Pall systems play key role in landmark NIH study on cord blood

East Hills, NY (August 17, 2005) -- As cord blood increasingly takes front and center stage as a critical source of stem cells for transplants, it has driven the need for consistent quality standards to ensure the safety and efficacy of this life-saving therapy. The newly published results of the landmark COBLT (Cord Blood Transplantation) Study advance standards for cord blood collection, processing and cryopreservation. Along with defining standard operating procedures, Pall Corporation (NYSE: PLL) products were the only sets used in the study for the collection, processing and cryopreservation of stem cells from umbilical cord blood.

Cord blood is now widely recognized as an emerging alternative to bone marrow as a viable source of hematopoietic (blood-forming) stem cells to treat pediatric and adult patients with leukemia, lymphoma, severe aplastic anemia and other lethal diseases of the blood or immune system and certain inherited metabolic diseases. Blood saved from newborns' umbilical cords could help treat about 11,700 Americans annually.

"Congratulations to the COBLT researchers on this landmark study which brings valuable information to the transplant community, cord blood banking community and patients and families who rely on stem cells for a life-saving transplant, " says Judy Angelbeck, PhD, Senior Vice President, Pall Medical. "We are proud that Pall's cord blood sets played a role in this important study so that the highest quality procedures and tools back the increasing need for stem cells. We believe these results are particularly timely in laying the groundwork for quality standards on the eve of establishing a national program in the U.S. to bank cord blood stem cells."

The COBLT study sponsored by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), was initiated in 1995 with the overall goal of determining the efficacy and safety of umbilical cord blood as a useful s

Contact: Marcia Katz
Pall Corporation

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