Banking Placenta Cord Blood

page_placenta_cord_bloodWhen it comes to cord blood stem cell transplants, there are two critically important factors that increase the probability of a successful outcome. The first is having the best genetically matched cord blood stem cell unit possible (ideally an exact match). The second is having the most cord blood stem cells possible for transplant.3,6-8

By banking placenta cord blood stem cells in addition to cord blood banking, you have the ability to significantly increase the number of stem cells available for transplant, including a specific type of cell called the CD34+ cell. In numerous clinical studies, CD34+ cells have been shown to be the one factor that is consistently associated with positive outcomes. In fact, in a study conducted by Wagner, et al., the authors concluded, upon evaluation of 102 patients that were treated for various malignant and nonmalignant disorders, that the survival rate among patients who received the highest dose of CD34+ cells was more than 3X higher than those patients receiving the lowest dose.3


Tissue Banking

Placental tissue contains mesenchymal cells (MSCs) and MSC-like cells. While stem cells found in cord blood and placenta blood have been used to successfully treat patients, there are currently no approved uses for cells derived from the umbilical cord or placenta tissue. Possible therapeutic applications are in early research stages and LifebankUSA’s parent company is actively involved in their development.

LifebankUSA will store the placenta tissue for you as part of our complete banking package using our cryogenic tanks for long-term preservation. In the event your baby’s tissue cells are ever needed for future therapies, the tissue may then be processed and cultured using available technology at that time**.

*Storage fees apply after the first year
**Clients will be responsible for the cost of shipping the tissue and any culturing or expansion of the cells.