How Immune Cell Banking Works

The Immune Cell Storage Process Made Easy For You

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Select you plan and receive your blood draw kit at home

Scheduling

Scheduling a blood collection at center near you or at the convenience at your home

Shipping

Shipped overnight to our FDA certified central processing laboratory

Processing

Blood processed using our proprietary MCASS technology

Confirmation

Confirmation of a successful cyro-preservation

How Immune Cell Banking Works

All currently approved immunotherapies, such as Kymriah and Yescarta, utilize a patient’s own immune cells. In order to achieve the best results, it is ideal to preserve the immune cells while they are still relatively young and healthy.
Since the average person’s immune system has more healthy T cells than someone who has been exposed to radiation and chemotherapies, preserving immune cells while an individual is still healthy is much more effective.

Instead of a “leukapheresis” which will takes 3 to 6 hours and may need to be repeated. Preserving immune cells now is much easier. The process for immune cell preservation is no different than giving blood. You will need to come to one of our blood collection centers and 150-200ml of blood (or about half of a typical blood donation) will be collected intravenously.

Your blood will then be sent to our centralized FDA and AABB certified processing facility within 24 hours to isolate peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) which contains all the immune cells, using our proprietary MCASS™ automated technology platform. After the isolation is complete, we will store your cells at -196 degree Celsius for long-term storage. Cells can be preserved at this state for very long periods of time without any significant change in cell viabilities.

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Disclaimer: The use of cord blood and immune cells is determined by the treating physician and manufacturer of the final products and is influenced by many factors, including the patient's medical condition, the characteristics of the sample, and whether the immune cells should be further modified or expanded. Cord blood has established uses in transplant medicine; however, its use in regenerative medicine is still being researched. There is no guarantee that potential medical applications being studied in the laboratory or clinical trials will become available. Cord tissue use is still in early research stages, and there is no guarantee that treatments using cord tissue will be available in the future. Cord tissue is stored whole. Additional processing prior to use will be required to extract and prepare any of the multiple cell types from cryopreserved cord tissue. Immune cells has established uses in certain blood cancer treatment; however, its use in solid cancer is still being researched. There is no guarantee that treatments being studied in the laboratory, clinical trials, or other experimental treatments will be available in the future.

HealthBanks cryopreserves immune cells that have been collected from an individual for potential future cellular therapy use. HealthBanks does not provide medical advice, treatment or care. The use of cryopreserved cells for future immunotherapies is not guaranteed. Much is yet unknown about the future of immunotherapy and the immune cells that have been cryopreserved. The use of cryopreserved cells by commercial manufacturers for CAR-T therapy production is not currently approved by the FDA. There is active research ongoing, however, there is no guarantee that your cryopreserved cells will have a future therapeutic use. Only your health care professional can help you evaluate whether your cells might be used and if so, how they might be used. HealthBanks and its shareholders, directors, officers, agents, employees, affiliates, network of providers and provider facilities, will not be liable to you or any other party for claims relating to sample collection or if your cells cannot be used, or if any harm, injury, damage or loss results from the use of your cells. For more information, please refer to HealthBanks Service Agreement.