New York Blood Center, GE Healthcare Announce Milestone in Cord Blood Banking

Distribution Source : U.S. Newswire

Date : Wednesday, June 07, 2006

To: State and City desks, Health Reporter

Contact: Rich Miller-Murphy of New York Blood Center, 212-570-3101 or 917-439-1727, or , or Gladwyn Lopez, 212-843-9231, or ,for NYBC; additional contacts at end

NEW YORK, June 7 /U.S. Newswire/ -- New York Blood Center (NYBC) and GE Healthcare (GEHC) announced today NYBC's National Cord Blood Program (NCBP) is completing the automation of the key production steps for their cord blood stem cell units by adopting the AutoXpress(tm) System. The AutoXpress automates the harvesting of the stem cell rich mononuclear cell fraction from cord blood into a user determined final volume of approximately 20 ml in a functionally closed sterile system. Since 1999, the NCBP has utilized the BioArchive technology to automate the cryopreservation, storage and retrieval of cord blood units. The AutoXpress and BioArchive technology platform products, developed by ThermoGenesis Corp. (Nasdaq: KOOL) are exclusively distributed world wide by GEHC.