CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank Announces the Addition of Dr. John Wagner, a Advisory Board

    ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 30 /CNW/ -- John Wagner, M.D., recognized as a leader
in the field of cord blood stem cell transplantation, has joined the team at
CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank.  Dr. Wagner's extensive experience and knowledge in
transplant medicine and stem cell biology will provide a significant
contribution to CORD:USE.
    "We're honored and fortunate to have him as a member of our distinguished
team," says Edward Guindi, M.D., President and CEO of CORD:USE Cord Blood
    Dr. Wagner is internationally recognized as an expert in the field of
stem cells and use of unrelated hematopoietic stem cell transplant. He is a
professor of Pediatrics and the Director of the Division of Hematology-
Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation at the University of Minnesota.
He is also the Scientific Director of Clinical Research of the Stem Cell
Institute and Director of the Center of Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics.
    Dr. Wagner has played a considerable role in the development and
expansion of the applications of cord blood stem cells.   His investigations
on the simultaneous use of two cord blood units for transplantation in adults
has made it possible for nearly all patients to benefit from cord blood stem
cell transplantation who otherwise would not have been candidates for this
    "Without question, I look forward to working with such a distinguished
board of scientific advisors and the impressive team at CORD:USE," says Dr.
Wagner.  "Cord blood stem cells have already played an extremely important
role in the treatment of thousands of patients, and I foresee the uses of cord
blood expanding, such as in the field of regenerative medicine and tissue
repair.  The experience and expertise of the team at CORD:USE will help ensure
that CORD:USE remains a leader in the field."
    Dr. Wagner joins other highly-respected leaders in the field of cord
blood stem cell transplantation at CORD:USE.  Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg is the
Director of the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Program at Duke University and the
Medical Director of the CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank at Duke.  She performed the
first transplantation using an unrelated donor's stem cells and has since
performed over 800 umbilical cord blood transplants.
    Dr. Wagner also joins Dr. Hal Broxmeyer, a founder of the field of cord
blood stem cell transplantation and widely recognized as one of the foremost
experts in the world in cord blood stem cell science.  Also on the CORD:USE
team is Dr. Alan Levine, who serves as the company's Chief Scientific Officer.
Dr. Levine enjoyed a highly successful 25-year career with the National
Institutes of Health ("NIH") where he was most recently the Director of the
Blood Disease Program of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the
NIH. In this capacity, Dr. Levine was responsible for initiating the bone
marrow and umbilical cord blood research programs at the NIH.
    Dr. Levine works closely with CORD:USE team member Dr. Esmail Zanjani, a
world-renowned expert in blood stem cell biology who has led the development
of the field of in utero stem cell transplantation and gene therapy as a means
for curing genetic diseases prior to birth.
    About CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank, Inc.
    CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank, headquartered in Orlando, Florida, is creating
a large, ethnically diverse, high quality inventory of available cord blood
stem cell units for the many patients in need of a potentially life-saving
transplant.  Cord blood stem cells have been used successfully in the
treatment of over 70 blood cancers and diseases.  CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank has
entered into agreements with hospitals across the country to provide mothers
the option to donate their babies' cord blood.  CORD:USE distributes cord
blood units to transplanters, throughout the country and the world, as a
critical component in their patients' treatment.  CORD:USE lists all of its
units on the National Marrow Donor Program's Registry.  For more information,
please visit our Web site or contact Michael Ernst at 407-667-
4844 or by e-mail at

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