Compare stem cell banks

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?

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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.

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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.

Why choose Future Health?

One of the world’s most accredited stem cell banks

Future Family Insurance free for two years

118 samples released

Over 190,000 stem cell samples stored

Up to 99% recovery rate pre-freeze

Largest global presence

Guaranteed price promise

Worldwide dedicated courier

Only cord blood bank to let you pay monthly*

*subject to status. T&Cs apply.

Storing for over 75,000 families

Choosing a stem cell bank

The Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood Foundation defines 7 key considerations when choosing a cord blood bank. Here’s how we measure up against the criteria of a good, trustworthy and quality bank

Experience is a good indication of competence in any stem cell bank and ours is second to none. We are the UK’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 – more than all other UK cord blood banks combined.

All of our samples are stored at our own dedicate storage facilities.

From insurance policies to on-site surveillance, it gives peace of mind to know that your sample is fully secure.

We are the only cord blood bank to offer new customers free StemCellCare insurance for 2 years.

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 is totally free of charge to 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.

How does Future Health compare?

Key pointsFuture Health BiobankSmart CellsCells4Life

UK’s largest and most experienced cord blood bank

UK’s most highly accredited cord blood bank

24/7 customer care team

Free StemCellCare insurance

Interest free instalment plan available

Maximum instalment period available

up to 60 months

up to 12 months

up to 12 months

International offices

+40

+20

+10

Years in business

17

17

17

Processing and storageFuture Health BiobankSmart CellsCells4Life

Samples released for clinical application*

118

20

13

Industry leading Macopress Smart processing technology**

Samples stored in multiple portions for multiple use

All UK samples historically stored in own UK facility

Free transportation of sample anywhere in the world if required for treatment

State of the art Nanocool temperature controlled kits used as standard in the UK

Future Health’s Macopress Smart delivers 10% more stem cells (CD34+), at the point of use, than Cells4Life’s Toticyte method***

Licences, accreditations and awardsFuture Health BiobankSmart CellsCells4Life

HTA (Human Tissue Authority) licence

MHRA (Medicines Healthcare Regulatory Agency) Blood Establishment authorisation

AABB (American Association of Blood Banks) accreditation

HFEA (Human Fertilisation and Embryology) licence

UK NEQAS

ISO 9001:2015 certification

FCA licence

Winner of the Queen’s Award

* Samples released by all Future Health Group companies for multiple tissue types including: cord blood, cord tissue, dental pulp and adipose tissue.

** The majority of cord blood units processed today in the UK are processed on the advanced Macopress Smart system.

*** Based on Technical Data Sheet – Toticyte 07 March 2018 published by Cells4Life.

Our Customer Care team are on hand for any questions that you may have