Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Press release: Singapore’s stem cell pioneer to empower mothers to help save lives

Dr. Teo Peng Cheng

Ironically during childbirth, many mothers allow life get thrown away without even knowing it, when they strive to nourish and support it throughout their lives.

Thinking it is simply waste, parents let the umbilical cord be discarded when it should be stored, unaware that it contains precious cord blood that can help save lives not just the child’s but the entire family as well.

This is what Dr. Teo Cheng Peng, Singapore’s leading consultant hematologist and co-founder of Southeast Asia’s largest and pioneering private cord blood banking service company StemCord, has been telling audiences across the globe. He delivers the same message when flies to Manila, Cebu City and Davao City to empower and educate expectant parents on cord blood banking’s lifesaving possibilities.

Why should parents store the usually discarded cord blood? For Dr. Teo, the answer is simple: Cord blood contains unique stem cells, which can differentiate into a variety of body cell types like red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, liver and kidney cells. Stem cells have been used to treat patients diagnosed with cancers and blood disorders like leukemia, severe aplastic anemia and β-Thalassemia.

Dr. Teo narrates that people with life-threatening disease often are disheartened by the expensive and time-consuming search for compatible stem cells. By storing the child’s cord blood, parents will have peace of mind, knowing they have cord blood ready to use immediately when the need for it arises. In a way, it serves as a family’s biological insurance and Hope for the Future. Storing cord blood is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that can only be done during the baby’s birth.

Extensive researches and development are being done worldwide to fully realize the potentials of stem cells — leading to therapies that could be used to treat more diseases like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, kidney and liver diseases, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, bone regeneration, Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS), Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

Over 10,000 parents have entrusted StemCord Philippines with their baby’s cord blood, among them are world-renowned singers Lea Salonga-Chien and Andion Fernandez-Ching, retail mogul Robina Gokongwei-Pe, entertainment, lifestyle connoisseur Tessa Prieto-Valdes, newspaper publisher Sandy Prieto-Romualdez, lovely actresses Dawn Zulueta-Lagdameo and Maritoni Fernandez, Michelle Cariaso, wife of basketball star Jeffrey, Mary Grace Poe Llamanzares, daughter of movie queen Ms. Susan Roces, and presidential daughter-in-law Kakai Manotok-Arroyo.

Catch Dr. Teo at Ballroom A of Crowne Plaza Galleria on August 28, from 7 to 9 PM; Grand Ballroom, Cebu Marriot Hotel on August 29, 7 to 9 PM; and Marco Polo Davao Hotel on August 30 from 11 AM to 1 PM. Limited seats are available on a first come, first served basis and only pre-registered guests will be admitted. For reservations, contact StemCord Philippines at 0918-338-2408, 0919-338-1814, 0927-714-4643 and 0905-245-4074 or email

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StemCord: Hope for the future
StemCord is Asia's pioneer in private cord blood banking. It offers added biological insurance for future generations by storing valuable cord blood that can save lives of families, thereby bringing hope for the future. StemCord adopts the highest standard of quality control set by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB). It is headquartered in Singapore with offices in Brunei, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam. Visit for more info.

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