Cord Blood
Banking Companies Comparison Guide

We've created this simple guide to compare cord blood banking companies and make an informed decision for your family.

Industry Experience

CBR Viacord* StemCyte
How many childrens' samples‡‡ does the company have stored? 500K+
(Largest newborn stem cell bank in the world)
300K 30K
How many FDA-regulated clinical trials has the company invested in? 5 1 0
Which company is the #1 choice of OB/GYNs4 and expecting parents?


CBR Viacord* StemCyte
Who has the highest average published cell recovery rate after red blood reduction? 99%1,2,3 ~80%2, 73 N/A**
Who preserves more cells for a longer time period during transit? At 24 hours? At 48 hours? 96.60% 71 (Heparin)

95.90% 71 (Heparin)
85.90% 71 (CPD)

66.90% 71 (CPD)
85.90% 71 (CPD)

66.90% 71 (CPD)
Saves all cord tissue cell types to maximize future potential treatments? Yes# No No

Stability + Longevity

CBR Viacord* StemCyte
How many families have used their stem cells for treatment? 400+ 280+ 4** ††
Does the company own its storage facility? Yes No†† No††
Does the company have a consistent track record of profitability? Yes Yes Unknown††
Are the samples stored in a safe location? Yes - Arizona
(Low risk of natural disasters)
No - Kentucky
(High tornado risk)
No - California
(High earthquake risk)
FDA Registered
ISO 9001:2008 Certified

* Accessed 10.10.14 Based on "Enhanced Cell Processing."
† Accessed 10.10.14 Based on "MaxCell Processing."
‡ Blind survey, Gfk Market Measure for CBR. 07.12.
§ An annual storage fee is charged each year following your baby's first birthday.
|| Based on 78-81% # CBR Systems, Inc.’s activities for New York State residents are limited to collection of umbilical cord tissue and long-term storage of umbilical cord-derived stem cells. CBR Systems, Inc.’s possession of a New York State license for such collection and long-term storage does not indicate approval or endorsement of possible future uses or future suitability of these cells.
** Refers to samples stored with StemCyte's MaxCell Processing
†† If information was not available on company website, data was based on the best information available.
‡‡ "Newborn stem cell units" refers to cord blood and cord tissue samples

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