What’s different about our Cord Tissue banking service?

Being at the forefront of scientific advancements is at the core of everything we do.  Our cord tissue banking service stands apart in several ways.

  • TREATMENT READY: We extract cord tissue stem cells prior to storage to best prepare them for potential use. 

  • ALL CELL TYPES: We can recover all the stem cell types from the cord tissue – to get you more cells.40

  • ACCREDITED: Our lab is an AABB accredited facility for cord tissue (somatic cells) processing.

Treatment ready means putting your family in the best position possible.

When your baby’s cord tissue arrives at our lab, our highly trained lab technicians extract the cord tissue stem cells prior to storage in our five-compartment bag so they are treatment-ready. This is a critical step as clinical usage requires cells, not tissue. Using this processing method results in 8x the number of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs).14

8X More Cord Tissue Cells

Since we extract cells first, we can report cell count - knowing exactly what type and quantity of cells are available to use, as this information will be required by the treating physician. It is important to note, some banks simply store segments of the cord tissue, without extracting the stem cells first, resulting in a final product that is not ready for use.

How we process cord tissue to get you more cell types.

Our cord tissue processing method recovers substantially more cells than other banks. We recover cells from all 3 primary regions of the umbilical cord – to get you more cells 40 and offer families the potential for an increased number of cells for future treatments. The 3 primary regions are wharton’s jelly, endothelial and perivascular regions - which are highly concentrated source of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) with vast therapeutic potential.48-49

AABB accredited for cord tissue.

Designed for efficiency and sterility, our ViaCord Processing Laboratory (VPL) is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) for processing cord tissue (somatic cells). 88 AABB accreditation ensures that the our lab is delivering a quality process—from collection to storage. We are proud to be one of the few family banks to receive this accreditation, meeting the requirements for cord tissue processing.

Upon arrival at our lab, the umbilical cord tissue is immediately processed using a scientifically proven method of extraction. Since every umbilical cord – and the volume of stem cells it contains – is unique, we take a validated, customized approach to processing to account for the particular characteristics that arrive with each collection. This individualized technique helps to maximize yield of those precious cells. Once extracted, the stem cells are cryopreserved. Our advanced processing method is more involved upfront, but we believe it will deliver more value for our families in the long run.

The treatment potential for cord tissue cells.

Over 150 clinical research studies using cord tissue stem cells have emerged in an effort to better understand the therapeutic potential of these special cells. It’s important to note, these studies use fresh stem cells that were extracted from the cord tissue. These studies did not utilize frozen cord tissue; or cells extracted from tissue that had been cryopreserved. With these cells, researchers hope to unlock breakthrough medical treatments.

** ViaCord's activities for New York State residents are limited to collection of umbilical cord tissue and processing and long-term storage of umbilical cord tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells. ViaCord's possession of a New York State license for such collection, processing, and long-term storage does not indicate approval or endorsement of possible future uses or future suitability of these cells.