A stem cell deposit – your child’s guardian angel”

Store umbilical cord safely with Vita 34

The safe way to a stem cell deposit

Vita 34 is the most experienced provider in the German-speaking countries and your competent partner in storing umbilical cord blood and tissue. We developed reliable processes and safe materials for storage so that the stem cells are available to your child in top quality even in years.

Why storing stem cells with Vita 34?

  • 150,000stem cell deposits

    More than 150,000 stem cell deposits have been cryo-preserved with Vita 34. The cells remain young and viable at freezing conditions.

  • 30applications

    Stem cells stored with Vita 34 have been applied in medical therapies 30 times already.

  • 10world-beating stem cell banks

    Vita 34 is the only German stem cell bank to rank among the ten most influential and innovative banks worldwide.

This is how the storage of stem cells from umbilical cord blood and umbilical cord tissue works

Step 1

After you assigned 34 to collect the stem cells of your child, the Vita 34 customer service will send you a kit for the collection of umbilical cord blood. Take the collection kit with you to the clinic for the birth and hand it over to the doctor or midwife

Decision
Birth and collection

Step 2

After the umbilical cord was cut, the clinic personnel or the midwife, who were especially trained by Vita 34, collects the umbilical cord blood and, if applicable, the umbilical cord in a professional, painless, and risk-free procedure. As soon as blood and tissue were collected successfully, the clinic personnel informs Vita 34. Our reliable courier is available 24/7 365 days a year and will transport the package safely and expertly to Leipzig, where the further steps of storing the stem cells from umbilical cord blood are performed.

Step 3

At the laboratory, the courier hands over the package containing the umbilical cord blood and tissue to Vita 34. Initial checks for external intactness, completeness of enclosed documents, and temperature recording are conducted. All work steps are documented in detail.

Acceptance
Preparation

Step 4

Umbilical cord blood and tissue are prepared for clean room processing. All information on mother, child, and stem cell preparation is recorded, including name, time of birth, and maternity clinic. Assigning an ID number enables the clear allocation of test results, preparations, and child.

Step 5

The clean room can be entered through airlocks only. Blood and tissue are prepared for the cryo-preservation under sterile conditions. For this purpose, the components are refilled into cold-resistant storage bags and a special liquid is added, so that the cells maintain their viability even at the lowest temperatures.

Clean room
Freezing room

Step 6

The preparations are – protected in aluminum cassettes – initially cooled down to minus 145 degrees Celsius in freezers. They are finally placed in the cryo-tank, which is filled with liquid nitrogen and are stored at approximately minus 180 degrees Celsius.

Step 7

Each tank in the cryo-tank storeroom is temperature-controlled and operated grid-independent. The aluminum cassettes are positioned in a shelf system within the tank. The frozen umbilical cord blood can be provided quickly and prepared for the application.

Cryo-preservation
Cell culture and hematology

Step 8

Finally, the number of nucleated cells is obtained and a virus infection or bacterial contamination excluded. The blood group of the child is typed preliminarily.

Your way to a stem cell deposit

It takes quite a lot of steps before, during, and after the birth until the stem cell deposit of your child is stored safely in the Vita 34 cryo-tanks.

Before the birth

  • You are advised professionally by experts at no extra charge by calling 00800 034 00 000 or writing to [e-mail].
  • You assign us by telephone or online to store the umbilical cord blood and umbilical cord tissue. You can also use the order form enclosed to the guidebook for parents and send it completed by mail or fax to Vita 34.
  • After the contract on the storage of stem cells was concluded, you will be sent the medical history form and the declaration of consent. Complete both, sign them and return them together with a copy of the maternity card or the pregnancy passport to Vita 34.
  • Vita 34 sends you the collection kit and the invoice of the down payment at the amount of 195 Euros.
  • Vita 34 informs the clinic that umbilical cord blood and, if applicable, umbilical cord tissue are to be collected. You take the collection kit with you to the clinic.

At birth

  • After the umbilical cord was cut, the doctor or the midwife collects the umbilical cord blood and, if applicable, the umbilical cord professionally.

After the birth

  • The clinic informs the courier. The courier transports the blood and tissue safely packed to the Vita 34 laboratory, where the further steps on the way to a stem cell deposit are taken.
  • GMP manufacture of the stem cell deposit at the highest safety and in top quality
  • Vita 34 cryo-preserves the cord blood and, if collected, tissue. The stored umbilical cord blood are, if applicable, tissue are safely stored in the company’s cryo-tanks for the next decades.
  • Vita 34 sends you the storage certificate, the invoice, and the follow-up anamnesis form.
  • You complete the follow-up anamnesis form and return it to Vita 34.
  • Vita 34 does comprehensive quality tests of the stored preparations and informs you about the results.
  • You can access any information on your stem cell deposit safely via the customer portal.

Download the checklist regarding the storage of umbilical cord blood and print it out.

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