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Stem-cell transplants can boost immune system of blood cancer patients

As he vomited into the toilet after one of his bi-weekly chemotherapy sessions, Keith Oliver’s mom turned to him and asked him if he was still thankful. He glanced up at her. Are you serious? he thought. After being diagnosed with blood cancer, it was moments like this — when he was tired of being […]

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Umbilical Cord Stem Cells Work to Restore Immune System Balance in Early Study  

Although the origin of MS remains elusive, immune system attacks against myelin is a known hallmark of the disease. In MS patients, immune system cells called T-cells penetrate the brain and react against the myelin coating that protects and supports neurons. Essentially, the T-cells’ activity is  unregulated, something usually mediated by T regulatory cells (Tregs), and contributes to their abnormal […]

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Welcome to Our World: World Cord Blood Day 2017

Biovault Family will open its laboratory doors to celebrate World Cord Blood Day We will be welcoming visitors to our Plymouth laboratories this November to celebrate the inaugural World Cord Blood Day. On 15th November events will be taking place all over the world, from Geneva to Jerusalem, Singapore to Seattle, to promote awareness of […]

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Children with leukaemia to receive CAR-T therapy on the NHS

Fantastic news today as children with leukaemia will be able to access CAR-T therapy on the NHS. The CAR-T cells in this pilot have been derived from peripheral blood. Groups are working on the same process using CAR-T cells from umbilical cord blood, a non-invasive source of therapeutic cells. Biovault Techincal’s, Shaun Mansfield, a stem […]

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Why volume reduced cord blood is “the industry standard”

As the most highly accredited private cord blood bank in the UK, we’ve long argued why we volume reduce cord blood rather than storing whole blood which is also on offer if you choose to bank umbilical cord blood.  We know that this choice can be confusing for parents – especially when private cord blood banks offering each service […]

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Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy Could Reduce Damaging Inflammation in Cystic Fibrosis

Reid D’Amico a graduate from Duke University shares his thoughts on the potential use of mesenchymal stem cells in the treatment of cystic fibrosis and other diseases. To read his article click here. Kate SneddonBSc (Hons) Microbiology Chief Executive Officer | Biovault Family Biovault Family CEO, Kate Sneddon, joined Biovault in July 2009 and became […]

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Australia first: cord blood research may unlock future treatments for cerebral palsy

Australia’s first clinical trial of stem cell infusion from cord blood as a possible treatment for cerebral palsy (CP) is commencing in Melbourne. The safety trial, led by the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, will recruit patients nationally and take place at The Royal Children’s Hospital. Expected to take two years, the study is being funded […]

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Trends in treating tendonitis and tendon injuries

If you are an athlete, you will probably face tendonitis at some point during your playing days. If you’re a regular human being, you’ll most certainly face it. Common areas that are affected include the wrist, the elbow (tennis or golfer’s elbow), the shoulder (rotator cuff tendonitis), the hip, the knee (patellar tendonitis), the heel […]

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Stem cells for peripheral arterial disease (PAD)

A jab of stem cells could help prevent pain while walking, ulcers and the need for amputation in patients with furred-up arteries in the leg. Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) — when the arteries carrying blood from the heart to the legs become narrowed due to a build-up of fatty deposits called plaque — affects 2.7 […]

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