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May 23, 2022

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May 23, 2022

We are the First Stem Cell Safe

Introducing Anja Health - The First Stem Cell Safe. Today, we introduce the first stem cell safe: Anja Health, founded in memory of Andrew Cross, who needed cord blood stem cells. Anja Health is unlocking new treatment options by providing families with the most personal source of stem cells: those from their baby’s umbilical cord and placenta.

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Introducing Anja Health - The First Stem Cell Safe

Today, we introduce the first stem cell safe: Anja Health, founded in memory of Andrew Cross, who needed cord blood stem cells.  Anja Health is unlocking new treatment options by providing families with the most personal source of stem cells: those from their baby’s umbilical cord and placenta.

Anja Health began as an homage to the founder, Kathryn Cross’ brother, Andrew. He passed away at age 19, and he couldn’t find a cord blood stem cell match when he needed it most.  Anja has grown significantly since its humble inception, now boasting having banked in nearly all 50 states across the United States. Although cord blood stem cells have once reversed type 1 diabetes, cured HIV, and improved cancer conditions, people don’t have access to stem cells that are a match for their family. 

In this post, Anja Health is introducing the stem cell safe as a solution to a timeless problem, making the entire process of cord blood banking to be informative, educational, convenient, and affordable. Everyone should be able to access the frontier of medicine, and Anja does just that.

The Accessibility Problem:

Today, people don’t have access to stem cells that are a match for their family - there’s a clear education, affordability, and inequity problem that has to be addressed.  Although research is promising, finding a cord blood match to use for treatment purposes is difficult - especially for mixed and colored families - such as Kathryn’s. Being Chinese and Caucasian, Kathryn’s brother was unable to find a cord blood stem cell match for his cerebral palsy, even though motor and social skills have been improved in children with cerebral palsy. With most of today’s umbilical cord blood donor pool coming from predominantly high-income areas, donors tend to be white, making it difficult for colored folks to find a match as matching tends to align with ethnicity. Andrew couldn’t find a match, but even if he could, he would have had to be on immunosuppressants and potentially face the consequences of rejection. This potential downside is what usually eliminates umbilical cord and placenta stem cells from treatment plans.

What is a stem cell safe?

A stem cell safe provides the full-stack opportunity to collect cord blood, cord tissue, and placenta stem cells at birth and deliver them to a lab for processing and cryopreservation. Anja Health is the first stem cell safe, offering a stem cell collection kit that parents can bring to birth, a pickup service from birth, and a New Jersey-based lab where umbilical cord and placenta stem cells are safely cryopreserved at extreme temperatures. ‘

How it works

  1. Order Anja Health stem cell collection kit, which is shipped straight to your door.
  2. Bring kit to birth. Let a nurse or midwife know that you’re collecting. They can complete collection in about ten minutes using the instructions inside the kit.
  3. Call for pickup within 6 hours after birth. Our pickup team will arrive in twelve hours or less and bring it to our lab for processing and cryopreservation. 

Multiply treatment options with your most personal source of potent stem cells. How?

If anyone in the family ever develops an ailment - such as cerebral palsy, leukemia, multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, HIV, sports injuries, irritable bowel disease, neuroblastomas, and so many more - they can reach out to Anja Health and release their stem cells to their physician of choice. They will then be able to harness the regenerative nature of stem cells as a treatment option.

Offering an accessible golden ticket to the frontier of medicine.

Many assume that saving stem cells and stem cell treatments can be costly, but Anja Health is 35% more affordable than other stem cell saving options, on average. For less than the cost of a gym membership, families can have quality assurance in their future healthcare plans. Furthermore, it will increase in value over time as stem cell research advances. Likewise, Anja Health’s lab processes stem cells manually, allowing for especially low cord blood volumes to extract up to 25% more stem cells than automatic processing that cord blood banks typically take part in. Anja is committed to going beyond the standard of care and ensuring that as many parents as possible can access stem cells to multiply their future treatment options.

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