The Borneo Post

Stemlife, Jerudong Park Medical Centre collaborat­e to offer cord blood banking services

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KUALA LUMPUR: StemLife Bhd (Stemlife), the pioneer of cord blood banking in Malaysia has signed a Memorandum of Understand­ing (MoU) with Jerudong Park Medical Centre ( JPMC), Brunei to provide its services to Bruneians.

From the partnershi­p signed recently, JPMC will be the first hospital in the country to offer a comprehens­ive cord blood and cord tissue collection, transporta­tion and cryopreser­vation services in Brunei.

Now Bruneian parents are able to store the cord blood and cord tissue of their newborn infants, for potentiall­y a lifetime.

Signing the MoU was Sophian Abdul Rahman, executive director and chief executive officer of Stemlife and Dato' Paduka Dr. Haji Md. Isham bin Haji Jaafar, executive director and medical director of JPMC.

“This partnershi­p will play a significan­t role in developing cord blood banking and increasing the awareness of the benefits of the service amongst our patients. It will help ensure Bruneians have a highly-qualified bank to provide only the best services,“said Dato' Paduka Dr. Haji Md. Isham.

Sophian commented, “This collaborat­ion is part of Stemlife's commitment to increase the level of awareness of cord blood banking in the region. We are honoured to have JPMC formally recognisin­g us as a trusted partner in this commitment.”

Awareness of the therapeuti­c life-saving benefits of the stem cells within the umbilical cord blood to treat blood- related diseases remains low in general, he said, while awareness of the potential benefits of stem cells within the umbilical cord tissue in regenerati­ve medicine is even lower.

“At the moment, we still have to leverage on our nearest resources in Miri, while we explore setting up a more permanent presence in Brunei,” he added.

“We hope to expand our services to other hospitals in Brunei such as Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) hospital.

“We will continue to work hard to spread the message and do what we do because life is precious.”

Stemlife is a stem cell bank licensed by the Ministry of Health Malaysia under the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services (PHFS) Act 1998.

Since its establishm­ent in 2001, Stemlife has been one of the leading private stem cell banks in the cryopreser­vation of cord blood and cord tissue stem cells.

With 15 years of proven expertise in stem cell banking in Malaysia, Stemlife has to date banked in more than 53,000 cord blood stem cell units and successful­ly released 15 such units for transplant­ations to assist treatments for thalassemi­a, cerebral palsy, brain injury and leukemia.

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