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For Immediate Release
October 23, 2014
AABB Public Relations Department
The AABB Center for Cellular Therapies Named International Cord Blood Symposium Steward

Bethesda, Md. - The leadership of the Cord Blood Forum has chosen the AABB Center for Cellular Therapies as the new steward for the International Cord Blood Symposium to carry on the meeting’s rich tradition as the premier, global event for leaders and experts in the areas of cord blood stem cell transplantation and banking, cellular therapies and regenerative medicine. AABB will engage purposefully in collaborative program planning to build upon the symposium’s rich and successful history.

AABB CEO Miriam A. Markowitz praised Lawrence D. Petz, MD, of StemCyte International Cord Blood Center for his leadership role in the symposium’s 12-year history. “Dr. Petz’ leadership of this symposium has led to its recognition as a must-attend event for academic, scientific and medical professionals involved in cord blood banking and cellular therapies. The AABB Center for Cellular Therapies will work diligently to uphold the established connections that have made this meeting so successful and to build additional collaborations. We invite all stakeholders, including the newly forming Cord Blood Association, to join AABB in providing a rich exchange of ideas that promotes transfer of knowledge and advances novel cellular and regenerative medicine therapies.

Planning for next year’s meeting — the 13th International Cord Blood Symposium to be held in San Francisco on June 11-13, 2015 — will commence soon. The AABB Center for Cellular Therapies also intends to expand the opportunities for the symposium’s supporters.

“We believe that the AABB Center for Cellular Therapies is unequivocally the best place to keep the Cord Blood Symposium moving forward, and that they will continue to raise the bar in bringing the greatest minds in our field together annually,” said Calvin Cole, Cord Blood Forum Board member and CEO of CariCord Inc.

About AABB

AABB is an international, not-for-profit association representing individuals and institutions involved in transfusion medicine, cellular therapies and patient blood management. The association is committed to improving health by developing and delivering standards, accreditation and educational programs that focus on optimizing patient and donor care and safety. AABB membership consists of nearly 2,000 institutions and 8,000 individuals, including physicians, nurses, scientists, researchers, administrators, medical technologists and other health care providers. Members are located in more than 80 countries. For more information, visit

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