STEM CELL BANKING
A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY.
A NOVEL APPROACH: BANKING FOR ACTUAL USE
Thank you for visiting. By now, you have probably read a ton of conflicting information regarding stem cell banking. As you make this decision, we hope to educate you on the science so that you can make a more informed decision. To help navigate you through this rather complex discussion, we've organized the information into several key questions.
What is the purpose of banking stem cells?
This may seem like a silly question but the truth is that almost everyone that has banked their newborn's stem cells has banked for the purpose of banking rather than for the purpose of using. According to the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT), the chance of a baby later benefiting his or her own banked cord blood is currently less than 0.04 percent.
BANK STEM CELLS LIKE YOU BANK MONEY
Do we deposit our money into banks in order for them to hold on to it for the rest of our lives?
No - We store our money in banks knowing that they will securely keep it for us so that we can withdraw our funds when we need them. Why don't we do the same with our stem cells?
Hope Biosciences, is first and foremost, a stem cell research company focused on developing cell therapies for a variety of indications. The successful manufacturing of these therapies is always contingent upon the quality of the banked stem cells. For our clinical trials, we bank cells regularly. However, we find it necessary to provide a secure and reliable stem cell banking service for the public.
Isn't cord blood banking the same thing as stem cell banking?
Cord blood contains hematopoietic stem cells. These cells have the ability to differentiate or transform into various blood cells such as red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, etc. They are often referred to as blood stem cells. Cord blood banking consists of just that - literally storing the blood itself. When you donate blood at a blood drive, your blood also contains some stem cells. How come it's not called a stem cell donation?
"There are a lot of advertisements and incentives to have a child's cord blood banked on the idea that will be some kind of biological insurance. That's totally unrealistic."
— Dr. William Shearer, American Academy of Pediatrics
Hope Biosciences Newborn Stem Cell Banking is our proprietary method of banking your child's pure mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) for use in the future. We start by extracting MSCs from the amniotic membrane of the placenta and then growing them to create a master cell bank for your child. This master cell bank is designed to create practically unlimited doses of his or her own MSCs for use in the future. This is the exact same process we use for adult stem cell banking with the source being fat in lieu of the placenta.
Mesenchymal Stem Cells have the capacity to become almost any cell type in the body. Research is showing that these cells have the potential to be used for treatment and prevention of degenerative and autoimmune conditions. What you bank matters.
What's the Difference?
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Most cord blood banking companies will encourage customers to bank the cord or placenta tissue along with the cord blood. The majority of these companies bank the tissue as they do the blood - collect and freeze. Simply freezing and storing tissues does not guarantee that a therapeutic product can be made. Tissues may contain stem cells but what happens after years of storage? What is the viability of those cells? How many doses can be made? Is there any data on the process?
Did you know?
The average price of cord blood and cord tissue banking
(20 year plan) is $7,730.
Ask questions, be informed, invest wisely.
Clients delivering locally will have a courier pick up the placenta. Clients delivering outside of the Greater Houston area but within the Continental United States will need to ship the placenta in our pre-supplied kit.
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