About|Why Smart Cells?

Why trust
Smart Cells?

Smart Cells is the best choice for giving your children a healthy future – and peace of mind.

The first private stem cell storage company in the UK, Smart Cells has been preserving and storing umbilical cord stem cells for more than twenty years. Smart Cells has successfully released more samples worldwide for treatment of life-threatening illnesses than any other private company in the UK.

Healthcare Reimagined

Parents all around the world are choosing to store stem cells – there have been more than 700,000 cord blood collections globally. Smart Cells offer the best in technology, support, and customer experience to make this as easy as possible. All have been successfully used for treatment so far.

Smart Cells samples save lives

Smart Cells works closely with the best clinicians and maternity hospitals in the UK – they trust our research-led, quality approach above anyone else. A scientific director with over 35 years’ experience in the this field oversees the release of every sample, and ensures the highest levels of quality assurance.

Smart Cells care about the things you do

The team at Smart Cells care about your child’s future – and our planet’s. Smart Cells is proud to partner with leading health researchers such as the Borne project, and our supply chain partners are just as environmentally conscious as you are.

Cutting-edge technology, global reach

A state-of-the-art laboratory ensures samples are processed and stored using the latest science and technology. Samples are stored close to Heathrow airport, ensuring they can be collected and released from or to anywhere in the world – fast.

A dedicated UK phlebotomy service with emergency contacts and call out personnel operates 24/7 to save you the inconvenience of having to find, book, and manage this service yourself.

Exceptional customer service makes Smart Cells different

Smart Cells work with clients all around the world. The expert team supports you every step of the way. Pricing and service plans are clear and honest, as is our data on sample success – no misleading claims. All costs and guarantees are fully transparent from the start, including phlebotomy services (UK only), maternal blood testing, and shipping fees.

The team are happy to share data with you about how samples have been used for treatment.

Give your child the best chance possible in life. Our expert team can explain just how easy it is. They’re here to support you and talk through payment options.

Smart Cells Laboratory

The Smart Cells Laboratory uses state-of-the-art equipment designed to process and store cord blood as quickly and optimally as possible.

All processing procedures are undertaken in a sterile, controlled environment by specially trained technical staff, using the industry standard system for cord blood processing – the Biosafe Sepax system

Quality Assurance: samples are regularly tested and validated for sterility and to ensure required stem cell counts and viable cell recovery

The facility is alarmed and has an uninterruptible power supply in case of a mains electricity failure. The environment is continually monitored by an Advanced Facilityes Management System.

Smart Cells holds a licence from the Human Tissue Authority

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Our story

Our Founders – Shamshad and Fehmina Ahmed

While working as a managing director for a clinical trials company, Shamshad saw first-hand what stem cells could do to treat blood-related illnesses. Passionate about the possibilities stem cells offered for treating a range of illnesses, Shamshad founded Smart Cells International in 2000 to help parents store their baby’s umbilical blood stem cells for future use.

Smart Cells was the first private UK cord blood company, and has grown to become one of biggest in the UK, storing more than 50,000 cord blood samples from people in more than 70 countries. Shamshad’s goal to give parents access to potentially life-saving treatments for their family remains the same.

Shamshad Ahmed

Founder & CEO of Smart Cells International Ltd

‘’The number of samples we have released signifies that stem cell technology is one of the most exciting areas of medical science in our time. The fact that we have released more samples in the last ten years than we did in the first ten years shows this evolving area is making big steps in a positive direction.’’

“It’s possibly the best investment you could ever make for your child. You never know what is going to happen in 10-15 year’s time.”

Carla Poppleton, Parent of transplant recipient

“It was a totally seamless experience both times, and I think it’s an absolutely incredible thing, almost futuristic when you think about the amazing things they can do.”

Vogue Williams

“Smart Cells have been nothing short of excellent. Always happy to explain things that were not immediately understood. Really put our mind at ease with regards to the whole process and the storage element as well.”

Anthony & Alyse Watson

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