Dental stem cell companies preserve dental pulp, because the stem cells contained within it may be valuable for future medical use. Dental pulp is the soft living tissue inside a tooth that contains mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs).
The ideal time to harvest dental stem cells is when children lose their deciduous (baby) teeth, either through natural loss or extraction.
While MSCs from dental pulp stem cells are only used only in laboratory settings at this time, there are a handful of companies that offer dental stem cell storage services. Currently, the dental storage market is small, because of the early stage of research concerning the use of dental pulp stem cells in humans.
Similar to cord blood storage companies, dental stem cell banking involves sample collection, processing, and long-term storage.
Leading Dental Stem Cell Companies
Currently, the following are the leading companies offering dental stem cell storage, as part of a diversified stem cell storage approach:
- Precious Cells Group (London, UK) – In addition to being its own independent dental stem cell storage company, Precious Cells has entered into a strategic alliance to undertake all processing, laboratory and regulatory undertakings on behalf of Bioeden in the UK.
- Future Health Biobank (Nottingham, UK)
- GeneCell International (Miami, FL)
- VAULT SC Inc (Palm Coast, FL)
- Transcell Biologics Pvt Ltd (Hyderabad, India)
- ReeLabs (Mumbai, India)
In addition, specialty companies also exist that focus exclusively on dental stem cell storage. The major players in this area include:
- National Dental Pulp Laboratory (Marlborough, MA)
- StemSave (New York, NY)
- BioEden (Austin, TX)
- “Store-a-Tooth” run by Provia Laboratories, LLC (Littleton, MA)
- Tooth Bank (Brownsburg, IN)
- Stemade (Mumbai, India)
- Bank A Tooth, a Singapore incorporated company specializing in dental stem cell banking, is a product of Prolife Biobank (Singapore)
While there are a number of smaller providers of dental stem cell storage services, the companies listed above account for more than 80% of the total market share, according to Google Search data, Google Trend data, company filings, and interviews with company representatives.
Timeline of Events for Dental Stem Cell Companies
BioEden began offering tooth stem cell storage as early as 2006, making it one of the earliest known providers of dental stem cell storage.
*Click here to read our interview with Tony Veverka, Chief Group Executive of BioEden.
More recently, Precious Cells entered into a strategic alliance to provide all processing, laboratory and regulatory undertakings on behalf of Bioeden in the UK, although Precious Cells has remained a separate company and still provides direct services to its own clients.
The National Dental Pulp Laboratory launched shortly thereafter in 2007.
According to Stemade, it is the first and largest private dental stem cell storage company in India. The company has also served areas of Asia since 2013 . Stemade licenses their dental storage technology from Institut Clinident Biopharma, which it describes as “offering a technical solution to the collection and preservation of the dental pulp, rich in adult stem cells”. The Institut Clinident Biopharma also licenses its technology to European companies as well.
There is also ReeLabs, which a major enterprise for stem cell storage in India, banking cells from over ten human sources. (Click here to read our interview with Dr. Abhijit Bopardikar, Director of ReeLabs.)
Clearly, the regions that are currently most active in offering dental stem cell storage are the United States, India, and the United Kingdom, respectively.
Total Number of Dental Storage Companies
There are now dozens of dental stem cell storage providers worldwide, including the ones cited here, one within Australia that asked to be kept confidential (hiring is underway), and several small competitors within South America, Asia, and other regions worldwide. The exact number of market participants within the industry depends on whether you consider subsidiaries of the same company to be one company or multiple companies. This is a leading reason why people disagree over the current number of market participants offering dental stem cell storage services.
The other reason is that companies often serve multiple regions. For instance, Stemade serves both India and Asia. Furthermore, the same company may market its services under multiple names for branding or language purposes.
In addition, the actual storage service sometimes has a different name than the company offering it, as is the case with the “Store-a-Tooth” program run by Provia Laboratories, LLC.
Finally, there are cord blood banks that will store the deciduous teeth of clients on a “by request” basis, but they do not publicly market the service.
Rates of Growth for the Dental Stem Cell Storage Market
Clearly, dental stem cell storage is rapidly growing, because an average of 1-2 new dental storage providers now enter the global marketplace every month.
This largely due to cord blood banks diversifying into stem cell storage, a phenomenon which is explored in detail within this global strategic report. Expansion into diversified stem cell storage is relatively easy for cord blood banks, due to a similarity in equipment and expertise that is required.
However, there are specialized dental stem cell storage companies populating the marketplace as well, as the popularity of stem cell biobanking grows in general.
Key Competitors for Dental Stem Cell Storage
The table below presents the leading competitors within the dental stem cell market, companies which together account for more than 80% of the total market share.
Click here to view this table of the “Key Competitors in the Dental Stem Cell Storage Market” as a PDF file.
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