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19 October 2022

How to choose cord blood bank for your family?

It might get a little daunting when it comes to choosing a family cord blood bank. But fret not; here are some tips to guide you along.

1. Long-standing establishment

Look for a family cord blood bank that has been around the longest. This shows that they have experience and can be trusted to store your baby's stem cells in the right way.

#Fun Fact: Established in Singapore in 2001, Cordlife has over 20 years of experience.

2. Adherence to international accreditations

Make sure that the family cord blood bank you choose follows strict rules that are regularly checked by international groups when it comes to processing and storing the stem cells from your baby's umbilical cord blood. This gives you the peace of mind that the cord blood stem cells will still work if you ever need a transplant.

#Fun Fact: Cordlife is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) and the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT).

3. Transplant track record

Look for published records of the family cord blood bank's success rate in releasing cord blood units for transplants, in addition to their accreditation. This is evidence that the cord blood stem cells stored at the cord blood bank remain viable should the need for transplantation ever arise.

#Fun Fact: To date, Cordlife has released more than 70 cord blood units for transplant and cellular therapy use.

4. Additional valued-added service offerings

Apart from storing cord blood stem cells, check if the family cord blood bank offers additional value-added services, as it would give you and your family access to more medical options.

#Fun Fact: Cordlife is the only cord blood bank that offers umbilical cord lining storage. We are a licensed partner of CellOptimaTM—a patented technology that harvests and expands two types of stem cells from your baby’s umbilical cord: mesenchymal stem cells and cord lining epithelial cells.

5. Fully-owned processing and storage facility

To make sure that the stem cells in your baby's cord blood are still viable, there are strict protocols that must be followed. It's important to check if the family cord blood bank has direct ownership over its processing and storage facilities to make sure that your baby's cord blood and lining units are kept safe.

#Fun Fact: Cordlife has a fully-owned laboratory in Singapore and maintains direct control over all critical services, quality, and licensing.

6. Financial stability

As stem cell transplant or therapies may occur at any point in life, it’s important that your chosen family cord blood bank has a sound, transparent and sustainable financial status as it gives the assurance that they will be with you for the long haul.

#Fun Fact: Cordlife is a mainboard listed company on the Singapore Exchange.

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