The Borneo Post
Stemlife, Jerudong Park Medical Centre collaborate to offer cord blood banking services
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.