ViaCord® to Advance Cord Blood Stem Cell Therapy Research through Collaboration with the Center for International Blood and

  ViaCord® to Advance Cord Blood Stem Cell Therapy Research through
  Collaboration with the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant

 PerkinElmer’s family cord blood banking business and international research
 organization collaborates to analyze quality and outcomes of cord blood stem
                                  cell units

Business Wire

WALTHAM, Mass. -- April 30, 2013

ViaCord, PerkinElmer’s family cord blood and tissue preservation business, is
collaborating with the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant
Research (CIBMTR) to collect, maintain and publish research from ViaCord’s
cord blood stem cell transplants. This collaboration will expand knowledge of
cord blood-derived stem cell applications throughout the medical and research
community. To date, CIBMTR’s large network of transplant centers has resulted
in the development of a clinical database of more than 30,000 cord blood
transplant recipients for clinical decision-making, use in studies, and other
research purposes with the goal of making a profound impact on the survival of
cord blood transplant patients around the world. CIBMTR will work directly
with ViaCord to collect and analyze data to better understand the quality and
any outcome metrics of ViaCord’s released cord blood stem cell units as well
as how the units are being used.

“Collaborating with CIBMTR, which has established the industry standard for
collecting data around hematopoietic cellular therapy and regenerative
medicine, allows us to simultaneously gain insights into the effectiveness of
the cord blood stem cell units we have released for use as well as outcomes
from their clinical application,” said Morey Kraus, Chief Scientific Officer,
ViaCord. “We are then able to incorporate data from our transplanted units
into the larger database, which may be accessed for other CIBMTR studies by
the medical and scientific community to further their research and
understanding of cord blood stem cells.”

ViaCord is working with CIBMTR to collect and publish data as well as identify
outcomes unique to related or autologous (stem cells from the same patient)
transplants. The collaboration will also enable the analysis of umbilical cord
units released for potential future use in autologous cell therapy and
regenerative medicine clinical trials, including Cerebral Palsy, Type 1
Diabetes and others.

“The science of cord blood and cord tissue stem cells is growing at a rapid
pace,” said  J. Douglas Rizzo, M.D., M.S., Associate Scientific Director,
CIBMTR. “We are excited to collaborate with ViaCord to provide data and
analytic expertise that will assist the development of the field through

ViaCord's family cord blood banking services currently offers expectant
families the opportunity to preserve their baby's umbilical cord blood for
potential medical use by the child or a related family member. Families are
also preserving their baby’s umbilical cord tissue because research suggests
that one day these special cells may have the potential to treat medical
conditions that are untreatable today. ViaCord has preserved the umbilical
cord blood of more than 300,000 newborns. Twenty years ago, cord blood stem
cells were used to treat just one disease, Fanconi's anemia. Today, cord blood
stem cells have been used in the treatment of nearly 80 diseases, including
cancers, certain blood disorders and immunodeficiencies. Please visit for more information.

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About the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research^®
A combined research program of the National Marrow Donor Program^® and the
Medical College of Wisconsin, the CIBMTR facilitates critical, cutting-edge
research that has led to increased survival and an enriched quality of life
for thousands of patients. The CIBMTR collaborates with the global scientific
community to advance hematopoietic cell transplantation and cellular therapy
research worldwide. The prospective and observational research is accomplished
through scientific and statistical expertise, a large network of transplant
centers and clinical database of more than 350,000 transplant recipients.

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