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    • Stem cells could revolutionize medical treatment
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Store your child's stem cells with Vita 34

What are stem cells?

Each of the approximately 100,000,000,000,000 (100 billion) cells in the body of an adult originates from one single stem cell – the fertilized egg cell. This cell develops into a complete human being within only nine months.

Stem cells are the building blocks of life. Reproduction and differentiation let them develop into more than 200 different types of cells. The natural tasks of stem cells are building, regenerating, and repairing. These abilities of stem cells, however, diminish already during the fetal development and become continuously less in the course of life. That is why especially young and viable stem cells are of particular interest for medical applications.

What is umbilical cord blood?

A baby’s blood circulation contains millions of stem cells. After the umbilical cord has been cut, the remaining blood in the umbilical cord is still rich in stem cells. The valuable blood can be collected by puncturing the umbilical vein. The collection is simple, safe, painless, and without any risk for mother and child. After high-quality processing and preparation, the blood will be stored in liquid nitrogen, where the stem cells do not age and maintain their special properties and advantages.

What is umbilical cord tissue?

The umbilical cord is a very special connection between mother and child. It supplies the unborn baby with oxygen and nutrients and removes metabolic waste products and carbon dioxide. The umbilical cord contains many blood vessels, through which the blood pulses. For the blood vessels to withstand the stress and not to bend, they are covered by colloidal tissue to protect and support the cord. This umbilical cord tissue contains a gel-like substance, called Wharton’s Jelly, that is particularly rich in mesenchymal stem cells, which develop into connective tissue, bone, cartilage, muscles, and tendons.

Special characteristics of stem cells from umbilical cord blood

  • Stem cells from umbilical cord blood are unique

    Your own stem cells will naturally match your tissue characteristics perfectly. They are as unique as the fingerprint and as individual as the personality.

  • Stem cells from umbilical cord blood are young

    Neonatal stem cells are not yet impaired by age or environment. They are unpolluted, viable and divide at a fast rate.

  • Stem cells from umbilical cord blood are flexible

    Thanks to their great differentiation potential they can develop into a variety of cell types. Stem cells develop into e.g. new blood cells, cells of the immune system and the body’s organs.

Protect your child's stem cells

We at Vita 34 are parents ourselves. We want the very best for our children. We want to see them happy and healthy. Therefore we take care of life’s foundation – children’s stem cells. The birth of your child holds a unique chance for collection and securing your child’s stem cells. The comprehensive screening and security procedures including many years of experience at Vita 34, gives you an extraordinary guarantee for a high quality product.

Why should I store stem cells with Vita 34?

  • 215,000stem cell deposits

    More than 215,000 stem cell deposits have been cryo-preserved with Vita 34. The cells remain young and viable at freezing conditions.

  • 37applications

    Stem cells stored with Vita 34 have been applied in medical therapies 37 times already.

  • 10world-beating stem cell banks

    Vita 34 ranks among the ten most influential and innovative stem cell banks worldwide.

Stem cells have great medical potential

Applications of Vita 34 deposits

The preparation and transplantation of stem cells requires a lot of knowledge and experience. By means of already 30 applications of stem cells that were cryo-preserved and prepared for transplantation at our laboratory, Vita 34 can prove the high medical quality of our stem cell preparations.

Vita 34 stem cell preparations were already applied in the treatment of cancers such as leukemia and neuroblastoma, hematopoietic disorders like aplastic anemia or beta thalassemia, immune defects like SCID or Wiskott Aldrich syndrome, infantile brain damage and infantile diabetes type 1.

Research by Vita 34 and others

The in-house department of research and development of Vita 34 is involved in basic research and in application research.

The purpose of our work is to further improve the quality of stem cell preparations and to enhance the possible applications of stem cells, umbilical cord blood, and umbilical cord tissue. Experts agree that treatment including stem cells will be a firm component of therapies in future medicine. In collaboration with renowned universities and research institutions all over Europe, Vita 34 researches new therapeutic options to treat stroke, heart attack, hematopoietic diseases, and diabetes type 1. In basic research, we collaborate with Hannover Medical School to develop a procedure to extract induced, pluripotent stem cells from the stem cells of the umbilical cord blood.

Regenerative medicine

Leading scientists believe that in the near future every seventh person, during the course of their lives, will need therapy based on stem cells. One reason is that people grow older and more and more people suffer from e.g. cancer or diabetes.

Research in the field of regenerative medicine concentrates on restoring cells, tissues, and organs that were damaged by diseases or accidents, by using young and viable stem cells. For this purpose, research on the therapeutic application of living cells and artificially grown tissue is pushed intensely in order to develop new therapeutic approaches for medical treatment. The long-term goal of regenerative medicine is to transplant whole organs that were grown in-vitro. Of particular interest in this regard are the adult and induced, pluripotent stem cells, as they are able to differentiate into various types of tissue. At this stage, fresh cartilage cell injected into damaged joints or worn intervertebral discs trigger processes to repair damages and regenerate tissue.

  • I am still relieved that we can resort to the young and unpolluted stem cells of our child, if it becomes necessary."

    Dagmar Thielgrandmother of Paula, the owner of the first stem cell deposit at Vita 34

Vita 34: 20 years of experience in storing umbilical cord blood and stem cells

Vita 34 specializes in storing stem cells from the umbilical cord blood and tissue for medical purposes as well as producing stem cell transplants from the umbilical cord blood.

Midwifes trained by Vita 34 collect the cord blood and tissue right after the birth. This procedure is entirely without risk for mother and child. The midwife punctures the umbilical vein and collects the umbilical cord blood in a special blood bag, after the umbilical cord has been cut. A courier transports the valuable freight to the Vita 34 laboratory in Leipzig, where the viable and adaptive stem cells are prepared in top quality, tested and examined as well as stored. During the transport the stem cells are safely and sterile packed in the specially developed transport box.

The stem cells remain unchanged in the cryo-tank at minus 180 degrees Celsius, because the aging processes in the cells are disrupted. While the child ages over the years and experiences diseases, the stem cells remain frozen and maintain their special properties. They remain young and unpolluted. Several scientific studies have clearly proved that even when the stem cells are thawed after a few decades they are fully functional, divide at a fast rate and trigger repair processes in the body. Umbilical cord blood is thus available for an entire human life span and can be thawed and used promptly, if necessary.

Behind Vita 34 is an experienced team of stem cell specialists. As an experienced stem cell bank, Vita 34 complies with the strict European medical regulations. Vita 34 consistently implements the requirements of the GMP guideline (Good Manufacturing Practice). The in-house quality assurance monitors all steps and processes in the ultra-modern, clean room laboratory and the cryo-tanks. This way, we ensure quality and safety of the highest level for decades.

At the moment, 4400 scientific studies are being conducted at University Hospitals across the world. Each day doctors and scientist are gaining further experience and competence in the treatment of more and more diseases with stem cells. There is very good reason to believe that stem cells could have a revolutionizing influence on future treatment of diseases.