Sep 6 2011

Americord Registry Appoints Nationally Recognized Scientist to its Medical Advisory Board

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Appointment Reflects Americord’s Ongoing Advancement of Research in the Preservation of Cord Blood and Placenta Stem Cells

NEW YORK– September 6, 2011 – Americord Registry, a leader in the advancement of cord blood and placenta stem cell preservation, has announced the expansion of its Medical Advisory Board with the appointment of Dr. Eric Adler, who previously served as Interim Medical Director for the company. Dr. Adler will assist with operations related to induced pluripotent stem cell (or iPS stem cells) preservation, which have the benefits of embryonic stem cells but are derived from a variety of tissue types and do not require the destruction of embryos.

“Dr. Adler’s research is at the cutting edge of the stem cell field and we are thrilled that he has joined Americord to help us advance the means by which stem cells can be preserved for future medical treatment,” said Americord Registry President and CEO Martin Smithmyer. “His work opens up new avenues for us to explore and enables us to stay abreast of the most current research, which is consistently and increasingly finding new therapeutic uses for stem cells.”

Dr. Adler’s research is funded by the National Institute of Health and the American College of Cardiology and has focused on the use of pluripotent stem cells for the study and treatment of cardiovascular disease. His research has been featured in publications in the world’s top scientific journals, including the June 2010 cover of Nature. He is currently Medical Director of Cardiac Transplantation and Associate Professor of Medicine at University of California, San Diego. Previously, Dr. Adler was a cardiologist and stem cell researcher at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Dr. Adler is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he received his B.A. in English, and Boston University, where he received his Doctorate of Medicine.

“Researchers are getting closer every day to developing groundbreaking treatments using pluripotent stem cells. Preserving stem cells that are genetically closely matched to the patient will become critically important to address the real challenge of transplant rejection,” Dr. Adler said. “Americord intends to be at the forefront of the collection and preservation of stem cells that can substantially minimize transplant rejection and improve survival rates and we are one of the few cord blood banks dedicating resources towards this research.”

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