Why Store Stem Cells
Why store with Smart Cells International?
There are many cord blood banks, all offering similar services. So how do you choose?
Consider the following criteria as helpful guidelines in making the decision that is best for your family:
If your child's stem cells are needed for a transplant we are able to retrieve the stored unit and prepare it for transport to a treating clinic very quickly and easily. We have released stored units which have been successfully used in transplants.
Smart Cells International has transported stored stem cell units to treatment centres in Singapore and Germany. These units were successfully used in the treatment of two children suffering from Thalassaemia, and both children are very healthy and free from the disease.
More recently, Smart Cells International has transported two further units of stored stem cells to Duke University in North Carolina, USA, where two more clients have had their children infused with these stem cells in a formal clinical trial to help treat Cerebral Palsy.
Smart Cells transplants to date:
Smart Cells International is the only private UK company to have released stored stem cells for use in transplants
One measure to validate a company's processes is whether or not the cells are useful in transplant upon thawing. Smart Cells International's processed and stored cord blood stem cells have been successfully used in life-saving stem cell transplants.
The longest established private cord blood stem cell storage company in the UK.
Sometimes a good indication of whether a company will be around in the future, is to see how long they have been in business. Smart Cells International possesses a strong track record - founded in 2000, collecting its first sample in 2001, it was the UK's first stem cell storage company; it is now one of the largest and most established family cord blood storage companies.
Separate storage locations
For greater security and additional piece of mind, Smart Cells International store your baby's umbilical cord blood and cord tissue samples in separate storage locations.
As part of our disaster recovery plan, we also have the facility to process and store samples in our facilities based in Hong Kong and South Africa.
A truly International Company
Smart Cells International has stored umbilical cord blood samples for clients around the world. We have collected, exported and imported samples from over 70 countries to date.
Fully licensed to import/export, process, test and store stem cells
Make sure that the cord blood bank that you choose is not simply a marketing outlet. Some companies do not perform their own processing or storage. Smart Cells International owns and operates it's own state-of-the art processing, testing and storage facility. We are in complete control of every step, ensuring the highest quality available today.
The first UK company to introduce PCR testing on maternal blood
Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), is a technique widely used in molecular biology. Smart Cells international performs maternal blood screening using a real-time PCR method for the detection of infectious diseases. Smart Cells international is leading the way in the UK in this state of the art technology, ensuring that we are the most technological and innovative company in the field.
Smart Cells International offers all inclusive packages – there are no hidden costs
In addition to the above, we believe that we offer the best level of service. Some companies hide extra costs, such as weekend courier charges. We have fully transparent service plans and there are no hidden costs.
Smart Cells International is licenced by The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) Our licence number is 22522.
Please visit the HTA website for further information.