters, according to the management procedures of the corresponding transplants body of each country. Future parents who donate the sample to these institutions have no further rights or claims.
Steps for storing stem cells from the umbilical cord and cord tissue storate in a Family Bank like OmnigenAPARENTS
Contact us to make an appointment at our offices or at your location. Contact form AOMNIGEN
In our meeting, we will answer any question you may have, we will provide all the necessary information and you will receive the collection kit along with the contract, which must be signed for your assurance, before delivering the collection kit to our representative after delivery. ΒPARENTS
Inform your doctor that you have chosen Omnigen for your baby’s cord blood and tissue collection and cryopreservation of his/hers stem cells. CPARENTS
When registering in the hospital, bring the collection kit with you and deliver it to your doctor or midwife before entering the delivery room. Immediately after delivery and when the collection of cord blood and tissue is done, contact us so we can collect the kit from the hospital, daily from 9:00 am until 8:00 pm. Store the collection kit in room temperature.
Omnigen’s representative will collect the sample and transport in our laboratories for processing, testing of bacterial and fungal infections and storage. You will be informed within 48 hours for the successful isolation of your baby’s cord blood stem cells. Within the next few days you will receive the certificate of storage.
It is known that stem cells maintain their viability in the specific conditions stored. In fact in conditions of max -150 °C (+/-) the biological clock of the cells basically stops. This means that every metabolic activity stops. Currently there is no scientific proof that these cells lose their viability after the 20 years period. On the contrary, cells stored in 1979 under relative conditions and temperature have kept their viability until today.
You can store hematopoietic stem cells of your child in a family / private bank or alternatively you can donate them to a public or private bank.
In the following summary you will find a table with the differences between family storage and donation banks. You will also learn about another very important fact: the survival rate of patients who have received stem cell transplant from a related donor (family bank), compared with the survival rate of patients who have received stem cell transplant from a non-related donor (donation bank).
Comparison of storing stem cells in a family (private) bank and donation bank. Who owns the stem cells stored? Who has rights on them? Who can use them and what is the relative rate of survival? What happens to the child’s stem cells after collection? If a family member will need stem cells for transplantation, how soon will they have them? Click here for the comparison table.
The survival rate of patients who have received stem cell transplant from a related donor (cells stored in a family stem cells bank) is twice the survival rate after a transplantation of stem cells derived from non-related donor (cells stored in a donation bank). Read more …
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