Cord Blood - Where Are We 30 Years On? (Anniversary of the First Transplant (1988))

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Thursday, September 6, 2018 - Complimentary On-Demand Recording Available

Master Program Number: 18EL-360

Educational Track: Technical/Clinical
Topic: Cellular Therapies
Intended Audience: Director, Donor Recruitment Staff, Hospital Blood Banks, HR Personnel, Laboratory Staff, Managers/Supervisors, Medical Directors, Nurses, Physicians, Research Scientists, Resident/Fellow, Scientists, Students (MD, MT, SBB), Technologists, General audience
Teaching Level: Basic

Director: Ed Brindle, MSc, MLT(CMLTO), Director Quality & Regulatory Affairs, Insception Lifebank, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Moderator: Mike Halpenny, MLT(CMLTO), Manager, Cord Blood Bank & Stem Cell Manufacturing, Canadian Blood Services, Ottawa, Canada
Speakers: Mike Halpenny, MLT(CMLTO), Manager, Cord Blood Bank & Stem Cell Manufacturing, Canadian Blood Services, Ottawa, Canada; Missy Vogelpohl, MT(ASCP), MBA, Principal Clinical Affairs Specialist, ViaCord (From PerkinElmer), Hebron, KY


This is a complimentary on-demand single viewer eCast. Registration is available via the AABB Marketplace. After registering, you will receive an automated email that contains a link to the video on YouTube. Please keep the email and/or bookmark the video for future use and reference.

Learning Objectives

After participating in this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the processes of cord blood collection and manufacturing.
  • Discuss applications and clinical trials using cord blood.
  • Interpret the current challenges and history to consider future directions of cord blood use.

Program Description

2018 marks the 30-year anniversary of the first cord blood transplant. What better way than to include in a celebration of World Cord Blood Day? In this program, speakers will:

  • Review the end to end manufacturing process including collection, processing, testing and storage methods.
  • Discuss current clinical trials and applications of cord blood.
  • Highlight new opportunities - what the future holds for the industry.

This complimentary eCast is part of worldwide celebrations aimed to educate health care professionals and members of the general public on the potential benefits of life-saving cord blood.

Certificate of Attendance & Continuing Education Credits

Continuing education credits and certificates of attendance will not be provided for this eCast (live or the on-demand recording).

Speaker Biographies

Mike Halpenny has been working in the cellular therapy field for over 20 years, starting his career in a research setting and progressing to working in a regulated manufacturing environment. In 2010, Mike was recruited to oversee the design, development, validation and implementation of the manufacturing process for the Canadian Blood Services’ Cord Blood Bank. Mike is a registered Medical Laboratory Technologist (CMLTO, Canadian Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario), has completed a certificate in Quality Management for Healthcare Professionals from the Canadian Healthcare Association, is a member of the AABB CTSCC and has been a FACT inspector since 2000. Mike’s experience includes process development with cord blood, HPC-apheresis and bone marrow production and testing areas. He has had the opportunity to participate and contribute in stem cell research projects on mesenchymal stem cells and endothelial progenitor cells.

Missy Vogelpohl has 38 years of experience as a lab professional with 23 years in the clinical lab and transfusion services and 15 years in the cellular therapy arena at ViaCord, a private cord blood bank. Missy worked for 10 plus years as Quality Manager. She is currently focused on the clinical aspect of the business involving the release, distribution and shipment of cord blood products. Missy is committed to the culture of continuous improvement at ViaCord participating in and leading improvement initiatives.