Miller Insurance Services LLP was pleased to support and attend the recent meeting of the Cord Blood Association and representatives of European cord blood banks during the 3rd annual Cord Blood World Europe event hosted at the International Design Centre Islington.
The meeting was chaired by CBA President Dr Joanne Kurtzberg, MD and Alan Leahigh and included representatives of many key stakeholders from the cord blood banking industry outside of the US. Cord Blood Association objectives are to expand demand for cord blood products and services, develop industry standards and best practice, educate health professionals and consumers about cord blood banking options, raise awareness of the benefits and future of cord blood and provide an effective voice for the cord blood industry on a wide range of issues (while fostering collaboration between public and family banks). The event provided an ideal opportunity for the association to take soundings from representatives of a wide range of cord blood banks on the issues being faced and how the CBA could assist.
Dr. Kurtzberg and the bank representatives discussed a number of the issues and Alan Leahigh commented, “A unanimous consensus was reached on how this initiative could move forward together – a decision that promises to have far-reaching benefits for both CBA, the European banks and cord blood banking generally”.
Mark Popple, Head of Life Sciences at Miller said “the meeting provided an important platform and an excellent opportunity to discuss significant issues facing the Cord Blood Bank industry and how best to increase the profile of the valuable services provided by Cord Blood Banks.”
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Helping Cord Blood Banks to reach their full potential
Miller has developed an insurance facility which can be offered to both new and existing clients of cord blood banks. This facility represents a significant opportunity to increase income for cord blood banks. For their clients the facility provides a financial safety net ensuring that they are able to meet the cost to use their cells should stem cell therapy treatment not be available through the public or private health systems.
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About the Cord Blood Association
The Cord Blood Association is an international, non-profit organization that promotes both public and family cord blood banking, with the objectives of saving lives, improving health and changing medicine. The association’s priorities are advocacy, quality products and services, market expansion, research and development, and public and professional education. Members of CBA include both public and family banks and individuals in and served by the cord blood community including cord blood bank personnel, research investigators, laboratory technicians, patients, donors, regulatory officials, vendors and health care providers such as transplant physicians, obstetricians, paediatricians, nurses and midwives. STEM CELLS Translational Medicine is the association’s official scientific journal. More information about the CBA can be found on its website at www.cb-association.org.