This article is a comparison of the top three largest U.S. cord blood banks:
The standard used to identify these cord blood banks was the number of cord blood and cord tissue units stored by each company.
The purpose of this analysis is to compare pricing and services among the largest cord blood banks within the U.S., the most mature cord blood banking market in the world. These three industry giants also represent several of the largest cord blood banks worldwide.
Top 3 Largest U.S. Cord Blood Banks, by Units Banked
The three companies considered in this analysis are Cord Blood Registry (San Bruno, CA), ViaCord (Waltham, MA), and Cryo-Cell (Oldsmar, FL).
These three companies are not only the three market leaders in the United States by number of cord blood and cord tissue units banked, but are also some of the largest cord blood banks worldwide.
1. Cord Blood Registry (CBR)
The Cord Blood Registry (CBR) is unique, because it is currently the world’s largest cord blood bank, with over a half-million cord blood and cord tissue units stored to date. This is substantially more than its nearest competitor, ViaCord, which has 350,000 units stored. It was recently acquired by pharmaceutical giant, AMAG Pharmaceuticals, for $700 million in June of 2015.
Viacord stands out in the marketplace because ViaCord has been part of PerkinElmer, a global company with $2.2 billion dollars in annual revenue, since October of 2006.
Currently, ViaCord has released the most cord blood units for medical transplant and has the highest cord blood transplant survival rate among companies who have disclosed complete transplant data. The one-year survival rate of patients who were treated with ViaCord cord blood units is 88%, and the long term patient survival rate is 82%.1
3. Cryo-Cell International
In 1989, Cryo-Cell International was founded in Oldsmar, FL, making it the oldest cord blood bank in the world. By 1992, it began to store cord blood. In addition to pursuing a wide variety of accreditations (AABB, cGMP, and ISO 1345), it was the first private cord blood bank in the U.S. to be awarded FACT accreditation. In 2017, it initiated a $100,000 Engraftment Guarantee (previously $75,000), the highest quality guarantee of any U.S. cord blood bank.
Finally, it is the only private bank in the U.S. to offer the PrepaCyte-CB cord blood banking technology, a system that leads the industry in engraftment times.
Comparative Analysis of Top 3 U.S. Cord Blood Banks
Part of the reason for the dominance of these three companies in terms of total number of units stored is that they are three of the oldest cord blood banks within the United States, founded in 1992, 1993, and 1989, respectively. All three of these cord blood banks also support cord blood research and clinical trials.
A comparative analysis of services and features is shown below for the top three U.S. market leaders.
Next, a comparative analysis of pricing is shown below for these U.S. cord blood banking market.
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1 Viacord.com, (2014). ViaCord – Complete Transplant Data. [online] Available at: http://www.viacord.com/Images/ViaCord_Transplant_260_060613_tcm117-153288.pdf [Accessed 47 July. 2017].
2 Cordblood.com, (2014). Cord Blood Stem Cell Banking | Cord Blood Registry | CBR. [online] Available at: http://www.cordblood.com/cord-blood-banking-cost/cord-blood-stem-cells [Accessed 22 March. 2017].
3 Viacord.com, (2014). How much does cord blood banking cost? | ViaCord. [online] Available at: http://www.viacord.com/pricing/cord-blood-banking/index.aspx [Accessed 11 Feb. 2017].
4 Cryo-cell.com, (2014). Enrollment in the Cord Blood and Cord Tissue Stem Cell Service | Cryo-Cell. [online] Available at: http://www.cryo-cell.com/enroll [Accessed 4 Nov. 2016].