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ABC and NMDP Partner to Meet Growing Need for Stem Cell and Cord Blood Transplants, Assure Funding for Cord Blood Network, Encourage Minority Donor Recruitment
Date:3/21/2008

s using blood and getting stem cell and cord blood transplants are increasing, and the U.S. is becoming a minority majority country. ABC and NMDP share the goal of assuring that the right cord blood and cells are there when needed."

Jeffrey W. Chell, MD, CEO of NMDP, expressed thanks for ABC's willingness to support public policies that promote the expansion of cord blood banks and collection of cord blood units. "We would like to make cord blood collection and facilities and their procedures as consistent as possible from state to state, and in full compliance with federal requirements and industry standards. That will take a concerted effort, model legislation and consistent federal funding. We are confident ABC can help us in these key areas, as well as build grass-roots support for this very worthy cause."

In 2006, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded contracts to NMDP to operate the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program. This includes serving as the nation's Cord Blood Coordinating Center, which ensures the availability of cord blood units collected and increases the diversity of the National Cord Blood Inventory (NCBI). The objective of the NCBI is to increase the inventory by 150,000 cord blood units. Three ABC members -- New York Blood Center, South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, and Puget Sound Blood Center -- have received HRSA grants to increase their cord inventories. Several other ABC members have been applicants or hope to be recipients of future grants.

Through this partnership, ABC and NMDP will seek to educate patients, physicians, and families about federal and state policies related to cord blood collection, maintenance, and availability through the NCBI, as well as issues related to the continuation of the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program. In addition, ABC and NMDP are working together to expand the nationwide network of centers that can collect peripheral blood stem cells f
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