“Once a baby arrives, a couple becomes parents - forever”!
Isn’t this true for all parents? The moment a baby comes into picture, planning for their better future becomes the top priority for couples. This planning usually includes good education, good health, and financial investments.
For financial investments, you might look for a bank with a good reputation, better fund security, ease of transaction, and reliability - before entrusting your life’s savings with them.
So, if you’re planning to preserve your newborn’s cord blood stem cells, shouldn’t you be looking for similar features, if not better? Shouldn’t the cord blood bank you’re entrusting your baby’s future good health with, also provide the assurance and peace of mind that you made the right choice? Afterall, this opportunity comes only once in a lifetime - at the time of baby’s delivery!
We’re glad we got you thinking already. Now, let us take you through the features you need to tick off the list while choosing a good stem cell bank. And why LifeCell fits the bill!
But before that, let’s get a basic understanding of cord blood banking.
What Is Cord Blood Stem Cell Banking?
After delivery, the remaining blood found in the placenta and umbilical cord is known as cord blood. It is rich in stem cells. The process of collecting this stem-cell-rich cord blood, processing it, and storing it for future therapeutic use is known as cord blood banking.1
Cord blood banks exist as both private and public entities. Public banks work on the concept of voluntary donations with parents forfeiting the ownership rights to the stored specimen. These donated specimens are available to the general public from its common pool. However, the cord blood units need to be purchased for a fee that is charged by the public bank.2
On the other hand, private banks require parents to pay a minimum cost to preserve their baby’s stem cells. In turn, they preserve, secure and monitor the precious samples for the chosen storage package time and allow them to retrieve the sample when the need arises.3 However, the chances of the baby’s stem cells being useful to the baby is <0.04%, which is why private cord blood banking is not recommended.4
In 2004, LifeCell made its debut as the first private stem cell banking facility in India while also ushering in a new concept of cord blood banking - Community Banking - in 2017!
Community banking offers a combination of both - the privilege of a private bank and common pool sharing of a public bank.
LifeCell’s Community Stem Cell Banking solves the challenges of the public banking model as well as overcomes the hurdles of private banks. It provides access to the baby, the baby’s siblings, as well as the baby’s parents and grandparents (maternal and paternal). While the family contributes a single unit to the community, they benefit by getting access to a large inventory of samples without any restrictions on the number of units retrieved. All of these at absolutely no extra cost!
Thus, when you sign up with LifeCell, you get access to your baby’s own stem cells as well as unlimited access to the community registry of donor stem cells.
LifeCell made top-notch cord blood banking facilities accessible to the large Indian population. Its flamboyant stem-cell banking networks are spread across India and UAE.
But what do you, as a customer, stand to gain? Here’s a list of reasons to help you understand better why LifeCell is your best choice to bank your baby’s stem cells.
10 Reasons To Choose LifeCell For Cord Blood Banking
Over the years, LifeCell has been trusted by nearly 4 lakh customers. However, this trust has been won by achieving important healthcare milestones. Here are those milestones that make LifeCell a class apart from other banks:
1. Licensed & Most Accredited Stem Cell Bank
Accreditations are necessary to ensure that an institution meets, or exceeds, the minimum industry-specific quality standards. Our stem cell bank boasts of DCGI License & accreditations from prestigious organizations like AABB, AATB,WHO, GMP, NABL, ISMS, CAP, and US FDA Registered.
2. Superior Processing Technology
PrepaCyte-CB® is a premier cord blood processing technology. It uses proprietary composition of liquid reagent used in cell processing to separate and collect therapeutically relevant cells. It extracts more viable5 cells from the blood compared to other technologies and improves the recovery rate after transplants.6 (link below)
3. Unlimited Sample Retrieval
LifeCell offers unlimited retrievals from more than 60,000 qualified cord blood units readily available for community access in the LifeCell Registry at no extra cost. This enables >97% chance of finding an unrelated stem cell match and can be used by the baby, parents, biological siblings, and even maternal/paternal grandparents!
4. Free HLA Typing
LifeCell offers free HLA typing to help you find the matching donor from its repository when the need for a stem cell transplant arises in your family. This facility is available to the baby, siblings, parents and maternal & paternal grandparents.
5. Financial Assistance Towards Medical Expenses
Financial assistance of INR 20 lakhs for every stem cell transplantation for the baby, siblings & parents. So far, LifeCell has released more than 1.5 crore rupees as financial assistance to its clients to offset stem-cell-related transplant costs.
6. Retrieval Experience & Free Worldwide Shipment
LifeCell’s track record flaunts 78 successful retrievals, including 19 international transplants. These numbers reflect their proficiency in handling cord blood processing & its successful clinical application. Plus, “Free shipping” of samples is offered across the globe in just 7 days!
7. Free, Ready-To-Use Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC)
LifeCell provides DCGI-approved expanded MSC products derived from donated adult human bone marrow for immediate access or approved MSCs from donated human cord tissue in the future. Ready-to-Use 1000 Million MSCs are provided within 7 days, free of cost, along with 20 lakhs financial assistance for every MSC transplant.
8. Dual Storage Facility
LifeCell has put in place a proper contingency plan to protect your baby's precious cord blood stem cells from accidents and natural calamities through its dual-site storage facilities - Gurugram & Chennai.
9. Quality Assurance & Disaster Relief
LifeCell takes responsibility for any damage to the cord blood sample during transit, processing, or storage. This also includes instances where the retrieved cord blood units do not meet the viability/potency criteria.
LifeCell offers up to ₹2,000,000 (INR Two Million only) financial assistance in such cases, given that we are unable to source matching Umbilical Cord Blood Specimen/s from any public stem cell bank worldwide or the LifeCell Registry within 14 days.
10. Safe Transplantation Program
LifeCell offers free retrievals for every stem cell transplant and ensures patient safety via free Genomic Profiling for Inherited Diseases testing using next-generation sequencing of cord blood units before release.
Wasn’t that quite a list??
Congratulations if you made it till the end!
The Final Word!
The decision to preserve your baby’s cord blood stem cells at birth can be made only once - before the baby’s birth! However, it can leave a long-lasting impact on your baby’s and family’s future health.
LifeCell, a pioneer of Community stem cell banking in India, comes with years of experience in the field. We hope the reasons listed here are sufficient evidence to help you zero-in on LifeCell as your partner in ensuring your family’s good health.
However, that’s not all. LifeCell also provides incredible offers for parents during enrollment. If you are expecting a child soon, don't miss out on the opportunity to preserve your baby’s cord blood cell as these are precious reserves that you can count on for the safety of you and your family.
6. Donna Regan, Jonathan Wofford, Kathleen Fortune, Christianna Henderson, and Salem Akel. Clinical Evaluation of an Alternative Cord Blood Processing Method. SLCBB data presented at the AABB Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, 2011