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Menstrual Blood Stem Cells May Significantly Increase Yield of Cord Blood Stem Cells
Date:5/5/2009

cord blood stem cells with the addition of MenSCs.

"Identifying strategies to expand the yield of cord-blood derived stem cells has been an ongoing challenge," said Julie Allickson, Ph.D., study investigator and Vice President, Laboratory Operations, Research and Development at Cryo-Cell International, Inc. "Further study will confirm whether MenSCs may be a potential solution to more readily available stem cell sources."

"We are clearly encouraged by this research showing the potential for MenSCs to boost the yield of cord blood stem cells - a major advance with important possible implications to the life-saving benefits of cord blood stem cells which may be significantly increased by utilization of this novel cell expansion technology," said Mercedes Walton, Cryo-Cell's Chairman and CEO. "We continue to make significant progress in advancing Cryo-Cell's robust intellectual property portfolio which includes these newly released findings and other groundbreaking research related to the therapeutic potential of menstrual stem cells."

Menstrual Stem Cells in PLoS Medicine

MenSCs offer a non-controversial and renewable stem cell source that can be collected non-invasively from what is conventionally regarded as biological waste. Cryo-Cell discovered and identified the benefits of stem cells harvested from menstrual blood described in a study published in the April 2008 Cell Transplantation demonstrating that MenSCs have the capability to differentiate into important cells, such as such as bone, cartilage, fat, nerve and cardiogenic cells. Based upon these early findings, researchers believe that MenSCs may potentially be utilized with cell-based therapies in the future to treat serious conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke; and possibly other neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. MenSCs may also potentially be utilized with customi
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