AssureImmune, an Adult Stem Cell Collection and Preservation Company, Launches Premier Services in South Florida

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AssureImmune LLC, a company specializing in collecting and preserving adult stem cells, today announced its launch of premier banking services in South Florida. AssureImmune, which began in early 2007, is one of the few adult stem cell collection and preservation companies in the world that uses state-of-the-art automated equipment to collect, test and preserve stem cells from newborn cord blood, children and adults.

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Doctors have been using adult stem cells, the active agents in a bone marrow transplant, for over 40 years to treat leukemia, anemias, and immune system dysfunctions. Today, there are over 700 clinical trials currently underway in the U.S. alone solely focusing on regenerative therapies using cord blood and adult stem cells to treat heart disease, cancer, and diabetes among others

    "Consumers have been participating in umbilical cord blood collection since 1992. In fact, today approximately 10% of newborns in the U.S. have their cord blood stored by parents who understand its value as a rich source of stem cells. We are in a unique position to offer our services to entire families," said Connie Araps, Ph.D., Vice President of Operations and Business Strategy for AssureImmune. "Doctors have been using adult stem cells, the active agents in a bone marrow transplant, for over 40 years to treat leukemia, anemias, and immune system dysfunctions. Today, there are over 700 clinical trials currently underway in the U.S. alone solely focusing on regenerative therapies using cord blood and adult stem cells to treat heart disease, cancer, and diabetes among others," said Araps.

Why Bank Today?

-- Like life insurance, bioinsurance is an investment in the future - you must collect and preserve your adult and cord blood stem cells when you are healthy

-- If your family has a history of heart disease, diabetes or neurological disorders, etc.

-- To have perfectly matching stem cells ready to potentially treat damage from a heart attack or stroke

-- There is only one chance to store infant cord blood - it's unique

-- The benefits are no longer limited to newborns - children and adults can collect and preserve their stem cells too

-- Never have to wait months for partially matching stem cells from a public bank

-- For minorities there is less than a 10% chance of finding matched adult stem cells from a cell bank

-- Public banks cost you up to 6 times more than storing your own cells today

Bioinsurance - banking your adult stem cells and your family's stem cells - will become as important as health and life insurance. "We believe regenerative medicine is the future of healthcare. You need to take a proactive approach to protect you and your family's health just as you do to protect your family's wealth. At AssureImmune, our vision is to collect and preserve your stem cells today for harnessing the regenerative power of the human cellular and immune systems tomorrow. Based on the promise and success of over 700 U.S. clinical trials, tomorrow may be right around the corner," said Araps.

AssureImmune's premier service philosophy is to process blood as gently as possible in a sterile, closed system to ensure that the final concentrate of healthy stem cells is preserved in its natural environment rich in immune system cells and other important blood components. The adult stem cell collection process begins with a simple and safe blood draw similar to providing blood for laboratory testing. For newborns, blood is collected from the umbilical cord at the time of delivery.

AssureImmune's Management Team and Scientific Advisory Board feature leaders from the blood banking and scientific community. "AssureImmune always strives for the best when collecting, testing and processing an individual's adult stem cells. What differentiates AssureImmune from other companies is its scientific depth and commitment to excellence," said Ronald O. Gilcher, M.D., F.A.C.P., AssureImmune's Medical Director and a Scientific Advisory Board member. AssureImmune's advisors include some of the world's leading scientists, physicians and blood banking professionals to ensure that the company provides the best possible service to its clients and the most up-to-date information on the ever-changing world of regenerative medicine.

-- Ruth Arnon, Ph.D. - Internationally renowned immunologist, the Paul Ehrlich Chair in Immunology at the Weizmann Institute and a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences

-- Jacques Banchereau, Ph.D. - W.W. Caruth Jr. Chair in Organ Transplantation and Immunology and Director of the Baylor Institute of Immunology Research

-- J. Donald Capra, M.D. - Scientific Advisory Board Chair, President Emeritus of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

-- Ronald O. Gilcher, M.D., F.A.C.P. - Medical Director and former CEO of the Oklahoma Blood Institute, one of the largest independent regional blood centers in the U.S.

-- David Gury - Former Chairman/CEO of Nabi Biopharmaceuticals, and founder of BioFlorida

-- Joshua Michael Hare, - M.D. F.A.C.C., Chief of the Division of Cardiology, Louis Lemberg Professor of Medicine, Professor of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology, and Director of the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

-- Markus G. Manz, M.D., - Research Group Leader at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (Bellinzona, Switzerland)

-- Donny Strosberg, Ph.D. - Professor, Department of Infectology - Scripps FL

-- Dov Zipori, Ph.D. - Professor, Department of Molecular Cell Biology at the Weizmann Institute

About Your Stem Cells

After we are born, stem cells found in the umbilical cord are said to be highly unique, potent and versatile. Stem cells continue to be produced in bone marrow and circulate naturally throughout our blood stream, tissues and organs - these cells are considered to be Adult Stem Cells (ASC), regardless of the age of the person. You can collect adult stem cells from a child or an adult. They are unique in that they can renew indefinitely and, when necessary, differentiate to yield specialized cell types. ASC circulate naturally in blood and tissues throughout our lives to maintain the blood and immune systems and repair and regenerate the various tissues and organs in which they reside. For more information on adult stem cells, please visit the "About Adult Stem Cells" section of our website.

About AssureImmune

AssureImmune - a science based adult stem cell preservation leader - provides its clients with private stem cell collection and preservation medical services worldwide. The company specializes in collecting, testing, and banking an individual's own healthy adult stem cells from the peripheral blood of children and adults and from the cord blood of healthy new born infants. These stem cells will serve as the basis for emerging personalized immunological and regenerative therapies. It is important to note that the company is not involved in the use of embryonic stem cells. AssureImmune works to assure that the client's adult and cord blood stem cells will always be available for future use sustaining life and battling disease. The company is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida. For more information about AssureImmune LLC, please call 1-888-3immune (1-888-346-6883) or visit the website at http://www.assureimmune.com.

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