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10 things you need to know about stem cell banking

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Stem cell therapies save lives

Stem cells can heal the body, promote recovery, and offer an enormous amount of therapeutic potential. They have demonstrated the ability to regenerate damaged tissue and restore lost function after an injury or illness. Additionally, stem cells can differentiate and help to form many different types of specialized tissues in the body, such as blood, muscle, bone, nerves, and even organs.

There is no guarantee that treatments being studied in the laboratory, clinical trials, or other experimental treatments (including regenerative medicine applications) will be available in the future.

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4 Tips on Cord Blood Banking from Rallie McAllister, MD, MPH

  1. Do your research and do it early

  2. Know the regulations and requirements

  3. Be picky with the process

  4. Ask about the business and stability

Dr. McAllister is a CBR® medical consultant and coauthor of The Mommy MD Guide to Pregnancy and Birth. She created this tip list to help soon-to-be parents sift through some important issues when selecting a family cord blood bank.

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1 million stem cell transplants and counting

Stem cells play a vital role in a unique new area of medicine because they can stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal itself, and they have demonstrated the potential to help conditions that have no cure today. With the growing number of investigational regenerative therapies, the clinical use of stem cells has increased each year.

Since the first transplant in 1957, there has been a near-exponential rise in stem cell transplants1. In December 2012, the millionth stem cell transplant occurred, establishing these transplants as a proven and essential therapy for treating various blood cancers and other critical diseases. Today stem cell therapies continue to evolve, bringing new hope to patients and their families.2

1. http://www.wbmt.org. "Media Fact Sheet: 1 Million Blood Stem Cell Transplants Worldwide" Accessed 04/02/2013.

2. Brunstein CG, Setubal DC, Wagner JE. Expanding the role of umbilical cord blood transplantation. Br J Haematol. 2007; 137(1):20-35.

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The advantages of cord blood

Cord blood has emerged as having advantages over other stem cell sources. Since 2004, the percentage of cord blood transplants has increased significantly.1

1. http://www.bethematch.org. “Transplants by Cell Source, 1989-2012.” Accessed 01/20/2014.

*Information based on most recent publication from Be The Match in 2012.

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100% match

Your baby is a 100% match to his/her own stem cells and may be a match for a sibling or other family member.

This is your once in a lifetime opportunity to collect and save a perfect genetic match. Access to certain treatments depends on it. Using a related source of cord blood stem cells can have significant advantages, including improved treatment outcomes and fewer complications.

Many families adopting or using a sperm or egg donor want their baby to be able to access a genetically identical source of stem cells.

Ultimately, the use of newborn stem cells will be determined by the treating physician who will consider if they are applicable for the condition. In some cases, such as regenerative medicine, a child may use their own stem cells. In others, a transplant from a matched sibling's stem cells may be the first choice. To be best prepared for the unexpected, you should save the cord blood of every child.

*Siblings of the same biological parents have a 25% chance of being a perfect match and a 50% chance of being a partial match; biological parents will always be a partial match.

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Your baby’s generation may have access to new medical treatment options

Today, cord blood stem cell therapies are being investigated for regenerative medicine applications in FDA-regulated clinical studies for conditions that have no cure.

In addition to current, FDA-regulated clinical trials, the same types of stem cells that are found in cord blood and cord tissue are being used in early-stage research. Newborn stem cells are demonstrating a growing range of potential uses across a variety of therapeutic areas.

There is no guarantee that treatments being studied in the laboratory, clinical trials, or other experimental treatments (including regenerative medicine applications) will be available in the future.

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Every 10 minutes, expecting parents choose CBR

CBR has stored over 500,000 cord blood and cord tissue stem cell units, and is the #1 recommended cord blood company by OB/GYNs* and expecting parents. In fact, OB/GYNs recommend CBR 2:1 over other private banks.

Check out the CBR Advantage.

*Blind survey, Gfk Market Measure for CBR. 07.12.

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CBR is unequaled in stem cell recovery

With a published average stem cell recovery of 99%, CBR is unequaled in the industry

Collection volume and processing technology are important to preserving the maximum amount of stem cells for your family. More saved stem cells is linked to a better outcome.

At our lab, CBR uses fully automated and closed technology called AXP® to separate the cell population rich in stem cells from the plasma and red blood cells prior to cryogenically freezing the cells for long-term preservation.

This fully automated and closed processing system is designed to prevent environmental contamination of your precious stem cells. This system has the highest published average cell recovery of 99%, which is 20% more than other banks.1,2

1. Kurtzberg J, Cairo MS, Fraser JK, et al. Results of the Cord Blood Transplantation (COBLT) Study unrelated donor banking program. Transfusion. 2005;45:842-855.

2. Papassavas AC, Gioka V, Chatzistamatiou T, et al. A strategy of splitting individual high volume cord blood units into two half subunits prior to processing increases the recovery of cells and facilitates ex vivo expansion of the infused hematopoietic progenitor cells in adults. Int Jnl Lab Hem. 2007;1-9.

AXP and AutoXpress are registered trademarks of ThermoGenesis Corp.

Advancing science

As the leader in product innovation and quality, we are able to continuously invest in clinical trials as well as our lab and storage facility to help ensure the long-term safety and viability of your newborn's stem cells.

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Our clients, their stories

Families share how their decision to save their baby’s stem cells gave them access to medical options and hope

This CBR client was infused with his/her own cord blood stem cells as part of an experimental treatment. The results of the treatment may never be confirmed or published. This patient’s results may not be typical of a patient with a similar condition who receives a cord blood infusion, and may be caused in whole or in part by other factors such as treatment in physical or occupational therapy. There is no guarantee that experimental treatments will be available in the future.

Our clients, their stories

Families share how their decision to save their baby’s stem cells gave them access to medical options and hope

This CBR client was infused with his/her own cord blood stem cells as part of an experimental treatment. The results of the treatment may never be confirmed or published. This patient’s results may not be typical of a patient with a similar condition who receives a cord blood infusion, and may be caused in whole or in part by other factors such as treatment in physical or occupational therapy. There is no guarantee that experimental treatments will be available in the future.

Our clients, their stories

Families share how their decision to save their baby’s stem cells gave them access to medical options and hope

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CBR’s continued search for more therapies using newborn stem cells

Since 2008, nearly 90% of CBR’s released stem cell units used have been for experimental regenerative therapies.

Cord blood stem cells are used in many proven therapies today.1 More than 200+ clinical trials are evaluating cord blood stem cells to advance treatment options in transplant medicine and emerging regenerative applications.2 For regenerative medicine, the child's own cord blood stem cells are usually required.

1 Brunstein CG, Setubal DC, Wagner JE. Expanding the role of umbilical cord blood transplantation. Br J Haematol. 2007; 137(1):20-35.

2 clinicaltrials.gov.

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You have a choice

Private banking is more affordable than you think. CBR offers a variety of payments options and two options for storing stem cells to suit your family’s needs.
Visit cordblood.com/pricing for our full range of pricing options and special offers.

Cord blood
banking only
Banking your newborn’s umbilical cord blood

Total Price (Year One) of $1,650 and then $150 a year for annual storage after that.”

Cord blood
& tissue banking
Access to a greater range of stem cells

Total Price (Year One) of $2,750, and then $280 a year for annual storage after that.

Payment plan options and full terms and conditions are available online at cordblood.com. Some plans are subject to credit approval.

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Saving is easier than you think

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Step 1

Order your CBR Collection Kit
Call
1.888.CORDBLOOD
, visit cordblood.com, or ask your doctor for a kit.
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Step 2

Bring your kit to the delivery room

When the big day comes, simply hand your kit to your doctor or midwife and they’ll do the rest. Cord blood collection is safe and painless for you and your baby.

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Step 3

Call CBR for pick-up

CBR's convenient One-Step ShippingSM will arrange an express courier pick-up from your hospital room so you can relax with your new baby. We’ll notify you as soon as your baby’s cord blood and cord tissue are safely received at the lab.

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Disclaimer
Ultimate use of newborn stem cells will be determined by the treating physician who will consider if they are applicable for the condition and should come from the patient or a suitable donor (siblings of the same biological parents have a 25% chance of being a perfect match and a 50% chance of being a partial match; biological parents will always be a partial match). There is no guarantee that treatments being studied in the laboratory, clinical trials, or other experimental treatments (including regenerative medicine applications) will be available in the future.
Disclaimer

Ultimate use of newborn stem cells will be determined by the treating physician who will consider if they are applicable for the condition and should come from the patient or a suitable donor (siblings of the same biological parents have a 25% chance of being a perfect match and a 50% chance of being a partial match; biological parents will always be a partial match). There is no guarantee that treatments being studied in the laboratory, clinical trials, or other experimental treatments (including regenerative medicine applications) will be available in the future.