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.
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.
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.
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!