Iran has largest cord blood bank in West Asia
Bushehr (IP) – Managing director of Iran's Cord Blood Stem Cells Bank said that Iran is ranked first in West Asia with 127,100 cord storage reserves out of which 120,000 are in private or family bank and the rest in public reserve bank.
He stated that the samples stored in the public bank can be made public but privately stored for family use.
Zarrabi went on to say that there is a public cord blood bank in the Shariati Hospital in Tehran with about 3,000 samples and another bank in the Blood Transfusion Organization with 2,000 samples.
He said that the cord blood contains 80 to 200 cc of blood that has hematopoietic stem cells which can be stored in the cord blood bank.
Storing cord blood samples have started in the country since 2005 and currently 400 hospitals are contributing to the collection process in Iran.