As a society we’ve always dreamt of a healthy, disease-free world.
One of the bravest moves in that direction has come from stem cell research and therapy. Stem cell therapy is currently being used to successfully treat more than 80 diseases, but the field is rapidly evolving backed by prestigious research and clinical trials.
Smart Cells is the first private UK stem cell storage company to have released stored stem cell units for use in the treatment of children with life-threatening illnesses. We have released the greatest number of samples for use in successful transplants from the UK.
We believe with the development of technology in the future we will be able to treat even more illnesses.
We believe our customers deserve the best service available and we run our state of the art facility with leading professionals in the field.
We believe that storing your child’s stem cells at birth can be a crucial part of treating or curing an unexpected illness. We believe that in the future this service should be available to every parent, child and family.
We are a company that is for life.
What are cord blood stem cells used for?
A cord blood stem cell transplant can be used to replace diseased cells with healthy new cells, and rebuild an individual’s blood and immune system. More recently, cord blood stem cells have been shown to be able to form other tissues in the body such as nerve and bone cells.
There has been considerable scientific and clinical interest in the potential of cord blood stem cells in regenerative medicine. In laboratory work, cord blood cells have been shown to be capable of developing into a range of cell types such as nerve, bone, skin, heart and liver cells to name a few.
These exciting developments have already translated into early clinical treatment of ischaemic heart disease and some neurological conditions. The future of regenerative medicine holds much promise and cord blood is likely to play a major part in this advancement in our ability to treat human disease.
Why store my baby’s cord blood stem cells?
Storing your baby’s stem cells at the time of birth is a once in a lifetime opportunity to capture a valuable resource that could be used in the treatment of serious illness or disease.
In the past the main source of stem cells came from bone marrow. Today however, we’ve found through intensive research that umbilical cord blood and tissue are a rich source of particularly potent stem cells.
The first successful stem cell transplant using stem cells found in the umbilical cord blood was in 1988. The patient was a little boy suffering from a serious blood disorder called Fanconi’s Anaemia, and the cord blood was obtained from his new born sister. This was the start of stem cell transplantation using umbilical cord blood.
Cord tissue, another source of stem cells
The future of cord tissue stem cell based therapy in accordance with current scientific opinion is promising. Smart Cells firmly believes that storing umbilical cord tissue as well as the cord blood is the most efficient way to store your child’s stem cells. Storing your child’s cord blood and cord tissue stem cells opens the range of opportunity to treat disease in the future.
Cord tissue stem cells have been studied extensively for their ability to form bone, cartilage, nerve, tendon and skin cells. The potential therapeutic value they offer for treatment in a wide range of diseases is increasing all the time.
Reports by leading scientists have shown that the Wharton’s Jelly of the umbilical cord (the gelatinous tissue in the cord), is a rich source of a different, but equally important, type of stem cell.
When can they be collected?
Cord tissue stem cells can be very easily and successfully isolated from a section of the umbilical cord that is collected at birth.
Once collected, the cord is safely and efficiently transported in a special solution designed to preserve the stem cells during the transportation process.
Once it arrives at the laboratory the cord is processed immediately. It’s then placed in storage where it will remain for use in the future should it be needed.
When can cord tissue stem cells benefit your baby’s life?
Cord tissue stem cells have been shown to differentiate into bone, cartilage, nerve, adipose, cardiac, smooth muscle, hepatic and skin cells and are therefore extremely promising in regenerative medicine.
Current research and clinical trials are under way evaluating cord tissue stem cells for the treatment of: Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease, Artificial valves and capillaries, Gene therapy for delivery of anti-tumour agents for cancer treatments and treatment of Autoimmune and inflammatory conditions, such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and Crohn’s Disease.
Smart Cells was the UK’s first private cord blood bank and are the first to release stored samples for use in transplants. We have released samples to patients all over the world successfully treating a variety of conditions including cerebral palsy, thalassemia, leukaemia and sickle cell disease*.
The potential for stem cells to replace damaged cells and tissues is an exciting one and stem cells are currently being used to successfully treat more than 80 diseases.
Smart Cells Founder & CEO Shamshad Ahmed said “The release of these samples signifies something very important: that stem cell technology is one of the most exciting areas of science in our time. We have released more samples in the last four years than in the first 10, which says that this evolving area of medical science is making big steps in a positive direction.”
*Our transplants data correct as of 30/04/2015
Who are Smart Cells?
Smart Cells are the first private umbilical cord blood storage company in the UK, established in July 2000.
Smart Cells is the first UK private company to have successfully released stored cord blood units to transplant centres worldwide to treat children with life threatening illnesses.
Smart Cells have specialists who can collect samples on a 24/7 basis.
Smart Cells have back up processing and storage laboratories in three other countries.
Why trust Smart Cells?
We have collected samples from over 70 countries and have offices in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and the Far East.
Smart Cells have released the greatest number of samples for use in successful transplants from the UK.
These samples have been transported to treat a variety of illnesses including Thalassemia, Leukaemia and Cerebral Palsy.
We believe with the development of technology in the future, stem cells will be able to treat even more illnesses.