Umbilical Cord Blood
Your child’s cord blood can be shipped to our facility immediately after the collection has taken place. All the necessary materials needed for the processing of your child’s cord blood will arrive at our laboratory under controlled conditions in order to guarantee the safeguard of the unit. We process our client’s cord blood using a widely accepted and validated volume reduction system. This system is very efficient in recovering a high number of total nucleated cells needed for transplant.
As part of our processing procedures we will test the cord blood samples for cell viability and total Stem Cells using flow cytometry. The cord blood will also be tested to determine the sterility and total nucleated cell count (TNC). The maternal blood collected at the time of delivery will be tested for infectious diseases and blood type. All our processing and testing takes place under Strict Quality Control conditions.
Our Cryogenic Storage
An important aspect to maintain viability of the Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells throughout the processing and cryopreservation is controlling the rate of freezing and the subsequent sustained cryogenic temperature of the cells once they are in cryogenic storage. Our laboratory uses a staged freezing process that ensures the cell’s future viability. Once the cells are brought to the optimum temperature, they are placed in an overwrap bag and place in a cryogenic storage cartridge, which then goes into the cryogenic storage tanks.