Stem Cell Banking
Regenerative medicine or gene therapy offers patients the opportunity to treat many different conditions and diseases in the present or in the future.
Your immune system, frozen in time
Stem Cell banking is the process of freezing a person’s own stem cells for future use, giving them access to personalised medicines for when they need it most to fight diseases. Stem cells are unspecialised cells that have the potential to multiply and grow into many different types of cells throughout the body.
By freezing the body’s own repair cells, they are kept at their optimal level, ready to be injected back into the patient when they require them in older age, to treat osteoarthritis of the knee for example.
Stem cell banking cryogenically preserves stem cells at their most potent state for later use in medical applications. The quality, potency and quantity of a patient’s stem cells can be affected by different variables such as the patient’s age, weight and current health at the time of collection.
The optimal age to bank stem cells is between the ages of 20 and 40, however, it’s more important to consider a patients health at the time of banking rather than their age. For example, a healthy 65-year-old who is fit and well may have the physiology of a 50-year-old. Whereas a younger patient with various medical concerns may have lower quality stem cells.
Stem cells can be taken from a range of sources including bone marrow or adipose tissue (fat). Each of these sources contains stem cells that can be obtained from most individuals, without too much discomfort.
LifePlus collect cells from adipose tissue as they contain higher concentrations of stem cells, the process is also less invasive when compared with bone marrow extraction.
LifePlus Stem Cells work under the authority of an HTA licence. The premises where the procurement takes place is risk assessed by a trained individual to ensure that it is suitable.
These assessments are documented in line with all the current EU regulations. There are no exceptions to these requirements. Our specialists will collect the cells under the guidance of LifePlus medical director Ash Mosehiebi.
A patient will undergo a pre-screening questionnaire and a series of tests to check for infectious diseases. With the patient’s consent, adipose tissue is procured from the lower abdomen, this takes place in a CQC registered hospital under a Human Tissue Authority Licence (HTA).
The tissue is then taken to a specialist GMP cleanroom facility where they are grown to more than 20 times their original quantity, to approx 20 million cells.
The stem cells are split into 3 or 4 doses and frozen in a special cryopreservation tank in temperatures as low as -190 degrees. The tanks are kept in a highly secured environment with 24-hour monitoring. Cells can remain frozen for up to 30 years or until such time as the patient wishes to use them for medicinal purposes.