Milestone for Stem Cell Bank with 13th transplant release and appointment of new Scientific Director to strengthen Management Team

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Smart Cells International UK’s first private cord blood company releases a 13th batch of stem cells to treat a child with life threatening illness and appoints new Scientific Director Dr. Ann Smith.

A 13th sample of potentially lifesaving stem cells has been released by Smart Cells International, a company that stores umbilical cord blood and tissue for use in ground-breaking and established stem cell treatments. This significant milestone for the private cord blood storage industry highlights the advances being made in stem cell treatment and research. Shamshad Ahmed, Smart Cells CEO said: ‘The release of our samples signifies something very important ; that stem cell technology is one of the most exciting areas of science in our time. We have released more samples in the last four years (7 in the last year) than we did in the first ten, which says that this evolving area of medical science is making big steps in a positive direction’

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The company’s management team is further strengthened today with the appointment of Dr. Ann Smith as Scientific Director of Smart Cells International.

Previously as Head of Stem Cell Transplant Laboratory, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Ann was directly responsible for overseeing the strategic and operational development of both the Laboratory which supported the Stem Cell Transplant Programme. Ann also brings with her a strong record in research and lecturing, at the University of West of England (UWE) having held the position of Senior Lecturer in Haematology and Immunology and Laboratory Scientific Director of the Centre for Biomedicine. Ann continues to maintain her academic profile as a visiting lecturer and also continues her research focusing mainly on leukaemia therapeutics and the dynamics of stem cell mobilisation and harvesting. Ann now holds the position of visiting professor at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol.

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