Cultured Red Blood Cells
Stem cells are collected from voluntary donors.
The stem cells are then frozen in nitrogen vapor, and stored in a cell bank before “entering production”.
The production phase is divided into 4 phases:
- thawing of cells
- cell culture over a 21-day perio
- purification of red blood cells
- filling of packed red blood cell concentrates into transfusion bags
Quality control is carried out according to health authority requirements in each country.
The cRBC bags are then placed in storage.
The bags are then ultimately administered to patients who need transfusions
Industrial scale-up of the RBC production process will open up a new industrial sector, with the creation of skilled jobs.