National Cord Blood Program at Howard P. Milstein Cord Blood Center
NYBC's National Cord Blood Program (NCBP) was founded in 1992 to investigate cord blood as a possible solution to a critical public health need: finding appropriate hematopoietic transplants for patients who have no matched bone marrow donors. NCBP collects, processes, freezes and stores cord blood units in liquid nitrogen freezers, ready for shipping whenever needed. Each unit is tested for the number of relevant cells. The unit and the donor’s mother are also tested for HLA type and certain transmissible infectious diseases. NCBP is the first cord blood bank to have a licensed cord blood product, HEMACORD®. Supported by the Howard and Abby Milstein Foundation, NCBP is committed to providing high quality cord blood units and promoting high standards in cord blood banking.
- NCBP is the first and largest public cord blood bank in the world.
- We serve as a regional, national, and international cord blood and stem cell collection, processing, and storage operations leader.
- Since its founding, NCBP has banked more than 60,000 cord blood units.
- There have been over 30,000 cord blood transplants throughout the world, and NCBP has provided cord blood units for transplantation to more than 4,900 recipients.
- NCBP also provides cord blood units for research—small units, that will not be used for transplantation, are made available to many scientists for important basic and applied research on cord blood stem and immune cells.
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