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Newborn Stem Cell Banking

What does it mean to bank stem cells?


Banking stem cells is acquiring and storing your stem cells in a safe place so when you need them, they are ready for your withdrawal. We prepare a Master Stem Cell Bank from your initial tissue deposit that can provide you, on average, over 1000 therapeutic doses for stem cell treatment in the future. Click here for details.




How do you extract stem cells?


After receiving the placenta, we carefully remove the amniotic membrane, a thin tissue that covers the outside of the placenta.The stem cells are extracted from the amniotic membrane.




What is a Master Cell Bank?


A Master Cell Bank are master cells that are stored at various generations. In the future, these master cells are used to manufacture over 1000 treatments over the course of a lifetime.




Is the banking process painful for the mother or the baby?


Absolutely not. The cells used for Newborn Stem Cell Banking come from the placenta. The whole process is not invasive in any way.




How do I take my placenta?


Let your physician or midwife know that you would like to take your placenta for stem cell storage. Letting them know in advance will help them prepare the placenta for release. After the baby is born, they will appropriately package the placenta for you.




Why bank MSCs now, before they are FDA approved for use?


We are actively working on FDA approvals for various indications. We will continue to add to our research program so that treatments will be available in the future. Banked cells can also be released in emergency circumstances or life-threatening cases. If a child is born with a life-threatening condition and their cells are banked, there are treatment options!




What is the advantage to banking now instead of waiting until my child needs the cells?


Birth, is the one and only time when a child's stem cells can be harvested completely uninvasively. If a child is found to have a life threatening condition early on, they could have access to their banked cells from birth.




What is the difference between Hope Biosciences stem cell banking and other stem cell banks?


Hope Biosciences uses our proprietary process and culture media to create your own Master Cell Bank which can produce, on average, more than 1000 therapeutic doses, on demand. We are the only clinical grade stem cell bank in the nation that banks pure MSCs from both adults and newborns. We do not bank tissue or blood. We simply bank the cells that matter. Learn more here.




How can I use the cells that I have banked?


Currently, in the United States, the cells that we process are considered drug products. Therefore, we can only release them in FDA approved clnical trials. We are studying a variety of therapeutic areas and will have clinical trials available for patients to participate.




I have more questions. How can I get answers?


Call to speak to a banking specialist at 832-975-8840. You can also find more information about stem cells and our technology by subscribing to our YouTube channel.




Why is stem cell banking with Hope Biosciences so expensive?


Hope Biosciences does not throw your tissue or blood in a freezer and expect that you will have viable cells to use in the future. We ensure that pure Mesenchymal Stem Cells that we bank from you are banked in a way that can generate over 1000 treatments that can be used in the future.




What happens if there are no stem cells in the placenta?


Hope Biosciences' Peace-of-Mind Guarantee: If we are unable to successfully process and bank your stem cells, every penny will be refunded.




What happens to my placenta?


After we remove the amniotic membrane, a thin tissue covering the outside of the placenta, the rest of the placenta will be appropriately discarded.




Do the stored stem cells ever expire?


No. They can be stored indefinitely.




What if I would like to encapuslate my placenta?


You sure can! After the amniotic membrane is removed, we can safely store the placenta for pick up. The rest of the placenta can be encapsulated.





Adult Stem Cell Banking

What does it mean to bank stem cells?


Banking stem cells is acquiring and storing your stem cells in a safe place so when you need them, they are ready for your withdrawal. We prepare a Master Stem Cell Bank from your initial tissue deposit that can provide you, on average, over 1000 therapeutic doses for stem cell treatment in the future. Click here for details.




How do you get stem cells from me?


We use your own fat tissue. Unfortunately, we only need 1 tablespoon of it.




How do you get my fat tissue to make my Master Cell Bank?


A mini-liposuction procedure is performed in a plastic surgeon's office.




Is the mini-liposuction procedure painful?


The procedure is considered virtually painless due to the use of local anesthesia.




Are there age limits for fat collection to bank my Master Cell Bank?


No. All adults are candidates. Children are individually evaluated and paired with an expert who can conduct the procedure.




Will I be put to sleep for the fat extraction?


No. The extraction is performed using local anesthesia.




Can I use my own plastic surgeon or dermatologist to collect my fat?


Absolutely. You will need to pay for it independently. We will be happy to provide them with a collection form and instructions for our specific requirements for the specimen. Our banking fee is all inclusive and we are not able to discount it.




Why bank MSCs now, before they are FDA approved for use?


Clients are banking prior to FDA approval for a number of reasons including ready access in the event of an emergency. Banking your stem cells ensures you’ll have access to future treatments as they become available. Hope Biosciences is also opening some trials to those who already have their cells banked with us.




What is the advantage to banking now instead of waiting until I need the cells?


It takes between 5-7 weeks to create your Master Cell Bank of MSCs from the day of fat extraction. However, if the MSCs are already banked, a dose can be prepared in as little as 7 days. Though there are claims that the quality of your stem cells is impacted with age, we believe that your MSCs within your fat tissue maintain their characteristics and function regardless of age. However, we recommend banking earlier than later, in case of emergency.




What is the difference between Hope Biosciences stem cell banking and other stem cell banks?


Hope Biosciences uses our proprietary process and culture media to create your own Master Cell Bank which can produce, on average, more than 1000 therapeutic doses, on demand. We are the only clinical grade stem cell bank in the nation that banks pure MSCs from both adults and newborns. We do not bank tissue or blood. We simply bank the cells that matter. Learn more here.




Why is stem cell banking with Hope Biosciences so expensive?


Hope Biosciences does not throw your tissue or blood in a freezer and expect that you will have viable cells to use in the future. We ensure that pure Mesenchymal Stem Cells that we bank from you are banked in a way that can generate over 1000 treatments that can be used in the future.




How can I use the cells that I have banked?


Currently, in the United States, the cells that we process are considered drug products. Therefore, we can only release them in FDA approved clnical trials. We are studying a variety of therapeutic areas and will have clinical trials available for patients to participate.




What happens if there are no stem cells in my fat?


Hope Biosciences' Peace-of-Mind Guarantee: If we are unable to successfully process and bank your stem cells, we will repeat the process at no additional cost or every penny will be refunded.




I have more questions. How can I get answers?


Call to speak to a banking specialist at 832-975-8840. You can also find more information about stem cells and our technology by subscribing to our YouTube channel.





Clinical Trials

What is a clinical trial?


A clinical trial is a study that helps test whether a new treatment or medication is safe and effective. Clinical trials are also used to determine if a new treatment is better than the current standard of care (the drug or treatment doctors currently prescribe).




Should I take part in a clinical trial?


This is a question only you can answer. You must be comfortbale with taking a drug that does not have the safety profile associated with the drugs traditionally found at a pharmacy. The first step is to talk to your primary physician. Your doctor should be able to discuss the potential risks and benefits of participating in a trial, as well as if you qualify for participation.




How much does it cost to participate in a clinical trial?


We do not charge to participate in clinical trials that we sponsor nor do we charge for expanded access protocols. For a comprehensive list of our clinical trials, please click here.




What is expanded access?


Some of our clinical trials are expanded access protocols. These are essentially clinical trials designed for a single patient or a small group of patients. Read more about expanded access on the FDA website.




How are the clinical trials regulated?


All of our clinical trials are FDA approved protcols. Additionally, we have an independent IRB that reviews the protcols and consents.




Who conducts the trials?


Each clinical trial is assigned to a principal investigator (PI). The PI is never an employee of Hope Biosciences and is typically affiliated with a third party research organization or a university. The trial itself is run at a site. Hope Biosciences qualifies each research site which can be a third party research organization, university or our own clinical research center.




How can I stay informed of new trials?


We will keep our website up-to-date and we will make new trial announcements via twitter.




How can I participate in an expanded access trial?


At the moment, we have a waiting list. Please email us at clinicaltrials@hope.bio and please include as much information as possible so our staff can respond.




Does Hope Biosciences accept 'Right to Try' patients?


The Right to Try Act is another way for patients who have been diagnosed with life-threatening diseases or conditions who have tried all approved options and who are unable to participate in a clinical trail to access certain unapproved treatments. Currently, Hope Biosciences does not accept Right to Try patients. All patients are either enrolled in a clinical trial or an expanded access protocol.





Online Store

Who can buy products from the online store?


Our online store is available only to industry, academic and non-profit reserachers. Our products are for research-use-only and we reserve the right to refuse any sale.




Can products be used for therapeutic use?


Absolutely not. All products are listed for research use only or for further development. We can custom manufacture therapeutic products for human clinical trial use. Please contact us.




Are Hope Biosciences products patented?


They are either patented or patent pending. Our mesenchymal stem cells are cultured using our patented culture media.




What does "Academic Use Only" mean?


Hope Biosciences' culture media, HB-101, and the culture kits are exclusively available for academic and non-profit research use only. If you are a commercial entity, please do not purchase "academic use only" products. Upon every order, our staff will confirm whether you are a qualified entity.




Why is there such a wide range of prices for the Mesenchymal Stem Cells?


Due to our large inventory of cells, we are fortunate to offer researchers many options when it comes to adipose derived MSCs. Later passages are cost effective options for research while we also offer P0 cells. Customize your order to meet your research needs!




What's special about Hope Biosciences' Mesenchymal Stem Cells?


Our MSCs have been culture expanded using our proprietary culture medium thereby ensuring consistent morphology and characteristics. These same cells are the ones used in human clinical trials at Hope. We believe that the performance of these cells are superior due to the quality of the culture. Learn more, here.





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