The cord blood industry came into existence in the early 1990’s with the formation of several cord blood banks in the U.S. and worldwide. It has been 40 years since it was first proposed that stem and progenitor cells were present in human cord blood. [Read more…]
The history of cord blood banking is fascinating, because the service did not exist on a widespread basis until a few decades ago. Below, we introduce key historical events that have affected cord blood and cord tissue storage, both in the U.S. and worldwide.
Since the first stem cell transplant occurred more than 65 years ago (1957), there has been a nearly exponential increase in stem cell transplants, and in late 2012, the millionth stem cell transplant occurred, a landmark event in stem cell medicine. It is clear that the stem cells contained within cord blood banking now have the potential to improve and save lives. Since the first cord blood transplant was performed in 1988, stem cells derived from umbilical blood have been used in more than 40,000 transplants worldwide. [Read more…]
After choosing a name for your newborn, the next decision you’ll need to make is whether or not you want to save their cord blood. It’s a choice you will need to make swiftly, as the window to successfully store your child’s cord blood and cord tissue is a relatively small one.
While there is a lot of information available for expecting parents, sifting through all the options to find the best cord blood bank can be overwhelming, especially if you’re not exactly familiar with all the terms and technology. [Read more…]
The history of cord blood and tissue banking dates back to the early 1990’s when three private cord blood banks were formed within the United States. These banks were Cord Blood Registry, Cryo-Cell, and Viacord, all of which are AABB accredited banks. Shortly thereafter, cord blood banks began forming in leading healthcare markets worldwide.
In this article:
- Differences among Cord Blood Banks
- History of Cord Blood Storage
- History of Cord Tissue Storage
- Types of Perinatal Stem Cell Storage