StemCyte Laboratory is located in Covina, California. StemCyte is a private and public blood cord bank and is a member of the National Marrow Donor Program. They hold full accreditation from the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT), the American Society of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI), the AABB (American Association of Blood Banks), and CLIA. They are also FDA registered. Potential customers who are interested are invited to tour their lab and to attend an Open House event.
StemCyte Cord Blood Banking reviews continue to be positive. To date, they have supplied over four times the current number of cord blood units of all their competitors combined. They currently report over 1500 cord blood units supplied to over 275 hospitals around the globe. Each week, 5-6 units are being shipped to various locations around the world.
StemCyte uses what they have chosen to call their Stem Cell Optimization Process. This process utilizes over 400 procedures and quality controls to achieve a yield of 99.9% total nucleated cells after collection. At this time, no other process in the field rivals this. A specialized collection kit enables stem cells to be kept at a constant temperature from the time they are originally collected from the cord by the doctor until they are tested and stored at the laboratory facilities.
Prices for StemCyte are cited by competitors to be approximately $2125, although StemCyte does not make pricing available to potential customers on their website. They have payment plans available, as well as referral programs allowing for a $100 referral fee. StemCyte offers discounts for medical and military personnel, as well as a substantial $500 discount for parents coming to them for their second cord blood banking event.
Annual storage fees are $125 and are payable each year within the 30 days preceding the date of your child’s birth.
Some of the cord blood units from their laboratories which have been used in patients unrelated to the donor have been able to reconstitute bone marrow successfully while at the same time producing enough white blood cells and platelets under a 30 day period.
StemCyte also has a special military program that offers discounts at their special website militarycordbloodbank.com.