International Cord Blood Congress Planned for 2018

Twelve organizations are collaborating on CBA-hosted conference

An international conference that embraces all components of the cord blood community – public and private banking, clinical and laboratory investigations, manufacturing, administration, training and education – will be held Sept. 14-16 next year in Miami Beach, Florida.

The conference, called Cord Blood Connect, will bring together the many people and organizations worldwide that engage in, or are served by, the banking of cord blood and perinatal tissues, as well as associated therapeutics.

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CBA Officers Re-Elected; New Director Appointed

Board re-elects Joanne Kurtzberg and appoints Nicholas Grund

Joanne Kurtzberg, MD, director of the Carolinas Cord Blood Bank, Durham, N.C., has been re-elected president of the Cord Blood Association.  Nicholas Grund, MBA, executive vice president and chief commercial officer of AMAG Pharmaceuticals, has been appointed to the Board of Directors.

The election and appointment were at a CBA Board of Directors meeting in June.

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Benefits of Membership

The CBA 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.

Our priorities are advocacy, quality products and services, market expansion, research and development, and public and professional education. If you share these interests, you are cordially invited to join with us.

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Information for Expectant Parents

Expectant parents are faced with important decisions, even before their baby is born. One of the most important is a life-altering decision about whether to bank their baby’s umbilical cord blood, or donate it to help others. If the precious stem cells in cord blood are not banked, they are discarded as medical waste.

There’s no one choice that’s right for all parents. But health care professionals and parents have developed guidelines to help with the decision.

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