How It Works

A breakdown of the stem cell science science at Anja Health and beyond.

Anja's Stem Cell Collection Kit for Cord Blood, Cord Tissue, and Placenta.

Collection

Once you enroll with Anja, we send you our premium collection kit, which contains all necessary materials to collect cord blood, cord tissue, and placenta. You bring that with you to birth and let your midwife, doula, or admitting nurse know that you have it.

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Processing

After birth, our shipping team will pick it up from wherever you are in the United States. We'll take it to our contracted New Jersey-based, AABB-accredited, FDA-approved facility and manually process for maximum stem cell volume.

Storage

After processing our lab will cryo preserve it at -190° C for safe keeping. These stem cells have no known expiration date so we’ll keep them safe as long as you need.

Treatment

At any time when your child, or a family member needs the cells, we’ll transfer the cells to your healthcare facility for treatment.

A Brief History

Stem cell science has rapidly developed over the last few decades. The FDA has already approved over 85 cord blood treatments, and there's more to come.

1978
Stem cells discovered in umbilical cord blood for the first time.
1995
First cord blood transplant on an adult leukemia patient.
2004
The first time a child was cured of a malignant brain tumor using their own banked cord blood.
2009
20,000 cord blood transplants performed around the world to-date.
2012
In a double-blind clinical trial it was proved that cord blood treatments were effective in treating cerebral palsy.
2017
Over 40,000 cord blood transplants have been performed worldwide to treat over 80 diseases.

Did you know...

1 in 16
In the next 18 years, 1 in 16 children may need stem cells to better their quality of life.
30%
As high as 30% of people can’t find a match, and people of color have a harder time finding a match.
31 States
31 states have laws that require OBGYNs to tell parents about stem cell banking.

Stem cells can change lives.

These stories are directly from people that have seen how impactful stem cell treatment can be.

2019
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2020
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2020
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Quality Guarantees

Every Anja product includes the following:

Collection Kit

FDA-approved materials andinstructions for medical professionals

Storage for a lifetime

without damaging stem cells as stem cells do not expire

Biological goods courier

with 10+ years of experience

Maximizing stem cell count

via manual processing methods that individualize recovery - as opposed to automatic

Quality Storage

FDA-approved and AABB-accredited lab

Anja Account Specialist

who ensures that you stay connected to your stored family stem cells and the latest developments in stem cell research

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why bank cord blood?

The umbilical cord is rich with powerful stem cells - hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) to be precise. Umbilical cord blood stem cells are FDA-approved to treat cancers, blood disorders, immune disorders, and metabolic disorders, such as multiple sclerosis, leukemia, and sickle cell anemia.

Why bank cord tissue?

The tissue of a baby's umbilical cord is filled with mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). Umbilical cord tissue stem cells are the subject of clinical research looking at treatments for lung disease, Alzheimer's, Autism, heart disease, hair loss, and more. In the case of personal injury or physical ailments, these can potentially be extremely helpful.

Why bank the placenta?

The placenta is rich with mesenchymal stem cells. These stem cells have valuable growth elements, which are potentially effective when it comes to anti-aging, limiting neural degeneration, and more.

What is cord blood banking's cost breakdown?

Anja Health Family Defense Baby, our package with just umbilical cord blood banking has an average industry price of $4900. However, Anja's is 35% lower because we prioritize accessibility and have a tech-enabled platform that lowers costs via automation. Cord blood banking in general is an investment, however, because stem cells have to be carefully manually processed and cryopreserved in liquid nitrogen, which is a hefty process.

If I don't bank, could my baby find a match in the future if they need it?

Finding a match of the same ethnicity as the recipient is the key to finding an exact genetic match for umbilical cord blood. Because of racial inequities in access to healthcare and access to donating one's umbilical cord blood, it is especially difficult to find a match as a person of color or someone who is mixed race. On top of that, there is only a 29% chance that a match will be accepted by the recipient's system. So, the answer is yes, you could find a match, but the probability of a successful match is slim.

How does collection and storage work?

Immediately after birth, your baby's umbilical cord is clamped and cut. A doctor or midwife draws cord blood from the clamped cord into a collection bag. Once you call the number on our collection kit to alert our shipping team that you've given birth, a medical courier picks up the collection kit and speedily delivers it to a lab. Necessary testing is carried out, and cord blood stem cells are stored in a liquid nitrogen storage tank within a lab facility.

Can I do delayed cord clamping as well?

Yes - delayed cord clamping includes delaying cutting the cord, allowing cord blood to flow back into the baby. You can do delayed cord clamping as well as cord blood banking with Anja.

Can parents or siblings use cord blood?

Yes - siblings are on average a 75% match and parents are a 50% match for cord blood. The entire family can benefit from one person's cord blood.

What happens when I want to use the stem cells?

After birth, you have access to a portal where you can view your stem cell certificate and contact us in the case you ever want to retrieve your stem cells. You would need to have a physician ready to receive the stem cells for treatment (generally for a FDA-approved or clinical trial use case). We can get the stem cells to your designated physician shortly after you contact us.

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Here's a few articles to get you started. Read more on our blog!

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