A stem cell transplant utilising umbilical cord blood requires checking for immunological compatibility between donor and patient (medically known as HLA or Human Leukocyte Antigen matching) at 4 different genetic locations.
Recipient: Saliva sample (for adults) or alternatively dried blood spot from a finger prick are required for testing
Donor: A few drops of the preserved umbilical cord blood unit are utilised for testing
HLA Parameters Tested
LifeCell utilises next generation sequencing to provide high resolution HLA typed results for a total of 8 parameters i.e. two genes with 4 locations for each gene namely HLA A, B, C, DR
Several reasons could be the trigger for initiating a search - either for a current or potential future medical need.
When a loved one is unfortunately diagnosed of a condition treatable using stem cells, depending on patient’s disease progress and treatment response, they may require a stem cell transplant from a healthy matched donor
Knowledge is power and knowing how many matches are available especially for those who have pre-exisiting family history. Having access to results also helps accelerate the time to a transplant if needed in the future.
LifeCell maintains India's largest repository of ready to use stem cells and the matching results from the search are updated as upto the accession date.
The number of matching umbilical cord units within LifeCell’s Community inventory are reported based on various degrees of match found
Perfect Match (8/8 Match)
Partial Match (7/8 Match)
Acceptable Match (6/8 Match)
Transplant physician’s may also prioritise the quantity of stem cells and may also check for red cell compatibility. LifeCell provides this additional information including donor identification details along with your reported results to help your physician choose the best units.
LifeCell’s inventory continues to grow on a regular basis and hence we strive to provide you with updated position of matches on an annual basis at no additional charge as long as you’re still an active member of the LifeCell community registry
When Requested LifeCell can also support search for matching units or donors within third party registries available worldwide for a both adult marrow and umbilical cord blood units.
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For the child, the stored cord blood will be used
For adults, collect saliva sample from the comfort of your home
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Why choose LifeCell?
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Licenced by DCGI, and accredited several times with agencies such as WHO, FDA, NABL, ISO, AABB and many more.
Our inventory of 60,000+ and growing community stem cell units offers the highest chances (>97%) worldwide of
finding acceptable match for patients of Indian origin
India's first and largest private stem cell bank, in partnership with CryoCell International (world's first private stem cell bank), with more units released for transplant from India than any other bank to treatment centers worldwide (including US, Singapore, & more).
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Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Wish To Know More?
You need to be a community banking member to sign up for this service. If you are planning to enrol for our community banking service, you can opt for StemMatch at the time of your enrolment. If you are already a member, you can sign up for it by logging into your LifeCell account or avail of it through your earned cashback.
Yes, all community bank members (child, child’s biological sibling, parents and both - maternal & paternal grandparents and family floater members) can sign up for the StemMatch service by paying an extra Rs10000 per person. Additionally, since the size of the registry is dynamic due to the number of cord blood units banks/retrieved, you will also get an updated HLA-matching status report annually at no additional cost!
If you sign up your baby for StemMatch, we will use the stored cord blood to run the test. For the rest of the family members, a simple blood draw or saliva can be collected from the comfort of your home.
A detailed clinically approved report will be shared with you online in 15 days.
You will get the information on the exact number of high-quality 6/8, 7/8 & 8/8 matching stem cell units available for your family in the largest repository of Indian origin stem cells.
An 8 allele matching scale, i.e. two genes with 4 locations for each gene namely HLA A, B, C, DR is followed during the testing process.
The cost of StemMatch per member is about INR 10,000/-
Early or proactive HLA typing helps improve the chances of finding a suitable donor and gives more time to the clinicians and families to overcome the transplantation barriers including finances and recovery support. Additionally, early HLA typing and rapid donor identification have been shown to improve the overall survival rate in high-risk individuals.
StemMatch helps expedite your journey of finding the suitable match when time matters the most.
With LifeCell’s StemMatch, you can avail 6/8, 7/8, and 8/8 allele matches using HLA-typing. Whereas conventional methods often use adult bone marrow that require 9-10 parameters to be matched.
While an 8/8 is considered a perfect match for umbilical cord blood, even a partial match of 6/8 is also acceptable for umbilical cord blood stem cell transplants. Thereby, this makes it 10-100x more easier to find a match through umbilical cord blood units as compared to adult bone marrow
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