Tuesday, 1 November 2011

CRYO-SAVE INDIA RECEIVES THE COVETED WHO – GMP CERTIFICATION (17/10/2011)

                                       Press release


Cryo-Save becomes the first stem cell banking company in India to receive the WHO – GMP certification

October 17, 2011 – Bangalore, India: In a country where lack of stringent regulations has been causing the general public to view stem cell banking with a certain degree of trepidation, there is reason to cheer. Cryo-Save India, subsidiary of the leading Europe-based family stem cell banking company, has become the first to receive World Health Organisation – Good Manufacturing Procedures (WHO-GMP) certification.

WHO-GMP certification guarantees superior quality, safety and effectiveness of production. In the case of blood products like stem cells, WHO-GMP guidelines govern every aspect of production and testing which includes construction, design and maintenance of the premises, qualification of equipment, extraction process, laboratory conditions, component preparation and validation and cross contamination, mix-ups and labelling, that can impact the quality of the product.

Stem cell banking in India is still in its nascent stages with no strict regulations governing the industry like in the west. Organizations like Cryo-Save voluntarily opting for accreditations and certifications help in elevating the credibility of the industry in a market rift with scepticism and lack of knowledge on the merits of an evolving technology.

Commenting on the certification, Arnoud van Tulder, CEO, Cryo-Save Group said, “As a Group, we are thrilled to receive the WHO-GMP certification in India. In the absence of a guidance mechanism, new parents are constantly battling questions on quality and methods employed by stem cell banks in India. I am certain that the certification will serve the cause of boosting the confidence levels in the stem cell industry and our company in particular. ”

Marc Waeterschoot, QP and Co-founder, Cryo-Save Group said, “Given that the concept of stem cell banking and therapy is relatively new in India, we are happy to have proactively obtained WHO-GMP certification since quality and dependability of stem cell banks is a huge concern in emerging markets.”

Rajesh Sharma, Managing Director, Cryo-Save India, said, “While we can talk of how important it is to have stricter regulations in the industry, it is important to demonstrate superior capabilities that can match the best in the world, even where there is no binding regulation driving it. By obtaining the WHO-GMP certification, we believe we have demonstrated just that.”

About Cryo- Save:

Cryo-Save India, a 100% subsidiary of Cryo Save Group N.V which is Europe’s largest adult stem cell storage bank, is headquartered in Bangalore with a state-of-the art fully automated adult stem-cell storage facility.

Cryo-Save Group N.V. (Euronext: CRYO) is Europe’s largest adult stem cell storage bank, with more than 170,000 samples stored. The Company was established in 2000, headquartered in The Netherlands, and owns or has access to, operating laboratory and storage facilities in Belgium, Germany, Dubai, India and France (in progress). Driven by its international business strategy, Cryo-Save's services are available in 40 countries across three continents (Europe, Asia, Africa).
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Monday, 27 June 2011

TIPS FOR A BALANCED DIET DURING PREGNANCY


The fact that a woman is pregnant is perhaps the happiest moment for her, as motherhood is the most wanted aspect of womanhood. There are a lot of guidelines that a pregnant woman ought to follow and of course intake of nutritious food is of prime importance during pregnancy.

The food that the mother consumes forms the intake for the foetus as it thrives on the food intake of the mother. Hence it is necessary for the mother to consume nutritious food for the foetus to grow in a healthy manner and for herself too to make her pregnancy a healthy and enjoyable period.

A good diet is inclusive of proteins, carbohydrates, minerals, fats, vitamins and good amount of water.

Protein:
A good intake of protein in regular diet aids in cell growth and blood production. Fish, peanut, tofu, lean meat, poultry, egg whites and pulses are all rich in protein.

Carbohydrates:
Food with carbohydrates helps to produce energy that is necessary for the body. Bread, cereals, rice, potatoes, pasta, fruits and vegetables are good sources of carbohydrates.

Calcium:
Food rich in calcium is a must during pregnancy that aid in developing strong bones and teeth. It also helps in muscle contraction and proper nerve functioning. Milk, cheese, yogurt, spinach, sardines or salmons with bones are carriers of calcium. Calcium intake is very important during pregnancy, as the baby demands a high supply of calcium. So it is necessary for the mother to increase the intake of calcium to prevent the loss of calcium from her own bones.

Iron:
A good intake of iron helps in the production of red blood cells that keeps anaemia at bay. Lean red meat, spinach, cereals and iron-fortified whole grain breads supply a lot of iron to the body. Vegetables like drumsticks and beetroots are also rich in iron.

Vitamin A:
Vitamins are providers of healthy skin, good eyesight and also aid in developing strong bones. Carrots, dark green leafy greens and sweet potatoes are good sources of vitamin A.

Vitamin C:
Citrus fruits, broccoli, tomatoes, and fortified fruit juices carry vitamin C that is required for healthy gums, teeth and strong bones.

Vitamin B6:
Food rich with vitamin B6 like gram, whole grain cereals and bananas supply this type of vitamin for the body. The vitamin not only aids in the formation of red blood cells but also for the effective use of protein, carbohydrates and fat by the body.

Vitamin B12:
This vitamin helps in the formation of red blood cells and helps to keep the nervous system healthy. Meat, fish, poultry and milk provide this vitamin. People who follow a vegetarian diet should take a vitamin B6 supplement.

Vitamin D:
Fortified milk, dairy products, cereals and breads are all important sources of vitamin D that aids in the absorption of calcium and for the development of healthy bones and teeth.

Folic acid:
Green leafy vegetables, dark yellow fruits, peas, beans and nuts are all rich in folic acid that helps a lot in blood and protein production and effective enzyme production. Hence a good amount of folic acid is necessary for the body before pregnancy and during the early weeks of pregnancy. Despite the presence of folic acid in one's natural diet, pregnant women are also advised to take folic acid supplement.

Diet for Vegetarians:
It is highly challenging to provide the body the required nutrition during pregnancy if the person is following a vegetarian diet. It is very important to supplement a diet that is sans fish, poultry, meat and eggs. The pregnant woman is usually recommended to opt for vitamin B12 and vitamin D supplements. It is also vital to consult a dietician for a prescribed nutritious diet for the mother as well as the foetus.

Food to Be Avoided during Pregnancy:
No amount of alcohol or smoking is advisable during pregnancy. The pregnant mother has to strictly keep away from them. Caffeine is also to be avoided as consumption of caffeine during pregnancy can cause miscarriages in the early stages. Some other foods to be avoided during pregnancy include,
  • Unpasteurized cheese and milk, apple cider and juices
  • Raw eggs and food containing raw eggs
  • Undercooked or raw meat, fish and processed meat
Hence eat healthy, be healthy during and after pregnancy as your little infant thrives on your diet for a healthy living.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

TIPS TO HELP YOU DURING PREGNANCY


Being pregnant may bring a lot of changes to your daily life. One of the most common and major changes are dietary habit changes. Even if you had a healthy diet prior to becoming pregnant, you may begin to look at what you eat and how you eat different now that you're expecting. Here are some tips to ensuring your diet is what it needs to be during pregnancy.
  • Variety in your diet is very important. It helps ensure that you're gathering the daily doses of recommended vitamins and minerals every day from the foods you eat. It also helps prevent boredom with your diet which can lead to straying.
  • Bring on the water! Staying hydrated has many benefits for the healthy pregnancy, including avoidance of early labor, healthier skin (meaning more elastic), and general decrease in pregnancy symptoms that are annoying (constipation, swelling, etc.). Juice has a time and a place but the majority of your fluids should be water. Other "drinks" like soda, coffee, etc. should not be included in your daily count of 6-8 eight ounce glasses a day.
  • Eat foods that remember where they came from! The closer to the source of the original food the better. For examples: green beans that are fresh contain more of the good stuff than those in a can; bananas are better than fried banana chips or a banana split!
  • Protein is the building block of every cell in your baby's body. Some studies have indicated that adequate protein intake (defined as 75 grams a day or more) can protect you against problems with pregnancy induced hypertension and other disorders. It also ensures a great start for your baby.
  • Eat smaller frequent meals if you are plagued with nausea and/or vomiting problems or heartburn or reduced stomach space later in pregnancy. This grazing, as I call it, can also help level out blood sugar levels making you feel a bit better during the day. Some women even find grabbing a handful of crackers or nuts on one of your midnight bathroom breaks to help with dizziness upon waking or nausea.
  • Keep a food log if you're having problems with your diet. It's a lot easier than trying to remember what you ate and can give you a good idea of the variety you're taking in.
  • Remember that pregnancy weight gain is a necessary part of pregnancy. Do not diet or restrict foods without discussing this with your practitioner first. Eating well during pregnancy will ensure that the pounds gained go towards the benefit of the pregnancy and are more easily shed when pregnancy and lactation are done.
  • Prenatal vitamins are not meant to replace the foods you eat. Rather they are there to help ensure that you're intake is adequate. You can take too many vitamins and certain vitamins (like Vitamin A) can cause birth defects in large quantities. Be sure to show any vitamin supplement to your practitioner prior to taking it in pregnancy.
  • Special needs you may have might alter what you need as far as nutritional requirements go. This might be anemia (low iron), multiple pregnancy, diabetes, etc. Ask your practitioner if you have special needs for your dietary habits. Ask to see a nutritionist to help you with questions you may have.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Are You Interested?


Hi,

Cryo-Save is hiring,
  •  Administration Executive. Qualification: Any graduate with 2+ years of experience in any industry having exposure to general administration activities. Location: Bangalore.
  • Medical Officer, Exp: 5+ yrs in a blood bank or a laboratory, Qualification: MD Pathology, Location: Bangalore.
If interested, please mail your CV to hr-india@cryo-save.com or contact Mr. Praveen B @ +91-9972930880

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Mandira Bedi to endorse Cryo-Save, a Leading Stem Cell Bank, in India


 Cryo-Save, a global leader in stem cell banking industry, today announced Mandira Bedi as their official brand-ambassador. In her role as Cryo-Save’s Brand Ambassador, Mandira Bedi will be involved in various strategic communication initiatives as part of an extensive 360 degree brand campaign.

Mandira Bedi, an actress, model and television anchor for various cricket tournaments, started her career by playing the title role in the 1994 television serial Shanti, which was the first daily soap on Indian Television. Mandira is married for twelve years to Bollywood Director / Producer, Raj Kaushal. The couple is expecting their first child. 
Mandira Bedi signing the contract for Cryo-Save (India)

Speaking about her association with Cryo-Save, Mandira Bedi said “Parents take various steps to ensure safe and secure future of their child. One small, but very significant step towards securing the health of your child is by storing the stem cells of your new born. It wasn't until recently that I was made aware of the benefits of stem cells. They can be used to treat various life threatening diseases. Banking of Stem Cells is the best gift, which the parents can give to their child. It gives me immense pleasure to associate with Cryo-Save in spreading this awareness across India.” 


Adding to this, Raj Kaushal said “In India, when a child is born, the parents open a savings bank account to ensure the financial and educational future of the newborn. In my opinion, banking the stem cells of the newborn is equally important as it helps in insuring the medical future of the child. It is a boon and the best gift that we can give our children- The miracle of good health. 


Announcing Mandira Bedi as the brand ambassador, Rajesh Sharma, MD, Cryo-Save India said, “We are indeed very proud and privileged to have Mandira as our Brand Ambassador and we welcome her to the Cryo-Save family and look forward to a long and successful relationship. With our decade long global experience, it is a vital step in spreading awareness about this concept to all strata of the Indian Society.”