The Institute of Cell Therapy has become a member of the authoritative international association of accredited cord blood banks – the Cord Blood Association. This is one more confirmation of the high quality of perinatal tissue preparations (umbilical cord blood, umbilical cord, placenta), cryopreserved by the Institute of Cell Therapy Cryobank and their compliance with international standards. This was preceded by a thorough study of the activities of the Institute of Cell Therapy Cryobank by the Cord Blood Association experts, its international accreditations, business reputation and clinical experience with cryopreserved cord blood preparations.
Since 2013, the Institute of Cell Therapy has also been a co-founder and full member of the Association of Cryobanks of the Umbilical Cord Blood of Other Human Cells and Tissues, and Cryobank’s employees are actively involved in the work of the International Placenta Stem Cell Society (IPLASS), the International Federation of Placental Research Associations (IFPA), the International Society for Cell Therapy (ISCT), International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR).
Cord Blood Association is a well-known non-profit international organization that brings together accredited cord blood banks, both public and family type, as well as leading industry scientists and practitioners. The priority activity of the Cord Blood Association is to constantly improve the quality of cryopreserved cord blood products in the world, therefore only an accredited biobank can be a member of the Cord Blood Association, the quality of biological products of which meets high international standards.
The president of the Cord Blood Association is Joan Kurtzberg, a professor at Duke University in the United States, one of the world’s leading experts in the clinical use of cord blood. It was Professor Joan Kurtzberg in 1992 in the United States who performed the world’s first non-related cord blood transplant (before that, cord blood was used only in relatives). Under the guidance of Professor Kurtzberg at Duke University (USA), cord blood is being used in the treatment of cerebral palsy and autism in clinical trials.
Membership of the Institute of Cell Therapy in the Cord Blood Association is for Cryobank customers one more guarantee of the high quality of stored biologics and the ability to access the latest developments of the world biobanking of perinatal tissues (umbilical cord blood, umbilical cord, placenta).