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    DrWiseYoung StemCyte Medical Director: possible discount for SCI population UCB bank?

    My wife is 30 weeks pregnant and I'm researching Umbilical Cord Blood banking.


    I first came here to see what Dr Wise Young had to say about cord blood banking. I read his post in 2009 about his evolving attitude on cord blood banking and read some of Jim's reposts of Dr Young's previous statements in 2015.


    Apparently StemCyte works with researchers to supply cells for their studies (in-part to promote the quality of their storage methods thereby providing the viability of the cells). They supply the cells for Wise's trials and over the course of that work he became their Global Medical Director among his other duties (very cool).


    You can see him all over youtube when you search stemcyte.
    This video is a very good overview of Dr. Wise's experience with StemCyte from 2013: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaD5oVoBt7c
    You can hear his skepticism on tissue (as opposed to blood) banking (until there is settled science on the efficacy) at the end of this video


    So in spending the afternoon researching cord blood banking and the different companies that offer private banking I came across theses notable standout options. I'm mostly looking at total price vs quality for banking cord blood with ~20 years of storage.


    StemCyte https://stemcyte.com/
    Pros: Dr Wise Young approved, more successful transplants (uses) than any other company
    Cons: Not the most affordable (~$4k), unclear if it is stored in speratable storage (to avoid making the choice between child's potential use and the future use for SCI).


    CyroCell https://www.cryo-cell.com/cord-blood/benefits
    Pros: One of the larger and older blood banks, stores blood in 5 chamber storage bags, says they will match anyone's price
    Cons: Even less affordable advertised price ~$5.5k


    Americord https://www.americordblood.com/
    Pros: Straightforward good pricing for banking + storage (~$3k), seems to be trying to create a competitive high quality product
    Cons:heavily advertised, newer company, limited actual transplants, unclear if it is stored in speratable storage (to avoid making the choice between child's potential use and the future use for SCI)


    Alphacord https://www.alphacord.com/
    Pros: least expensive ($2k), newer company, say they are 100% successful in transplants
    Cons: apparently only four transplants, unclear if it is stored in speratable storage (to avoid making the choice between child's potential use and the future use for SCI), doesn't ship cord blood temperature controlled (supposedly it's fine for 48hrs at room temp)


    Much of my research was assisted by this site: http://cord-blood-banks.healthgrove.com/


    It should be said that your child's UCB isn't very likely to be a good match for a parent (but could be).


    At this point I will try after the weekend to call CryoCell to test their price matching. if they can match the Americord $3k price (which seems doubtful), I will probably go that route. Unless...


    Is Dr. Wise Young in a position with StemCyte to be able to offer a special discount to his SCI population (with the possibility of donation to science/research if unused)?


    After I call CryoCell I might check with StemCyte to see if they already have an SCI discount on the record (perhaps someone has already been down this path before)?


    Otherwise, I'll probably pick between the cheaper two options (AlphaCord/Americord) or simply not doing it at all. As the whole idea of the cells being useful to myself or someone in my family (like my soon-to-be daughter) is admittedly a long shot and there is likely to be a better use for that money (like additional donation to cure research or college fund).


    I'll keep the thread updated -- thanks for reading!
    Anthony
    C4 incomplete April 26, 2009

    2010 SCINet Clinical Trial Support Squad Member
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    My understanding- if you donate to Stemcyte's public bank they will keep your unit until it is needed by another. If used, you will get a matching unit at no cost.

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