CryoSave SA earns AABB credit
HAVING stored over 310000 umbilical cord blood stem cells locally – and in Europe since 2 000 – stem cell bank Cryo-Save South Africa has received the acclaimed AABB accreditation.
AABB, formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks, is an international nonprofit association representing individuals and institutions involved in the field of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies.
Accreditation by the association follows an intensive on-site assessment by specially trained assessors who establish that the level of technical and administrative performance within the facility meets the standard set by the association.
The facility now joins similar facilities from the US and around the world that have also earned the accreditation.
With no public stem cell bank in Africa, the Cryo-Save laboratory provides access to private stem cell processing and storage services in Southern Africa.
Cryo-Save South Africa, which is part of the JSElisted financial services group, Ecsponent, is responsible for the collection, processing and storage of umbilical cord stem cells for both CryoSave and salveo biotechnology.
Haematopoietic – or blood stem – cells found in the umbilical blood are used to treat diseases such as bone marrow failure, leukaemia, lymphoma and other types of blood cancers and hereditary blood disorders.
These stem cells are collected at birth in a quick, painless and non-invasive procedure from what was once considered to be medical waste.