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Switzerland narrowly survived a stem-cell scandal

After the bankruptcy of the Schwyzer stem cells-Brokers Cryo-Save AG, it is clear that Switzerland was scraping close to a Disaster in the past. The organization of the Geneva-resident French Frédéric Amar had apparently not even more money to pay the liquid nitrogen for the storage of the collected umbilical cord blood samples is required.

Cryo-Save has completed in the past few years, with 250'000 families in the whole of Europe, contracts for the storage of stem cells from umbilical cord blood. Per storage contract, the customer paid up to 4,000 francs in advance. In the summer, the company closed over night, most of its European branches and the head office in Pfäffikon SZ.

In a conference centre in Arese, near Milan, customers and representatives of companies, which lead the activities of a bankrupt Cryo-Save more, met in November. The representatives of the Polish stem cell Bank PBKM said that with the Acquisition you want to take damage for the entire stem cell industry to turn away. You have to take care of the 330'000 cord blood samples. Due to money problems the Swiss company employees, Mietausstände and apparently also accounts for nitrogen has not paid for fuel deliveries. You didn't want to risk a loss of the umbilical cord blood samples.

stem cells of Thousands of children are missing, feared

The Polish companies that, in the case of a European stem cell scandal, the laws would have been tightened and the business with umbilical cord blood would not have been possible in Europe. So it came to a head and helped the Polish umbilical cord Bank-the Swiss company with a loan of 800'000 euros over the rounds.

Meanwhile, 55 Tanks, each with tens of thousands of umbilical cord samples to Poland for the stem cell Bank PBKM been shipped. During the inventory of this noted but only gaps in the registry, you joined on biological Material would have to be destroyed. In addition, four Tanks with Thousands of umbilical cord are missing samples. The former Cryo-Save CEO Frédéric Amar is said to have stopped the Transport of the Tanks at the end of June. Parents believe that the samples were either destroyed or in a laboratory in Portugal.

Daily report in the bankruptcy office of the district of Höfe in Wollerau SZ, where the bankruptcy proceedings against Cryso-Save runs, the former customers from throughout Europe, to Lodge claims. 500 affected Swiss parents have organised themselves in the meantime, in a closed Facebook group. "I'm pretty mad, and I have since two days, no sleep," writes a woman.

For restlessness in the Affected has taken care of these days a Mail message from the United Arab Emirates. The venture capital company Myrisoph Capital promises to the parents to bring the stem cells on the Geneva-based company CSG-Bio SA for free back in Switzerland and here store.

The company has secured contract already have access to the customer data. You will perform free DNA Tests in order to guarantee a correct assignment of the stem cell samples, the company promises – and warns parents against a contract with the Polish competition company PBKM complete.

"It makes me fear and worry that so many get involved," laments a mother. Maya Pecelj, an administrator of the Facebook exchange group, fears that the Wrong approach to the data "and I have no control over the DNA of my children".


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Created: 08.12.2019, 00:36 PM

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