FAQs on Cordlife

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I talked about Cordlife in my previous post. To keep you updated on the recent bulletin released by Dr. Arvin Faundo, Medical Directorof Cordlife Philippines, I decided to make a follow up post on it. Dr. Faundo talked about the latest prenatal stem cell technology that can become the key to potential cure to diseases. The following are  important details for your added information.

CordLife was established to provide a full suite of cord blood and tissue banking services,which include the collection, processing and cryo preservation storage of cordblood stem cells and umbilical cord tissue. Since its inception in 2001,CordLife has grown rapidly from a fledging start-up company to the largest network of cord blood banks in the Asia-Pacific region. Our in-depth knowledge of cord blood banking practices and standards has developed strong capabilitiesto attain certifications from quality standard organizations such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and country regulators.The prestigious “Technology Pioneer” title awarded by the World Economic Forum ascertained our outstanding performance in the industry.
Today, the CordLifegroup of companies (CordLife Limited) is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX:CBB),which owns and operates cord blood processing and tissue storage facilities situated in Indonesia, India, and the Philippines.
MISSION STATEMENT
CordLife aims to offer the highest possibility of successful adult stem cell therapy to give hope and save lives.
CordLife employs a quality management system based on continuous improvement, to ensure that all aspects of its services are consistently carried out and meets international Cellular Therapy (CT) standards.
CORDLIFE MEDICALPHILIPPINES
CordLife MedicalPhilippines was established in 2005 as a marketing office to serve clients inthe Philippines who banked their baby’s cord blood with CordLife facilty inSingapore.
In February 2010,CordLife Medical Philippines, Inc. officially opened the country’s first and only cord blood processing and storage facility located in Metro Manila, tobetter serve the cord blood banking needs of the Philippine market. It is thefirst local stem cell processing and storage facility in the Philippines.
The  facility is registered with the Department ofHealth and is built in accordance with global quality standards for cellular therapy such as AABB. The facility operates 365 days a year and offers the world’s only fully automated cord blood processing system, SEPAX®, with a storage capacity for more than 20,000 cord blood units. CordLife Medical Philippines Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CordLife Limited.
FAQs on Cordlife
What is cord bloodbanking?
Cord blood banking involves the process of storing stem cells – agent responsible for replenishing the blood and immune system – collected from the umbilical cord immediately after birth. The stem cells have the ability to develop into new and healthy red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.
What is thedifference between private cord blood banking and public cord blood banking?
Private cord blood banking is storing the baby’s cord blood for his or her own future use or use by a family member should the need arise. Alternatively, public cord blood banking involves donating a baby’s cord blood for potential use by a patient at large in need. When a family donates their child’s cord blood, they are relinquishing all their rights to own these cells.
How is cord bloodbanking done?
Cord blood is collected after the baby is born and the umbilical cord has been clamped and cut. Once it has been collected, the cord blood is transported to a cord blood processing and cryo preservation facility for specialized handling. Stem cells will be extracted from cord blood using the world’s first and only fully automated cord blood processing system, Sepax ®, followed by a step to gradually freeze down the stem cells before they are finally stored in a liquid nitrogen tank at -196°C permanently.
Does cord bloodbanking pose any risk to the mother or to the baby?
No, because the cord blood is collected after the baby is born and the umbilical cord is clamped and cut. The collection is painless, easy, and safe for both the mother and thebaby.
What diseases can betreated with cord blood?
Stem cells have been proven to successfully treat diseases including cancers such as leukemia,lymphoma, neuroblastoma, blood disorders such as thalassaemia as well as immunedeficiencies and metabolic disorders.
How can cord bloodbe useful for the family?
Researchers say stemcells from cord blood may be used to treat diseases of the family members since the chance of locating a cord blood match within the family is 60 percent higher than a bone marrow match, includes fewer complications, and has improved medical outcomes.
Must siblings have the same blood type in order for cord blood to be used by any of them?
No, Human LeukocyteAntigens (HLA) or tissue matching is used to determine donor and recipient compatibility – and it is irrespective of blood types.
Is cord bloodbanking available in the Philippines?
Cord blood bankingis available at CordLife, the Philippines’ first world-class cord blood processing and storage facility which is located at the UP-Ayala Land Techno Hub Diliman, Q.C. Meanwhile, stem cell transplants are performed in The National Kidney and Transplant Institute, St. Luke’s Medical Center, Asian Hospital and Medical Center. These hospitals have the necessary facilities and expertise of medical practitioners to perform cord blood banking transplants.
How long can cordblood be stored?
Research shows that cord blood stem cells can be stored indefinitely as long as they are continuously stored in liquid nitrogen. With the required temperature, the stemcells will not lose its viability or biological activity.

For more information on CordLife and cord blood banking, visitwww.cordlife.com/ph or call 710-9195.E-mail address: info@ph.cordlife.com


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