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Shamshad Ahmed

Founder & CEO of Smart Cells International Ltd.

Our Founder & CEO
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Shamshad started his career as a foreign exchange dealer in Citigroup before undertaking a variety of roles which led to him becoming Managing Director of a clinical trials company with units in several European hospitals serving clients such as Pfizer, Glaxo, Wellcome, and Johnson & Johnson.

During this period Shamshad was introduced to the possibilities stem cells could provide when treating blood related illnesses. Shamshad was passionate about introducing this opportunity to parents to store their baby’s umbilical cord blood stem cells for future use to treat a range of diseases.

He then founded Smart Cells International in 2000 and became the first private UK cord blood company. His goal was always to help give parents more access to potentially life-saving treatment for their families. It is one of the biggest private banks to have come out of the UK, having stored over 40,000 cord blood samples from people in over 70 countries around the world. Smart Cells have their own processing and storage facility in the UK based near Heathrow Airport. The company operates across Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and The Far East and even have back up laboratories in Hong Kong, South Africa and Spain.

Smart Cells have been founding donors to Borne, originally part of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Borne is an independent charity led by Professor Mark Johnson dealing with maternal mortality and the prevention of pre-term birth complications which is the leading cause of death for children under 5 years of age.

Shamshad is married, with 3 children. In his spare time Shamshad enjoys playing golf, cycling and spending time with his family. He takes part in charity cycling events on a regular basis including the Prudential 100 mile cycle ride.

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