Saturday 16 March 2019
Dubai Health Care City (DHCC) has announced increases in stem cell banking services in the free zone with the opening of CryoSave Arabia’s state-of-the-art laboratory that can store a million samples.
Master cells that can develop into cells with specialized characteristics to treat dozens of conditions including blood disorders, cancer, and cerebral palsy, are at the heart of stem cell therapy.
CryoSave Arabia is the only private facility in the region licensed to collect, process, test, and cryogenically store stem cells from different sources.
It launched a cost-free stem cell program, enabling access to stem cell banking for families in need. Expectant families may be eligible if a family member has been diagnosed with certain cancers, such as leukemia, or blood, immune, and metabolic disorders, such as sickle cell anemia. Families may also qualify if their newborn is at risk for a medical condition, such as cerebral palsy and autism, for which stem cells are currently investigated as a potential treatment option. The facility plans to enroll about 200 children in its first year.
The technologically advanced lab will provide more families and medical providers with access to advanced stem cells banking not only in the UAE but also in the region.
CryoSave is the only stem cell institution in the UAE to be accredited by the American Association for Blood Banks (AABB). If a sample is required in future for use in treatment in the US or Europe, this is possible because the facility has AABB accreditation.