Since the establishment of NYBC's Cord Blood Program in 1992, more than 450 cord blood and tissue banks have facilitated more than 100,000 cord blood transplants. As per WHO, stem cells are annually saving the lives of over 50,000 patients across the globe, significantly reducing their disease burden and improving the quality of life.
Just as seeds are a foundation to a tree, stem cells act as the raw material of the human body that constantly grow, differentiate and renew to create the blood and immune system, tissues and organs. Umbilical cord blood, nourishing the child in the mother's womb is collected within the first five minutes of childbirth.
Preserving these stem cells for life can protect you and your loved ones from several known and unknown life-taking diseases that might arise in the future.
Umbilical Cord Blood and Tissue contain Hematopoietic (blood forming) and Mesenchymal (tissue regenerating) Stem Cells. These stem cells are adaptable and applicable to any genetically matched individuals, within or outside the family needing a life-saving transplant.
Today's latest research and development efforts are allowing scientists and bioprocess engineers to expand, differentiate and even genetically modify these cells to develop customised treatments for common and rare diseases.
As clinical development of cell and gene therapies is moving at warp speed, stem cells are being used to cure an increasing number of diseases, some of which were previously considered untreatable. Below are some of the conditions for which stem cell therapy is already making a huge difference.
Treatment Milestones of Cord Blood
Dr. Milton and Dr. Ende pioneered the first published case of cord blood as cancer therapy
World's first cord blood transplant was received by Matthew Farrow, a 5 year old boy with Fanconi anemia
World's first cord blood transplant for an adult leukemia patient at Duke Medical Center
Dr. Cairo and Dr. Wagner led the first demonstration that long term patient survival is comparable with cord blood transplants and bone marrow transplants
Abby Pell received her own stem cells as experimental therapy for brain injury due to oxygen deprivation at birth
Jake Liao was the first child to receive a stem cell transplant from a sibling as therapy for a rare and fatal skin disorder - epidermolysis bullosa
20,000 cord blood transplants had been performed around the world
184 childrens with acquired neurological disorders were treated with their own cord blood
Therapy launched for treatment of autism using cord blood
Dr. Nelson of the Mayo Clinic's Center for Regenerative Medicine cord blood stem cell surgery to correct a serious heart defect.
Indian's first 5 year old, MPS VI patient treated with siblings cord blood.
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