Year 2016 in the world was marked by a number of important events in the field of cryopreservation of cord blood stem cells cells and other human cells and tissues (emergence of new biobanks, union of some existing ones, expansion of the banking of adult mesenchymal stem cells from different sources) and some important scientific achievements in the industry.
Ukrainian scientists, biobanks and biotech companies also made significant efforts for the development of banking, research and clinical use of cord blood stem cells and other human tissues and cells and achieved some success.
It is worth noting that in recent years the role of professional associations in the development of biotechnologies, improvement of the legal regulation of the industry, protection of the interests of patients of cell therapy clinics and biobanks clients has significantly strengthened worldwide.
Established in 2013 the Association of banks of umbilical cord blood and other human cells and tissues in Ukraine is the only in its kind professional association of licensed cryobanks and biotech companies, the purpose of whose activity is to provide Ukrainian consumers the opportunities to obtain high quality services of storage of the umbilical cord blood stem cells and other human tissues and for biobanks – proper conditions for economic activities within the legal framework and honest competition.
Within 2016, like during previous years, the Association of cryobanks was actively providing free consulting support to persons interested in issues and opportunities of cryostorage and clinical use of cord blood stem cells and other human tissues in Ukraine and abroad, as well as to doctors and scientists.
In 2016, Association of cryobanks took an active part in the legislative procedures aimed at harmonization of the national laws, regulating banking and clinical use of cord blood stem cells and other human tissues and cells in accordance with international regulars. Association of cryobanks also translated into Ukrainian some important foreign educational materials and documents in the field of cryopreservation and clinical application of stem cells.
In Ukraine, Association of cryobanks actively supported international educational and social initiatives to raise the awareness of the population about the biological value of umbilical cord blood and possibilities of its storage and clinical application. Thus, in 2016, the Association of cryobanks joined the conduction of the Cord Blood Awareness Month (July), Family Planning Week and others.
Courtesy of the Association of cryobanks and with the financial support of the Institute of Cell Therapy, a co-founder and full member of the Association, in 2016 in Ukraine the edition of the unique scientific and practical journal “Cell and Organ Transplantology” was continued. The journal is included in the list of professional scientific editions, approved by the State Attestation Commission of Ukraine and was accepted in the number of important international scientometric databases.
Priority plans of the Association of cryobanks for 2017 in Ukraine are the participation in the improvement of the legislative base, regulating cryopreservation and clinical use of cord blood stem cells and other human tissues and cells, as well as license conditions for biobanks in accordance with international standards (FACT, ISO, AABB, GMP, GCP, GLP), active educational campaigns and the development of international cooperation.