Umbilical cord blood is a fantastic source of stem cells
These precious cells are simply extracted from the umbilical cord once your baby has been safely delivered. The stem cells found in cord blood are known as naïve cells, this essentially means that they are yet to specialise and become a specific type of cell. The benefit of these stem cells being naïve means that they have the unique ability to convert themselves into other types of blood cells, such as a white blood cell, for the purpose of regenerative therapy.
These types of stem cells are specifically called haematopoietic stem cells; HSCs and they play a vital role in the treatment of blood-related conditions such as leukaemia. HSCs have been used around the world for over 35,000 transplants and this number is constantly growing.
At present there are around 85 different conditions that can be treated using umbilical cord stem cells, including blood cancers such as leukaemia. Anaemia and thalassemia are also routinely treated by stem cell transfusion and is generally considered as the best form of treatment. Future Health Biobank has released cord blood samples for treatment in the USA, Europe and the Middle East.