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8 reasons why cord blood, umbilical and placental tissue should be collected

By saving cord blood and umbilical and placental tissue, your baby may benefit from:

  • the widest range of cells that can be obtained during delivery and thus a wider potential use for treating various diseases,
  • treatment options that may be used for therapy in childhood and adulthood and also for the child’s sibling or parents,
  • multiple use for treatment, since the blood and tissue are stored in several bags and vials,
  • sources of hematopoietic stem cells that may be used for treating some haematological disorders (in particular, leukaemia and lymphomas), malignant diseases (such as solid tumours) or immune or metabolic disorders,
  • enhanced options of use in recovery medicine or cell therapy and in tissue engineering,
  • remedies studied in almost 100 clinical trials worldwide for their further treatment potential1; such remedies may form a basis for the treatment of many other diseases in the future,
  • sources of cells with unique characteristics: cells from the perinatal tissue do not carry a burden of diseases acquired in the lifetime, treatment, or ageing and have a better ability to divide further (reproduce); these characteristics are preserved also in the case of long-term storage,
  • sources that allow for collection only once in a lifetime and which are readily available, if necessary.

Cord blood has saved the lives of many pediatric patients: you can read real stories about treatment with cord blood here.

What are perinatal tissue and cells?

Perinatal tissue is a tissue that may be collected during the delivery of a baby or immediately afterwards. It includes cord blood, placenta and umbilical tissue. This tissue contains perinatal stem cells with unique characteristics and big therapeutic potential in the treatment of many diseases. More information on cord blood, umbilical cord tissue and placental tissue.

1. www.clinicaltrials.gov

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