By the Financial Tribune
Nearly 5000 samples of umbilical cord blood have been stored in Royan Institute’s public bank and 60,000 samples in its private bank, said Morteza Zarrabi, director general of the institute.
“This year (started March 21), we were successful in using umbilical cord blood for the treatment of patients diagnosed with cerebral palsy,” IRNA quoted him as saying.
Until now, seven samples in public banks and six samples in private banks have been successfully used in transplant surgeries, he said, adding that “one of the cases involved treatment of a cancer patient who is in good health now.”
Samples stored in public banks have been donated by families and can be used for all patients with specific diseases and disabilities. In private banks samples are stored just for the donor family and therefore a fee is charged. The cost of collection and genetic testing of each sample is about $645 and the annual charge for storage is $33.