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Tag Archive: Cord Blood Banking

  1. Our Biovault Family

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    Nothing is more important than your baby’s health. That’s why more and more people are signing up with Biovault Family to protect their baby’s precious umbilical cord blood.

    Can you imagine how powerless you feel when your child or another family member is ill or injured, but you can’t help? Now imagine you can help, because you’ve saved and stored precious cord blood from when you gave birth.

    We work with an amazing team and some more amazing mums with whom we build a very special bond. You may have heard of some of them…

    Louise Roe – Fashion stylist, author and presenter

    Louise Roe banked her baby’s stem cells with Biovault Family this year (2021).

    She says: “My family and I decided to bank our newborn daughter’s stem cells using Biovault, after having a long chat with them over the phone. They’re the only place in the UK that has their own storage facility and an insurance policy. That means should anything happen to the company, our baby’s cells will still be looked after for 50 years.

    “The diseases this can help treat and cure are very wide-spanning, and the list is growing. I do feel a huge sense of security knowing we have invested in our baby’s health and future.”

    Ricky Martin – Winner of The Apprentice, 2012

    Ricky Martin and his wife Gemma used Biovault Family for a second time last year (2020) following the birth of their baby daughter.

    Comments Ricky: “My family and I decided to bank our newborn daughter’s stem cells using Biovault, after having a long chat with them over the phone. They’re the only place in the UK that offers Escrow protection, an insurance policy that means should anything happen to the company, our baby’s cells will still be looked after for 50 years. The diseases this can help treat and cure are very wide-spanning, and the list is growing. I do feel a huge sense of security knowing we have invested in our baby’s health and future.”

    Our Biovault Family keeps growing…

    We are also delighted to be working with Portia Jett and her husband the TV presenter Ore Oduba who are expecting their second child later this month.

    Model, entrepreneur and influencer Juste has also chosen Biovault Family to bank her second child’s stem cells later this month.

    We’ll bring you more news from our Biovault Family very soon.

    Want to become a part of our family? If you’re expecting, find out more about how we can help you to protect your child’s future, call our team or download our brochure today.

  2. 2019 Reasons to Bank on Cord Blood

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    2019 reasons to bank cord blood?

    That may sound like a lot, but it’s really very few. Over 40,000 umbilical cord blood stem cell treatments have now been performed worldwide. That means that 40,000 people, the majority of them children, have had their lives saved or enhanced by something that we routinely throw in the bin: the umbilical cord and placenta. Each of these patients has a story that amounts to a pretty good reason to protect your own family’s health.

    More than 80 conditions can be treated with cord blood stem cells: Leukaemia, Neuroblastoma, Sickle Cell Disease, Type 1 Diabetes, Cerebral Palsy, Krabbe Disease… Each of these is a powerful reason to bank your baby’s cord blood stem cells.

    What’s more, the Parents’ Guide to Cord Blood estimates that there are currently  114 open cord blood trials. These trials are exploring the potential of cord blood and umbilical tissue to treat Stroke, Lung Disease, Eye Sight, Infertility, Heart Disease… 114 more excellent reasons to invest in cord blood banking now.

    40,000 treatments for 80 conditions and another 114 trials underway. That’s 40,194 good reasons to bank cord blood, or 110 for each day of 2019.

    What to expect in umbilical cord banking

    As a new year dawns things are looking bright for regenerative medicine. In 2018 we saw the work of scientists specialising in umbilical cord blood and tissue stem cells celebrated and nurtured with awards and grants; a new business established to protect families against the costs of stem cell treatment; the successful launch of World Cord Blood Day; and, more important than all of these things, in 2018 cord blood stem cells were used to treat a greater variety of diseases and conditions than ever before.

    With new trials underway and exciting new research emerging it seems likely that 2018 will see more patients treated with cord blood stem cells than ever before, and for a wider range of conditions.

    In 2019 it is also likely that Mesenchymal Stem Cells from umbilical tissue will emerge as therapeutically valuable, opening up a whole new area of treatment for diseases and conditions in which tissue cells such as bone, muscle and tendon have from suffered disease or injury.

    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.

  3. 10 Essential Requirements for Cord Blood Banking

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    Developed by the Cord Blood Association (CBA) to give health practitioners and families clarity and assurance

    How can we expect parents to trust cord blood banking if banks care for stem cells so poorly that they cannot be used for treatment?

    Earlier this year, Joanne Kurtzberg, a pioneer of cord blood banking and one of the world’s most respected specialists in umbilical stem cell therapy, made a statement to the directors of the Cord Blood Association that put this question into sharp focus:

    “I have experienced many situations in which a family-banked unit could not be used because it lacked a critical piece of data or because it was not stored or shipped properly.”

    Somehow, despite the impressive and competing claims of cord blood banks, transplant nurses and doctors are finding that the stem cells that could save or enhance their patients’ lives are sometimes useless.

    The Top 10 Essential Requirements for Cord Blood Banking were developed by the Cord Blood Association (CBA) in response to Kurtzberg’s report and promise to give families clarity and assurance as they make this critical decision.

    Accreditations are not all equal

    Awareness of cord blood banking is growing, and as more parents choose to preserve their children’s umbilical stem cells more lives are being saved and enhanced. Amidst the competing claims of cord blood banks, however, it can be difficult for parents to be sure which bank will provide them with the high quality, dependable service they need. Lots of cord blood banks compare their accreditations with those of other banks to demonstrate to parents their competence and proficiency. This is a useful starting point but it is worth spending a little time looking at each accrediting body and its requirements. Quality in this area is certainly more important than quantity.

    Essential Requirements for Cord Blood Banking

    These “Essentials” are high-level requirements that should be followed without exception when banking cord blood. The CBA notes that government regulations and voluntary accreditations may have additional requirements but hope that their policy is another step “toward harmonization of banking standards and practices around the world.”

    As members of the CBA, Biovault Family have long adhered to all 10 of these requirements and welcome any policy that will help families and their cells to receive the care and respect that they deserve, both financially and ethically.

    “We go above and beyond the demands of accreditations and actively seek out higher standards. We want the cells to be usable.”  (Quality Manager, Ben Charles)

    Top 10 Essential Requirements

    1. Collection into a validated sterile container with anticoagulant
    2. Enumeration of a total nucleated cell count prior to cryopreservation
    3. Measurement of total nucleated cell or CD34 cell viability prior to cryopreservation
    4. ABO, Rh typing
    5. Testing for sterility(If positive, identification of the organisms and antibiotic sensitivities)
    6. Donor screening tests on the maternal donor, including but not limited to:Hepatitis B surface antigenHepatitis B NAT or PCRHepatitis C antibodyHepatitis C NAT or PCRHIV 1 and 2 +/- O antibody and PCRSyphilis antibodyCMV antibody
    7. Validated cryopreservation procedure, storing product in a cryobag or other similarly validated container with a minimum of two attached segments
    8. Labeling and chain of custody
    9. Storage in the vapor or liquid phase of liquid nitrogen
    10. Shipment to the treatment center in a validated dry shipper
    Source
    https://www.cb-association.org/board-approves-top-10-essentials
    Jo Kingston

    BSc (Hons) Chemistry

    Sales Manager | Biovault Family

    Jo joined Biovault Family in 2019 as the Sales Manager. With her Science degree & her passion for the healthcare industry and background in the Pharmaceutical & Biotech industry, Biovault Family was the perfect fit. Jo is enthusiastic about Umbilical Cord Banking and her goal is educating all expecting couples in the UK about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to store their baby’s cord blood & cord tissue.