Top 10 Stem Cell Banks in India

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In the last decade, there has been much progress in the history of stem cell banking. Until a few years ago, stem cell banking was a foreign concept, but the rising cases of leukemia, anemia, thalassemia, etc., have shown us the importance of stem cell banking. Stem cells are master cells with considerable potentials in regenerating and protecting the body from within. These stem cells have the unique ability to save lives by transforming into brain cells, blood cells, bone cells, muscle cells, and so on.

Stem cell banking is a process where stem cells are collected and processed. These stem cells have high potentiality in saving lives for future medical use. Stem cell therapies are mainly used to repair damaged tissue, repair organs & treat diseases. Along with these, over 500 trials are still actively being researched where stem cell therapies have been identified as potential treatment methods. There has been a gradual rise in the stem cell banks worldwide from less than 25 in 2005 to more than 600 banks globally. LifeCell first brought the concept of umbilical cord stem cell banking in India in 2004 with Cryo-Cell International. Since then, India is now home to over 14 stem cell banks.

Types of Stem Cell Banks in India

Stem Cell Banking

The different types of stem cell banking services are as follows:

1. Privately-held banks:

These types of stem cell banks are often known as family banks. During the delivery phase, the parent can store the child’s stem cells for future medical use. This type of practice ensures biological insurance where the child or his family member can use the stored cord blood. In India, pediatrics recommend storing the stem cells only if the child is suffering from any genetic health-related issues that may need future intervention.

2. Government-owned (public) banks

These types of stem cell banks work on public donations. Here a parent can donate the child’s cord blood, and those in need can use these cord samples already stored in these government-owned public banks. These stored stem cells are often used for research purposes as well. However, to donate the stem cells, the parents also need to meet some eligibility criteria. In the WMDA Registry, Jeevan is the first public cord blood bank. Since 2018, due to funding issues, it is not accepting any new stem cell donations.

3. Community Stem Cell Bank

This type of stem cell bank has the advantages of both private and public-owned banking services. It is a type of hybrid model where, in need of medical emergencies, community members can access all the stored units within the community pool and benefit from it. This type of unique model is practiced in LifeCell International, and it is one of India’s largest stem cell banks and third-largest in the world.

List of top 10 Stem cell Banks in India

1. LifeCell International Pvt Ltd

Lifecell International is one of India’s largest stem cell banks, with over 27 years of global experience. It was established in 2004 and is trusted by over 3,50,000 parents. The collection of stem cells is a relatively simple, noninvasive process, both for the mother and child. The LifeCell Collection Kit uses a 150 ml sterile closed bag to avoid needle pricks and damages during collection. Transportation is made through stainless steel boxes which guarantee temperature control and are contamination proof.

Additionally, LifeCell also provides options for early screening of the child, where tests can quickly identify any form of rare disease. LifeCell comes with a dual-site facility with a storage facility both in Gurugram and Chennai. It has successfully facilitated a total of 61 cord blood stem cell treatments for both transplants and infusions. All LifeCell processes adhere to the highest standards, and they have received accreditations from WHO, FDA, NABL, and many more.

Established 2004
Units Stored 350K+
Serves International
Accreditations AABA, ISO/IEC 270001 : 2013, ISBT 128, FDA, WHO, NABL, CAP, ISO 9001:2015, DCGI, AATB
Price Rs19,900 Initial cost + Rs. 4000 per year
Processing Method PrepaCyte-CB®
Storage Bag 150ml blood bag

2. CordLife

Established in May 2001, CordLife is a leading company in cord lining banking services in Asia. It also operates in Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Bangladesh, and the Philippines. The collection kit of CordLife contains a 250ml closed system blood bag pre-loaded with anticoagulant (CPDA-1). It is carefully designed to ensure that the temperature within the kit box is maintained within an acceptable range to minimize any fluctuation during harsh weather conditions and transportation.

The stem cells are collected after birth, and it is a painless process where the doctor collects the stem cells from the umbilical cord and stores them in the storage bag. The cord blood is processed using the AXP®II System, which is safe, sterile, and an automated cord blood processing technology that ensures higher recovery. Cordlife has successfully collected more than 2,00,000 cord blood units and is AABB, ISO, FACT-Net cord, CAP, WHO, GMP, FDA certified.

Established 2001 (2005 on google)
Units Stored 200K+
Serves Singapore, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, The Philippines, Malaysia (as Stemlife), and Thailand (under other brands through investment stake)
Accreditations AABB, ISO, FACT-Netcord, CAP, WHO,GMP, FDA
Price The total cost is Rs. 45750(Includes Longterm fee of 21 years)
Processing Method AXP® II System
Storage Bag 25ml closed system bag

3. CryoViva Biotech Pvt Ltd

RJ Corporation in 2006 founded Cryoviva Biotech Private Limited. It is a privately held stem cell bank in India. The Headquarters of cryoViva is located in Gurugram, India. So far, more than 2.6 lakh parents have chosen Cryoviva to store their stem cells. Cryoviva operates in Thailand, Singapore, UAE, Nepal, Bangladesh, and East Africa. To reduce the chances of contamination, CryoViva also follows a closed 150 ml bag storage technique.

International quality standards, including AABB, CAP, NABL, WHO, DCGI, etc have accredited Cryoviva. The cord blood collection bag is prefilled with anticoagulant CPD with a needle protector that helps in preventing accidental pricks during cord blood collection. Cryoviva has successfully released 23 cryopreserved cord blood units to treat various diseases like Thalassemia.

Established 2006
Units Stored 260K+
Serves Thailand, Singapore, UAE, Nepal, Bangladesh, and East Africa
Accreditations AABB, CAP, NABL WHO, ISO, DCGI
Price The total cost is Rs. 50000 (Includes Long term fee of 21 years)
Processing Method Explants cell culture method
Storage Bag 150ml blood bag

4. Reliance Life Sciences

Reliance Life Sciences began cord blood banking in 2001 and set up the first repository of Reliance Life Sciences in India and South Asia. Reliance Life Sciences offers different types of stem cell banking services through its public cord blood repository. They have received accreditations from ISO, CAP, AABB, FDA, and NABL. They have already stored over 3,500 cord blood samples at their repository.

Established 2001
Units Stored 35k+
Serves India
Accreditations ISO, CAP, AABB, FDA, NABL
Price NA
Processing Method NA
Storage Bag NA

5. Ree Laboratories Pvt. Ltd

Ree Laboratories was founded in the year 2010. Different types of stem cells are collected and preserved using state-of-the-art techniques. Over 1 lakh families have stored their blood samples for future medical usages. Ree Lab is GLP, WHO, ISO, GMP certified. It can bank stem cells from various biological materials that are thrown away during the birthing. The key sources include Cord Blood, Cord tissue, Amniotic Fluid, Amniotic Sac, and Placenta. Cord Blood stored from the amniotic sac and placenta can be used in more treatments.

Established 2010
Units Stored 100k+
Serves India
Accreditations GLP, WHO, ISO, GMP
Price The total cost is Rs. 75000 (Includes Long term fee of 21 years)
Processing Method NA
Storage Bag NA

6. Regenerative Medical Services Pvt. Ltd

Regenerative Medical Services was founded in 2009. It provides umbilical cord stem cell banking services in several states of India. They follow a simple yet effective process to complete the whole stem cell banking experience. Once the enrollment process is completed, a kit is delivered to your home. It would be best if you store it according to the guidelines mentioned. Next, on the day of your delivery, you need to carry the package and call their paramedics team. The sample is then safely collected and stored using the cryopreservation technique. Regenerative is FDA, ISO, BSI certified.

Established 2009
Units Stored NA
Serves India
Accreditations FDA, ISO, BSI
Price The total cost is Rs. 79000 (Includes Long term fee of 21 years)
Processing Method NA
Storage Bag NA

7. Stemplus

Stemplus was founded in 2012, and it is the first FDA and DCGI approved stem cell bank in the western Maharashtra region. Stemplus cryopreserves cord tissue, cord blood, menstrual blood, placenta, urine-derived stem cells and provides treatments to the patients. It aims to create awareness in rural areas about stem cell banking and its potential applications. Once the agreement is signed for preserving the child’s cord blood, a collection kit is provided, which needs to be carried at the time of delivery. After delivery, the cord blood is collected using a sterile blood bag needle and then stored in ice packs. The company personnel then collect the kit and transfer it to the laboratory. The stem cells are then processed in the lab and stored at -196°C in liquid nitrogen.

Established 2012
Units Stored NA
Serves India
Accreditations FDA, DCGI, CGLP, ISO
Price The total cost is Rs. 79000 (Includes Long term fee of 21 years)
Processing Method Plasma Depletion Technology
Storage Bag NA

8. Stemcyte India Therapeutics Pvt. Ltd

Stemcyte was founded in the year 1997, and since 2010, it is operational in India. It is based in Ahmedabad and is a type of community cell banking. StemCyte India provides a cello insulated collection kit box that is fire resistant and comes with excellent temperature maintenance. Stemcyte uses a unique plasma depletion technology to process the stem cells. Stemcyte also follows the closed bag collection method and has additional measures to avoid any damage. Stemcyte is FACT, AABB, ISO-9001, NABL, and FDA certified.

Established 1997 (found) 2010 (operational in India)
Units Stored 2K+
Serves International (India, the USA, Taiwan)
Accreditations FACT, AABB, ISO-9001, NABL, and FDA, Member of CBA
Price The total cost is Rs. 75000 including tissue cost and 21 years longterm fee.
Processing Method Plasma Depletion Technology
Storage Bag NA

9. Indu Stem Cell Bank

Best Wellcare Management Services Pvt Ltd Cord operates Indu Stem Cell Bank. It works extensively with people aware of the importance of stem cell banking and operates from Gujarat. Simple steps need to be followed to get enrolled in their stem cell banking process. After enrollment, they provide the collection kit, which is collected by them safely through the personal logistics chain after the delivery. The stem cells are then processed and preserved in a secure environment for future use.

Established 2014
Units Stored NA/span>
Serves India
Accreditations DCGI
Price NA
Processing Method NA
Storage Bag NA

10. Cryo Stemcell

In the field of regenerative medicines, Cryo Stemcell has been consistently working since 2003. It primarily derives blood from the umbilical cord and uses cryopreservation techniques to store the stem cells for future treatment purposes. It is the first family cell bank in India, and offers multiple retrievals of stem cells without hampering the quality. Multiple vials are used to store the stem cells as it ensures cell viability. It is DCGI Accredited.

Established 2003
Units Stored NA/span>
Serves India
Accreditations NA
Price Rs 25000 Initial cost + Rs. 3000 per year
Processing Method NA
Storage Bag NA

Tips to choose Stem cell Banking India

Choosing the best stem cell banking in India is often a tough decision. It is a long-term decision that must not be taken randomly. Check out the most important factors below-

  • The bank should have proper accreditations and technical experience to store the stem cell for a long time.
  • The transporting, storage, and process should be the best in the market.
  • The stem cell bank itself should entirely own the laboratory and the storage premises.
  • To avoid any contamination, proper measures need to be taken.
  • The storage facility should have adequate power backup and equipment for protection in case of fire.
  • Also, the contract between you and the bank must be made clear. Additionally, also ask what would happen to the sample in case of contract expiry.
  • Also, check out the list of hospitals that have a collaboration with the stem cell bank.
  • Look for stem cell banks that have already had successful transplants and have processed the cord blood successfully.

 

 

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