LifeCell’s Community Stem Cell Banking receives Global recognition

~ AABB Invites LifeCell to present the innovative concept at International conference in US ~

San Diego, Chennai,9th June, 2017:

It is believed to be a general practice that technological advancements and new concepts from the western world and other countries percolate into the Indian market. Breaking this taboo & general practice, LifeCell International has made an entry into Global platform with their recently launched concept of "Community Stem Cell banking". In 15 years, LifeCell is the only second stem cell bank to present its innovation at such a prestigious global platform.

Acknowledging the merit of this concept, LifeCell has been invited by AABB (formerly known as American Association of Blood Banks) to portray its the recently launched concept of “Community Stem Cell Banking” at 15th International Cord Blood Symposium schedule to be held at San Diego, USA between 8th - 10th June, 2017.

The International Cord Blood Symposium (ICBS) brings all the umbilical cord blood related fields of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, banking and potential in regenerative medicine together in one interactive three day conference where world renowned experts in the field of cord blood will present their new innovations on advancements in the industry.

LifeCell, India’s first & the largest stem cell bank, a pioneer in stem cell industry has been adding new innovations to its services. The innovative concept of “Community Stem Cell Banking” allows access to donor stem cells within the community thereby extending the protection of stem cells to all conditions treatable by stem cells. In addition to the child, its siblings, parents and grandparents too can access the community pool of preserved stem cells for treatments when required thereby extending the protection of stem cells to the entire family. Also there is no limit on number of withdrawals of stem cell units from the community providing a comprehensive protection

Mr Mayur Abhaya, CEO & Managing Director, LifeCell International said, “We are delighted with this acknowledgment for our innovations in stem cell industry. It is a prestigious moment for us being given an opportunity to present Community Stem Cell Banking in a Global platform of industry leaders”.

Community stem cell banking will be the future of umbilical cord stem cell banking especially in a country like India where the inventory of donor stem cells or bone marrow registries of Indian ethnicity is very low at less than 1% of global inventory and hence the availability of matching donor stem cells is very low. LifeCell with this new concept aims to create a huge inventory of donor stem cells within the next few years, which could even exceed the global standards and this will pave way for the highest probability of finding a matching stem cell unit. It is notable to mention that this initiative of LifeCell was featured in “Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood Foundation” in their website when this concept was launched in India.

Mr Vinesh Mandot, Technical Lead at LifeCell, would be presenting this innovative model in a session chaired by Dr. Frances Verter, The Director of Parent's Guide to Cord Blood Foundation at the international symposium.

About LifeCell

LifeCell, established in 2004, is India’s leading provider of preventive healthcare services for family wellness, such as stem cell banking and diagnostic testing, with facilities at Chennai & Gurgaon with a network spanning over 200 cities in India and abroad.

BabyCord, LifeCell’s umbilical cord stem cell preservation services, is world’s second largest with over 50,000 parents preserving their baby’s stem cells with it each year and over 2,00,000 parents already having trusted LifeCell. With the recent launch of BabyCord Share, a community-based approach towards stem cell access, is a global first and aims to provide families in India better future access to stem cells than even currently possible in advanced countries such as the US.

LifeCell’s processing, storage and testing facilities are the most accredited having received recognitions from domestic and global bodies such as the AABB (formerly American Association of Blood Banks), College of American Pathologists, National Accreditation Board for Laboratories, World Health Organization, amongst many others, and is also US FDA registered.BabyShield, LifeCell’s preventive genetic screening and diagnostic testing services, is India’s market leader for newborn screening services and recently forayed into prenatal screening.

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