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Dr. Charles A. Sims of California Cryobank's Family Cord Blood Services Named to National Stem Cell Advisory Council
Date:1/23/2008

Sims to Represent Association of Family Cord Blood Banks

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Family Cord Blood Services, a subsidiary of California Cryobank, today announced that its co-founder and medical director Charles A. Sims, MD, has been appointed to the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Advisory Council on Blood Stem Cell Transplantation (ACBSCT). Through his appointment, Dr. Sims will represent the Association of Family Cord Blood Banks (AFCBB), an organization representing the family cord blood banking industry that advocates matters of public policy, regulation and the development of industry standards by accrediting organizations.

Established to advise the Secretary of HHS and Administrator of HRSA on activities of the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program and the National Cord Blood Inventory (NCBI) Program, the ACBSCT is composed of 23 members serving as Special Government Employees. In addition to Dr. Sims, members include representatives of marrow donor centers and marrow transplant centers, recipients of bone marrow transplant and cord blood transplant, hematology and transfusion medicine researchers with expertise in adult blood stem cell, and members of the general public.

Dr. Sims is a board certified pathologist, laboratory director and has served as chief of pathology at Century City Hospital, Los Angeles. He has a broad understanding of cord blood banking and sperm bank development and operations. Prior to founding Family Cord Blood Services and California Cryobank, he served as laboratory director of a large national independent referral laboratory, and was the founder of Quantum Clinical Laboratories, Inc. Dr. Sims earned his medical degree from Loma Linda University and is certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomical and Clinical Pathology. He is also a member of numerous professional organizations including the American
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