CORD:USE, one of the biggest public umbilical cord blood banks in the USA is introducing an offer of private stem cell storage.
To fulfil this goal it established the Family Umbilical Cord Blood Bank. Its founder is Dr Hal Broxmeyer, who at the same time is the President of the American Society of Haematology – the biggest organization of haematologists gathering over 16 000 members from 97 countries.
So far, thanks to CORD:USE, parents have had the possibility to donate their newborn baby’s umbilical cord blood and store it in a state blood storehouse so it may be used for patients in need of an umbilical cord blood transplant. Units of umbilical cord blood from CORD:USE are used for transplantations in the USA and outside the country.
Now, the bank offers an additional possibility for parents with newborn babies – they can store umbilical cord blood in a private umbilical cord blood bank, if they decide they want to have control over their baby’s blood. Specialists employed in CORD:USE are unquestionable leaders in the field of umbilical cord blood storing and they have gained experience from thousands of tranplantations of umbilical cord bood. Doctor Broxmeyer is supported, for example, by doctor Joanne Kurtzberg, who is the director of Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at the Duke University – one of the most active centres which performs tranplantations of umbilical cord blood stem cells in the country; she is also the Medical Director of Cord Blood Bank in Duke’s Carolina. She performed the first successful allogeneic transplantation of umbilical cord blood stem cells in the world in 1993 and since then, about 1000 transplantations have been made within her Program. She is also the Vice-President of the National Marrow Donor Program of the Cord Blood Advisory Group.
The Director of the Family Umbilical Cord Blood Bank CORD:USE is Alan Levine, Ph.D. Doctor Levine used to be the Director of the National Institute of Health (NIH), Blood Disease Program at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. The main clinical advisor of the Family Umbilical Cord Blood Bank CORD:USE is Dr John E. Wagner M.D. Dr Wagner is a doctor at the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation and the Scientific Director at the Clinical Research of the Stem Cell Institute of the University in Minnesota, one of the most active centres of umbilical cord blood transplantations in the world, where about 1000 umbilical cord blood transplantations to adult patients have been performed. Doctor Wagner and his team were the first to use umbilical cord blood in the treatment of a leukaemia in 1990, during which they discovered that two units of umbilical cord blood with partial similarity can be used in the treatment of numerous patients with defective blood cell.