THE world's first revolutionary stem cells which could save thousands of lives are being stored in West Drayton.
Smart Cells International, which is the UK's leading stem cell research and storage organisation, opened up the purpose built site in Horton Road, West Drayton, at the end of last month.
Now this month, for the first time, cord blood stem cell units are being stored, which can be used to treat childhood leukaemia.
After rigorous testing of its storage facilities and latest generation technology, stem cells are arriving at the site from families around the UK and across Europe.
Dr Peter Hollands, director of Smart Cells International, said: "New laboratories are as advanced as medical technology allows, and located such that they become a facility available to families not just in the UK, but around the world because of our proximity to London Heathrow Airport."
Smart Cells' laboratory provides cord blood preparation and storage in an environment designed to comply with all current and foreseeable European medical guidelines and practices and has enough back-up power to deal with loss of electricity for up to a week.