January 17, 2022 by Erin

What is a 5-compartment cord blood freezer bag?

Historically, cord blood was stored in a cryo-bag with only one or two chambers. Using a one chamber bag requires all of the stored product to be used at one time. A two-chamber bag typically has 80% in one section and 20% in the other section and allows for each section to be used independently or in tandem with the other section. Prior to the advent of regenerative medicine and cellular expansion, cord blood treatments typically required the entire unit to help rebuild the blood and immune system. A small portion was used for testing and the bulk of the unit was administered to the patient.

Cord blood is now being used in clinical trials to potentially regenerate or facilitate repair by stimulating the body’s self-healing’s abilities. Regenerative medicine treatments are typically targeted, localized injections using lower dosing volumes. With this shift toward lower volumes, cord blood units could soon be used multiple times, if stored appropriately.

In support of this emerging potential for utilization of stem cells in regenerative medicine, Cord for Life® now offers the option of storing cord blood in a 5-compartment cryo-bag. Storing the cord blood unit in five smaller volumes makes it possible to use a portion of the stem cells and save the rest for future use. The 5 compartments total the same total volume (25mL) as the one- or two-chamber freezer bags, so the added flexibility does not change the ability to use the entire unit in the typical cord blood treatments of today, while increasing user options for new treatments of tomorrow.

Which cord blood storage bag is best for me?

Although we offer the option to store cord blood in a two-chamber cryo-bag, we recommend the five-chamber bag to anyone who wants to keep their options open for using cord blood in regenerative medicine applications as they become available. Cord for Life®’s 5-chamber cryo-bag offers maximum flexibility for storing cord blood stem cells – whether you need the entire unit for one of the 80+ FDA treatments or a portion of the unit for regenerative medicine.

What are some potential future uses for cord blood?

It is estimated that up to 128 million individuals might benefit from regenerative medicine therapy, or almost 1 in 3 individuals in the US1. Research has shown that umbilical cord blood is a trustworthy source of multipotent stem cells for regenerative medicine2. The human umbilical cord is being increasingly recognized by the medical community for its potential in regenerative medicine and cellular therapies. Previously discarded as medical waste, these valuable stem cells are now at the forefront of medical research.

According to Save the Cord Foundation, landmark trials are currently underway in regenerative medicine that are investigating treatments for brain injuries, juvenile diabetes, heart disease, and corneal regeneration3.

Cord for Life® is committed to advancing research into the potential for cord blood in regenerative medicine, beginning with clinical trials in the treatment of lower back pain arising from the Sacroiliac Joint (SIJ) using a biological therapeutic derived from umbilical cord blood. We are actively evaluating other research avenues that improve the lives of our clients and their families.

How does cord blood banking work?

Cord for Life® collects umbilical cord blood, from which we extract and cryogenically store stem cells for potential future use.  The process is non-invasive and results in high yields of stem cells and other related cell types. Only available immediately after childbirth, these stem cells are a 100% genetic match to the baby and immunologically naïve, making them potentially suitable for other family members and unrelated recipients.  As a result, they can be stored privately for well over 25 years for a family’s exclusive use or donated to the national inventory to be used for research or transplants for someone in need.



  1. The potential of cord blood stem cells for use in regenerative medicine: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy: Vol 7, No 9 (
  2. Umbilical Cord Blood: A Trustworthy Source of Multipotent Stem Cells for Regenerative Medicine – Tang-Her Jaing, 2014 (
  3. The role of cord blood in regenerative medicine – Cord Blood Education for Parents, Health Professionals and Students – Save the Cord Foundation




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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.

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.

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.

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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