LifeCell's Community Stem Cell Bank Foresees Over 96% Chance of Providing Matching Stem Cells for its Customers

Thursday, August 23, 2018 Genetics & Stem Cells News
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CHENNAI, August 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

Every three minutes, one person is diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukemia

or lymphoma. Every 10 minutes, someone dies from a blood cancer. 70% of all patients who need a lifesaving transplant don't have a fully matched donor in their family. According to a study done in June 2015, the estimated
probability of finding a match for an Indian patient from volunteer donors outside the family was a dismal 0.008%.  

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With a vision to solve this problem for families in India in March 2017 LifeCell launched the community stem cell banking model, whereby families at the time of childbirth contribute their newborn's umbilical cord blood stem cells to a common pool, thereby offering benefits to the entire community of families.

As a matter of significant achievement, LifeCell is pleased to announce today that it's community banking inventory has now surged to over 25,000 consented and qualified donor stem cell units under the community stem cell banking. What does this mean for the customers and the country at large? The families that have banked their baby's umbilical cord stem cells with LifeCell can now enjoy over >96% chance of finding a 4/6 HLA matching stem cell unit, and >72% for finding 5/6 HLA match. With each passing day, with more and more expectant couples signing up for community banking, this inventory keeps growing, thereby continually improving the chances of finding a better matching unit which helps improve transplant outcomes. Currently majority of the cord blood stem cell transplants are done with 4/6 HLA match.

The biggest bonus for families opting for community banking model is that the benefits are not just for the baby, but for the extended family including parents and grandparents. Also there are no restrictions on the number of matching stem cell withdrawals and no additional cost to be paid as and when need arises.

Speaking on the milestone, Mayur Abhaya, MD, LifeCell said, "The community model of banking resolves the country's dearth of stem cell assets by making available large number of cord blood units for patient's immediate use. This is the only stem cell banking model that can provide protection for the entire family against all the conditions treatable using stem cells. LifeCell will take earnest efforts to scale this up and forsees the day not too far from now when every patient will have a fully matched unit available."

About LifeCell  

LifeCell, established in 2004, is India's leading provider of preventive healthcare services for mother and baby wellness and healthcare solutions such as stem cell banking and diagnostic services. With facilities at Chennai and Gurgaon and a network spanning over 200 cities in India and abroad, over 3,00,000 lakh parents have trusted LifeCell for its services.

LifeCell's umbilical cord stem cell banking, a community-based approach towards stem cell access, is a global first initiative that aims to provide families in India better future access to stem cells than even currently possible in advanced countries such as the US.

As a comprehensive provider of preventive and diagnostic healthcare services, LifeCell presents a complete panel of pre and post-natal diagnostic tests including maternal infectious diseases test, prenatal screening and new-born screening. Through these services, LifeCell, aims to provide complete wellness for the mother and baby ensuring healthy pregnancy and healthy new-borns.

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Media Contact: Krithika Narayanan +91-9841779699 DGM - Content & Communications LifeCell International Private Ltd

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