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Healing the heart of baby Thorben

Joanne and Kjell Olsen’s son Thorben was born with a serious heart defect. Now a fully healthy four month old baby, Joanne describes what it was like finding out how her son would die if he didn’t have major heart surgery, and how her medical research led her to safe guarding his future with umbilical […]

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An update from Biovault

Our team at Biovault Family are giving the best support possible as we settle in to the ‘new normal.’ As lockdown continues in the UK, the Biovault team are settling into the “new normal” of life at a social distance. We are fortunate that the South West of England, where Biovault is based, continues to […]

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Answers to questions about the Coronavirus pandemic 
and the banking of cord blood and birthing tissues

Source: The Cord Blood Association The coronavirus pandemic and its effect on the banking of umbilical cord blood and birthing tissues. Are the cord blood units previously stored in public and private banks safe from contamination? Cord blood inventories are not at risk for COVID-19 contamination. Most units were collected well before the current pandemic […]

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New Cell Therapy Trial Launches for Patients with Severe COVID-19

Researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have received approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration to start a small clinical trial using stem cells against COVID-19. The trial will evaluate the use of umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells to address the symptoms of life-threatening lung inflammation suffered by people with the severe […]

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Stem cells – can they suppress the global threat of Covid-19?

The new coronavirus (Covid-19) is spreading fast and the World Health Organization declared a pandemic last week. It first emerged in Wuhan, Hubei, China, in December 2019 and the source is believed to be a “wet market” which sold both dead and live animals including fish and birds.  Such markets pose a heightened risk of […]

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Covid 19? What it means for mums-to-be

None of us has seen anything like the coronavirus pandemic before. We are facing the worst public health crisis in a generation, and the virus is quickly affecting just about every aspect of people’s lives, including the birth of our children. Understandably, many mums-to-be are asking if the Covid19 can be passed to the baby […]

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Latest news: Important Plymouth-based medical company recognised in the Parliamentary Review 

A Plymouth-based company has been included in the latest Parliamentary Review. Biovault is based in Plymouth’s International Medical and Technology Park. Biovault Family offers cord blood and tissue storage for parents who want to bank their babies’ stem cell-rich umbilical tissue as well as cord blood and Biovault Technical is the largest private stem cell and tissue […]

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Important Trials Underway Using Stem Cell Technology to Try and Find a Cure for Coronavirus

Could stem cell technology be used in the treatment of people critically ill with the coronavirus? Science and Technology Daily has reported that Chinese researchers are currently studying this. Four Covid-19 patients who received stem cell treatment while in a serious condition have been discharged from hospital in China after recovering, Science and Technology Daily […]

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Biovault Family Celebrates Year of the Nurse and the Midwife 2020

When we think of a midwife, we probably imagine a person delivering babies. Of course, the primary role of a midwife is to assist women in childbirth. But that is not all midwives do. What does a midwife do? Midwives have perhaps the broadest skill set of any healthcare professional. As defined by The Lancet, […]

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