Storing your baby’s stem cells is one of the best decisions that you can make as a parent. These cells offer a valuable source of health protection, long into adulthood. All it takes is a small sample and the right stem cell bank for your family.
Understandably, choosing a reputable, trustworthy and secure stem cell bank can seem like a challenge. That’s why we provide parents with the information and resources they need all in one place, giving you the confidence to make your final decision.
Which stem cells can I store with Future Health?
Umbilical cord blood stem cells Your baby’s umbilical cord blood is a rich source of ‘multipotent’ stem cells, meaning they can regenerate and repair a wide range of blood and tissue cells in the body. They are a 100% DNA match to the baby and a 25% match to a sibling, and can treat genetic blood diseases, immunity disorders, types of cancer and leukaemia. Cord blood banking involves collecting, processing and storing these cells from the umbilical cord blood after your baby is born, for use in future therapies.
Umbilical cord tissue stem cells Cord tissue is known to be a rich source of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). They are known to transform into a variety of cell types in the human body, including bone, cartilage, muscle and fat cells. The number of MSCs in your body slowly decreases with age, so cord tissue banking offers an effective way to preserve these valuable cells. Currently there are around 300 ongoing clinical trials worldwide. They are also a 100% DNA match to the owner.
Experience is a good indication of competence in any stem cell bank and ours is second to none. We are one of Europe’s most experienced cord blood bank, releasing 118 samples for treatment in our 17 year history.
We privately own and operate an on-site laboratory in the UK and two storage facilities in the UK and Switzerland, and have done so since our inception. These facilities allow us to remain at the forefront of stem cell technology.
We follow the industry-approved volume reduced processing method for all samples, ensuring safety and a cell recovery rate of up to 99% pre-freeze.
We currently store over 190,000 stem cell samples for over 75,000 families – one of Europe’s largest stem cells banks.
All of our samples are stored at our own dedicate storage facilities in Switzerland and the UK.
From insurance policies to on-site surveillance, it gives peace of mind to know that your sample is fully secure.
Our storage vessels are monitored 24/7 in real-time using our temperature monitoring system, backed by a team of on-call scientific officers.
If you ever need your sample, transportation and shipment can be made anywhere in the world. We use our own medically approved courier to transport samples directly, 24/7.
One of the most important factors to consider is whether your chosen stem cell bank is fully licensed and accredited by the relevant regulatory bodies.
We are one of the most accredited banks in the world, holding MHRA and AABB accreditations, GMP certification and licences from Swissmedic, HTA, OFSP, iSO-9001 and FCA.
To ensure we’re continuously meeting standards, we comply with each accreditors regular audits in addition to performing our own, maintaining the Future Health standard.
For cord blood and cord tissue banking, we provide three main price packages: Standard, Premium and Premium+, all including a one-off setup fee and a small annual storage fee. Interest-free payment plans are available over 6 and 12 months.
Additional services such as dental pulp banking, Vision NIPT and Outlook Newborn screening tests can be purchased individually.