At Cryo-Save, we have been storing umbilical cord stem cells for families all over the world since the year 2000. We are the leading family stem cell bank in Europe and Africa, the fastest growing in the world and, in 2013, we stored our 250,000th sample.

Cryo-Save South Africa offers both local and international storage options in either Pretoria or Belgium, for both cord blood and cord tissue.


Umbilical cord blood is a rich source of haematopoietic (blood-forming) stem cells. Cord blood transplantation is an established alternative to bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cell transplantation and, to date, over 35,000 allogeneic cord blood transplants have been performed worldwide.

Umbilical cord blood and cord tissue stem cells have unique properties:

Stem cells present in cord blood are ‘younger’ than those in bone marrow and have a significantly greater capacity to multiply and grow (proliferate) and to differentiate into different types of cells.

Stem cells with this high proliferative potential are present in greater numbers in cord blood (more than eight times higher than in bone marrow).

Umbilical cord blood stem cells have a higher expression of certain ‘adhesion’ molecules which enables them to ‘home-in’ to where they are needed.

They have ‘younger’ DNA and are therefore able to continue to form the elements of blood for longer.

Stem cells in cord blood which belong to the immune system have not yet been exposed to outside factors (i.e. they are more immunologically ‘naïve’).

Blood-forming stem cells are less likely to cause complications (graft-versus-host disease) in allogeneic (donor to patient) transplants than other adult stem cells.

Increasing the number of umbilical cord blood haematopoietic stem cells prior to transplantation (stem cell ‘expansion’) is proving to be successful in clinical trials.

Cord tissue stem cells are able to transform into numerous types of cells including muscle, bone, cartilage and nerve cells.

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An introduction to Stem Cell Storage
Understanding Stem Cells
An introduction to Stem Cell Storage
Doctors Orders : Cryo-Save Snippet
Stem Cell Storage
CryoSave - Radio702 Interview

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On your baby's day of birth, you have the unique opportunity to save your baby's umbilical cord stem cells. Your growing baby is full of pure, potent stem cells that could be used to treat diseases later on in life.

Currently umbilical cord blood is used in the treatment of over 70 diseases including a wide range of immune system deficiencies and blood disorders (stem cell therapy). The tissue from the umbilical cord contains powerful stem cells that have the potential to repair damaged tissues such as cartilage, bone or muscle. (clinicaltrials.gov)

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