LifeCell Makes A Landmark Stride in Making Stem Cell Treatments Possible for Families
~ Records preservation of 50,000 qualified donor cord blood stem cell units ~
In its stride towards offering comprehensive stem cell solutions and hope for treatment of many critical disorders, LifeCell, today announced its remarkable surge in its community banking inventory by clocking over 50,000 consented and qualified donor stem cell units.
This inventory, which is set to grow continuously, helps in overcoming the search burden for finding matching stem cells when needed, by enabling a 97% probability of finding a HLA matching stem cell unit on a match1 from the community inventory.
This means a lot to the families who have preserved their babies’ stem cells with LifeCell since there is almost a complete assurance of finding a matching stem cell from the community inventory.
Stem cell transplantation being considered as probably the only treatment options for a wide array of blood disorders, however there are only about 2,000 stem cell transplants done in India every year while 80,000 to 1,00,000 annual transplants are required to meet the large burden of blood cancers and fatal blood disorders in the country2. With over 70% of all patients who need a lifesaving stem cell transplant not being able to find a matching donor in their family3 the demand for unrelated donor stem cells is increasing but there aren’t too many of them available. Hence the chances of finding a donor match is as low as 10% to 15% compared to the West where the chances are high at around 60% to 70%2.
Hence this milestone further strengthens LifeCell’s Community banking as India’s largest preserved inventory of cord blood stem cells that acts like a closed donor group for the families that have preserved their baby's umbilical cord blood stem cells at birth. Additionally, since there are no restrictions on utilising any number of matching cord blood stem cells units from the community bank inventory, the entire family including the parents and grandparents can now benefit from the protection of stem cells at no additional cost when the need arises. For expectant parents, this inventory strongly establishes the need to preserve their baby’s cord blood stem cells at birth under community banking for complete protection of their family