Category Archives: Philadelphia


Coriell Institute for Medical Research

The Coriell Institute for Medical Research in New Jersey is an internationally known not-for-profit, basic biomedical research institution.

In the late 1940s, the Institute’s founder, Lewis L. Coriell, M.D., Ph.D., played a major role in bringing the Salk polio vaccine to the public by using cell cultures to study human viral diseases. The Institute pioneered many cell culture techniques which are now standard throughout the world. They used these techniques to make many advances in understanding cancer and infectious diseases.

The Coriell Institute for Medical Research also serves the entire scientific community by maintaining the world’s largest collection of human cells for research. The identification of genes associated with Huntington Disease, cystic fibrosis, Alzheimer Disease, Down Syndrome and a severe form of manic depression, among many others, relied on cells from these collections.

With funding from the State of New Jersey, this innovative program the Institute collects and stores umbilical cord blood. A public resource, the NJCBB makes umbilical cord blood transplantation available to all citizens. Coriell is not in the business of storing cord blood exclusively for individuals.

The New Jersey Cord Blood Bank accepts cord blood donations at no cost from women who give birth at either Cooper Hospital or Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, both in Camden, and Virtua Health’s Voorhees division. The donations are available publicly to anyone looking for a match. Other participating hospitals are:

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, Pa. 19104

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital
Camden, NJ
New Jersey Cord Blood Bank at the Coriell Institute for Medical Research
(856) 757-9752

Burlington Memorial Virtua Hospital
Mt. Holly, NJ
New Jersey Cord Blood Bank at the Coriell Institute for Medical Research
(856) 757-9752

West Jersey Virtua Hospital
Voorhees, NJ
New Jersey Cord Blood Bank at the Coriell Institute for Medical Research
(856) 757-9752

CorCell Cord Blood Program

Philadelphia lives up to it’s moniker “City of Brotherly Love” in the availability of cord blood donation centers in its research hospitals and private storage companies. With the population base overlapping both metro New York and Baltimore’s, pregnant women in Philadelphia have an enviable choice regarding donating their baby’s cord blood.

CorCell is the oldest and most experienced of the outlets which use the Community Blood Services laboratory. CorCell, Inc. is headquartered in Philadelphia and began as the first private cord blood company licensed for umbilical cord blood collection.

CorCell stores umbilical cord blood stem cells in its internationally known, AABB accredited banking facility, through their processing center, Bergen Community Blood Services. Formed in 1996, the Philadelphia based CorCell was anticipated to be a company serving the local area including various parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

However, CorCell has grown and has now collected umbilical cord blood from thousands of hospitals in all 50 states and from several other countries, even as far away as Australia by providing shipping with temperature control and secure chain-of-custody.

office: Philadelphia, PA
storage: Community Blood Services , Bergen, NJ