The healthy blood-forming cells for a transplant can come from the marrow of a donor or umbilical cord blood that is collected after a baby is born. The blood-forming cells from cord blood have unique qualities that can help some patients who would otherwise be unable to have a potentially life-saving transplant. Cord blood banks collect and store cord blood to make the cells available to patients in need. NCBI contracted cord blood banks receive funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to reach the goal of collecting and storing at least 150,000 cord blood units.
Some cord blood units collected by the contractors may be available for research studies. Research studies are intended to help improve patient outcomes.
The following cord blood banks have been awarded contracts for the NCBI: