Samples released from the Future Health Group
Over our 19 year history, we have released 118 clients samples for clinical applications from both our UK and Swiss facilities.
Here you can find examples of these releases, what they were used for and how our gold industry standard processing method plays a vital role in our ability to release successful stem cell samples.
How are released samples used in treatment?
Stem cells are at the forefront of regenerative medicine.
HSCs, found in cord blood, are used as part of standard hospital treatments in over 85 diseases and conditions.
MSCs, found in cord tissue and teeth, are widely regarded as a significant part of healthcare advancement and are present in over 1,000 clinical trials in addition to over 50,000 scientific publications.
Once the stem cells have been transplanted into the patient, the stem cells then transform into a range of blood, muscle, tissue and nerve cells as required to regenerate the tissue or help with the treatment.
For a released sample to be successfully transplanted and treat these diseases, it must reach specific and strict criteria, established by the regulatory authorities and licensing bodies, to make it viable.
What makes a sample viable?
The viability of a sample at the final stage of transplant is dependent on one of the earliest stages of storage; processing the sample before it has been frozen.
Transplantation is the final stage of a stored stem cell sample. However, whether it is viable or not is dependent on the earliest stages. Before the sample has been frozen it must be processed and confirmed viable.
Every biobank has a choice of processing method available to them and over the last 18 years, we have concentrated our time and resources to perfect a unique processing method that delivers up to 99% cell recovery rates pre-freeze.
The higher the stem cell count, the better quality the sample as this is what determines viability at time of transplant.
Our industry approved processing method involves reducing the size of the sample and is the preference of most reputable biobanks. Although it can take time and money this method ensures that each and every sample achieves the highest possible cell count and that even a small amount of blood can be processed.
We are proud that this processing method is the industry gold standard and have released more than any other UK bank. This not only demonstrates the viability and effectiveness of our stored samples, but we know what a released sample means for every family that has had to request a sample.
One of our most recent released sample was to treat a three-year old girl for cerebral palsy, using her baby brother’s cord blood stem cells. After finding out about the pioneering clinical trials into cerebral palsy at Duke University, USA, the family decided to release the cord blood sample for potential treatment. It took less than one week for her sample to be released and received by Duke University Hospital, where the stem cells were successfully infused. The girl’s mother said that despite extensive research into potential treatment, this stem cell infusion was the family’s only viable option. She spoke to Future Health about her experience in storing with us: ‘We heard about Future Health on the internet after a lot of research online. All of the services provided were an excellent experience. Professional staff, very available, fast answers by email and phone, very pleasant, efficient and paying close attention to your needs.’