About Us


HIGHLIGHTS


Since 1993, Cord for Life® has been the expert in cord blood collection, processing, and storage. We were the first cord blood bank to accept both private storage and publicly donated cord blood collections from anywhere in the continental United States.

Our team of scientists and cord blood banking professionals are leaders in the cord blood collection community who have helped clients around the world successfully launch and grow their organization’s cord blood collections. Our team members are passionate about our mission to Save Lives.


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YEARS IN CORD BLOOD BANKING


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CORD BLOOD UNITS STORED



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QUALITY GUARANTEE


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UNITS RELEASED FOR TRANSPLANT, RESEARCH, CLINICAL TRIALS



OUR COMPANY


MISSION

Our focus is on healthy patients and our values drive everything we do.

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EXPERIENCE

Cord for Life® has been a pioneer in cord blood banking for over 20 years. We have released more units for transplant, research, and clinical trials than any other private bank and are unique in offering both private and public banking options.

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TECHNOLOGY

Our technical experts developed PREMIERMAX®, the PREMIER process that offers MAXIMUM stem cell recovery and transplant safety.

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QUALITY GUARANTEE

We stand behind our products 100% and back our commitment with the highest Quality Guarantee in the Cord Blood Banking industry.

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FACILITY

We operate a state-of-the-art cord blood bank with full service capabilities for processing, storing, and releasing cord blood unit, both private and public.

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ACCREDITATIONS

We are fully accredited by the FDA and AABB for collection, processing, and storage of newborn umbilical cord blood.

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OUR TEAM


LEADERSHIP TEAM

Our Leadership Team has decades of experience in stem cell banking. We believe in the power of stem cells and continually work to improve the quality of our products and services for better patient outcomes.

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SCIENTIFIC ADVISORS

We are guided by science as we continue to develop stem cell processing and storage methods that yield the best results for patients. Our scientific advisors are leaders in their professions.

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OUR PARTNERS

As leaders in the cord blood community, we are partnered with community and national organizations in education and recruitment for cord blood collections.

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OUR COMPANY POLICY


All cord blood collections are processed and cryopreserved using methods that provide the highest quality stem cell unit. Both privately stored and publicly donated units are processed using the same FDA approved Good Manufacturing and Tissue Practices (cGMP/GTP).

In cases where a unit does not meet the minimum transplant requirements, it may be re-purposed for approved medical research in pursuit of expanding the use of stem cells in regenerative and transplant medicine. Cord for Life® has strict company policies on the research we are involved in.

Cord for Life® follows all HIPAA regulations and top priority is taken in protecting the privacy of our clients and patients.


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Ready to sign-up for cord blood banking?

Reserve your Cord Blood Collection Kit in time to bring it with you when you go into labor.  Give your newborn every advantage with cord blood banking!


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Donate Cord Blood

By donating your newborn’s cord blood, you are joining a nationwide effort to create a genetically diverse inventory of stem cells for transplant to a child.


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Our purpose is to provide the expectant mothers with information necessary to discover the lifesaving potential of umbilical cord blood.

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Deborah A. Sardone

Ms. Sardone has over 30 years of clinical laboratory experience as a Clinical Laboratory Technologist and Supervisor, including over 25 years with Central Florida Regional Hospital (CFRH). She was Supervisor of Quality Assurance, Safety and Education at CFRH for 11 years, held the positions of Blood Bank Supervisor for 11 years, and Hematology Supervisor for 1 year. She has participated in both sides of the inspection process, serving on the College of American Pathologists Inspection team for CAP Hospital Accreditation in Florida, and assisting in receiving accreditation by The Joint Commission (TJC), American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through the inspections of the clinical laboratory. Ms. Sardone is licensed by the State of Florida as a Clinical Laboratory Technologist in Immunohematology, Hematology, Serology and Clinical Chemistry. She is a certified Clinical Laboratory Technologist with the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP). Ms. Sardone serves as Manager of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs at Cord For Life, Inc. overseeing all licensing and regulatory agencies to ensure that the highest quality in all aspects of cord blood collection, processing, and storage is maintained.  Ms. Sardone has been with Cord For Life for over 5 years of dedicated service. Her skills and knowledge in blood banking and quality assurance have enabled her to establish, implement and maintain a superior quality system that meets and exceeds all standards and regulatory requirements for Cord For Life, Inc.

Personal Background:

  • Sardone is a graduate of The City University of New York in Medical Laboratory Technology.
  • Sardone is licensed in Florida as a Clinical Medical Technologist and she is nationally recognized as ASCP Certified.
  • Sardone enjoys photography and dancing.

Donald Hudspeth

Mr. Hudspeth has over 28 years of clinical laboratory experience as a certified Medical Technologist (ASCP), including ten years with the University of North Carolina Hospitals and 18 years with Cord for Life. Mr. Hudspeth is licensed by the State of Florida as a Clinical Laboratory Supervisor in Immunohematology, Hematology, Serology, Clinical Chemistry, Molecular Pathology and Microbiology as well as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist and has completed the AABB Certification in Cellular Therapies through George Washington University.

Mr. Hudspeth is a registered Technologist with the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and a member of the Cord Blood Association. He has also enjoyed teaching Immunology to Clinical Laboratory Science and medical school students at UNC while working in the UNCH clinical labs.  Mr. Hudspeth is an Eagle Scout with 5 palms and has served numerous volunteer positions within the local Scouts BSA Troop and Pack.

Personal Background:

  • Mr. Hudspeth received his Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • “Eagle Scout with Five Palms”
  • Avid golfer with a 14 handicap.

Kelli Cable

Ms. Cable has 35+ years – experience in Office, Management, Human Resources, & Customer Service. As the Director of Administration and Client Services, Ms. Cable joined Cord for Life in December 2006, and has assisted in providing more efficient and effective ways to ease the enrollment process, as well as obtaining and establishing excellent customer care during the enrollment and donation period; for our Storage and Donation customers.

Personal Background:

  • Mrs. Cable is married and has two boys.
  • In 1994, Ms. Cable moved to Orlando from Boulder, Colorado.
  • Has a passion for travel and enjoys watching NFL games, cheering on her favorite team, the Denver Broncos.

Sara Irrgang, M.D

During the last two years of Medical School, Dr. Irrgang was in the United States Navy 1915 Ensign Program and completed a clerkship at the Naval Hospital at Charleston, South Carolina as well as a research clerkship at the Naval Aerospace Institute at Pensacola, Florida. Dr. Irrgang completed her four year Pathology residency at Baylor University Medical Center, and her internship at the University District Hospital, Rio Piedras in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Currently, Dr. Irrgang is Board Certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and licensed in the states of South Carolina, Texas, New Jersey and Florida and she is an Associate Medical Examiner at the District Nine Medical Examiners Office. Dr. Irrgang is a fellow at numerous organizations including; The College of American Pathologists, National Association of Medical Examiners, Florida Association of Medical Examiners, Seminole County Medical Society, and the Florida Medical Society.

Personal Background:

  • Dr. Irrgang received a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of South Carolina.
  • Attended the Medical College of South Carolina at Charleston where she earned a Medical Doctorate Degree.
  • Dr. Irrgang has a passion for breeding show horses
  • Dr. Irrgang is a 4-H leader in Lake County, Florida
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