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San Diego Blood Bank’s Cell Therapy Program initiatives are Cord Blood and Tissue Banking.
Cord Blood Banking
San Diego Blood Bank is a primary cord blood provider! We collaborate with San Diego and Southern California hospitals to collect umbilical cord blood after the birth of a healthy full-term baby.
Umbilical cord stem cells provide hope for a cure and new life for patients in need of a transplant or life-threatening medical conditions such as leukemia, lymphoma, immune diseases, metabolic disorders, autism, stroke, and cerebral palsy.
The cord blood is processed and stored at San Diego Blood Bank and is donated anonymously for the use of any patient in need of a lifesaving bone marrow transplant. Each certified cord blood unit is listed on the Be The Match Registry®, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP) which makes stem cells available to patients around the world for a match.
Public Cord Blood Bank Accreditation
San Diego Blood Bank’s Department of Cell Therapy successfully completed a first time accreditation audit of their Cord Blood processing team by the American Association of Blood Banking (AABB). This gives the SDBB Cord Blood Bank full accreditation for all aspects of Cord Blood Banking, including collection, processing, storage and distribution of cord blood.
Cord Tissue Banking
San Diego Blood Bank is pioneering an umbilical cord tissue bank — a breakthrough for the aging population.
A broad variety of age-related disorders such as cardiovascular disease, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, autoimmune and neurological deficits are a growing medical burden on individuals. Umbilical cord tissue is abundant in mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), which researchers have discovered can play a critical role in not only maintaining health but also in regenerating diseased or damaged organ tissue. Currently, umbilical cord tissue is discarded as medical waste. By collecting instead of disposing of cord tissue, the rich supply of young functional stem cells that help the body heal itself can be studied and developed into possible therapies and cures for various diseases.
This has launched a new era of regenerative medicine that continues to expand. Clinical trials with MSCs for the treatment of heart attack, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, stroke, arthritis, autoimmune disease, and brain injury are underway. The supply of MSCs from San Diego Blood Bank’s public cord tissue bank will support research and clinical trials.
In collaboration with academic, biopharmaceutical and clinical research and development organizations, the establishment of San Diego Blood Bank’s cord tissue bank will enable research and development of new cell therapies in regenerative medicine for age-related disorders.