Cryobank of the Institute of Cell Therapy has become a member of the Cord Blood
Association, an authoritative international association of accredited cord blood banks.
This was preceded by a thorough study of Cryobank's activities by the Cord Blood
Association experts, its international accreditations, business reputation and
experience of the clinical use of cryopreserved cord blood preparations.
The Cord Blood Association is a non-profit international organization bringing
together accredited cord blood banks, both public and family, as well as leading
industry scientists and practitioners.
The purpose of the Cord Blood Association is to promote the development of cord
blood biobanks in the world, scientific research in the field, increase of medical staff
and future parents awareness about the value of cord blood and opportunities for its
long-term storage. The Cord Blood Association's top priority is to continuously
improve the quality of cryopreserved umbilical cord blood products in the world, so
only an accredited biobank whose quality of biological products meets high
international standards can become a member of the Cord Blood Association.
The President of the Cord Blood Association is Duke University Professor Joan
Kurtzberg, one of the world's leading experts in the field of clinical use of cord blood.
It was Professor Joan Kurtzberg in 1992 in the USA who performed the world's first
non-relative cord blood transplant (before that cord blood was used only in relatives).
Under the direction of Professor Kurtzberg at Duke University (USA), cord blood is
being used in the treatment of cerebral palsy and autism in clinical trials.
Membership of the Institute of Cell Therapy Institute in the Cord Blood Association
is for Cryobank clients one more guaranty of the high quality of stored biological
products and the ability to access the latest developments in perinatal tissue
biobanking (cord blood, umbilical cord, placenta).