Umbilical cord blood banking is a recent concept aimed to cure various diseases. Once thought of as a waste product of birth process is now proven potential source of stem cells, the undifferentiated cells which are capable of dividing and converting into different cells.
Umbilical cord banks can be mainly owned and run by private or public firms. While Private banks store umbilical cord in anticipation of cure of future disease in an unborn child, public cord blood banks store donated cords and use it for research and curing disease in other people. Whereas, private cord banks store cord at hefty prices with annual maintenance charges, Public banks bear all the expenses of collection, transport, processing and storage of cord blood. Thus, public cord blood banks support the health of the community.
Private Umbilical Cord Banking – Is it worth?
Public cord blood banking is highly recommended by both the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and American Medical Association (AMA).
Though people are well aware of names of private cord banks, credit goes to big celebraties endorsing them, but awareness of public cord banks is less. So, here I am providing you list of public cord banks in India.
- Jeevan Stem Cell Bank (1995)
Jeevan (also known as BeTheCure.in) is the first purely public cord blood bank set up in India, funded by a tie-up with the state of Tamil Nadu, that enables quick and affordable (free for the poor) access to matching stem cells from donated umbilical cord blood for the life-saving treatment of Indians with blood cancers, thalassaemia, and other blood disorders.
- Reliance Dhirubhai Ambani Life Sciences Center, Thane-Belapur Road, Navi Mumbai
Reliance Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd. established the first cord blood repository in South East Asia and has offers both public donation and family storage.They are a part of the Reliance Group of companies, a member of the Fortune Global 500.
- The School of Tropical Medicine (STM)
The School of Tropical Medicine (STM) in Kolkata has launched the first public cord blood bank in India that is funded by the government. The cord blood bank is operated by the school’s Dept. of Regenerative Medicine and Translational Science. The bank was announced in early 2014 and launched at the end of 2015.
- StemCyte India
StemCyte India is a joint venture between StemCyte Inc., Apollo Hospital Enterprises Ltd., and Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd. was established in 2008, dedicated to collection, processing, testing and storage of both – private and public umbilical cord blood units and its therapeutic applications.
Established in 2004, LifeCell is India’s first private stem cell bank, on the occasion of successful preservation of 1,00,000 umbilical cord stem cell units at its facility in Chennai, announced launch of its umbilical cord public stem cell bank in July 2014, aimed to help patients in need of a lifesaving stem cell transplant improve their odds of finding matching stem cells.