Cord Blood Sample Releases

Cells4Life is one of the longest serving cord blood banks in Europe and we are the only bank that provides you the option to store cord blood and cord tissue in multiple subdivisions giving your child and family more treatment opportunities.

Cells4Life has a proven track record of successful transplants and we have developed world-leading, patented technology that yields more cells than any other bank in the world. We have released cord blood samples both for routine transplants and pioneering regenerative therapies. And in 2014, we became the first cord blood bank to release a stored umbilical cord tissue for an experimental treatment.

We have released samples for brain injuries, cerebral palsy, autism, diamond blackfan anaemia, stroke, and blood disorders like leukaemia. Below is the updated list of all umbilical cord blood and cord tissue samples we have released.

Cells4Life have more than 150,000 cord blood samples in storage and collected in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Cells4Life Transplants
Year Treatment Centre Medical condition Sample Provided Recipient
2012 Imperial Trust, UK Blood Disorder Cord Blood Sibling
2012 Duke University, USA Cerebral Injury Cord Blood
Sufficient for two treatments – further cord blood remains in storage with Cells4Life
Donor
2013 Imperial Trust, UK Leukaemia Cord Blood Sibling
2014 Guys & St Thomas’, UK Epidermolysis Bullosa Cord Ttissue Sibling
2015 Duke University, USA Aquired Brain Injury Cord Blood – 5ml released (transfusion 1) Donor
2015 Duke University, USA Aquired Brain Injury Cord Blood – 5ml (transfusion 2) Donor
2016 Duke University, USA Aquired Brain Injury Cord Blood – 57 ml (transfusion 3) Donor
2016 Duke University, USA Perinatal Stroke Cord Blood Donor
2017 Duke University, USA Autism Cord Blood Donor
2018 Duke University, USA Cerebral Palsy Cord Blood Sibling
2018 Duke University, USA Autism Cord Blood Donor
2018 St Mary’s London, UK Diamond Blackfan Anaemia Cord Blood Sibling
2018 Duke University, USA Autism Cord Blood Donor
2021 Duke University, USA Cerebral Palsy Cord Blood Sibling
2021 Duke University, USA Cerebral Palsy Cord Blood Sibling
2022 Medanta Hospital, India Beta-Thalassemia Major Cord Blood Sibling
All samples provided have been accepted for use at the applicable treatment centre.

Using Your Baby’s Cord Blood Stem Cells: What’s involved?

Requiring a stem cell transplant can often be stressful and expensive, which is why Cells4Life takes care of the entire process for you and do not charge any additional fees for releasing your stored sample. We’ll also cover the cost of shipping the released sample if it will be used in an approved treatment or therapy. See complete list here

1. Complete Release Form

Contact Cells4Life UK office at 01444 873950 or send an email to let us know you will need to use your sample. Then simply complete the stem cell sample release form to begin the process.

2. Provide Permission

Give us permission to liaise with the treating physician as your chosen stem cell company. We’ll ensure to meet their requirements and provide as much cord blood or tissue as needed.

3. Sample Transportation

Cells4Life will then arrange for the transportation of your released sample in a liquid nitrogen shipper that maintains your sample in optimum condition.

Our couriers use a transport tank, which regulates and monitors the temperature of the sample to ensure that the viability is maintained.

As the UK’s leading stem cell company, Cells4Life can release cells and send them anywhere in the world. So far, we have released samples for use at institutions such as Duke University in the USA and Imperial Trust in the UK. In August 2021 and subsequently in October 2021, we have received two further requests sample releases – both for cerebral palsy.

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