LifeCell launches Com­mu­nity Stem Cell Bank­ing

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IN­DIA’S first and the largest stem cell provider, LifeCell, a pi­o­neer in stem cell re­search an­nounced the launch of Baby Cord Share, com­mu­nity stem cell bank­ing to ad­dress the need for cre­at­ing a large in­ven­tory of stem cells in the coun­try. BabyCord Share brings to­gether the unique ben­e­fits of pri­vate and pub­lic banks, while ef­fec­tively ad­dress­ing the chal­lenges of sourc­ing match­ing stem cells in In­dia. It is a first of its kind global ini­tia­tive of LifeCell, which al­lows shar­ing of pre­served um­bil­i­cal cord stem cells amongst the com­mu­nity of par­ents. This pro­vides larger ac­cess to donor stem cells within the com­mu­nity and higher prob­a­bil­ity for find­ing a match­ing donor stem cell for treat­ments. Com­mu­nity bank­ing also helps par­ents and sib­lings in ac­cess­ing stem cells from the com­mu­nity pool, thus pro­vid­ing a com­pre­hen­sive fam­ily benefit for treat­ments. In or­der to en­cour­age more peo­ple to do­nate to the Com­mu­nity Bank, LifeCell of­fers ben­e­fits like zero re­trieval cost, open ac­cess to any match­ing unit, im­me­di­ate avail­abil­ity and a large in­ven­tory, thereby in­creas­ing prob­a­bil­ity of get­ting the right match. The cost of stem cell trans­plant for the donor or sib­ling would be com­pen­sated by LifeCell as to­ken of grat­i­tude for sign­ing up for the com­mu­nity bank. The com­mu­nity mem­ber can also avail a full re­fund of mem­ber­ship fee if the sam­ple is re­leased to an­other mem­ber, thereby in­cen­tivis­ing the donor.

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