Contract Laboratory Services
Provided by Community Blood Services
When you work with Community Blood Services, you can be assured that the umbilical cord bloods from your client’s newborn baby is being processed and stored at a world-renowned cord blood facility. Located on the northeast coast of the U.S., we are a fully accredited and licensed cord blood bank that has processed more than 30,000 cord blood units since first opening in 1996. At the helm of the cord blood collection movement since it began in the 1990s, Community Blood Services has provided cord blood stem cells for more than 250 transplants worldwide. Its state-of-the-art 15,000-square-foot facility is equipped with the most advanced processing and storage technologies. And you can be assured your client’s cord blood unit will be kept at the correct temperature at all times thanks to our back-up generators and battery system.
As one of the few banks designated to process and store umbilical cord blood for both public and private use, Community Blood Services maintains high industry standards. Its rigorous quality control standards are assessed and confirmed by regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the AABB (formerly known as American Association of Blood Banks), and state health offices. Community Blood Services is a member of National Cord Blood Inventory (NCBI)the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP); accredited by AABB and the American Society of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI); registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA); and licensed by New Jersey, New York, Maryland, and California State.
Our Laboratory Expertise
A staff of highly experienced health professionals and technicians, working under the guidance and expertise of Community Blood Services Scientific/Medical Advisory Panel of industry leaders, physicians, researchers, and parent advocates, offers both technical skill and unparalleled leadership. This unique combination of talents ensures that our laboratory remains on the cutting-edge of new cord blood advances, while it guarantees the safety, integrity, and viability of your client’s baby’s cord blood unit.
Umbilical cord blood units can be received 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The cord blood’s stem cells are processed the same day your client’s unit is received in our laboratory. Samples are tested for cell viability, total nucleated cell count (TNC), sterility, infectious disease markers, number of stem cells, and blood type. All processing and testing is performed following rigorous quality assurance procedures.
Unlike many other cord blood banks, Community Blood Services uses an advanced automated system, the SEPAX Cell Processing System, which allows for a closed and sterile environment for separating the cord blood components and processing the stem cell unit. With SEPAX, there is rapid and precise stem cell extraction from the cord blood unit, without any manual intervention. The technology ensures that the volume and the quality of your baby’s stem cells are maximized and that they remain healthy and contamination-free.
SEPAX is the cord blood processing technology that has received 510K clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Our Freezing and Storage
Maintaining the viability and health of your client’s baby’s stem cells throughout processing requires careful lowering of the temperature prior to freezing and storage. Our laboratory’s state-of-the-art automated mixing and cooling device, Coolmix, ensures the cell’s integrity and future viability. Once the stem cells are brought to the optimum temperature, they are placed in a storage cartridge and then into a storage tank. Units are kept in designated freezers in a specifically designated storage area separate from Community Blood Services’ public bank. Our laboratory’s sophisticated coding system offers easy and precise access to your client’s baby’s cord blood stem cells, should your family ever need them.
Detailed reports are provided throughout the processing and testing of your baby’s cord blood unit. These include a receipt report, a processing report and a final report that details all of the pertinent information regarding the stored unit.
Scientific/Medical Advisory Panel
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