The CBR Cord Blood Registry is the world’s largest storing private bank containing newborn stem cells established in 1992. It is located in Tuscon, Arizona and it has over 500 000 cord blood samples stored from children. CBR is collaborating with research institutions in conducting FDA approved clinical trials and advancing clinical applications of cord blood. Sutter neuroscience institute, Georgia Regent University, Florida Hospital for Children are conducting their phase 2 clinical trials currently.
Some of the diseases it is trying to build new therapies include autism, cerebral palsy, acquired hearing loss, and pediatric stroke. It claims to have helped 350 families in using treatments with their cord blood stem cells. From the released stem cell units, 73% of them have been used for experimental regenerative therapies.
CBR has created a collection device that is specifically designed for cord blood stem cells to improve its effectiveness and preserve the quality of transportation. It also uses seamless cryo bags for storage which has the lowest chance of breakage. Due to vigorous monitoring, CBR is having the highest published average cell recovery rate of 99%. For an additional fee, umbilical cord tissue sample can also be stored. It has flexible payment plans based on the income of the parents.