Patient Medical Need
Roughly 20,000 new U.S. patients go looking for a bone marrow transplant each year, but only 30% have a relative who matches. Of the remaining 14,000 patients, fewer than 5,000 receive transplants from unrelated donors. The living donor bone marrow registry, autologous bone marrow transplants, and umbilical cord blood banks have provided lifesaving solutions for thousands of patients with hematologic diseases. However these methods still suffer from severe limitations driven by the scarcity of matched bone marrow.