Why Trust Your Baby’s Precious Stem Cells to Anything Other Than Respected Gold Standard Processing Technology?
We know that the birth of your baby is one of the most special times in your life and that nurturing your child to give them the best life possible is your priority. Storing their cord blood is one of the simplest ways to safeguard their future health. The stem cells contained in this cord blood can be used to treat a range of different conditions and symptoms, and what better gift to give your child than protection for the future.
As such, it is important that you as a parent know that this cord blood is being handled carefully, processed using proven scientific methods and stored under the best possible conditions, so that if the time comes these stem cells will be fit for purpose.
There are several options to choose from in collecting and storing your baby’s cord blood, and different methods of processing and storing these stem cells. When choosing a company to take your baby’s cord blood you want to know that the company uses technology and processes that are respected, proven and produce successful results.
How do you know what the best choice for you and your family is though? How do you search through the technical, scientific and medical jargon to find out? Here, we’ve answered these questions and a few more for you.
The blood extracted from your baby’s umbilical cord at birth is a rich source of stem cells. These stem cells have the unique ability to repair and regenerate in many clinical applications. This means that they can be used in transplantation and regenerative medicine to replace cells that have been damaged and/or to encourage the body’s own repair system to heal. In order to prepare the stem cells for long term cryogenic storage, the cord blood must first be processed after being collected from the umbilical cord.
This is where Smart Cells comes in. By using a stem cell processing platform that has a sterile and fully controlled, we can remove some red blood cells and plasma from the sample to concentrate the stem cell-rich portion of the cord blood; this process is called volume reduction. If the blood is not carefully processed in this way after collection, the freezing procedure could cause the red blood cells to burst or lyse. This can cause complications when the product is thawed for clinical use.
Reputable transplant centres and their accreditation bodies strongly favour volume reduced cord blood that has been processed using validated and respected technology such as Sepax. This process is scientifically proven to ensure that the cord blood will remain viable and suitable for clinical use should it be needed. Each sample must meet high-quality standards and regulatory compliance, passing rigorous testing through every point in the laboratory for it to be stored. Therefore, it’s very important to choose a stem cell bank that uses a processing platform which is proven and trusted.
Sepax is one of the most trusted and respected platforms for processing stem cells from umbilical cord blood. Stem cells that have been processed by Sepax are used by world-class transplant centres, and thousands of samples have already been used to treat patients with a variety of diseases. Sepax processing yields samples that are compatible with industry-standard cryopreservation techniques and, critically, are compatible with end-user transplant techniques.
Toticyte is a processing technology that has only been developed and tested in-house by a single cord blood bank, Cells4Life. Their method and technology have not been adopted by other laboratories, nor have any samples processed using Toticyte been used in clinical applications so far. The recent claims by Cells4Life that Toticyte can yield up to 3 times more stem cells from cord blood, and insinuating that blood banks around the world use inferior and substandard methods of processing and storage is misleading and unsubstantiated.
Smart Cells is a highly regarded private stem cell bank, a leader in the UK private banking industry with 21 samples released for transplant since their establishment in 2000 and more than 50,000 cord blood samples currently stored.
As such, we’ve taken great care to select world-class validated methods for processing cord blood to ensure the best choice for our customers. Smart Cells uses Sepax processing technology, which has been proven to work effectively and reliably in concentrating cord blood stem cells. Sepax technology has been used around the world in thousands of transplants resulting in successful clinical outcomes.
Smart Cells also uses clinical-grade sealed bags to store their processed cord blood samples in which are an accepted and recognised method for storage. This process is superior to the use of vials as vials have a higher chance of contamination due to the screw top lids. Additionally, vials are also less compatible with end-stage use in transplantation.
The state-of-the-art laboratory facility at Smart Cells is based near London Heathrow airport, allowing for quick transit times of samples to reach us from all over the country and worldwide ensuring fast processing and storage. Our location also means streamlined logistics if samples need to be shipped to transplant centres worldwide.