Proactive search of matching stem cell donors now available by country’s
largest stem cell bank
~ An industry first, LifeCell’s StemMatch offers early insights on the exact number & quality of
matching cord blood units available in the registry ~
Chennai, 24 th March 2021:
LifeCell, a global leader in Community Stem Cell Banking recently
announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind service, StemMatch for its community banking
members. In line with the commitment towards providing proactive healthcare services,
StemMatch will now provide information on the exact number and quality of matching stem
cell units available for the child and the family within the LifeCell registry - the largest
repository of Indian origin stem cells.
The success of a transplant depends on various factors including a close match between the
donor and the recipient, which is determined by the HLA or human leukocyte antigen
markers. A minimum of 6 out of 8 HLA markers (~75 % match) needs to be matched
between the donor and the recipient for a successful blood stem cell transplant outcome.
However, owing to genetic diversity in India, the chance of finding the right match varies
from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 2,000,000.
StemMatch provides the exact number of high-quality 6/8, 7/8 and 8/8 matching stem cell
units available for the child and the family in LifeCell’s registry every year. Community
members can easily avail StemMatch either at the time of enrolment or at a later stage.
Moreover, the annual updated report ensures that the community members are well-
informed about the latest matching units available. StemMatch, thus, expedites the
transplantation process by reducing the critical testing and matching time but above all, it
offers confidence and assurance to the members on the availability of matching units, when
This matchmaking service was until now only reserved for patients who are in need of an
imminent transplant. Transforming this service to make it now available as a proactive
search by parent's who may not be in need of an immediate transplant, has required LifeCell
to invest into advanced automations to meet the expectations, where demand of this
service would increase exponentially.
Commenting on the launch of StemMatch, Mr. Mayur Abhaya, Managing Director – LifeCell
said, “LifeCell has been instrumental in making innovative, life-saving stem cell-based
therapies accessible to every Indian and the recent success of India’s first community dual
cord blood transplant further bolsters our confidence. As an extension of our pioneering
efforts in community banking wherein the registry with over 50,000 qualified and consented
cord blood units ensures a greater than 97% chance of finding the right match for an Indian
patient, the new launch of StemMatch will give families the confidence and satisfaction of
knowing the exact number and quality of matching cord blood units available in the world’s
largest repository of Indian origin stem cells, at any point during their journey with LifeCell.
When it comes to the health of your family, why leave it to chance when you can get access
to accurate information right away.”
Established in 2004, LifeCell is India’s first and largest community stem cell bank, enjoying the
trust of over 3,50,000 parents. We are the only player in the industry providing comprehensive stem cell
solutions including the novel initiative of community stem cell banking, R&D and point-of-care stem cell
therapy for orthopaedic and vascular specialities. Our diagnostic division offers India’s most comprehensive
preventive healthcare program for mother & baby care, consisting preconception, prenatal and newborn
testing services aimed at addressing the challenge of high infant mortality rate in the country as well as
promoting health and wellness for generations to come. Visit at: http://www.lifecell.in