Welcome to Transcell

 

What material is provided in the collection kit?

A handful of vials for mother's blood for testing along with the Cord collection bag with instructions.

When & how should the donor subscribe for Cord stem cell banking?

The mother needs to enroll for preserving your baby's umbilical Cord stem cells ideally a few months (before the 34th week of pregnancy) in advance before the expected delivery date to complete the formalities and receive the Cord collection kit well ahead of your delivery date.

What if I came across the concept recently and I am very close to the due date?

You can still go ahead in registration with Transcell as we are ready to take care of your enrolment.

Will Transcell actively contact the labor and delivery staff for you or are parents responsible for keeping them informed and coordinated?

Transcell will contact the delivery staff upon the donor's request well before the due date. After the collection, it is Transcell responsibility to send the collected kit to the lab for processing.

Does collecting Cord affect the baby?

No. Cord is collected only after the birth of the baby and after secure clamping of the Cord. The routine process of delivery is not interfered in any way.

Does the Cord collection harm the mother?

No, it does not harm the mother in any way. It is a completely safe, harmless and painless procedure.

Can all pregnant women have their baby's Cord collected or donate the Cord ?

Cord can be collected from all pregnant mothers, who have a normal pregnancy and delivery, and when both the mother and baby(ies) are healthy.

What collection method does Transcell advocate to use in the Cord collection?

Syringe method, which yields a higher collection volume on average.

Does Transcell provide the option of collecting additional stem cells from the placenta or tissue of the umbilical Cord?

Research showed clinical grade multi-potent stem cells can be harvested from the Cord tissue as well for therapeutic applications. So, Transcell gives the donor this option and processes the stem cells to expand in their clean room facility to freeze in LN2.

What product storage vessel does Transcell use, multiple vials or a bag?

From a scientific standpoint, vial and bag storage methods both have a long history of use and have yielded successful transplants. So, Transcell uses bag and multiple vials for Cord Stem Cells storage.

On weekends, are the laboratory staff in-house or on-call?

Transcell staff will be on-call on Sundays.

Is the cost of shipping included in the contract?

Yes, it is included in the contract. Transcell provides bed-side pick up upon the information given, with a guarantee to bring the Umbilical Cord to the lab and processed within 48 hr with secure chain-of-custody handling. There's no point in spending the money to bank your child's stem cells if they die in transport. To maximize cell survival, umbilical Cord should be kept at room temperature. It should not get hot in the back of a truck or on a loading dock, and it definitely should not fly in the cargo portion of a plane where it can freeze. In order to be assured of the viability of the stem cells harvested from the collected cord, Transcell recommends you to trust the exclusive shipping arrangements provided in the offer

Will the bank notify the parents of the time at which the Cord arrived, and the time at which it was processed?

Yes, the details will be mentioned along with the test results in the report sent to the parents.

Does the bank test the Cord collection for contamination by bacteria and for infectious disease markers, etc.? Do they ever reject samples on the basis of maternal tests?

Yes, the bank undertakes the responsibility of testing the Cord collected for contamination and for any infectious diseases. Based on medical discretion, the samples would be either rejected or accepted for processing further to harvest progenitor cells for long term storage.

Does the bank operate it's own storage facility or lease space in one?

This independent Cord bank owns a very stringent environment controlled clean room facility and the storage facility is a part of this capacity with regulated access.

What is the geographic location of the storage facility?

The collected Umbilical Cord will travel directly to the facility at Hyderabad, Telangana, India with sample registration, processing and storage labs within.

Are the Cord processed samples stored in a separate freezer or mixed with other medical samples?

At Transcell, Umbilical Cord processed samples and the other stem cells harvested from the other sources are stored separately in insulated storage tanks with lids, in vapour nitrogen to ensure no transmission of disease from the surface of one container to another.

Does the bank reserve the right, in the contract, to change storage facilities?

Yes.

Is the company involved in bio-technology research and development?

Yes, Transcell is a privately held company into Biotechnology Research, Development and Commercialization, primarily focussed on Adult Stem Cell Banking for Therapy in India.

What are the tests done on the samples collected?

Transcell does all tests as per the requirement of national regulatory guidelines guiding stem cell storage and transplant.

Who can use these stem cells?

Once these cells pass the screening tests, anyone in any part of the world can use them with HLA compatibility.

What is HLA testing?

HLA or Human Leukocyte Antigen testing is the test for specific proteins that are present on the surface of the leukocyte (white blood cell). If stem cells from one individual have to be transplanted into another person, the HLA types of the donor and recipient need to match.

Who owns the stem cells?

As you have paid for the collection, processing and storage costs, you are the owner of the cells. After your child turns 18, you can turn over the ownership of the cells to him/her. Transcell undertakes the responsibility of collecting the source material from you, harvest the stem cells and store them for you, for your immediate or future use.

What should I do when I need the stem cells? And Can I give the cells to a friend who requires it?

HLA compatibility needs to be done between the banked cells and the prospective recipient's cells. If compatible, the transplant centre will need to issue a request to Transcell to release the cells. As these cells belong to you, you are at liberty to give / gift these cells to anyone. However the prospective recipient will need to bear the compatibility testing and shipping costs for the cells. Transcell will need an authorization from you to effect such a release to a friend / nominee.