SANTA MONICA, Calif. and LAS VEGAS, Aug. 11 Cord Blood America, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: CBAI), one of the largest umbilical cord blood stem cell preservation companies (http://www.cordblood-america.com ) focused on bringing the life saving potential of stem cells to families nationwide and internationally, announced today that work has begun at its new, 17,000 square foot facility in Las Vegas for conversion into a state-of-the-art laboratory for the storage of stem cells and for research and development.
"Our target for having a cord blood processing lab in operation, a testing lab, and a cryogenic storage area is the fourth quarter of 2009. This will complete Phase One of the construction. Currently architectural plans are completed and needed demolition of parts of the interior building is underway," said Matthew Schissler, CEO and founder of Cord Blood America.
"Phase Two will involve building out of the largest cryogenic facilities in the country, as well as a research laboratory, additional processing labs and a clean room," Mr. Schissler said. "Completion is expected in 2010."
Cord Blood America recently announced it is opening a state-of-the-art laboratory for the storage of multiple stem cell products, including umbilical cord blood stem cells, in Las Vegas. The lab will be used to process and store umbilical cord blood stem cells, to store other forms of stem cells such as stem cells from the peripheral blood stream and adipose tissues, and for research and product development.
Dr. Geoffrey John O'Neill, author or co-author of more than 75 publications about stem cells, and former Laboratory and Scientific/Medical Director for Cryo-Cell International Inc. in Florida, will serve as Laboratory Director. Brian Pockett, with more than 30 years professional experience in operations, business development, marketing, sales and financial and grant development, including serving as a consultant on global distribution, product development, commercialization, investment and intellectual properties for some of the largest companies in the U.S., is Vice President of Laboratory Operations.
About Cord Blood America
Cord Blood America (OTC Bulletin Board: CBAI) is the parent company of CorCell, which facilitates umbilical cord blood stem cell preservation for expectant parents and their children. Its mission is to be the most respected stem cell preservation company in the industry. Collected through a safe and non-invasive process, cord blood stem cells offer a powerful and potentially life-saving resource for treating a growing number of ailments, including cancer, leukemia, blood, and immune disorders. To find out more about Cord Blood America, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: CBAI), visit our website at www.corcell.com. For investor information, visit www.cordblood-america.com.
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