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Umbilical Cord Blood and Umbilical Cord Tissue - New Advances

Ana Colette Maurício

University of Porto


Umbilical Cord Blood Umbilical Cord Tissue Cryopreservation GMP ATMPs Cell-based Therapy Commecialization Gene Editing Gene Therapy Regenerative Medicine Tissue Engineering Stem cells Biomaterials

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Umbilical cord blood (UCB) and umbilical cord tissue (UCT) have been worldwide stored cryopreserved in private and public cord blood and tissue banks in order to obtain hematopoietic (HSCs) and mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to be used in several clinical applications, most of them still under study in pre-clinical and clinical trials or even in in vitro testing. Deep knowledge of the regulatory issues is crucial for the implementation and development of umbilical cord blood and umbilical cord tissue banks where the quality of the samples is of the most importance. The UCT and UCB have been used in several clinical trials concerning a wide range of pathologies and diseases that can be daily consulted.

Furthermore, Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMPs) derived from UCB and UCT, from clinical translation, will bring exciting studies and new data for stem cells therapies, gene therapy, and gene editing, and immunotherapy promoting the Regenerative Medicine. UCB and UCT will probably become important in Regenerative Medicine therapies, presenting unique challenges related to product testing, scientific protocols, product quality and specifications, performance characteristics, and compliance criteria. This field of knowledge implies a multidisciplinary team where pre-clinical trials using appropriate animal models can also allow the application of cell-based therapies in Veterinary Medicine working in a One Health approach.

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Ana Colette Maurício

University of Porto

Ana Colette Maurício has a degree in Veterinary Medicine, a Ph.D. in Veterinary Sciences from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FMV) – University of Lisbon (UTL). Presently she is the Associate Professor with Habilitation in Veterinary Sciences at Abel Salazar Institute of Biomedical Sciences from University of Porto (ICBAS-UP), Head of the Veterinary Clinics Department, Director of the Veterinary Sciences Doctoral Program, Vice-President of the Pedagogic Council at ICBAS-UP, and Member of the Ethics Commission for Health Sciences from University of Porto. She is the Scientific Coordinator of the Regenerative Medicine and Experimental Surgery research sub-unit from Animal Science Studies Centre (CECA), Institute of Sciences, Technologies and Agro Environment from University of Porto (ICETA). She is one of the founding shareholders of Biosckin, Molecular and Cell Therapies, S.A, a private bank of umbilical cord blood and umbilical cord matrix stem cells authorized by the national authorities, also working in the development of new cell therapies and medical devices. She created a multidisciplinary team that has a crucial role in the development of biomaterials and cellular therapies, allowing a close share of knowledge between biomaterials design, development of cellular systems, and clinicians’ needs. She is the supervisor of several post-graduate students, co-author of a large number of scientific articles and book chapters. She has been a principal researcher of several national and international scientific projects.

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