how it works

Newborn Stem Cell banking is easy with CryoSave.

How we safely bank your newborn’s stem cells

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COLLECT

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

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TRANSPORT

The stem cells are then sealed in a  customized shipping container. You or your partner will need to call us within two hours of the birth of your baby – we’re available 365 days a year to arrange for the collection of the kit and its secure transport to our  processing laboratory in Pretoria.

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QUALITY TEST

Tests are performed on every cord blood sample to verify the quality of the stem cells that have been processed and stored. These include tests for total nuclear cell (TNC) count, CD34+/CD45 count and viability as well as bacterial and fungal cultures. Quality testing of cord tissue samples is performed by fluorescence microscopy. In addition, maternal blood is also tested for infectious markers.

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PROCESS

Stem cells in the cord blood are isolated and concentrated by a process of differential centrifugation.

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PRESERVE

Stem cells are prepared for cryogenic storage using a method that has been shown to protect the cells during the controlled-rate cryopreservation process.

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STORE

Cord blood and cord tissue stem cells are stored (cryopreserved) in the vapour phase of liquid nitrogen at temperatures colder than minus 180°C. International studies have shown that umbilical cord blood stem cells, stored under these conditions, can retain their viability for at least 20 years

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 tanks to any transplant centre in the world.

Collection Procedure

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

Learn more about what we can store for you:

We offer the opportunity to store Stem cells that are Unique and Extremely powerful. We offer the option of Stem cells with Significant Therapeutic potential. We offer the choice of having stem cells available for Future Regenerative Therapies. We offer possibilities of a healthy future with vast opportunities. We offer the choice of 2 different newborn tissues to be stored:

ABOUT CORD BLOOD

Stem Cells from cord blood – “Haematopoietic (blood-forming) Stem Cells” – have a huge potential. Storing them affords a means to protect not only the future of your child, but also the future of the whole family. In certain instances, they may offer a chance of cure, if not the only possibility, to patients suffering from serious diseases, especially concerning blood disorders, and much more. However, not everyone is aware of this opportunity.

To date, the umbilical cord blood containing stem cells represent an effective response to the treatment of various haematological diseases and thalassemia.
Your newborns’ cord blood is a rich source of powerful stem cells that are the building blocks of your blood and immune system. After delivery of your baby, your medical practitioner can collect the remaining blood in the umbilical cord for future medical use for your family which would otherwise simply have been discarded.

The collection process is quick, simple, pain-free and there is no potential risk to mom or baby.
Cord blood stem cells (blood-forming/haematopoietic stem cells) are currently being used to regenerate organ tissue, blood, and the immune system to heal:

Cancers
Blood disorders
Metabolic disorders
Bone marrow disorders
Immune disorders

Unique advantages of newborn stem cells:
Your newborn’s stem cells can help heal the body by promoting recovery and they offer incredible therapeutic potential. Stem cells from cord blood are unique in many ways:

  • They can treat over 80 diseases
  • They can proliferate, or reproduce, rapidly
  • They are biologically younger
  • Freezing them ‘preserves them in a newborn state’ and
  • They are protected from exposure to aging influences, as well as from the harsh environment and infections that can affect them.

ABOUT CORD TISSUE

Your baby’s cord tissue contains powerful and unique stem cells, that work in a different way compared to that of cord blood stem cells. Cord tissue stem cells consist of endothelial cells, epithelial cells and mesenchymal stem cells, which also have the ability to repair and restore the body.

The cord tissue contains Wharton’s jelly, and this is rich in mesenchymal stem cells, unlike the haematopoietic/blood-forming stem cells that are only able to produce blood cells (red cells, white cells and platelets). Mesenchymal stem cells collected from the cord tissue can also turn into other cell types such as neurons, bone tissue, muscle tissue or cardiac cells, for example.

Cord tissue derived stem cells are able to create organisational structures and connections in tissues and organs.  These stem cells in cord tissue offer new and exciting avenues of healing and regenerative possibilities in certain diseases that could never be healed. 

Another advantage of storing both these types of stem cells is that co-transplantation of haematopoietic stem cells and mesenchymal stem cells is not only effective and safe but also reduces instances of rejection during transplants.

The following important areas are being researched: 

  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Cancers
  • Heart & vascular disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Liver fibrosis
  • Skeletal disease & injury
  • Transplant complications
  • Vascular damage
  • Lung cancer
  • Sports injuries (cartilage)
  • Neurological disease & injury
  • Retinal disease
  • Wound repair