NEWS: CryoSave, CryoHoldco and China Cord Blood Corporation Compared by BioInformant

NEWS: CryoSave, CryoHoldco and China Cord Blood Corporation Compared by BioInformant

Groups like CryoSave, CryoHoldco and China Cord Blood Corporation dominate the international scene of the cord blood industry.

Outside of the US, private cord blood banks often cross international borders and face regulations that are very different from the US. CryoSave, CryoHoldco and China Cord Blood Corporation are three of the largest international banks. But, what do you know about them?

As a parent, you may be feeling confused when you see these names. Perhaps you have never heard of them before?  You are not alone. You may only know these names if they are actively advertising in your country.

Countries vary greatly in their regulations for cord blood. Some have no rules. Others have very strict rules. Rules can even vary from region to region — for example, in Sweden.

The world is a big place and being an international player in the cord blood industry is not easy. Logistics and politics can be challenging.  In some places, private banks are not allowed and only public banks exist but in very limited numbers. In many places, public banks do not exist (yet) and the private players control the market. The industry is still evolving.

At Save the Cord Foundation, we do not and will not recommend one bank over another. We recognize that both big and small banks have their advantages. Likewise, we see a role for both public and private banks…especially when they work together.  The industry is constantly changing. We have seen major changes across the board in recent years even with large groups like CryoSave, CryoHoldco and the China Cord Blood Corporation.

Our role at the Foundation is not to choose for you. We want to help you ask the right questions and get the facts.

We feel strongly that parents need to talk to the banks that interest them, ask great questions, and choose a bank based on their own personal priorities. You have options. . . lots of options.

CryoSave_CryoHoldco_Collect cord blood in majority births

Some banks specialize in areas or offer programs that could be important to your particular family. Some may not advertise these programs but they exist behind the scenes and all you need to do is ask.

The key is to be proactive.

Begin your research here, at Save the Cord Foundation.

Then, explore the sites of some of our partners like Be The Match or BioInformant.

In particular, BioInformant is internationally recognized for their studies of the stem cell market. In a recent article, the group focused on three of the largest international cord blood banks, including:

  • CryoSave
  • CryoHoldco
  • China Cord Blood Corporation

In the article, Cade Hildreth, CEO of BioInformant, explains “we compare the three largest cord blood banks outside of the United States. In this analysis, the metrics used to identify the top three international cord blood banks was the number of cord blood and cord tissue units stored, number of transplants, rate of growth, and regions served.”

We encourage you to read the full article from BioInformant which compares these three banks.

“Comparison of the Top 3 International Cord Blood Banks – Cryo-Save, CryoHoldco, China Cord Blood Corporation”
Click here to read the full article.

Bioinformant - Partner in Cord Blood Education


Did you know cord blood has been used for many years to treat various forms of cancer? It’s true. In particular, cord blood is often used to treat leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell.

#WeCanICan: #BeatCancer with Cord Blood

#WeCanICan: #BeatCancer with Cord Blood

In association with World Cancer Day, we launched a series of stories focused on cancer survivors who were helped by cord blood.

We encourage you to meet Nathan, a 3-time cancer survivor who refers to himself as “3-Peat”. He is an amazing person whose life was saved thanks to cord blood. Read Nathan’s story.

Next, meet Diane, a woman who does not take “no hope” as an answer! Thanks to her persistence and the life-saving qualities of cord blood, Diane beat Hodgkins Lymphoma and is forever grateful to the 2 families who donated their children’s cord blood. Read Diane’s story.

Learn more about work with World Cancer Day and find out how you can get involved!

 

NEWS: CBR, Viacord and CryoCell Compared by BioInformant

NEWS: CBR, Viacord and CryoCell Compared by BioInformant

Big names like CBR, Viacord and CryoCell International tend to dominate the cord blood industry. But, . . .

The truth is the cord blood industry is vast and complicated. Beyond Cord Blood Registry / CBR, Viacord and CryoCell there are many reputable players. Indeed for parents who are interested in private or family cord blood banking, the are plenty of options (perhaps too many).

At Save the Cord Foundation, we do not and will not recommend one bank over another. We recognize that both big and small banks have their advantages. The industry is in constant flux as well. Even the big groups like CBR, Viacord and CryoCell International have undergone major changes in the past few years.

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Get the facts. Save the cord.

We feel strongly that parents need to talk to the banks that interest them, ask great questions, and choose a bank based on their own personal priorities. You have options. . . lots of options.

Some banks specialize in areas or offer programs that could be important to your particular family. Some may not advertise these programs but they exist behind the scenes and all you need to do is ask.

So please, do your research thoroughly (it is more important than choosing a baby buggy).

Begin your research here, at Save the Cord Foundation.

Then, explore the sites of some of our partners like Be The Match or BioInformant.

In particular, BioInformant is internationally recognized for their studies of the stem cell market. In a recent article, they focused on some of the biggest names in private cord blood banking including CBR, Viacord, and CryoCell International.

According to Cade Hildreth, CEO of BioInformant, “These three companies are not only the three market leaders in the United States by number of cord blood and cord tissue units banked, but are also some of the largest cord blood banks worldwide.”

We encourage you to read the full article from BioInformant which compares these three banks.

“Comparison of the Top 3 U.S. Cord Blood Banks – CBR, ViaCord, and CryoCell International”
Click here to read the full article. 

 

Bioinformant - Partner in Cord Blood Education


 

Did you know cord blood has been used for many years to treat various forms of cancer? It’s true. In particular, cord blood is often used to treat leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell. 

#WeCanICan: #BeatCancer with Cord Blood

#WeCanICan: #BeatCancer with Cord Blood

In association with World Cancer Day, we launched a series of stories focused on cancer survivors who were helped by cord blood.

We encourage you to meet Nathan, a 3-time cancer survivor who refers to himself as “3-Peat”. He is an amazing person whose life was saved thanks to cord blood. Read Nathan’s story.

Next, meet Diane, a woman who does not take “no hope” as an answer! Thanks to her persistence and the life-saving qualities of cord blood, Diane beat Hodgkins Lymphoma and is forever grateful to the 2 families who donated their children’s cord blood. Read Diane’s story. 

Learn more about work with World Cancer Day and find out how you can get involved!

Loving Letter from Doctor & Father of Three Kids

Loving Letter from Doctor & Father of Three Kids

The following is a letter we received recently from Dr. Eric Callaghan, a practicing physician and father of three from Wisconsin.

Dr. Callaghan has kindly allowed us share his story. It demonstrates some of the common problems parents encounter today whether they are family banking or donating their child’s cord blood. At Save the Cord Foundation, we are working daily to help solve some of these issues through the education of health professionals and parents.

 

Dear fellow parents and expectant parents,

As a physician and father to three young daughters, I am aware of the vast potential of cord blood. My wife and I have chosen to bank the cord blood of each of our daughters.

With our first two daughters (ages 10 and 7), we utilized private cord blood banking and were unaware of the option for public banking. With our third daughter, Grace (age 1), we became aware of the public option and in choosing such, we were hoping that someday the first act of our newborn’s life would be one of generosity and compassion.

After we made the decision to donate to a public bank, we had a difficult time finding a suitable company, since our hospital was not affiliated with a particular public cord blood bank. Our options were unfortunately limited; our obstetrics group was relatively unfamiliar with public options and procedures, and one of the companies we considered would not accept public cord blood donation if the baby was born during specific hours over the weekend.

We eventually chose a company who we were very happy with, but unfortunately the amount of cord blood which was obtained from our baby was relatively low and we are unsure if it was ever suitable for banking (or if it ended up being used for research or other purposes).

Dr. Callaghan chose a hybrid cord blood bank. Why?

Unfortunately, the majority of hospitals in the world do not offer a public donation program for cord blood. There are various reasons for this (awareness, costs, logistics…).

Dr. Callaghan and his wife were very passionate about wanting to donate their third child’s cord blood. They contacted a hybrid cord blood bank who was willing to collect cord blood donations at their hospital. Hybrid banks often fill the gap when a public program does not exist locally.

Learn more about hybrid cord blood banks by clicking here.

I am uncertain if the low yield of cord blood from Grace’s birth was inevitable, but I do not believe that our experience is unique as the company that we chose later ended up limiting their acceptance of cord blood donation to specific states, likely at least partially due to the inconsistencies in the amount of cord blood obtained from various hospitals and practices.

Save the Cord Foundation is helping to spread the word about the vast benefits of cord blood banking. Increasing public and medical awareness of the benefits of public cord blood donation will save lives, as will increasing accessibility and options for public banking.

As a physician, I can tell you, the applicability of cord blood is increasing, but we need to ensure that couples and their obstetricians are aware of these benefits and have easy, convenient access to public banking.

If more parents knew that their child’s first act in the world would be in providing a life-saving cure for a specific disease, the results and impact could be exponential for patients and our entire medical community.

Yours truly,

Eric Callaghan, MD

 


Putting our family first. . .

Dr. Callaghan is like many parents. He is a father who wants the best for his children. He is fortunate. He had access to information on cord blood and understood the potential life-saving benefits of this medical resource. He was able to make an educated decision — the best decision a father could make.

We are proud of you Dr. Callaghan. You were pro-active about the cord blood collection process for all of your children and now your story will help others. Thank you for writing to us.


Are you pregnant?

Are you wondering what the pros and cons are of either cord blood donation or family banking?
Watch this quick video to understand your options. Then, read about people whose lives have been saved thanks to cord blood:

You will agree… regardless of what others might say…cord blood has powerful healing powers and can help someone (maybe even your own child) if we just take a moment to save it.

Learn about your options here.

About Save the Cord Foundation

Save the Cord Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, was established to promote awareness of the life-saving benefits of cord blood based on unbiased and factual information. The Foundation educates parents, health professionals and the general public about the need to preserve this valuable medical resource while providing information on both public cord blood donation programs and family cord blood banks worldwide.

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