15 September 2008
The centre aims to bank 50,000 units of blood by 2013 of which 20,000 will be suitable for transplantation and 30,000 for research. At present donations are being taken from babies born at London’s Kings College hospital and the Trust hopes that it will be able to collect donations from more hospitals in the future. Various commercial companies also operate cord blood banks and there have been concerns that this may divert efforts away from public sector banks such as the NHS Cord Blood Bank (see previous news). The impact of this new public venture on the NHS Cord Blood bank is unclear, however, the Trust says that the complex will “help provide a lifeline for thousands complementing the 12 years' experience of the NHS Cord Blood Bank; and reinforce the UK's role as a research centre of excellence” (see press release).