Stem cells collected from your baby’s umbilical cord at birth can be used to protect your family from over 80 conditions and diseases

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As a society we’ve always dreamt of a healthy, disease-free world

One of the bravest moves in that direction has come from stem cell research and therapy. Stem cell therapy is currently being used to successfully treat more than 80 diseases, but the field is rapidly evolving backed by prestigious research and clinical trials.

Smart Cells is the first private UK stem cell storage company to have released stored stem cell units for use in the treatment of children with life-threatening illnesses. We have released the greatest number of
samples for use in transplants from the UK.

We believe with the development of technology in the future we will be able to treat even more illnesses.

We believe our customers deserve the best service available and we run our
state of the art facility with leading professionals in the field.

We believe that storing your child’s stem cells at birth can be a crucial
part of treating or curing an unexpected illness.

We believe that in the future this service should be available to every parent, child and family.

We are a company that is for life.


They serve as a repair and maintenance system for other body cells and the blood and immune systems by multiplying and transforming in to blood, bone, tissue and organ cells, when they are required to. At Smart Cells we store stem cells found in the umbilical cord blood and tissue. These potent cells find their way to injured cells and tissue in the body and begin to replace them.


A cord blood stem cell transplant can be used to replace diseased cells with healthy new cells, and rebuild an individual’s blood and immune system. More recently, cord blood stem cells have been shown to be able to form other tissues in the body such as nerve and bone cells.

Smart Cells were incorporated in July 2000.

Using state of the art technology, we’re ensuring we are a technologically advanced and innovative company in the field. We have released a number of cord blood units for clinical use worldwide and are continuing to do so.


We never forget what the science is being used for – people. Exceptional customer service has been important to us since we started and our founder is still actively involved in the running of the business. We even have a world class advisory board to make sure our focus remains human.


Some companies hide extra costs, such as your phlebotomy service, maternal blood testing or shipping fees. We have plain and simple service plans that inform you of all charges upfront. You can rely on us to make sure that there are no hidden costs.


We have a team of phlebotomists (blood collection specialists) operating on a 24/7 basis. This service has dedicated staff, emergency telephone numbers and call out personnel which save you the inconvenience of having to find, book and manage this service for yourself.


Smart Cells has stored umbilical cord blood samples for clients around the world. We have collected, exported and imported samples from over 70 countries to date. Based close to London Heathrow airport – we minimise transportation times for customers around the globe.



Umbilical cord blood banking with the UK’s first stem cell company

Stem cells collected from your baby’s umbilical cord at birth can be used to protect your family from over 80 conditions and diseases, including Leukaemia, Anaemia, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Impaired Immune Systems.

Smart Cells was the first company in the UK to release stored stem cells to treat children with life-threatening illnesses, and no one has been involved in more successful transplants than us.

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We have now released 19 samples of stem cells for clinical use, more than any other private company in the country.

This significant milestone for the private cord blood storage industry highlights the advances being made in stem cell research and puts a spotlight on a service that many parents-to-be are still unaware of.

Smart Cells was the UK’s first private cord blood company and, in its 16 years since the company was founded, has released samples to patients all over the world to treat a variety of conditions including Cerebral Palsy, Thalassemia, Leukaemia and HSV Encephalitis.


YouGov Survey

A recent YouGov survey found that almost 8 in 10 parents felt more should be done to educate them about stem cell storage

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Delayed cord clamping and umblical cord blood banking

Is it possible to do both?

The answer is yes and it is possible to do both. Cord blood can be collected regardless of when the cord is clamped. A minimum of 15 mL of blood is necessary for processing and storage, which is a fraction of the approximate 200mL of blood contained in the placenta and umbilical cord. The more blood we are able to collect the better, although we have had 95% of collection volumes successfully processed and stored.

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Customer reviews

  • "A stem cell transplant was the only way to save Ahmed! Ahmed is now growing in height and is transfusion and medication free. He loves school and playing with the other kids - he enjoys being just like the other children"

    Mohamed Ahmed
    Mohamed Ahmed December 2008
  • "I thought the service was excellent!"

    Danielle Glenn Veierod
    Danielle Glenn Veierod September 2011
  • "I hope to never have to use it, however if that time should ever come, I'll feel more prepared than if I chose not to store my baby's stem cells."

    Francesca Baillie
    Francesca Baillie January 2013
  • "I understand that stories of cloning and Dolly the sheep make people worry that they are playing with nature but it's the most natural thing. When you have children, it is your instinct to do anything to help your child survive. This is just one part of that."

    Darcey Bussell
    Darcey Bussell February 2004
  •   "At a time when there are a huge number of decisions to make, banking with Smart Cells was one of the easiest. This is a great company: terrific service, wonderful product, have already recommended to others!”

    D'Maris Coffman
    D'Maris Coffman April 2015
  • "Very professional, we knew we were in good hands and that our child's stems cells would be looked after."

    Kyle & Carla Poppleton
    Kyle & Carla Poppleton December 2012
  • "Smart Cells were really good help in explaining the whole process and giving me peace of mind when I had a question. Very friendly and knowledgeable. It was a pleasure dealing with them. The two Phlebotomists who I was in touch with were both nice and efficient"

    Nora Ferda-McKay
    Nora Ferda-McKay January 2013
  • "We are all living longer and a lot of us will unfortunately experience illness within our lifetimes - storing cells that may one day become part of a future treatment or cure will potentially prolong and enrich the lives of both you and your family. It's a no-brainer."

    Ruth Elizabeth Ellis
    Ruth Elizabeth Ellis January 2013
  • "I would have no hesitation recommending Smart Cells to anyone potentially giving birth - especially if they have any historical family health concerns."

    Nikki Khan
    Nikki Khan February 2006
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