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CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank is Proud to Announce that Cord Blood Pioneer and Leading Transplanter Dr. Eliane Gluckman has Joined its Team

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Eliane Gluckman, recognized as a pioneer and leader in the field of cord blood stem cell transplantation, has joined the team at CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank. "We are honored to have such an accomplished physician as Dr. Gluckman join our team of highly esteemed physicians and scientists at CORD:USE," says Edward Guindi M.D., President and CEO of CORD:USE.

Dr. Gluckman is internationally recognized as the pioneering physician who performed the world's first successful cord blood transplant (sibling donor) in 1988. In fact, leaders from the international cord blood community will be meeting in Mandelieu, France, for a cord blood conference this week, on October 16-19, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of that first cord blood transplantation by Dr. Gluckman. CORD:USE team members, Dr. Broxmeyer and Dr. Kurtzberg, also played significant roles in this historic transplant. The conference will also focus on the Biology and Clinical Applications of Cord Blood Cells.

Dr. Gluckman is Professor of Hematology at the University of Paris VII. She is the head of the International Registry on Cord Blood Transplantation, Eurocord, at the Hospital Saint Louis APHP and President of the European School of Hematology. Dr. Gluckman is a founding member and former President of the European Group of Bone Marrow Transplantation (EBMT). During her 30 years as a transplanter, Dr. Gluckman has performed over 1,900 bone marrow and cord blood transplants.

"I am very honored to join the team at CORD:USE. I am particularly glad to participate with long time friends at CORD:USE who have initiated and developed the technology and the clinical use of cord blood transplants," says Dr. Gluckman. "The experience and expertise of the team at CORD:USE will certainly increase the development of cord blood banking, its clinical use and new research on stem cells for regenerative medicine."

Dr. Gluckman joins other highly-respected pioneers and leaders in the field of cord blood stem cell transplantation on the CORD:USE team:

-- Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg, Director of the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Program at Duke University and Medical Director of the CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank at Duke. She performed the first successful cord blood transplant from an unrelated donor in 1993 and has since performed 900 umbilical cord blood transplants.

-- Dr. Hal Broxmeyer, the current Vice President and President Elect of the American Society of Hematology. Broxmeyer is a founder of the field of cord blood stem cell transplantation and widely recognized as one of the foremost experts in the world in cord blood stem cell science.

-- Dr. John Wagner, an expert in unrelated hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Dr. Wagner's study of the use of two cord blood units for transplantation has made it possible for many more adults to benefit from cord blood stem cell transplantation who would have otherwise not been candidates for this therapy.

-- Dr. Alan Levine serves as the company's Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. Levine enjoyed a highly successful 25 year career with the National Institutes of Health ("NIH") where he was most recently the Director of the Blood Disease Program of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the NIH. In this capacity, Dr. Levine was responsible for initiating the bone marrow and umbilical cord blood research programs at the NIH.

-- Dr. Esmail Zanjani, a world-renowned expert in blood stem cell biology, has led the development of the field of in utero stem cell transplantation and gene therapy as a means of curing genetic diseases prior to birth.

About CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank, Inc.

CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank, headquartered in Orlando, Florida is creating a large, ethnically diverse, high quality inventory of available cord blood stem cell units for the many patients in need of a potentially life-saving transplant. CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank has entered into agreements with hospitals across the country to provide mothers the option to donate their babies' cord blood. CORD:USE makes these cord blood units available to transplanters, throughout the country and around the world, as a critical component in their patients' treatment. CORD:USE lists all of its units on the National Marrow Donor Program's Registry. For more information, please visit our website, .

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