Cord blood stem cells were identified in 1974 and used in the first successful stem cell transplantation in 1988 for the treatment of a six-year-old boy suffering from Fanconi Anaemia, a rare blood disorder resulting in decreased production of all types of blood cells.
The New York Blood Centre opened the first public bank for umbilical cord blood storage, using funding provided by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).
In 1993, ViaCord was founded as the first private cord blood bank. In the same year (1993), the first cord blood transplant between a donor and recipient not related to one another occurred, first performed at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina (USA).
Netcells pioneered cord blood banking in South Africa in 2005 and to-date have stored stem cells for over 15 000 babies.
Celvi, is the first Hybrid Cord Blood Bank in Africa, providing South Africans with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to not only store their baby’s stem cells, but owning up to their social responsibility by making their stem cells available to patients in need worldwide.