Americord Offers New Option for Banking Placental Tissue – Business Wire (press release)

By LizaAVILA

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Americord, the fastest growing cord blood bank in the country, and a leader in the advancement of umbilical cord blood, cord tissue, and placental tissue banking, has expanded customer options to now offer placental tissue banking as a stand-alone service.

As one of the only companies to offer placental tissue banking, Americord believes in the importance of offering new mothers an opportunity to preserve their stem cells for potential future use. We are therefore launching placental tissue banking as a stand-alone service, without the need to bank umbilical cord blood.

While many families have embraced Americords cord blood and tissue bundles, some have expressed interest in storing only placental tissue, commented Erin Willigan, Vice-President of Marketing at Americord. We wanted to respond to their desire to select individual services that best fit their budget and future plans.

Placental tissue contains mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) that are a genetic match to the mother. These stem cells are multipotent, meaning that they can differentiate into many different types of cells, including organ and muscle tissue, skin, bone, cartilage, and fat cells. The placenta uses these stem cells to grow and function during pregnancy. After baby is delivered, stem cells from the placenta can be collected and stored for potential future use.

Due to their ability to multiply and become many different types of tissue, MSCs hold great promise for regenerative treatments. Over 50 clinical trials are currently researching therapeutic uses for MSCs, including treatments for Type 1 Diabetes, Alzheimers, and spinal cord injuries.

About Americord Registry LLC (Americord)

Americord Registry LLC is a leader in the advancement of umbilical cord blood, cord tissue and placenta tissue banking. Americord collects, processes, and stores newborn stem cells from umbilical cord blood for future medical or therapeutic use, including the treatment of more than 80 blood diseases such as sickle cell anemia and leukemia. Founded in 2008, Americord is registered with the FDA and operates in all 50 states. The companys laboratory is CLIA Certified, accredited by the AABB and complies with all federal and state guidelines and applicable licenses. Americord is headquartered in New York, NY. For more information, visit http://www.americordblood.com.

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