Cord Blood Connect

The name Cord Blood Connect denotes the collaboration of 13 organizations in the cord blood community to create a scientific and educational congress: 

American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) 
Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) 
Cord Blood Association (CBA) 
European School of Haematology (ESH) 
Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) 
International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT) 
Perinatal Stem Cell Society (PSCS) 
National Marrow Donor Program / Be The Match (NMDP) 
Parent's Guide to Cord Blood Foundation 
Regenerative Medicine Foundation (RMF) 
Save the Cord Foundation 
World Marrow Donor Association/ NetCord (WMDA) 

A stakeholder committee with representatives of the 13 organizations has helped guide the sessions, and several will be holding meetings or programs before, during or after the congress. 

The name, Cord Blood Connect, also references the multi-national dimension of the cord blood banking field, the linkages between investigators and banking service providers, and the mutual interests of public and private banks.