Cleveland Cord Blood Center
The Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Cord Blood Foundation, dba Cleveland Cord Blood Center (CCBC), is a non-profit organization that collects, stores, and distributes stem cell-rich umbilical cord blood units for the treatment of hematologic disorders and regenerative medicine, and for medical research. Cord blood is collected in-utero from umbilical cords after delivery of full-term, healthy infants. Our research team, housed at GCIC, conducts bench research translational studies focused on cord blood hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and regenerative medicine including cardiovascular disease. Established in 2007, CCBC is accredited by the Foundation for Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT), and is designated as a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded center, and is a member bank of the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). CCBC has collected over 33,000 units and banked over 5,900 units meeting strict clinical criteria. To date, more than 270 cord blood units have been distributed under NMDP IND to transplant centers in the United States and 15 other countries as treatment for patients with leukemia and other disorders. Over 5,300 cord blood units not meeting clinical criteria have been sent to investigators at the Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Ohio State University, Northwestern University, University of Louisville, and others for research studies in blood and metabolic disorders.