|Know||Cellsure offers turnkey programs for donation and storage of birth tissue||They have a choice regarding what happens to their birth tissue|
|Believe||Empowering patients with the choice to donate or store birth tissue is the right thing to do||They can make a gift to benefit others (either donate to research or store for their baby)|
|Feel||Cellsure is a credible partner and represents the hope and vision for medical research||It’s best to either donate or store (birth tissue should not be discarded as medical waste)|
|Do||Meet with Cellsure to discuss the possibilities of partnering together||Make a conscious and informed decision to either donate or store their birth tissue|
Research suggests mesenchymal stem cells like those found in cord tissue may be used to repair and replace damaged tissues and organs. The placenta and umbilical cord are the richest known source of both blood-forming stem cells and mesenchymal cells from tissue.
Affordable and Easy
Birth is a unique opportunity to preserve these miraculous building blocks of the body. Rather than discarding the placenta as medical waste, CellSure offers affordable storage and donation options. Our mission is to empower expectant mothers to make an informed decision about their baby’s birth tissue stem cells. In the past, cord blood storage has not been affordable for most families, and collection has been cumbersome for healthcare providers. CellSure makes the process affordable and easy.
CellSure processes placental blood and tissue together to combine the powers of blood and tissue stem cells into one product, available to use if the need arises. It’s something expectant mothers can easily afford and will pay a fraction of what typical cord blood banks charge to store just cord blood.
Store or Donate
If the birth mother choses to donate, it’s free and there are no financial obligations. We’ve made the process for you as a provider easy. It’s as simple as placing the birthing tissue into a bag and sealing it. We treat each donation as a priceless gift of love and hope. We treat each storage with the care and expertise as if it were our own.
Stem Cell Science
The blood and tissue in the placenta and umbilical cord contain millions of stem cells that are the building blocks of our bodies. They can assist in healing, recovery, and treatments to help restore the body and enhance lives. They have the potential to help treat many medical conditions, such as cardiovascular diagnoses, stroke, autism, and multiple sclerosis.
CellSure relies on minimal manipulation to break down birth tissue into microscopic pieces that release individual cells. During this process the stem cells are not exposed to tissue digesting enzymes and are not cultured. Scientists refer to these as “native” tissue stem cells. There are publications in peer‐reviewed journals which suggest that native stem cells have more potency than cells which have been exposed to enzymes or isolated after cycles of culturing.
CellSure collects both blood and tissue stem cells in one step by processing the placenta. By comparison, cord blood banks collect blood and tissue separately and process them separately. There are several processing methods in use for cord blood, but they all rely on a combination of sedimentation and spin to separate the “buffy coat” component of the blood that contains the white blood cells and stem cells. In the case of cord tissue or placenta, almost none of the cord blood banks actually process tissue.
The CellSure cellular product is unique because it is a mixture of stem cell types found in the placenta. These include hematopoietic stem cells like those in cord blood, but also mesenchymal stem cells, epithelial stem cells, and endothelial stem cells. No other bank in the world stores this cell mixture.
The graph below was contributed by the authors of a review published in the journal Regenerative Medicine (doi.org/10.4155/fsoa‐2018‐0085). This graph shows the number of clinical trials which have performed advanced cell therapy over the span of 14 years. The orange line shows clinical trials with cord blood stem cells and the purple line shows clinical trials with other stem cells available from birth tissues. While the number of cord blood studies is not vast, studies with cells from birth tissues have risen by 20% per year and now, which is almost 4 times as numerous as studies with cord blood.
Cellular products manufactured from donated cord tissue collected by CellSure have an extensive record of clinical applications for orthopedic conditions. Efficacy data has been collected from clinical trials and patient registries, and no patients have experienced serious adverse events. The cellular product manufactured from the placenta has not yet been in tested clinical trials.
Steps To Collection
The CellSure collection kit includes easy‐to‐follow instructions for birth tissue collection, packaging, and shipping. The CellSure website provides video tutorials demonstrating the collection procedure. CellSure provides trained personnel that are available anytime to answer Healthcare Provider questions. Contact our provider hotline @ 866‐646‐6171.
CellSure provides trained personnel to answer Healthcare Provider questions. Contact our provider hotline @ 866‐646‐6171. It is also possible to pre‐arrange for a CellSure procurement specialist to give a demonstration for your hospital or clinic and answer questions via webinar.
Parents enroll online with CellSure in advance and receive a collection kit that is delivered to their home. The parents are responsible to bring the kit with them to the hospital. If you are partners with CellSure, educational material for your clinic waiting room and exam rooms will be available. Parents may enroll as early as 22 weeks.
CellSure provides bedside pick‐up by a courier. Once you have activated the cooling system in the lid of the kit and sealed the kit for shipping, it is ready to go. The parents are responsible to call CellSure @ 866‐646‐6171 to arrange for the pick‐up. The CellSure kit is designed to maintain a safe shipping temperature for 48 hours once the cooling system is activated.
There are 3 key differences between banking with CellSure versus cord blood banking:
- CellSure does not separately collect blood from the umbilical cord. CellSure obtains blood stem cells from the placenta, along with multiple other types of stem cells that are also found in the placenta.
- At CellSure, every participant is a donor. Whether parents choose to donate their placenta or store it privately, the umbilical cord is always donated. Mothers can only participate with CellSure if they fully qualify under all the screening criteria. For collection to be a success the placenta and the umbilical cord must be collected.
- CellSure is a fully integrated private bank and is incorporated as a low‐profit limited liability company.
Currently, CellSure is a fully integrated private bank, where stem cells are stored for personal or family use. However, CellSure aspires to include public banking as an option in the future. Public banking would enable donated stem cells to be used by anyone. In order to include public banking as an option, the donor eligibility process would require more stringent criteria be met. Private banking has fewer requirements and ramifications for transplantation than public banking.
As a procurement company, CellSure is not required to be AATB certified. However, CellSure is AATB compliant which means CellSure’s policies and procedures adhere to AATB standards. The 3rd party processing company (Predictive Biotech), that is contracted to process and store the CellSure‐procured tissue, is actively working towards AATB certification.
CellSure’s birth tissue services are more obtainable by parents. Donating birth tissue is totally free with CellSure covering all costs including shipping and transportation costs. Parents that store privately pay $199 for the first year plus $25 for kit shipping. CellSure then covers pick‐up and transportation costs. Ongoing annual storage fee is $199 per year.
With CellSure’s services you don’t have to. Once the baby is born it is possible to bank the blood in the umbilical cord blood with a cord blood bank and then also, bank the birth tissue (placenta and umbilical cord) with CellSure if desired. Currently, only 3% of parents in the United States are collecting cord blood at birth, for either public or private cord blood banks.
For the CellSure collection to be a success and complete, the placenta and umbilical cord must both be collected.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists endorses cord blood donation as a public health service and supports private storage when a family member is known to have a medical condition that could potentially benefit from cord blood transplantation (ACOG Opinion #648 dated December 2015 and Opinion #771 dated March 2019). Similarly, the American Academy of Pediatrics also endorses cord blood donations to support public health needs (AAP Policy Statement November 2017). No medical society has issued an opinion yet on the CellSure banking services, but at CellSure every participating mother is providing a donation that supports research and development of new therapies.