Cord Blood Awareness Month & Smart Cells
To celebrate Cord Blood Awareness Month this July, we wanted to share Smart Cells’ fundamental beliefs and achievements over the years with parents who are considering taking this once in a lifetime opportunity to collect their baby’s umbilical cord stem cells.
Smart Cells have built our reputation in the field of private stem cell banking on a solid foundation of communication, quality and experience.
We Believe in Communication
We see it as an important part of our role to offer reliable information that appeals to a variety of people, including parents-to-be and healthcare professionals in the UK and overseas. All our clients are individuals and we treat them that way – you’re never just a number on a spreadsheet to us. We want to provide our Smart Cells families with a service based on their specific requirements, whether that’s a response to a simple enquiry or complex scientifically backed information relating to stem cell therapeutics. Prospective clients and healthcare professionals alike can find out more about what the stem cells found in cord blood can mean for their family, how the process works, stem cell therapeutics and more at Smart Cells’ blog which has a wealth of information available for free.
Within our team at Smart Cells, we are very fortunate to have our Scientific Director, Dr Ann Smith. She brings many years of involvement in stem cell transplantation within the NHS and considerable academic and research experience. Parents, partners and healthcare professionals have the unique opportunity to direct questions to Dr Smith so that they can get the best information and a highly personalised service.
Accurate and balanced information is key in the healthcare industry, so we are firm supporters of the Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood as an amazing resource for information about cord blood and other stem cell banking, clinical options and innovations.
Quality is at our core
Our commitment is to our clients and we never forget that the stem cells they entrust to us may be used clinically in the future, so it is vital that we strive to offer an exemplary service. Smart Cells has a well qualified laboratory team all of whom have relevant Biomedical Science degrees. Our Scientific Director and dedicated team ensures that the scientific and regulatory aspects of our operations meet consistently high standards.
We choose to use globally respected techniques and technologies in our state of the art processing facility to process and store umbilical cord blood and tissue. Everything that we do is underpinned by unstinting quality assurance, integrity and transparency.
Experience and building trust
Smart Cells is the longest established private cord blood bank in the UK. We collected our first sample in February 2001 and, to date, we have banked cord blood for over 50,000 families. Our extensive global network is worldwide, with bases in Hong Kong and UAE, and we also have partners in South Africa, Pakistan, Italy, Lebanon and Albania.
Smart Cells have successfully released cord blood stem cell units for transplant for a number of different diseases. We are proud to be working and growing as a company in this important sector as stem cell therapeutics are not only established in modern medicine, but also hold much promise for cutting edge treatments in the future.
The Greek philosopher Heraclitus stated “the only thing that is constant is change” and this is certainly true in the field of stem cell banking and therapeutics, so we aim to be adaptable and responsive but at the same time never to compromise on our fundamental belief in our core values and commitment to our clients throughout their stem cell banking journey and beyond.