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Cord Blood Units for Research

Umbilical cord blood units are made available for research studies intended to improve patient outcomes, as stated in the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005, Public Law 109-129, and the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Reauthorization Act of 2010, Public Law 111-264.

Cord blood banks providing cord blood units for research vary in their requirements regarding use for studies and cost of the units. Most banks will ship units anywhere within the United States.

To acquire cord blood units for pre-clinical or clinical research, contact one of these banks, which are listed alphabetically by state.

On this page:


  • Children's Hospital of Orange County
    Telephone: (714) 509-3343 FAX (714) 509-4277
  • San Diego Blood Bank
    Telephone: (619) 400-8320 FAX: (619) 296-5271
  • StemCyte, Inc.
    E-mail: Susanna Hwee
    Telephone: (626) 646-2444  FAX: (626) 430-5797
  • The Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Program (UCBCP)
    Telephone: (toll-free)844-734-cord (2673) (direct) 916-703-9316




  • The Institute For Transfusion Medicine
  • Telephone: (847) 260-2660 FAX: (847) 260-2412


  • J.P. McCarthy Cord Stem Cell Bank at the Karmanos Cancer Institute
    Telephone: (313) 576-8863  FAX: (313) 576-8766


  • St.Louis Cord Blood Bank
    Telephone: (314) 268-2700 ext 6313  FAX: (314) 268-4089

New Jersey 

New York 

North Carolina 

  • Carolinas Cord Blood Bank at Duke University Medical Center
    Telephone: (919) 668-1119  FAX: (919) 668-1183



  • Texas Cord Blood Bank, a division of South Texas Blood & Tissue Center
    Telephone: (855) 326-3764 ext. 1865


For cord blood units for non-clinical, research use, please use the following:

GenCure Cord Blood Center, a subsidiary of BioBridge Global
Phone: (855) 326-5764 Ext 1690

Another Resource

Cord blood specimens for non-clinical scientific research studies are also available through the Cord Blood Transplantation (COBLT) Study, funded by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)