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National Cord Blood Inventory Contract Summary (NCBI)

The National Cord Blood Inventory (NCBI) is included in the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005, Public Law 109-129 (Stem Cell Act 2005), as amended by P.L. 111-264 (2010) and reauthorized in P.L. 114-104 (2015). The NCBI portion of the Stem Cell Acts provides some funding for the collection and storage of at least 150,000 new cord blood units. These cord blood units will be made available through the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program (CWBYCTP) to treat patients who need an umbilical cord blood or bone marrow transplant.

There are 13 cord blood banks that have an NCBI contract to help add at least 150,000 new cord blood units. These contracted banks will:

  • Encourage more cord blood donations, with special emphasis on parents of racially or ethnically diverse backgrounds.
  • Collect and store cord blood units and make them available through the CWBYCTP.
  • Ensure the cord blood units are of high-quality and meet specified criteria such as having a certain number of blood-forming cells. Cord blood units that do not meet these criteria may be available for research studies intended to improve patient outcomes.
  • Protect the rights of donating mothers by obtaining consent to donate from the mother and maintaining confidentiality of the mother and baby.
  • Provide cord blood unit data to the CWBYCTP Stem Cell Therapeutic Outcomes Database contractor.
NCBI Contractors

View the organizations holding this contract.

Authorized to Help More Patients

Learn how the CWBYCTP helps more patients have a successful bone marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. The CWBYCTP is authorized by the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005, Public Law 109-129, as amended by P.L. 111-264 and reauthorized in P.L. 114-104.

Bone Marrow and Cord Blood Donation and Transplantation

A bone marrow or cord blood transplant replaces a patient's diseased cells with healthy blood-forming cells. These cells can come from the marrow of a donor or the umbilical cord blood that is collected after a baby is born.

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