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The Science

Stem cells are extremely valuable and powerful because they have the ability to become any type of cells in the body. This versatility allows stem cells to be used to regenerate or repair diseased tissue and organs.

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The impact of transplant medicine today

Stem cells have been used in bone marrow transplants since the 1970s and today they are approved by the FDA to treat serious
medical conditions.

  • They are currently used to treat over 80 conditions, including certain types of cancers, blood disorders, and metabolic disorders.
  • Cord blood has been used in more than 40,000 stem cell transplants worldwide to help rebuild health blood and immune systems.
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The transformative
power of regenerative
medicine

Over 5,000 promising clinical trials are in process worldwide studying cord blood, cord tissue and placental tissue’s role in advancing medicine and potential applications in regenerative medicine. Current estimates indicate that approximately 1 in 3 individuals in the United States, or 128 million people, could benefit over their lifetime from regenerative medicine.

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What You Need to Know

For more than 30 years, cord blood has been used in the proven treatment of over 80 serious conditions in stem cell transplants to rebuild the blood and immune systems, including:

  • Blood disorders (sickle cell disease)
  • Cancers (leukemia and lymphoma)
  • Immune disorders (severe combined immunodeficiency)
  • Metabolic disorders (Krabbe disease)
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The cord tissue contains many different types of stem cells, including epithelial, endothelial and mesenchymal stem cells, that all have different potential uses in different ways then cord blood. They are currently being investigated in over 500 extremely promising clinical trials in areas including:

  • Autoimmune (lupus and type 1 diabetes)
  • Orthopedic (osteoarthritis)
  • Cardiovascular (heart disease)
  • Neurological (stroke and Alzheimer’s)
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Stem cells from placental tissue are already being used in therapies to treat wounds and promote healing – including diabetic ulcers and eye conditions that could ultimately lead to blindness. But they also have tremendous potential for use in regenerative medicine in
diseases including:

  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Autism
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Traumatic brain injury
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HOW DOES BANKING WORK?

Collect

Your newborn’s stem cells are collected immediately after birth by your doctor or midwife using the AlphaCord collection kit. The collection process is non-invasive, completely painless, and only takes a few minutes.

Transport

The stem cells are then sealed in a temperature-monitored shipping container. Call us– we’re available 24/7, 365 days a year to collect the kit and securely transport it to our designated state-of-the-art laboratory.

Quality Testing

We receive and process stem cell collections every day of the year, which are analyzed by our experienced laboratory scientists for TNCs, CD34+/CD45 count, viability, bacteriology, fungal and infectious diseases.

Process

The precious stem cells from the cord blood and tissue are separated, purified and concentrated.

Store

We place the frozen stem cells in our cryotanks, containing liquid nitrogen at almost -196 ̊C. At this temperature, the cells remain perfectly
preserved for decades.

Safe & Secure

Our high-tech system continuously monitors the frozen stem cells. If they are ever needed, we perform another round of quality checks before transporting them in cryogenic shippers to any transplant center
in the world.

Getting Started
is Simple

We help you with the easiest decision during pregnancy, preserving your newborn’s stem cells, a simple and seamless process.

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STEP 1

Enroll

Sign up online or call (404) 315-6500 and we’ll send you a collection kit.
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STEP 2

Collect

Take kit to hospital so your doctor or midwife can collect the cord blood and tissues.
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STEP 3

Store

Kit will be safely transported to the lab where we will process and store your baby’s stem cells, ready and available if ever needed.