Immune Cell Banking

Preserve your young and healthy immune cell for the future cell therapy use. Pre-order your immune cell preservation service today with $100 off today. Offer only valid till 9/30/2020

Immune Cell Banking — Choose A Plan

Single

$39.99/Month

One time Setup Fee $200
  • Free Collection Kit
  • 150-200 ml Blood Draw
  • cGMP Closed System Processing for Clinical Readiness
  • Automated Storage System
  • Term: 10 Years

With Spouse

$69.99/Month

One time Setup Fee $400
  • Free Collection Kit
  • 150-200 ml Blood Draw for Each
  • cGMP Closed System Processing for Clinical Readiness
  • Automated Storage System
  • Term: 10 Years

What exactly are immune cells and why are they vital to a healthy body? Immune cells play a critical role in the immune system by helping our bodies fight infections and other diseases. When foreign substances (antigens) enter our body, our immune system kicks into action to identify antigens and take them out through the creation of antibodies. Our immune systems are crucial to survival, and healthy immune cells are the building blocks for an immune system able to perform its job effectively. Through immune cell banking, you can store healthy immune cells and prepare for medical emergencies that may arise later on in your life.  

Immune cells develop from stem cells in the bone marrow and become different types of white blood cells including neutrophils, eosinophils, basophils, mast cells, monocytes, macrophages, dendritic cells, natural killer cells, and lymphocytes (B cells and T cells). These cells are key players in the immune system and without them, our bodies would fall prey to disease.

When a patient has a compromised immune system and becomes sick, immunotherapy is often used to combat the illness. Immunotherapy, a biological therapy, is the treatment of disease by activating or suppressing the immune system. An example of this medical approach is T-cell immunotherapy, which is currently being used for advanced B-cell lymphoma. Immune cell therapy has also shown promising results when applied to treatments for patients with Alzheimer’s and diabetes. Currently, all approved immunotherapies utilize a patient’s own immune cells. Because our own immune cells are needed for immunotherapy, it is important to preserve them through immune cell banking before the onset of disease.

Preserving immune cells is a life-saving process that is done through a straightforward procedure that causes little to no stress for patients. Approximately 150 – 200ml of blood is collected intravenously from a patient. For reference, this amount is roughly half the amount of a typical blood donation and the process is quick and painless. Once collected, blood is sent off to a centralized Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) processing facility within 24-hours to isolate peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC). PBMC are highly specialized immune cells that play key roles in keeping our bodies healthy and work around the clock to defend our bodies against viral, bacterial, and parasitic infection as well as destroy tumor cells and foreign substances. These isolated immune cells are then cryogenically stored and on standby for future use.

While immune cell banking is an option for everyone, it is especially important for anyone with a family history of illness. Those with a family history spotted with health issues, such as cancer, are at a higher risk of developing conditions themselves. On average, the likelihood of a cancer diagnosis is about 33 percent; however, anti-cancer treatments utilizing immune cells are paving the way for medical advancements and modern treatments. Immune cell banking acts as a safety net in case of health emergencies down the road. With immune cell banking, you can store your healthy immune cells safely for future cell therapy use.

By the time you reach the age of 18, your immune system is fully mature and performs its strongest. Unfortunately, as we age our immune system ages along with us and loses its effectiveness. This loss of effectiveness can increase vulnerability to age-related illnesses or can even collapse our immune systems in serious cases such as cancer. Each day some of the cells in your body acquire ‘cancer-like’ characteristics through genetic mutations that may ultimately lead to abnormal cell growth and the onset of cancer. Diseases, such as cancer and HIV, can rapidly take over your immune system and in extreme cases, can be fatal. This is why tapping into your body’s storage of immune cells at a young age and utilizing immune cell banking is so important. Once your immune system is compromised, immune cells can no longer be retrieved and used for treatment.

Storing young and healthy immune cells is a crucial step in safeguarding yourself from health problems later in life. As we age, the efficacy of our immune cells decreases. With immune cell banking, you can store youthful immune cells before the onset of potential diseases. Once properly stored, immune cells can be stored indefinitely so there is no need to worry about cells expiring.

Wondering if immune cell banking is right for you? Immune cell banking is open to anyone 18 years of age and older. Whether or not you have a family history of illness, immune cell banking provides you with a safeguard for health issues that may present themselves as you get older. If and when it comes time to access your stored immune cells, you can request your stored cells at any time from your doctor. No one else has access to your immune cells and your cells are kept viable and safe through our BioArchive® Cryopreservation System.  

Our immune cell banking process is quick and easy for your convenience. The first step begins with selecting a plan and receiving a blood draw kit at home. Next, you can schedule a blood collection at a center near you or at the convenience and comfort of your home. Our kits come with FDA-approved sterile collections bags that keep blood viable for 48 hours after collection. Your samples are shipped overnight to our FDA-certified central processing laboratory and processed using our proprietary MCASS™ technology. Finally, you will receive confirmation of successful cryo-preservation. It’s that easy!

Our goal is to make immune cell banking a viable option for all American families. We offer two plans: Single and With Spouse. The Single package is priced at $39.99 per month with a one-time setup fee of $200. This package comes with a collection kit, 150 – 200ml blood draw, cGMP closed system processing for clinical readiness, and an automated storage system for a 10-year term. Our second package, With Spouse, covers both partners with the complete package for $69.99 a month. It is important to note that immune cells cannot be utilized by other family members. Your immune cells can only be banked for your own use.

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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.