HRSA (Health Resources & Services Administration)
HRSA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, aims to improve healthcare and achieve health equity through access to quality services, a skilled health workforce and innovative program.
Nearly a decade ago, HRSA announced that StemCyte, Inc. has been selected as 1 of 6 cord blood banks in the country to help build the National Cord Blood Inventory (NCBI) to be comprised to 150,000 cord blood units under the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program.
To learn more, visit http://bloodcell.transplant.hrsa.gov/about/contractors/ncbi/index.html.
The State of California Assembly Bill Number 52 (2009-2010 Session) (“AB52”) amended Section 1627 to 1630 of the California Health and Safety Code for the purpose of increasing the amount of umbilical cord blood donated in the State of California and identified funding to be appropriated by the Legislature for such purpose. Under AB 52, University of California at Davis (UC Davis) had been appointed to establish and administer the UCBCP for the purpose of increasing the number of public banked high quality umbilical cord blood units (“CBU”) from donors of diverse ethnic groups to meet patient care and research demands.
Since 2012, StemCyte has been chosen to collaborate with UC Davis to meet the program’s mission of education, research, public service, and patient care. Currently, StemCyte has two agreements with UCBCP to increase the number of public banked high quality, diverse, ethnic Cord Blood Units (CBUs) from both our fixed collection sites and our partner Kaiser Permanente.