Accreditations & Experience

India’s Largest

Our network today spans over 200 cities in India with collections done routinely at more than 1000 hospitals involving over 5000 gynecologists to ensure that we serve you no matter where you are located.

Unmatched Experience

LifeCell enjoys a technological collaboration with Cryo-Cell, USA, the world’s first private stem cell bank with over 25 years of operating experience.

Most Accredited

Right from sample testing, processing, preservation & reporting, to management of sensitive client data records, LifeCell deploys international quality standards in its operations. Our international accreditations are a proof to this commitment:

  • AABB

    Manesar

    The American Association for Blood Banks is an international non-profit organization that develops the highest standards in transfusion medicine and cellular therapies. LifeCell has received their accreditation for both cord blood and cord tissue processing (for both its laboratories), thereby ensuring that the stem cell units stored at our lab are accepted for transplantation globally.

    Manesar

    The American Association for Blood Banks is an international non-profit organization that develops the highest standards in transfusion medicine and cellular therapies. LifeCell has received their accreditation for both cord blood and cord tissue processing (for both its laboratories), thereby ensuring that the stem cell units stored at our lab are accepted for transplantation globally.

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  • AABB

    Chennai

    The American Association for Blood Banks is an international non-profit organization that develops the highest standards in transfusion medicine and cellular therapies. LifeCell has received their accreditation for both cord blood and cord tissue processing (for both its laboratories), thereby ensuring that the stem cell units stored at our lab are accepted for transplantation globally.

    Chennai

    The American Association for Blood Banks is an international non-profit organization that develops the highest standards in transfusion medicine and cellular therapies. LifeCell has received their accreditation for both cord blood and cord tissue processing (for both its laboratories), thereby ensuring that the stem cell units stored at our lab are accepted for transplantation globally.

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  • ISMS

    The standards of Information Security Management System are published by the International Standards Organization  that deals with handling of critical and sensitive information.

    The standards of Information Security Management System are published by the International Standards Organization  that deals with handling of critical and sensitive information.

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  • ISBT

    LifeCell is registered with ICCBBA and in compliant to ISBT 128 Standard. ISBT 128 is a uniform labelling standard to capture information regarding identification and content of cellular therapy product and to make that information universally accessible.

    LifeCell is registered with ICCBBA and in compliant to ISBT 128 Standard. ISBT 128 is a uniform labelling standard to capture information regarding identification and content of cellular therapy product and to make that information universally accessible.

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  • FDA

    Chennai

    LifeCell is registered with USFDA and listed all the cellular therapy products manufactured in the facility. This fulfills the requirements of USFDA 21CFR1271.21 for establishment registration.

    Chennai

    LifeCell is registered with USFDA and listed all the cellular therapy products manufactured in the facility. This fulfills the requirements of USFDA 21CFR1271.21 for establishment registration.

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  • ISO

    LifeCell has also been awarded the ISO 9001:2008 for collection, processing and preservation of umbilical cord blood stem cells

    LifeCell has also been awarded the ISO 9001:2008 for collection, processing and preservation of umbilical cord blood stem cells

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  • SGS

    LifeCell has been certified as meeting the requirements of World Health Organization Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for Blood Establishments.

    LifeCell has been certified as meeting the requirements of World Health Organization Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for Blood Establishments.

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  • NABL

    National Accreditation Board for Testing & Calibration Laboratories, is an autonomous body under the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India. The accreditation from NABL testifies that LifeCell’s laboratory practices meet the country’s highest testing standards

    National Accreditation Board for Testing & Calibration Laboratories, is an autonomous body under the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India. The accreditation from NABL testifies that LifeCell’s laboratory practices meet the country’s highest testing standards

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  • Cap Accredited

    College of American Pathologists is a medical society and the world’s largest association composed of pathologists. Their accreditation recognizes our quality standards in laboratory testing of the samples

    College of American Pathologists is a medical society and the world’s largest association composed of pathologists. Their accreditation recognizes our quality standards in laboratory testing of the samples

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Best-In-Class Collection Process

Collection of umbilical cord blood, cord tissue and maternal blood samples is a crucial step in the process of stem cell banking. LifeCell’s meticulous collection and transport process ensures that every sample is given utmost care to preserve the viability of the stem cells.

Watch video on 5 Easy Steps For Preserving Umbilical Cord Stem Cells

Temperature-Validated Personalized Collection Kit

When you choose to bank your baby’s umbilical cord stem cells with us, LifeCell’s personalized collection kit will be sent to you after enrollment process. The collection kits utilized by LifeCell are carefully designed with specific materials to ensure appropriate thermal insulation. The kits are rigid in strength to protect the contents, ensuring the safe transportation and delivery to the processing site. The collection kit is well equipped with collection tools and sterile instruments for the collection of cord blood, cord tissue and maternal blood samples. The instruments are clean and remain in their original sterile packages to maintain hygiene and safety. This kit must be carried to the hospital during labour.

The collection kit from LifeCell contains the following:

Materials for Cord Blood Collection:
1. Blood bag in a sterile pack – The blood bag is kept inside a sterile package for collection of cord blood.
2. Foam brick – The collected samples will be kept on top of the foam brick to maintain the temperature till it
reaches the facility.
3. Alcohol prep pads (2 Nos.) – To wipe the umbilical cord at the punctured site to avoid any contamination.
4. Iodine swab – This is used to wipe the umbilical cord after wiping with alcohol.
5. Bio hazard bag– The blood bag wrapped in the absorbent towel will be placed inside the biohazard bag and sealed.
6. Absorbent towels (3 Nos.) – To wrap the blood bag before placing it inside the bio hazard bag.

Materials for Cord Tissue Collection:
1. Cord tissue collection container (2 Nos.)– The collected cord tissue will be kept inside the collection containers.
2. Alcohol prep pads (3 Nos.) – To sterilize the umbilical cord by wiping it on the outside.
3. Parafilm strips – To seal the cap of cord tissue containers.
4. Sterile gloves – For sterile collection of samples.
5. Sterile sheet – To place the collection materials on a clean surface.

Materials for Maternal Blood Collection:
1. EDTA vial (Lavender cap) – The maternal blood is collected in this vial which has anticoagulant EDTA.
2. Regular vial (Red cap) – To collect the maternal blood without anticoagulant.
3. Alcohol prep pad – To sterilize the vein puncture site before drawing maternal blood.
4. Vacutainer needle and holder – For collecting the maternal blood.
5. Tourniquet – To control arterial and venous circulation while drawing the maternal blood.
6. Black pouch- To keep the cord tissue collection tubes and maternal tubes in respective slots.
7. Absorbent towels (3 Nos.) – To wrap the black pouch before placing it inside the bio hazard bag.
8. Bio hazard bag– The black pouch wrapped in the absorbent towel will be placed inside the biohazard bag and sealed.

Documents Required for Sample Collection:
1. Purple card - It contains all the details about the client and the baby along with sample collection information for processing and storage.
2. Collection procedure guide – To assist the doctor or paramedic in the collection process.
3. Barcode labels – To label the samples correctly.
4. Pack content and packaging instruction sheet – To pack the collection kit safely.
5. Hologram – To confirm the authenticity of the collection kit.

Personalized Proprietary Processing Technology

As parents, you must be wondering what happens to collected samples at the lab. The processing step involves separation of stem cells from the samples.

High Stem Cell Recovery

At LifeCell, the processing technology that is used is customized to the volume of cord blood sample obtained. The volume of stem cells separated from the sample is higher at LifeCell when compared to automated techniques. Our technology also ensures lower red blood cell contamination, thereby achieving the best quality harvest of stem cells from the cord blood sample.

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Cellular Expansion

LifeCell utilizes an explant tissue culture technique for the isolation of mesenchymal stem cells. By this method, a million cells are obtained from the tissue and studied for their identity, viability and sterility. The process ensures that the time taken to provide mesenchymal stem cells for transplant is substantially shorter.

LifeCell also preserves a portion of the native umbilical cord tissue so that future techniques for isolation can be deployed.

High Tech Facilities

LifeCell Stem Cell
City Chennai

Our flagship
facility accredited
by AABB for
quality standards

LifeCell Stem Cell
City Gurgaon

India’s only stem cell
bank providing
dual storage
of stem cells

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Unmatched Client Benefits

No parent would like to believe that their child may need a stem cell transplant. However, knowing that LifeCell is there to help can be the most comforting factor. The chart below enlists the transplants performed using umbilical cord stem cells stored by families at LifeCell. The list continues to grow and in future, the possibilities will even be greater.

  • 10% Discount for Returning Clients

    LifeCell is thankful to its customers for choosing its services and hence as a measure of appreciation extends a 10% discount on testing and processing fees (Rs 2000) upon subsequent sign-ups.

  • Free Storage Insurance

    In case of demise of the earning member of the family, LifeCell extends a waiver of the annual preservation fee for the entire period of the agreement to ensure that the parental care is still available for the baby.

  • Full Refund for Missed Collections

    LifeCell cares well for the health & life of the mother and baby. In rare circumstances if the sample collection does not occur owing to these priorities we shall refund all fees paid by client upon provision of valid documentation from the attending physician.

  • Free Stem Cell Expansion for Transplant

    At the time of transplant, should the physician require a higher volume of stem cells, LifeCell would provide clinical expansion of the stem cells at no additional cost.

  • Free Transplant Related Testing

    At the time of retrieval for transplant at no additional cost we also perform necessary testing of the sample as recommended. These can also be done at the location referred by the treating transplant physician.

  • Medical Concierge to support Transplant

    At the time of transplant, LifeCell makes it easy by providing complete support with relevant medical information through our medical concierge service by which you can obtain information on available treatment options and also transplant centres globally that have considerable experience on specific treatments and / or protocols.

  • Free Worldwide Shipment for Transplant

    Should the sample be required for transplant LifeCell shall at its own cost organize for transport of the sample under cryogenic conditions to transplant center located at any part of the world. All necessary assistance for international shipment shall also be provided so that you can focus on caring for your loved one.

  • Rs 2,000,000 Stem Cell Asset Insurance

    The preserved stem cell assets are insured for a value of Rs. 1billion. This provides a cover of Rs. 2 Million to purchase a replacement unit from any public cord blood bank worldwide in the event of unit loss beyond the reasonable control of LifeCell.

  • Rs 2,000,000 Quality Guarantee

    LifeCell's quality standards are amongst the highest in the industry globally and it takes this responsibility very seriously as these stem cells would be used in a life-saving transplant. Despite its best efforts should the stored stem cells not be viable upon retrieval LifeCell provides a guarantee of Rs 2 Million which be utilized to purchase a replacement unit from any public cord blood registry worldwide.

  • Rs 2,000,000 Medical Assistance

    LifeCell understands that the costs of stem cell transplants can be financially challenging and hence its provides a medical insurance for a value of Rs 2 Million that covers not just the baby whose stem cells are stored but also the siblings and the parents. Should the stored stem cells not be a suitable match for the family members this cover can also be utilized to purchase a matching stem cell unit from any public cord blood registry worldwide.

LifeCell Can Make The Life-Saving Difference

No parent would like to believe that their child may need a stem cell transplant. However, knowing that LifeCell is there to help can be the most comforting factor. The chart below enlists the transplants performed using umbilical cord stem cells stored by families at LifeCell. The list continues to grow and in future, the possibilities will even be greater.

2005

Date of ReleaseOctober 10, 2005
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling)
Medical ConditionAcute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
Transplant CentreApollo Specialty Hospital, Chennai, India

2006

Date of ReleaseSeptember 28, 2006
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling)
Medical ConditionBeta Thalassemia Major
Transplant CentreSiriraj Hospital Medical School, Bangkok, Thailand

2007

Date of ReleaseApril 17, 2007
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling)
Medical ConditionBeta Thalassemia Major
Transplant CentreSteriling Hospital, Ahmedabad, India

2007

Date of ReleaseMay 22, 2007
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling)
Medical ConditionBeta Thalassemia Major
Transplant CentreMount Elizabeth Hospital, Singapore

2007

Date of ReleaseOctober 19, 2007
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling)
Medical ConditionBeta Thalassemia Major
Transplant CentreApollo Specialty Hospital, Chennai, India

2008

Date of ReleaseAugust 29, 2008
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling)
Medical ConditionChronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML)
Transplant CentreApollo Specialty Hospital, Chennai, India

2009

Date of ReleaseJanuary 24, 2009
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling)
Medical ConditionAcute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)
Transplant CentreCarolinas Cord Blood Bank at Duke University, USA

2009

Date of ReleaseMarch 16, 2009
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling)
Medical ConditionBeta Thalassemia Major
Transplant CentreApollo Speciality Hospital, Chennai, India

2009

Date of ReleaseSeptember 29, 2009
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling)
Medical ConditionBeta Thalassemia Major
Transplant CentreApollo Speciality Hospital, Chennai, India

2009

Date of ReleaseDecember 17, 2009
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling)
Medical ConditionBeta Thalassemia Major
Transplant CentreApollo Speciality Hospital, Chennai, India

2010

Date of ReleaseMarch 18, 2010
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling)
Medical ConditionBeta Thalassemia Major
Transplant CentreApollo Speciality Hospital, Chennai, India

2010

Date of ReleaseJune 19, 2010
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling)
Medical ConditionBeta Thalassemia Major
Transplant CentreDr. B. L. Kapur Memorial Hospital, Pusa Road, New Delhi, India

2010

Date of ReleaseNovember 04, 2010
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling)
Medical ConditionBeta Thalassemia Major
Transplant CentreApollo Speciality Hospital, Chennai, India

2010

Date of ReleaseNovember 08, 2010
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling)
Medical ConditionBeta Thalassemia Major
Transplant CentreApollo Speciality Hospital, Chennai, India

2011

Date of ReleaseJanuary 27, 2011
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling)
Medical ConditionBeta Thalassemia Major
Transplant CentreApollo Speciality Hospital, Chennai, India

2011

Date of ReleaseAugust 12, 2011
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling)
Medical ConditionBeta Thalassemia Major
Transplant CentreDr. B. L. Kapur Memorial Hospital, Pusa Road, New Delhi, India

2011

Date of ReleaseAugust 16, 2011
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling)
Medical ConditionBeta Thalassemia Major
Transplant CentreSri Ganga Ram Hospital Rajinder Nagar, New Delhi, India

2012

Date of ReleaseMay 23, 2012
Type of TransplantAutologous (Self Use)
Medical ConditionSpastic Cerebral Palsy (Compassionate Use)
Transplant CentreFortis Malar Hospital, Chennai, India

2012

Date of ReleaseAugust 30, 2012
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling)
Medical ConditionBeta Thalassemia Major
Transplant CentreDr. B. L. Kapur Memorial Hospital, Pusa Road, New Delhi, India

2013

Date of ReleaseFebruary 22, 2013
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling)
Medical ConditionBeta Thalassemia Major
Transplant CentreApollo Speciality Hospital, Chennai, India

2013

Date of ReleaseMarch 25, 2013
Type of TransplantAutologous (Self Use)
Medical ConditionSpastic Cerebral Palsy (Clinical Trial)
Transplant CentreCarolinas Cord Blood Bank at Duke University, USA

2013

Date of ReleaseJune 17, 2013
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling)
Medical ConditionBeta Thalassemia Major
Transplant CentreApollo Speciality Hospital, Chennai, India

2013

Date of ReleaseJuly 02, 2013
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling)
Medical ConditionBeta Thalassemia Major
Transplant CentreApollo Speciality Hospital, Chennai, India

2013

Date of ReleaseJuly 23, 2013
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling)
Medical ConditionJuvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia (JMML)
Transplant CentreApollo Speciality Hospital, Chennai, India

2013

Date of ReleaseAugust 19, 2013
Type of TransplantAutologous (Self Use)
Medical ConditionSpastic Cerebral Palsy (Clinical Trial)
Transplant CentreDuke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA

2013

Date of ReleaseNovember 28, 2013
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling)
Medical ConditionBeta Thalassemia Major
Transplant CentreApollo Speciality Hospital, Chennai, India

2013

Date of ReleaseDecember 16, 2013
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling)
Medical ConditionBeta Thalassemia Major
Transplant CentreApollo Speciality Hospital, Chennai, India

2014

Date of ReleaseFebruary 07, 2014
Type of TransplantAutologous (Self Use)
Medical ConditionSpastic Cerebral Palsy (Clinical Trial)
Transplant CentreDuke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA

2014

Date of ReleaseMarch 24, 2014
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling)
Medical ConditionBeta Thalassemia Major
Transplant CentreChristian Medical College (CMC), Ludhiana, Punjab, India

2014

Date of ReleaseJune 13, 2014
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling)
Medical ConditionBeta Thalassemia Major
Transplant CentreApollo Speciality Hospital, Chennai, India

2014

Date of ReleaseSeptember 17, 2014
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling)
Medical ConditionChronic Granulomatous Disease (CGD)
Transplant CentreApollo Speciality Hospital, Chennai, India

2014

Date of ReleaseSeptember 26, 2014
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling)
Medical ConditionBeta Thalassemia Major
Transplant CentreDr. B. L. Kapur Memorial Hospital, Pusa Road, New Delhi, India

2014

Date of ReleaseDecember 22, 2014
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling)
Medical ConditionBeta Thalassemia Major
Transplant CentreDr. B. L. Kapur Memorial Hospital, Pusa Road, New Delhi, India

2015

Date of ReleaseFebruary 16, 2015
Type of TransplantAutologous (Self Use)
Medical ConditionSpastic Cerebral Palsy (Clinical Trial)
Transplant CentreDuke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA

2015

Date of ReleaseMay 16, 2015
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling)
Medical ConditionBeta Thalassemia Major
Transplant CentreNarayana Hrudayalaya Health City, Bengaluru, India

2015

Date of ReleaseJuly 20, 2015
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling)
Medical ConditionBeta Thalassemia Major
Transplant CentreApollo Speciality Hospital, Chennai, India

2015

Date of ReleaseJuly 27, 2015
Type of TransplantAutologous (Self Use)
Medical ConditionSpastic Cerebral Palsy (Clinical Trial)
Transplant CentreDuke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA

2015

Date of ReleaseAugust 20, 2015
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling)
Medical ConditionBeta Thalassemia Major
Transplant CentreApollo Speciality Hospital, Chennai, India

2015

Date of ReleaseSeptember 25, 2015
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling)
Medical ConditionBeta Thalassemia Major
Transplant CentreApollo Speciality Hospital, Chennai, India

2016

Date of ReleaseJanuary 31, 2016
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling - "Twins")
Medical ConditionBeta Thalassemia Major
Transplant CentreNarayana Hrudayalaya Health City, Bengaluru, India

2016

Date of ReleaseFebruary 28, 2016
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling)
Medical ConditionHemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH)
Transplant CentreNarayana Hrudayalaya Health City, Bengaluru, India

2016

Date of ReleaseMay 31, 2016
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling)
Medical ConditionBeta Thalassemia Major
Transplant CentreApollo Speciality Hospital, Chennai, India

2016

Date of ReleaseSeptember 15, 2016
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling)
Medical ConditionBeta Thalassemia Major
Transplant CentreRajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Center, Delhi, India

2016

Date of ReleaseNovember 14, 2016
Type of TransplantRelated Allogenic (Sibling)
Medical ConditionBeta Thalassemia Major
Transplant CentreChristian Medical College (CMC), Ludhiana, Punjab, India

Success Stories

  • Vigneswaran

    A New Lease On Life Through The Power of Umbilical Cord Stem Cells

    Vigneswaran was diagnosed with blood cancer when he was in Class XI. As the disease was in advanced stage, he could not use his own adult stem cells. He approached the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore and was treated using donor umbilical cord stem cells from Australia. Two years later, he was declared cancer free. Vigneswaran was born on February 28, however has started celebrating his birthday on January 18, the day when he underwent the therapy.

  • Nitya

    Umbilical Cord Stem Cells Help Nitya To Win Over Thalassemia

    Nitya, the vivacious daughter of a stationer from Ghaziabad was found to be suffering from Thalassemia. Thanks to their well-wishers, the family discovered the power of stem cells. Nitya was gifted another lease of life through her younger brother. The sibling’s umbilical cord stem cells were preserved at LifeCell and used for the treatment of Nitya’s condition. Nitya is now living a Thalassemia-free life and is a bright student at school!

  • Thamirabarani

    Coimbatore Girl Wins Over Thalassemia With The Help Of Her Brother’s Stem Cells

    Thamirabarani, an 8-year-old girl from Coimbatore was found to be suffering from Thalassemia, a blood disorder. The cure for her came in the form of her younger brother Pugazhendi. When the younger sibling was born, his cord blood was collected and preserved at LifeCell and used for the treatment of Thamirabarani. She is now completely cured of Thalassemia and has embraced childhood in all its glory. She wants to grow up and become a teacher!

LifeCell has released 44 of its preserved stem cell units to its clients for the treatment of medical conditions. Here are stories that showcase how umbilical cord stem cells renewed the lives of two young girls.