Application of stem cells
Successful stem cell therapies are no longer science fiction
Stem cells from the umbilical cord are special. They are young, potent, and viable. They have already been applied in more than 30.000 medical treatments and have the potential to revolutionize the future fight against disease. Clinical studies conducted across the world show the usefulness of stem cells in regenerating tissue damaged by accidents, degenerative disorders and in development of cancer treatments.
Vita 34 actively participates in this development. We are involved in basic and application research with our in-house department of research and development and in collaboration with leading universities and research institutions all over Europe. Vita 34-customers benefit from this knowhow: The expanding knowledge in stem cell research makes your child’s stem cell deposits even more valuable every day.
Stem cells have been long established in cancer therapy
Stem cells have been applied in the treatment of serious diseases for more than 55 years. They are applied especially to treat cancers, which require high-dose chemotherapy within the scope of medical care. The patient’s own stem cells are extracted from bone marrow or peripheral blood prior to high-dose chemotherapy, stored temporarily and transplanted after the treatment in order to minimize the side effects of the aggressive chemotherapy and to support the regeneration of destroyed cells.
Besides cancer, several 100,000 people get diagnosed with common diseases like dementia, which belongs to the neurodegenerative diseases, cardiac infarction, stroke, arthritis, or diabetes every year. The lifelong therapy has enormous costs to the health care system. Stem cell therapy offers great potential for the treatment of such diseases. Experts estimate that every seventh person up to the age of 70 will need a therapy based on stem cells in the future to regenerate sick or aged cells and tissues.
Stem cells stored with Vita 34 are actually being applied
The transplantation of stem cells requires enormous knowledge and experience. Stem cells stored with Vita 34 have been applied successfully 30 times. They were 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.
“We are convinced that stem cell research will continue to make great progress and create entirely new possibilities to treat even the widespread common diseases or diseases that come with age”
Dr. Andrè Gerth (CEO)
Additionally, when measured by applications in clinical treatment attempts and studies, Vita 34 is the most experienced private stem cell bank in Europe.
The possible applications of stem cells increase
Scientists expect further findings and developments in the field of stem cell therapy in the coming years.
Stem cells have already been applied successfully for:
- Hematopoietic disorders
- Acute and chronic leukemia (AML/ALL or CML/CLL)
- Myelodysplastic syndrome
- Lymphomas (Hodgkin lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma)
- Aplastic anemia
- Sickle cell anemia
- Beta thalassemia
- Whiskott Aldrich syndrome
- Metabolic disorders
- Multiple myeloma
In clinical studies and treatment attempts, stem cell therapies are tested with the following indications:
- Autoimmune diseases
- Diabetes mellitus type 1
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Crohn’s disease
- Graft-versus-host disease (GvHD)
- Impairments of the brain
- Dementia, in particular Alzheimer’s disease
- Brain injuries due to accidents or cancer
- Infantile brain damage (cerebral paresis)
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Cardiac infarction
- Multiple sclerosis
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Hearing loss
- Cirrhosis of the liver
- Epidermolysis bullosa (“butterfly children”)