Harnessing the Potential
of Cord Blood and
Cord Stem Cells Banking
Today’s research indicates that Cord Blood and Cord Tissue Stem Cells work differently to heal the body. Banking both Cord Blood and Cord Tissue Stem Cells can comprehensively protect your child and family’s health.
With scientific research pushing the boundaries and driving the discovery of medical applications, it will only be a matter of time before the immense therapeutic potential of stem cells is realised.
What is Cord Tissue Banking?
Cord tissue refers to the actual umbilical cord and contains a rich source of
Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs). These stem cells have the potential to develop into a wide range of cells and tissues, such as bone, heart, nerve, muscle cornea, fat and cartilage tissues.
At StemCord, we culture these MSCs from the umbilical cord tissue and store them as Cord Stem Cells.
What Can Cord Stem Cells Do?
The use of Cord Tissue Stem Cells for treatments are still in the clinical trial phase, but they have great potential for future use in the treatment of conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, strokes, spinal cord injuries, and more..
Research indicates that these cord stem cells, mainly Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) found in the Wharton’s Jelly of the umbilical cord have the unique ability to rapidly regenerate and differentiate themselves into various tissues and organ cells, including heart, nerve, cartilage, bone, muscle, liver, cartilage and fat tissue.
Currently, there are more than 1,000 ongoing clinical trials1 involving MSCs, and more than 6,000 articles are published, which further emphasise the potential for MSCs in future Stem Cell therapies.
How are Cord Stem Cells different from Cord Blood Stem Cells?
Stem cells from the umbilical cord contains an abundance source of multipotent stem cells:
Cord Blood Stem Cells
Haemopoietic Stem Cells (HSCs)
- Regenerate organ tissues, the blood and immune system
- Differentiate into blood components such as red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets
Cord Stem Cells
Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs)
- Regenerate structural and connective tissues
- Differentiate into bone, cartilage, fat, heart, liver, muscle and nerve tissues and have immunomodulatory functions that can “correct” an abnormal response.
Treatment Potential for Cord Stem Cells
Research in Cord Stem Cells is proceeding at a rapid pace, with an increasing number of clinical trials conducted worldwide2. Researchers believe that Cord Stem Cells may help to treat various conditions such as:
|Name of Disease/Disorder||Cord Tissue Allogeneic|
|Spinal Cord Injury||
|Traumatic Brain Injury||
|Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)||
|Graft-versus-Host Disease (GvHD)||
|Acute Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack)||
|Diabetes, Type 2||
Genetic and / or Metabolic Disorders
|Spinal Muscular Atrophy||
The full list of diseases can be obtained from https://parentsguidecordblood.org/en/diseases
Going the Extra Mile for Your Future
StemCord takes an extra step in culturing stem cells prior to storage to ensure the harvest of quality stem cells, as research has shown that cells extracted from thawed frozen cord tissues exhibited poorer cell recoveries, decreased efficiency, and slower growth characteristics3.
Here’s why it matters..
While many Cord Blood Banks choose to store the umbilical cord as a whole or in segments, research has shown that culturing the stem cells before storage increases cell yield 8x more4 than the cells yielded from segmented frozen tissues.
Introducing StemCord CultureFIRST:
Increasing Stem Cell Yield
Increasing Stem Cell Yield
StemCord CultureFIRST Advantages
Higher Cell Count
Research has shown that culturing first from a fresh cord before storage, gives 8x5 more cells yield.
Readily Available for Treatment
With StemCord’s CultureFIRST process, you can be assured your Cord Stem Cells are readily available as soon as they are needed. This differs from other banks that choose to store whole or chopped Cord Tissues without extracting the Stem Cells prior to storage.
Further Possibilities For Your Futures
These Cord Stem Cells can be further multiplied with a culturing process if the therapy (for certain conditions) requires larger doses of cord stem cells.
Source: Briddell R, Litkenhaus F, Foertsch G, Fuhrmann A, Foster K, Falcon Girard K, Fiscus B, Boehm A, Brown M, Pettit M, Rigas Bridges A, Nichols K, Fodor W and Kraus M. Recovery of viable MSCs isolated from fresh umbilical cord tissue, measured after cryopreservation, is on average 8-fold higher when compared to recovery of viable MSCs isolated from previously cryopreserved umbilical cord tissue. Study sponsored by ViaCord. ASH Abstract submitted 2011 Aug. 11.
Reference: Briddell R, Litkenhaus F, Foertsch G, Fuhrmann A, Foster K, Falcon Girard K, Fiscus B, Boehm A, Brown M, Pettit M, Rigas Bridges A, Nichols K, Fodor W and Kraus M. Recovery of viable MSCs isolated from fresh umbilical cord tissue, measured after cryopreservation, is on average 8-fold higher when compared to recovery of viable MSCs isolated from previously cryopreserved umbilical cord tissue. Study sponsored by ViaCord. ASH Abstract submitted 2011 Aug. 11.