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About stem cells

Stem cells are a class of undifferentiated cells that are able to differentiate into specialised cell types. They are considered the "building blocks" of life.

Different sources, different types of cells

Cord Blood
CORD BLOOD

Cord blood is a rich source of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), which have already been used in thousands of transplants to treat over 80 life-threatening diseases, including cancers, blood disorders and immune system deficiencies.
Cord Tissue
CORD TISSUE

Cord tissue is a source of many cell types, including mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs).  Researchers have discovered the MSCs will play a major role in future clinical therapies using Regenerative Medicine.  This research holds the promise of regenerating damaged tissues and organs by stimulating the body to heal itself.
Dental Pulp
DENTAL PULP

Dental Pulp Stem Cells are multipotent stem cells that have the potential to differentiate into a variety of cell types. Mostly Mesenchymal, but also many other types.
5200 +
clinical studies

80+
diseases treated

57
years since first SC transplant

Why store stem cells

After more than 55 years after the first Stem Cell transplant and after more than 80 diseases already successfully treated, over 5000 clinical trials and tens of thousands lives saved it is clear stem cells will continue to play an important role in medicine.

Storing own stem cells while they are still young and healthy increases the chance of successful later usage.



History of SC transplants

First stem cell transplants on humans were performed in 1957 by E. Donnall Thomas who later received a Nobel prize for his later works and in 1958 when Georges Mathé performed the first bone marrow graft between unrelated donors. In both cases the source of stem cells was bone marrow.

Stem cell transplantation was pioneered using bone-marrow-derived stem cells by a team at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center from the 1950s through the 1970s led by E. Donnall Thomas.

The first cord blood transplant took place in 1988 and was made possible by an intensive collaboration among three groups: Rockefeller University in New York (USA), Indiana University in Indianapolis (USA) and Hospital Saint Louis in Paris (France).



Legal aspect

In Australia, Cord Blood banking is regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and Stemlife is accredited – licence number: 000000000

Cord Tissue and Dental Pulp are currently not regulated products, but we expect them to become so in the very near future.



How stem cells work

How stem cells were discovered

It is not really known which group discovered stem cells. Stem cells were researched through decades of studies by many groups of scientists worldwide.

Early notes go all the way back to 1932 (Dr. Florence Sabin) if we consider just the name “Stem Cell”, notes are even much older.

What we do know is that stem cells are not “new” in medicine – we know them for decades and they have saved thousands of lives.

How often cells replace themselves

Stem cells are the basic building blocks of life. They are the ‘Universal’ cell. They have the unique ability to become any cell in the body. Stem cells can keep on renewing themselves and turn into other types of cells:

Own stem cells are 100 % compatible

With allogeneic (when we receive stem cells from a donor) usage of stem cells in treatments we have to find a suitable match – which is done based on HLA (Human leukocyte antigen) typization. Sometimes it is not easy to find a suitable donor and a lot of time is lost.

With Autologous (using own stem cells) transplants there is no chance of rejection, because the body will not reject own cells. Having own stem cells stored also means there is no need to look for the donor in case stem cells are needed.

How banks release cells

Stem cell banks have to follow certain standards when they release cells for treatments. The procedure needs to be performed according to company’s own standard operational procedures (which the license is based on), current standards in the industry and legal aspect.

When you need stem cells stored at Stemlife, all you have to do is to get in touch with us and we will do the rest.

Diferentation of cells

Cellular differentiation is the process of a cell changing from one cell type to another. Usualy this is a less specialized type of cell becoming a more specialized type, such as during cell growth. Differentiation occurs numerous times during the development of a multicellular organism as it changes from a simple zygote to a complex system of tissues and cell types. Differentiation continues in adulthood as adult stem cells divide and create fully differentiated daughter cells during tissue repair and during normal cell turnover.

Treatments

How SC treatment works

STEP 01

Look for suitable stem cell sample – in case of own stem cells that is normally not difficult.

STEP 02

Transplant the right number of healthy stem cells into the body, where they will replace the damaged cells.

STEP 03

Monitor results and follow improvement of health condition / injury.

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Standard Therapies
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