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A Mother’s Day special workshop conducted by LifeCell International in association with “Me n Mom’s” in Mumbai

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Talking about Mother’s Day, really how bad of me. I couldn’t wish my mom thanks to my hectic study schedule. However, here is another good initiative that helps in building relationship of wellbeing between a child and its mother even before the child is born.

On the eve of Mother’s Day, LifeCell International, India’s first & largest umbilical cord blood stem cell bank in association with “me n Moms” organized a free workshop for all first time moms and expecting mothers. The workshop was conducted at ‘Me n MomsJuhu Store @ 7/11 Amrapalli Shopping center VM Road, J.V.P.D, Mumbai
by Dr. Sourabh Dani, Dr. Sanjay R. Pal, Dr. Sonali Shivlani and Dr. Chaula Shah and was attended by 50 enthusiastic mothers.

The workshop was built around the birth process offering information for the to-be parents by explaining on what happens and what to expect during each of the pregnancy stages. The session was a forum for expecting parents to discuss and share various tips which would help the to-be mothers to accept the physical, psychological and hormonal changes happening in their body during pregnancy and handle this turbulent phase effectively. The session also focused on the basic tips on diet and nutrition, relaxation techniques, pre -natal and-post natal exercises necessary for a safe and uncomplicated pregnancy.

It is very essential for husbands to pay utmost attention and provide emotional support to their wives during this period. More emphasis should be given on diet with summers being on full swing. The mom should not miss her meals and drink plenty of water, milk, fluids to beat the temperature. According to experts a pregnant woman should drink atleast7-8 glasses of water every day.

Pregnancy is an important phase in a woman’s life. We at LifeCell always try to connect and reach out to our consumers to educate them and create awareness on pregnancy management. We believe that giving expectant parents the information and knowledge on pregnancy will help them make the right decisions and deal with this period better.. We have conducted this workshop just to ensure that the importance of antenatal and postnatal care is spread among all.” said Mr. Mayur Abhaya, Executive Director, LifeCell International.

The session also focused on tips on parenting as raising children is one of the most crucial and fulfilling experience in the world and the one for which a new mom may be the least prepared. The seminar covered the core care that every healthy woman and healthy baby should be offered during the first 6-8 weeks after the birth. Overall the seminar was very educative and informative providing better insights on topics related to both the mother and her child.

 


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22 May, 2009 at 12:29 am

LifeCell launches Cord Tissue Banking in India

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LifeCell International – India’s first & the largest stem cell banking service provider and a pioneer in stem cell research, technology & therapy – announced the launch of Umbilical cord tissue banking service in India. The technology to harness the potential of Umbilical Cord Tissue, a rich source of Mesenchymal stem cells was developed in-house at the LifeCell R&D center at Chennai., India. With this launch, LifeCell achieved a considerable technology landmark in the field of Regenerative science & healthcare industry in India.

Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) from bone marrow have been at the forefront of therapeutic strategies for a number of hitherto incurable ailments like Heart Disease, Type I Diabetes, Crohn’s Disease, GVHD, Osteoarthritis and Stroke. Further, MSCs from Cord tissue showed additional therapeutic potential in animal models to treat Parkinsonism, Skeletal muscle injury, Limb ischemia, Retinal nerve degeneration. Hence, these cord tissue MSCs appear to be superior to bone marrow MSCs and can be a potential substitute for them.

Advantages of Mesenchymal Stemcells:

In a unit population of cells MSCs in the umbilical cord tissue are present in much higher numbers when compared with the bone marrow. These cells have shorter doubling time. Also the HLA ABC antigens are less of an issue with cord MSCs when compared with bone marrow MSCs.

Talking at the occasion,
Mr. Mayur Abhaya, President and Executive Director, LifeCell International, said, “We at LifeCell are very excited about this landmark achievement that we have made at our R&D center, by developing the technology to harvest and store Umbilical Cord Tissue in India. With additional service of cord tissue banking, , clinical trials, R&D, therapy solutions we are the only company in India providing comprehensive stem cells solutions. This will give us a competitive edge to tap the potential market. In a country like India with over 40 million births every year, the potential is immense and we see a huge opportunity ahead. We envision a 30% percent growth in our enrolments by 2010. Our revenue for this year is expected to close by Rs.400 Million.”

According to Dr. Ajit, Chief Scientific Officer, LifeCell International, “Previously, after the collection of the umbilical cord blood, the remaining solid cord tissue was normally discarded. However, this cord tissue is a rich source of Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and we have invested two years of time in developing and validating a proprietary technology at our in-house R&D center for collection and storage of the cord tissue. These MSCs from cord tissue are superior to bone marrow MSCs, as these cells are fetal in nature and therefore more robust. Besides, the collection process is non invasive, painless and usually devoid of infection.” Added Dr. Ajit

Over the conversation about the awareness and acceptance of stem cells in India Mr. Mayur added, “Recent success stories of stem cells, daily news on research findings and breakthrough in clinical trials etc., are validating the potential of stem cells thereby increasing the demand for storing the baby’s stem cell for future potential use. The medical fraternity has been playing a vital role in supporting and spreading knowledge and awareness on this concept.”

Storing and cost at LifeCell

Customers who want to store their cord tissue have a range of options with LifeCell. They may choose to bank the processed stem cells from the Cord Tissue for a ready use or store the cord tissue which can be used to harvest stem cells later for therapy.

Preserving the cord tissue comes as a package along with cord blood banking service of LifeCell at a cost of Rs.44,600/- for the first year and Rs.3,500/- every year as annual storage fee. However, if the client prefers to process the cord tissue and store the harvested stem cells, the process will cost Rs.63,100/- for the first year and Rs.5,500/- every year as annual storage fee. Both these options include processing and cryo-preserving the cord blood stem cells which is the basic service. Clients could also go for the option of one-time storage fee of Rs.79,000/- upfront for storing cord blood and cord tissue and Rs.1,17,500 for storing cord blood along with processing of cord tissue.

LifeCell’s key differentiator has been quality and service and with a technology tie-up with the Cryo-Cell International, the world’s first stem cell bank, LifeCell has the expertise of technology to maintain the best quality which has also been acknowledged and accredited by AABB. LifeCell offers round-the-clock service and is the only stem cell bank in India offering this service to over 40 centres in India & abroad.

 


Another major source of stem cells – menstrual blood

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Stem cells are one of the most fascinating areas of biology today. But like many growing fields of scientific inquiry, research on stem cells raises scientific questions as quickly as it generates new discoveries.

In India, menstruation blood has been considered as dirty and polluting. There have been a lot of myths, taboos and various practices related to menstruation. In olden times, the lady would be made to sit in some corner, wear only particular clothes, use a separate set of vessels for eating and drinking, and she was not allowed to cook. Other members in the family were not to even go near her, let alone touch her!!! At the end of the period, she would ‘cleanse’ herself by taking a hair bath.

Thankfully, while in some of the homes in rural India these restrictions might still be prevalent; in urban homes these rules seem to have lost effect. However, menstrual blood is still today considered sanitary waste. Yet recent findings have revealed menstrual blood to be a rich and easily accessible source of adult stem cells.

LifeCell is the first and the largest private cord blood stem cell bank and stem cell solutions provider in India which facilitates the cryogenic preservation of umbilical cord blood stem cells at its central facility in Chennai, India. They have been doing research on menstrual blood as a source of stem cells. Here is what Dr. Ajit Kumar, Chief Scientific Officer, LifeCell International has to say:

A woman’s role in society and the family is constantly changing. She dons the role of a daughter, sister, wife, mother, an entrepreneur, a working professional, a friend and much more with élan. The master stem cell or the zygote, wherein human life begins, is created when a woman’s egg is fertilized by her partner’s sperm. Shortly thereafter, this master stem cell begins to multiply into hundreds of millions of cells, including a large number of other stem cells, as the embryo develops during the early stages of pregnancy. The less specialized stem cells give rise to more specialized cell types and the process continues throughout pregnancy leading to the formation of all the cell types within the human body such as skin, muscle, nerve, bone, etc. Following birth and throughout adult life, our bodies continue to produce stem cells that serve as a vital source for regeneration and repair throughout our lifetime.

While the concept of stem cells becomes intuitive if one considers the development of complex organisms such as humans from a single cell such as the zygote and also the constant requirements for repair and replenishment of cells, it is only within the last fifty years that stem cells have been recognized for their therapeutic value. It is these therapeutic applications that have become the primary focus of studies by researchers and scientists from around the world. Since the very first bone marrow transplant in the 1950’s, to the 1980’s and ’90’s, when more than 16,000 stem cell transplants were performed to treat leukemia and immune system diseases, research into regenerative cellular therapies for a wide range of human diseases has rapidly advanced. Most recently, medical researchers have discovered adult stem cells in the endometrial lining of the uterus.

Another path breaking discovery in this area is that menstrual blood itself is a rich source of stem cells and serves as a potential source for promising regenerative therapies to treat heart disease, diabetes, neurological disorders like spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, in addition to cosmeceutical applications such as anti-aging therapies, to name a few. In simple terms potentially life-saving stem cells are found naturally in menstrual blood.

The Menstrual stem cell comes from the uterine lining (endometrium), which is shed as part of a woman’s menstrual period. These menstrual stem cells are unique because they have many properties and characteristics similar to both bone marrow and embryonic stem cells.

Until now, menstrual blood has been discarded as unsanitary waste. However, as recent research has shown menstrual fluid contains self-renewing stem cells that can be easily collected, processed and cryo-preserved for potential cellular therapies that may emerge in the future. They multiply rapidly and can differentiate into many other types of cells such as neural, cardiac, bone, fat, cartilage and possibly others; demonstrating great potential for cell therapy. Preliminary research suggests that in addition to possible use by the donor, these stem cells may also be used to benefit other family members who are genetically related to the donor, such as perhaps a parent, sibling or child.

More information on stem cells is available on www.lifecellinternational.com

Written by sreelakshmi

6 January, 2009 at 7:32 am