The stem cells found in the cord blood are mainly Hematopoietic Stem Cells (HSCs), which means that they can transform into the various blood cell types.
The Cord Lining Membrane contains two types of stem cells: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and Epithelial stem cells (ESCs).
Mesenchymal Stem Cells give rise to a variety of other cells that make up the structural framework of our organs, for example skin fibroblasts, ligament fibroblasts, chondrocytes, osteoblasts, tenocytes, cardiomyocytes, smooth muscle cells, skeletal muscle cells, adipocytes, and neuronal cells.
Epithelial stem cells give rise to cells that line the body as skin, or lining cells of hollow structures such as the intestines. Epithelial stem cells can be differentiated into skin keratinocytes, epithelial cells of the cornea and conjunctiva, as well as mucosal epithelial cells of the oesophagus, small and large intestines, airways and lungs, bladder and uterus. They can also be differentiated into liver cells.
Read more about stem cells here.
CellResearch Corporation scientists discovered Umbilical Cord Lining Stem Cells more than a decade ago, and in this time, the proprietary techniques for processing cord lining tissue as well as the media formulations to optimise cell storage and growth have been continuously refined.
The CellResearch Group of Companies thus has a strong advantage in the therapeutic stem cell arena. Not only do we hold strong patents in over 39 countries, we are also engaging in clinical trials to bring our innovative stem cell therapies to the market to benefit patients in need.
When parents sign up for cord lining banking with one of our licensed partners, the umbilical cord will be collected immediately at the time of delivery. The bank will proceed to process and store the cord tissue using CellResearch Corporation’s proprietary protocols.
A sample of the cord tissue will be processed by our technicians at CordLabs, in a process called biomarker and viability testing. During this process we will check that the tissue contains live stem cells, and identify the stem cell types using specific markers. This is to double check that the tissue has indeed been collected and stored using our recommended protocols.
A report is created and stored in the Global Cord Registry. Parents will be provided with an account where they may log in and access their report at any time. Being registered with The Global Cord Registry is a guarantee that the tissue has been optimally processed using our protocols, and may be used for potential therapies in the future. These therapies are also protected by our patents.
Visit The Global Cord Registry here.