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Insception Lifebank Cord Blood Program

Cord Blood and Cord Tissue Banking Program at Mount Sinai Hospital

Insception Lifebank (Insception) is the largest and most experienced cord blood bank in Canada. With over 20 years of experience, Insception Lifebank has processed and stored more than 72,000 cord blood units, the largest number of all Canadian cord blood banks.

Insception is an independent, preferred vendor of the hospital.  A portion of revenues generated from its Mount Sinai Hospital location is paid to the hospital and directed towards supporting clinical research, education, medical equipment and other investments in patient care.

Parents are welcome to choose any cord blood bank provider when delivering at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Below is information to assist you in making an informed decision about your cord blood and tissue banking options.

Insception Cord Blood Program

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What is cord blood and tissue?

  • Cord blood is the blood that remains in your  baby’s umbilical cord and placenta
  • Cord blood is a rich source of stem cells and other important cells
  • Cord tissue is a small segment of the baby’s umbilical cord, which is a rich source of different stem cells not found in cord blood

What can cord blood be used for?

  • Cord blood is currently regulated for use as an alternative treatment to bone marrow1 for diseases where a transplant is required2
  • Over 35,000 cord blood transplants3 have been performed worldwide in the treatment of 80+ life-threatening diseases4, including leukemias, blood cancers, immune system deficiencies, and blood disorders
  • Your baby’s cord blood is a perfect match and is more likely to be a match for siblings than unrelated donors
  • Many factors may influence the probability of using privately stored cord blood including the incidence of diseases requiring a stem cell treatment, family history of disease, sibling use and clinical trials5,6
  • The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada cites the probability of using privately stored cord blood by age 21 is between 1in 400 and 1 in 20,0005,6.
  • Insception has a release rate of 1 in 2400 (as of April 2017)


Research and clinical trials for cord blood and tissue

  • Encouraging research is currently underway that suggests that in the future cord blood stem cells may help treat conditions such as Type1 Diabetes7, Cerebral Palsy8,9, Autism10 and other chronic illnesses
  • Cord tissue is not currently approved for medical treatments however clinical trials and research are underway in disease conditions such as  multiple sclerosis, Ischemic Heart Disease and spinal cord injury11, 12, 13

How does the collection process work?

  • The collection process is simple and painless for both mother and baby
  • Can be collected at any birth – vaginal or caesarean
  • After you enroll online, you will be provided with a collection kit which you’ll bring to the hospital with you
  • Your OBGYN (or GP or Midwife) will perform the collection of cord blood or cord blood and tissue
  • Cord blood and tissue is sent to Insception for processing and storage

Cord Blood Medical Needs Programs

Families in need program

To ensure families have access to potential treatments or cord blood clinical trials, Insception offer the Families in Need program. This program provides the collection and storage of cord blood, free of charge, for children with a sibling a haematological malignancy (ie. Leukemia) or with Cerebral Palsy.  Certain criteria needs to be met to be accepted into the program including approval from Insception’s Medical Director in consultation with the referring physician.

To date, Insception have stored 412 cord blood samples at no cost under the program and have released 11 for treatment including Leukemia, Thalassemias, Myeloid Dysplasia.

The Victoria Feldberg Cord Blood Fund

The Victoria Feldberg Cord Blood Fund enables 10 families per year delivering at Mount Sinai Hospital to receive cord blood banking at no cost. The fund was established by the Feldberg family in honour of their daughter Victoria. The fund’s generosity makes cord blood banking over the next 10 years accessible to families with financial constraints.

For more information about Inception Lifebank, go to: or contact one of clinical consultants at 416 586 4800 x 4251 or 1 866 606 2790



  1. Gluckman E, Broxmeyer HA, Auerbach AD, Friedman HS, Douglas GW, Devergie A, et al. Hematopoietic reconstitution in a patient with Fanconi’s anemia by means of umbilical-cord blood from an HLA-identical sibling. N Engl J Med 1989;321:1174–8.
  2. J Obstet Gynaecol Can 2015;37(9):832–844. The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada: Umbilical cord blood, counselling, collection and banking.
  3. Karen K. Ballen et al. Umbilical cord blood transplantation: the first 25 years and beyond. Blood. July 25, 2013 vol. 122 no. 4 491-498.
  5. Ballen KK, Spitzer TR, Yeap BY, McAfee S, Dey BR, Attar E, et al. Double unrelated reduced-intensity umbilical cord blood transplantation in adults. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant 2007;13:82–9.
  6. Nietfeld JJ, Harris DT. Cost-effectiveness of private umbilical cord blood banking. Obstet Gynecol 2010;115:1090.
  7. Zhao BML Medicine 2012, He, B. et al. journal of Diabetes 2015;7:762
  8. Min K, Song J et al. Stem Cells. 2013 Mar;31(3):581-91.
  9. Duke University, USA/NCT01147653/Kurtzberg Completed  (*unpublished) Presented at CBS Jun 2015
  10. G. Dawson et al. Stem Cells Translational Medicine. 2017 Feb; 00:000-000 doi:10.1002/sctm.16-0474


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