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6 signs of a great Cord Blood Bank


We lead the way in cord blood banking, and we’ve been doing it since 2004. Our long-standing relationships with Plymouth University and University College London support a team of top stem cell scientists. In 2017 our lead stem cell scientist, Shaun Mansfield, was awarded Knowledge Transfer Partnership funding by Innovate UK to look into a safe, repeatable process to expand stem cells for transplants. And we have a suite of official accreditations that we’re very proud of. All this qualifies us as a great Cord Blood Bank.

We’re licensed by the The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) to process and store all types of human transplantable material, one of just a handful of tissue banks with this extended capability. Their three key messages of HTA cord blood banking are also our own – Consent, Safety and Quality sit at the heart of everything we do.

We are also proud to be the only private tissue bank to be accredited by JACIE, the Joint Accreditation Committee for the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) and the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT).

The American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) is the world’s leading authority on transfusion medicine and cellular therapy. As AABB certified members, we consistently demonstrate the core values of the Association, namely Respect, Integrity, Transparency and Excellence. This is all globally recognised, endorsed by the International Society for Quality (ISQua).

The Cord Blood Association (CBA) is an international, non-profit organisation promoting cord blood banking, focusing on saving lives, improving health and changing medicine. We’ve been a CBA member since 2018. As such we take the greatest care around advocacy, quality products and services, market expansion, research and development, and public and professional education.

Last but not least, our Flow Cytometers are externally quality controlled by UK NEQAS, which has been providing a comprehensive worldwide service since 1969, tasked with driving high quality patient care. No wonder we’re perfectly qualified to recommend the six signs of a great cord bank, designed to help you make the best decision.

Cord blood banking – Find the best bank

So what are the 6 signs that you’ve found a top class umbilical cord blood bank?

  1. Lots of experience – The most experienced cord blood banks have have released more than 1,000 viable cord blood units for transplant. We’ve released more than 4,000 stem cell units, so we’re well ahead of the curve. We’ve been doing it since 2004 which means we have more than 16 years’ experience in this innovative field. There’s nothing we don’t know about processing and storing cord blood.
  2. Guarantees worth having – Some cord blood banks provide a written guarantee in case a baby’s cord blood stem cells don’t graft properly. Our record is 100% engraftment, an impressive level of success. Our first and biggest priority is protecting the precious cells in our care. That’s why we have always stored our clients’ cells in our own facility, and we guarantee we always will. It’s good to know we have the skills to stand by the safety of your child’s life-giving cells. 
  3. A varied Cord Blood Inventory – We hold more than 42,000 cord blood units and 10,000 cord tissue units for our clients, all of which are expertly, carefully processed before being stored on-site. It’s Biovault Family that hold these numbers. As a rule, the more umbilical cord blood units a bank holds, the more experience they have and the longer they’ve been around, and that’s a good thing.
  4. A reliable collection kit and quality shipping protocols – It’s vital to do everything possible to protect your baby’s cord blood while it’s being transported. This demands a very high quality collection kit. Ours meet or exceed the standards laid out by the American Association of Blood Banks, which means they’re the best available.
  5. A variety of essential accreditations – As you can see from the first section of this article, we have all sorts of essential accreditations to our name. Every accreditation helps make to clear to our customers that everything we do is done in the best possible way for you, your baby, your family, and your future. Our many respected accreditations clearly demonstrate our commitment to you.
  6. Pricing – Some umbilical cord blood banks offer very low enrolment and storage fees. But the price is always less important than the bank’s level of experience, number and quality of accreditations, any realistic guarantees they make, and their overall capabilities. Our pricing is very competitive but it’s also fair and reasonable bearing in mind the level of quality we insist upon at every stage.

A warm Biovault Family welcome awaits you

Are you happy with our excellent levels of quality, dedication and determination to look after your baby’s cord blood for as long as 50 years into the future? If so we’ll be delighted to give you a warm welcome, and even more delighted to help you protect the health of your child and close family into a bright medical future.

Disclaimer: Biovault Family do not endorse or make recommendations with respect to research, medications or treatment. All information is provided for informational purposes only.

Resources

Everything You Need to Know About Cord Blood Banking https://www.healthline.com/health/cord-blood-banking

Can I store my baby’s umbilical cord blood for medical purposes? https://www.babycentre.co.uk/x543058/can-i-store-my-babys-umbilical-cord-blood-for-medical-purposes

How to choose a cord blood bank – 7 things to know To learn more about cord blood banking, visit Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood Foundation at https://parentsguidecordblood.org/en/news/how-choose-cord-blood-bank-7-things-know https://parentsguidecordblood.org/en/news/how-choose-cord-blood-bank-7-things-know

BSc (Hons) Microbiology

Chief Executive Officer | Biovault Family

Biovault Family CEO, Kate Sneddon, joined Biovault in July 2009 and became Chief Executive Officer in 2016. As health industry professional her experience includes working as a microbiologist and leader at GSK for over 10 years. Her expertise in cord blood banking has been recognised in her awards, features in Parliamentary Review and Parents Guide to Cord Blood, as well as contributions to research with UCL and others.


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