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What Are Cord Tissue Stem Cells?

What is cord tissue?

Cord tissue is your baby’s umbilical cord and is a rich source of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). These stem cells can form specialised cells like skin, muscle, nerve, bone and cartilage. Cord tissue derived MSCs are deemed promising for cellular therapies because of their unique properties and are being evaluated as possible treatments for many injuries and diseases.

What is the difference between cord blood and cord tissue stem cells?

Cord blood contains blood forming stem cells called haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs).  These stem cells have the ability to self-renew and to form specialised cells like red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets to regenerate the blood and immune system continuously.

Cord tissue contains mesenchymal stem cells that have the ability to self-renew and to form specialised cells like bone, cartilage, muscle and nerve cells.  These cells are repairing damaged tissues in the body continuously.

How long has cord tissue banking been available?

In 2010, the Cord Blood Registry provided cord tissue storage as a service offering. Today, approximately two-thirds of private cord blood banks worldwide offer cord tissue banking services. Pairing cord tissue storage with cord blood storage has become a widespread practice across the global cord blood industry.

How does CELVI store cord tissue?

Research is still in the early stages and we want you to have the best options available to access advanced future technologies.  We also want to safeguard all the cell types including the mesenchymal stem cells and therefore, we preserve the cord as whole segments. Viability of the cord tissue is confirmed prior to freezing.

Does freezing cord tissue whole impact the ability to get MSCs out of it?

No. Our validated process has established that one can reliably isolate MSCs from segmented, prepared and cryopreserved umbilical cord tissue.

What do I do if I want to use the cord tissue?

There are no uses of cord tissue stem cells at this time. But in the future, when relevant clinical applications are developed, we’ll be here to support our clients every step of the way.

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The treating doctor will determine the use of cord blood for treatment, depending on many factors, including the patient’s medical condition, the quality of the cord blood sample, if the patient’s own cord blood can be used or an adequately matched donor’s cord blood.The use of cord blood has been established in stem cell transplantation and has been used to treat more than 80 diseases. The use of cord blood in regenerative medicine is still being researched and there is no guarantee that treatments being studied in the laboratory, clinical trials, or other experimental treatments will be available in the future.The use of cord tissue stem cells is still in early research stages, and there is no guarantee that treatments using cord tissue stem cells will be available in the future. Cord tissue stem cells are found in the cord tissue which is stored whole. Additional processing will be required to isolate the stem cells from the tissue for use. CELVI (Pty) Ltd outsources all cord blood and tissue processing and storage activities to Next Biosciences in Midrand, South Africa, a licensed and AABB accredited facility.

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