FREEZING & STORAGE
Once your cord blood has been processed, we store the stem cells in tanks holding vapor nitrogen at optimal long-term storage temperatures -190º C or colder. We use vapor nitrogen over liquid nitrogen due to vapor’s ability to remain at a consistent temperature throughout the tank. Additionally, using vapor nitrogen protects the frozen cord blood from any infections or bacteria, which are able to “swim” through liquid nitrogen and infect other cord blood specimens.
MazeT5TM Multi-Compartment Storage
MazeT5TM preserves the unique stem cells from both your baby’s cord blood & cord tissue into 5 equal and separate segments. This gives your family the most options for the future with the flexibility to use only a part of these valuable stem cells as needed.
Secure Storage Facility
The permanent storage is in the Maze cryogenic facility in Purchase, NY. Our lab is continuously inspected and assessed by the FDA for compliance, and has been FDA approved since 1997.
Our tank’s temperature is monitored electronically with readings every hour, and we have two levels of back-up alarm systems should the temperature be compromised in any way. If the temperature increases even slightly then the alarm goes off. The alarm is then sent through an automatic calling system to alert our staff, one of whom is on call at all times, who will rectify the situation. The system has a large back up battery and then a backup generator connected to this.
What Happens After 20/25 Years?
Before your contract expires (either 20 or 25 years) one of our Cord Blood Specialists will contact you and give you the option to either destroy the cord blood sample or to extend your storage with one of the plans we are offering at that time. We will never destroy the cord blood sample without your signed and written consent.
Why doesn’t Maze offer Lifetime Storage?
Research has shown that when cord blood stem cells have been frozen and thawed, they remain viable for approximately 25 years. This is why we currently offer 20- and 25-year storage plans. However, as the research evolves and stem cells are successfully used after extended storage periods, we may expand our offerings to include additional storage options.