Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) June 04, 2014
Insception Lifebank, Canada's largest cord blood program, now offers expecting parents the option to bank a section of the actual umbilical cord tissue, in addition to banking cord blood.
"With exciting developments in stem cell research, scientists continue to identify different types and sources of stem cells that offer therapeutic promise," said Richard Lockie, President and CEO of Insception Lifebank. "The umbilical cord tissue is a rich source of Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs), which are different from the stem cells obtained in cord blood collection."
For the past 17 years, Insception Lifebank has focused on umbilical cord blood stem cells, which are used today in the treatment of over 80 life-threatening diseases, and are being investigated in clinical trials
involving Autism, Cerebral Palsy, and Pediatric Brain Injury. In contrast, "MSCs can inhibit inflammation, suppress an immune response, aid in tissue repair, and differentiate into structural tissue including bone and cartilage," explains Dr. Ian Rogers of the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute. Because of their versatility, MSCs are being investigated to treat a variety of therapeutic areas including Heart Failure, Stroke, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis and many more.
The application of cord tissue MSCs is in the early stage of clinical development, although scientists are optimistic that new cutting edge therapies will result from cord tissue research.
About Insception Lifebank
Founded in 1996, Insception Lifebank is Canada's first, largest and most experienced cord blood program, with more releases than all Canadian cord blood banks combined. With a fierce passion for quality, and the highest level of voluntary accreditation (AABB and FACT), Insception Lifebank is the #1 Choice of Canadian parents with over 60,000 cord blood units stored. In partnership with leading Canadian medical facilities such as Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital, Sunnybrook Health Sciences, and Scarborough Hospital, Insception Lifebank continues to provide every Canadian family with security, state-of- the-art processing and storage, financial stability and long term professional governance. For more information, visit us online at http://www.insception.com.
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