Our Story

Established in 2004, LifeCell is India's first and largest stem cell bank, enjoying the trust of over 2,00,000 parents who have banked their children's stem cells with the company. LifeCell was founded in technological collaboration with Cryo-Cell International – the world’s first private stem cell bank with over 25 years of experience. With state-of-the-art laboratories at Chennai & Gurgaon and a network spread over 200 service centers in the country & footprints in GCC countries, the company is the most accredited stem cell bank with certifications from national and international organizations for standards. LifeCell is also the only player in the industry providing comprehensive stem cell solutions including menstrual stem cell banking, R&D and point-of-care stem cell therapy for orthopedic and vascular specialties.

LifeCell has embarked on a journey to provide comprehensive diagnostic and preventive healthcare solutions for mother & baby to reduce the high disease burden and high mortality rate among newborns in the country.

LifeCell Was Launched In Collaboration With Cryo-Cell International USA, World's First Private Stem Cell Bank

First Stem Cell Bank In India To Receive ISO Accreditation

Received Accreditation From Dept Of Scientific & Industrial Research Govt. Of India For In-House R&D Activities

First Stem Cell Bank In India To Receive AABB (Formerly Known As American Association Of Blood Banks) Accreditation For Cord Blood Banking

Partnered With Harvest Therapeutics To Bring Bedside Stem cell Processing To India

LifeCell Among The First To Launch Umbilical Cord Tissue Banking

Received Accreditation From The College Of American Pathologists

LifeCell Femme Launch - India's First Menstrual Blood Stem Cell Banking Service

Launched BabyShield - An Advanced Newborn Screening Program

India's First stem Cell Bank To Get Certified For Information security Practices

Featured As A Case Study Example In "Marketing Management - A South Asian Perspective", Authored By Philip Kotler

Our Vision

To become the world’s largest stem cell solutions provider with the largest repository of lifesaving stem cell assets and thereby contributing significantly to the ever-developing scope of transplant medicine

To minimize the high disease burden in India and ensuring that every baby born in this country is healthy by providing high quality diagnostic and preventive care services

Mission

  • To maximize the possibilities of good health for the future generations of our country

  • Preserve the hope of a healthy future for children by delivering the potential of stem cells

  • To give every baby the right start to a healthy life through preventive diagnostic healthcare services

Core Values

LifeCell’s growth story is driven by convictions that adapt to the changing trends of best practices in business management.

  • Technology

    Partner with the best in the world to access leading stem cell technologies and bring the best in class cellular therapies to India
  • Society

    Create a positive impact by providing sustainable healthcare solutions for women and children in the society
  • People

    To provide a transformative experience for employees in their career paths, enabling them to realize their true potential
  • Sustainability

    To conduct our operations in a responsible manner to uphold the business and deliver our promises to our clients

Corporate Commitments

Our stakeholders are the primary focus at LifeCell. We value relationships greatly and therefore strive to ensure that every interaction people and organizations have with LifeCell is of value.

These commitments have been instrumental in our growth and continue to serve as the foundation for our bigger aspirations.

  • Commitment to Customers
    Our primary commitment is to serve our customers with pride for their decision to choose us as a partner in their future health.
  • Commitment to Employees
    Recognize & reward performance and motivate employees to reach heights of success and satisfaction. Maintain honesty, integrity and ethics in work culture both internal and external to the organization. Make LifeCell as one of the most admired places to work for in Life Sciences industry.
  • Commitment to Nation
    To provide every Indian the opportunity of good health for the future. To position India as the “Global Stem Cell Technology Hub”. To contribute to the efforts taken in reducing high disease burden among infants in India
  • Commitment to Stakeholders
    Set high performance standards and achieve desired financial results. Ensure organization growth & expansion in all avenues in our business. Achieve operational success through innovation, relentless efforts.
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  • R. NatarajanAdditional Director

    Fondly familiar to most in the Financial, Investor and Entrepreneurial world as Nats, Mr. Natarajan is the Managing Director of Helion Ventures

    With over 26 years of experience in the diverse fields of Finance & Accounting, Taxation, Planning, Sales and Marketing, HR, Nats served proven leadership roles in Organization Building & Scaling, Governance and Compliance.

    As the CFO & MD since inception of one of India’s oldest and home grown Venture Firm, Helion raised 3 funds aggregating over US $ 600 Million, invested 73 investments across various sectors and stages in India and the US, Nats lead over 200 share holder agreements and 17 exits.

    Apart from Due Diligence, Deal Structuring and Closing, Nats continues to work for rapid scaling of portfolio companies by helping in governance, finance, business planning and operational efficiencies. In addition, he is also responsible for Internal Fund Finances and Investor Relations.

    Before joining Helion, he was Global CFO and Head of support services at Tavant Technologies Inc., a US$60M software servicescompany where he led key initiatives of scaling the company from USD 19M to 60 million and 200 employees to 1100 employees within a span of three years.

    Prior to Tavant, he worked 10+ years in Wipro group of Companies across all functions. Wipro electronic Peripherals was accorded the Best IT Usage award by NASSCOM in the ICT category in Sept 2003, for initiatives led by him as CIO.

    Apart from various boards of the investee companies, he also serves on the Advisory Boards of SCIT, a part of Symbiosis University, Pune; Board of studies at Christ University, Bangalore; Bethany Educational Institutions, Bangalore; Jain collegefor Women at Chennai, founding member of Youth for Seva – A five-year-old NGO for Child Education now serving over 3000 children.

    He is also Independent Director at GEMS India and Dreams India Schools. Nats is an Associate Member of the ICWA and ICSI and a Certified Master Black Belt in Six Sigma by Motorola University.

    He is the Secretary and the Governing Body member of TIE Bangalore, part of TIE SV and part of Expert team of ISPIRT advisingRBI, SEBI & Government of India on Startup initiatives.

  • Dr Paramjit DhotMedical Director

    Dr (Brigadier) Paramjit Dhot is an eminent and renowned Pathologist, Haematologist and Transfusion Medicine Specialist with over 10 years of executive experience. Till date he has set up over 52 blood banks for the Indian Armed Forces and designed molecular biology, genetics and HLA Laboratory at the Apollo Bramwell Hospital, Mauritius which received an ISO Accreditation. Dr. Dhot also played a prominent role in setting up India’s first Haematopoietic Stem Cell Bank.

    In 2009, Dr. Dhot was awarded the prestigious Vishisht Seva Medal (equivalent to fourth highest civilian award in India) by the Honourable President of India for meritorious service in the field of medicine. He has authored over 94 research publications He specializes in stem cell therapy, blood banking and transfusion medicine and bone marrow transplantation.

    Dr. Dhot completed his post-doctoral fellowship in Haematology from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi where he specialized in holistic training in clinical and laboratory haematology, haemato-oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation.

  • R ThyagarajanChairman

    A Padma Bhushan awardee, Mr. R Thyagarajan, is the founder Chairman of Shriram Group. By inculcating the philosophy of "putting people first", he has transformed Shriram Group into India's Premier Networked Financial Services Supermarket Chain. The group has emerged as one of the largest financial super markets in the country offering a range of products and services. It has turned a darling of PEs and foreign and Indian investors. Long before Indian businessmen came to know about venture capital funds, Mr. Thyagarajan had played an "angel investor" in his own way. At LifeCell he plays the role of a mentor and contributes to driving the company as a leader in its space.

  • S Abhaya KumarVice Chairman

    Mr. S. Abhaya Kumar has been a thought leader in this space. He heralded the revolution of stem cell banking in India by incorporating LifeCell in the year 2004. He is the Managing Director of Shasun Chemicals. He is a chemical engineer and as such has been instrumental in honing the technical aspects of Shasun offering. His leadership has ensured that our facilities and products meet the technical challenge of the global market place. His drive for technical excellence and quality manufacturing has taken Shasun to international heights. Well respected within the national bodies of the Indian Chemical Industry Abhaya has extensive experience of marketing in the USA and is a member of the Indo American Chamber of Commerce.

  • Mayur Abhaya CEO & Managing Director

    Mayur Abhaya is the CEO & Managing Director of LifeCell and has transformed the organization to a multi-service stem cell solutions provider. He was instrumental in the launch of many new services at the organization such as BabyCord Duo - umbilical cord tissue banking, LifeCell Femme - menstrual blood stem cell banking, cord tissue stem cell expansion and the launch of BabyShield, the world’s most advanced newborn screening service.

    He introduced pioneering programs within the company and the industry through several exclusive value-added innovations such as personalized shipment of the sample, disaster relief program, LifeCell Cares program, quality guarantee program and dual storage. Mayur Abhaya persistent efforts and commitment towards quality ensured LifeCell received prestigious international accreditations.

    Leading a dedicated team of professionals, Mayur Abhaya expanded LifeCell’s operations to GCC countries and abroad. He steered the organizations growth by expanding the company’s network to over 200 centers across the country. LifeCell has acquired significant market share and has continued to strengthen its leadership position. In 2013, under Mayur Abhaya able leadership, LifeCell secured an investment of Rs.35 crore from Helion Venture Partners, an India focused venture fund. Today, the company has over 1,50,000 customers who have banked with LifeCell, a first in the industry.

    Mayur Abhaya comes with the experience of working at Shasun Chemicals and has held key responsibilities such as intellectual property & licensing, generics, acquisitions and implementation of various IT systems.

  • Kanwaljit SinghDirector

    Mr. Kanwaljit Singh has over 23 years of experience in the areas of venture investing, marketing & business development across multiple sectors in India and he serves on the boards of many private limited companies.Kanwal spent four years as a director and co-head of The Carlyle Group's India venture operations. He has also held senior roles in various functions such as marketing, sales and product innovation for companies such as Intel and Hindustan Unilever. He is also the co-founder of Helion Ventures.

  • Gautam SharmaDirector

    Gautam Sharma is the Managing Director of Indo Nissin Foods, a subsidiary of Japan based Nissin Foods. Prior to this role, he had been the Managing Director of Wrigley India. He has also held various roles in the consumer goods industry in companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, Perfetti van Melle and Gillete.

     

Our Management Team

  • R. Natarajan Additional Director

    Fondly familiar to most in the Financial, Investor and Entrepreneurial world as Nats, Mr. Natarajan is the Managing Director of Helion Ventures Read More
  • Dr Paramjit Dhot Medical Director

    Dr (Brigadier) Paramjit Dhot is an eminent and renowned Pathologist, Haematologist and Transfusion Medicine Read More
  • R Thyagarajan Chairman

    A Padma Bhushan awardee, Mr. R Thyagarajan, is the founder Chairman of Shriram Group.

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  • S Abhaya Kumar Vice Chairman

    Mr. S. Abhaya Kumar has been a thought leader in this space. He heralded the revolution of stem cell banking

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  • Mayur Abhaya CEO & Managing Director

    Mayur Abhaya is the CEO & Managing Director of LifeCell and has transformed the organization to a multi-service stem cell Read More
  • Kanwaljit Singh Director

    Mr. Kanwaljit Singh has over 23 years of experience in the areas of venture investing, marketing

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  • Gautam Sharma Director

    Gautam Sharma is the Managing Director of Indo Nissin Foods, a subsidiary of Japan based Nissin Foods. Read More

Mayur Abhaya CEO & Managing Director

From the CEO's Desk

Creating a healthy next generation, one baby at a time. After demonstrating a decade of excellence in stem cell solutions, we at LifeCell are gearing up to be present across a continuum of care right from pregnancy to child development. In this endeavour, LifeCell will continue to look for avenues that will provide meaningful solutions for the advancement of healthcare among newborns.

At LifeCell, we are constantly on the lookout for technological innovations in the healthcare space and ensure their availability, accessibility and affordability across the country.