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Romanian’s first stem cells compatibility case

The emerging Romanian stem cell collection and preservation market, evaluated at approx. 12 million euros, recorded its first case of blood compatibility, offering thus the chance to got healthy to a four-year old child from the Republic of Moldova, Business Standard daily reads on Wednesday.

‘We had three requests so far, but they all proved to be cases of incompatibility. But we are currently dealing with a fourth request and it seems this time we have a perfect compatibility between brothers.

It is about a mother from the Republic of Moldova who gave birth to a child in the eastern Romanian city of Iasi, especially to be able to collect the stem cells for her other child needs them,’ Sergiu Habago, general manager with Cord Blood Center (CBC), one of the companies in Romanian operating in this field, told the abovementioned paper.

The local market of stem cells might reach 12,000-15,000 collections in 2009, after 8,000 recorded last year. More and more parents, representing 8 percent of the number of annual births, choose to preserve a sample from the umbilical blood of their child, in order to make sure the child or another member of the child’s family would be able to treat a blood infection of a malignant lymphoma by using the cells, if the case.

The cost of the sample collection is 800-900 euros, with an annual tax to be paid afterwards for preserving the sample oscillating between 50-70 euros. There are already operating 6 companies collecting and preserving the stem cells on the Romanian market, most of them processing and depositing the samples abroad.

nevertheless, the Cord Blood Center (CBS), which is the market leader, with approximately 15,000 samples collected so far, and the private medical centre Medical Unirea had banks of stem cells of their own. According to certain U.S. statistics, the chance of a person to need the sample is 1:330, reminds the abovementioned paper.

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