Cord Blood Connect

The organizing committees for Cord Blood Connect are preparing plenary sessions, concurrent sessions, satellite symposia, a poster session and multiple smaller workshops. Continuing medical education (CME) and certifications of attendance will be provided. 

The concurrent sessions principally are in two tracks: scientific investigations and technical education and training. 

Friday, September 14 (6:30 pm to 9:00 pm) 

Opening Plenary: 
Overview of the congress. The state of the science. The state of the cord blood community. 

Welcome Reception 

Saturday, September 15 (8:30 am to 8:00 pm)

Regulations and their impact on emerging cellular therapies and regenerative medicine

Concurrent Science: 
MSCs derived from birthing tissues
Cord blood-derived immunotherapies 
Engineering of cord blood grafts, including cell expansion and homing 

Concurrent Technical: 
Economics and logistics of cord blood banking and cord blood therapies 
Cord blood collection procedures and public education 
Manufacturing and quality specifications — point/counterpoint for family and public banking 

Best abstracts
Pioneering investigators, caregivers and patients 

Poster Session 

Sunday, September 16 (8:30 am to 5:00 pm) 

Clinical outcomes in transplantation and brain disorders

Concurrent Science: 
Late-breaking clinical study updates 
Emerging uses of cord blood and cord tissue cells in regenerative medicine for cardiovascular, neurologic, pulmonary and orthopedic conditions 

Concurrent Technical: 
International and domestic shipping and transportation 
Education for prenatal and pediatric health care providers 

Closing Plenary: 
The future of everything cord blood — an examination of the "what ifs." Are we utilizing all of the components of cord blood, cord tissue and other birthing tissues? Are we prepared to scale-up for expanded use? What do we need to do to prepare? 


The World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA-NetCord) and the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) will provide a full day of presentations and workshops on Friday, Sept. 14, prior to the evening opening session of Cord Blood Connect.

Presentations beginning at 8:00 am will include global perspectives of cord blood transplants, ethical dilemmas in cord blood banking, common FACT-NetCord accreditation citations, and an overview of a WMDA international cord blood bank survey.

The afternoon will have two concurrent sessions concluding at 5:00 pm: a cord blood banking Quality Boot Camp, and training session for FACT cord blood bank inspectors.

A separate registration is required for the WMDA-NetCord and FACT pre-congress Cord Blood Day. For information contact FACT at or 1-402-559-1050.