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					Client Reference No: _________________                                                                          Form 1




                       CORD BLOOD STORAGE AGREEMENT
The purpose of this document is to explain the terms, conditions, limitations, risks and costs of the collection,
processing, testing and storage in a Smart Cells International Limited (SCI) authorised cellular processing and storage
laboratory (Laboratory) of stem cells obtained from umbilical cord blood (cord blood unit) collected at the time of
birth of the child(ren) of the undersigned parent(s)/guardians (You). This document also constitutes a legally binding
Agreement between SCI and you the undersigned (the Parties). This Agreement expressly limits the rights and
obligations of the parties as set forth in this document. By signing this Agreement you the undersigned agrees to the
processing and storage of the Cord blood unit in any SCI authorised Laboratory and indicates that I (we) have been
fully informed of, accept and agree to the conditions, risks, limitations and costs of such storage.

If both parents/legal guardians sign this Agreement then you understand that you are both fully liable to us for
performing your obligations under this Agreement and we are entitled to act on the instructions of either one of you.
The parent instructing SCI indemnifies SCI in the case that there is disagreement between the parents in relation to
the instructions acted upon.

You understand that cord blood stem cell transplantation is a relatively new technique and may offer possible future
benefits to the child and other potential beneficiaries in treating diseases such as leukaemia, and blood and genetic
disorders. Also, you understand that cord blood offers a source of stem cells, and that you acknowledge that you are
aware of alternative sources of stem cells such as bone marrow and circulatory blood. You understand that
cryopreservation of cord blood is a relatively new procedure and some laboratory tests and studies so far have
indicated it is a successful method of preserving cord blood. However, it is important that you are aware that
no assurance or guarantee can be made about the effectiveness of preservation nor the benefits or
utility derived from it. You also understand that the child or another family member may never need to use the
cord blood unit.

1     COSTS
1.1   You will be provided with a statement detailing the package you have chosen and the costs incurred. The
      deposit is due upon placing your order and is non-refundable. The processing, storage and any additional
      costs of collection are due 30 days after the receipt of the cord blood unit at our processing Laboratory.
      The total cost payable depends on the SCI service package selected. You will be notified by SCI once the stem
      cells have been successfully stored and invoiced for the remaining balance (“Notification”) for processing and
      storage.
1.2   IMPORTANT – You acknowledge and understand that this Agreement is only between SCI and you the
      undersigned.
      Where the collection process is carried out by a qualified healthcare professional appointed by you, it is your
      sole responsibility to arrange the collection in accordance with SCI’s cord blood collection procedure protocol.
      You must make yourself familiar with the collection procedure protocol in your Collection Kit and ensure that
      your appointed person for the collection is familiar and comfortable with it.
      Where the collection process is carried out pursuant to the SCI Phlebotomist service please note that we are
      not responsible for the collection process but we will take all reasonable steps to ensure that our recommended
      phlebotomist is familiar with the collection kit. We will not assume any liability in relation to the performance
      of their services.
1.3   You the undersigned acknowledge and agree that SCI is not responsible for any medical procedure or advice.
      If the cord blood unit is not collected in accordance with the cord blood collection procedure protocol, you
      understand that it may affect the viability of the cord blood unit for storage and/or future use.
1.4   You understand that the cord blood unit is normally discarded after delivery, appropriated for medical research
      or stored in a public banking facility and that the decision to collect process and store the child’s cord blood unit
      is a voluntary act on your part that may allow you to protect your child’s personal rights to the cord blood unit.




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1.5    You understand that there are risks with any medical procedure, that there may be additional considerations
       or unforeseeable circumstances during the delivery of your child and which may affect the collection of the
       cord blood unit. The safety and care of the child and mother are of primary concern. You therefore
       acknowledge and agree that the qualified medical professional may, for any reason and at their discretion,
       refuse to collect the cord blood unit. This is not something within the control of SCI. If the cord blood unit is
       not collected for any reason, you may cancel this Agreement by notifying SCI. Your initial deposit is non-
       refundable.
1.6    Once the cord blood unit has been collected, it is your responsibility to ensure that the collection kit is labelled
       correctly and the Sample Identification Form is signed to confirm that it is your child’s cord blood unit contained
       in the collection kit. If you have more than one child and have more than one collection kit, you must clearly
       identify each child on their respective collection kit.


2      EXAMINATIONS
2.1    It is essential that you provide two maternal blood results.
       (a) The first maternal blood test is due no earlier than 30 days prior to and no later than 7 days after the birth.
       (b) The first maternal blood or the maternal blood result must accompany the cord blood sample being sent
           to the laboratory. Results are required for HIV 1 & 2 antibodies, Syphilis, Hepatitis B surface antigen,
           Hepatitis C antibodies and HTLV.
       (c) The second maternal blood test is due 180 days after the date of birth of your baby – a blood testing kit
           will be sent to you, you must arrange for the blood to be taken.
2.2    In signing this Agreement, you the undersigned acknowledges and agrees that SCI is in no way providing
       medical advice, care or treatment to the client or anyone else.
2.3    It is the responsibility of the undersigned to ensure the 1st and 2nd blood tests are completed on time and sent
       to the laboratory for processing. Failure to do this may invalidate the cord blood sample storage. Parents would
       still be liable for full payment.


3      PROCESSING, STORAGE AND WITHDRAWAL
3.1    You the undersigned are responsible for contacting either SCI or the SCI approved courier company as soon
       as possible following collection of the cord blood unit to allow the cord blood unit to reach the SCI designated
       processing and storage laboratory.
3.2    SCI agree to make a full refund of processing and storage fees paid if within the first 12 months from the
       storage date the sample is retrieved for therapeutic use.
3.3    SCI appoints a courier for the transportation of the cord blood unit. Details of how to pack the cord blood unit
       to ensure safe delivery are included in your Collection Kit, however SCI are not liable for unforeseen
       circumstances.
3.4    On receipt of the cord blood unit SCI will process the cord blood unit and provided a sufficient number of stem
       cells can be isolated from the cord blood unit we will store and preserve such stem cells on your behalf. SCI
       operates a clear success criterion. Any unit falling below this criterion will be notified to you and may not be
       stored.
3.5    If you choose not to store a borderline case you do not pay any storage costs. You are still liable for the
       processing fee.
3.6    Any SCI customer deciding to cease storage of a cord blood unit after it has been stored, will be charged a
       fee for the disposal.
3.7    The Laboratory where the cord blood unit is to be stored is operated and controlled by a third party. We do
       not accept any liability for their operation or activities.
3.8    Consent is expressly given to store a variety of human tissue in the laboratory. The cord blood unit may be
       stored with any other type of human tissue in the laboratory but no other cord blood unit will be commingled
       with the cord blood unit or placed within the same bag where the cord blood unit is stored.
3.9    Consent is expressly given to the SCI designated processing and storage facility to perform all associated tests
       on cord blood.
3.10 SCI may (i) transfer the cord blood unit to another laboratory (ii) transfer the location of the laboratory or (iii)
     assign any or all of its rights under this Agreement. If SCI intends to do any of the foregoing, it shall promptly
     notify you the undersigned.



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3.11 The cord blood unit shall at all times be owned by the maternal mother or legal guardian and shall be subject
     to the exclusive control of you the undersigned provided however, upon majority being the age of 18,
     ownership and control over the cord blood unit shall automatically transfer to the person whose cord blood
     unit is being stored, unless said person or a court of law shall assign the said right in writing to you the
     undersigned or other third party. Once your child reaches 18, in the event of any conflict between your request
     and the requests of your child, we will be bound by the requests of your child.
3.12 SCI’s obligations and liabilities are expressly limited to the services described in section 3 and no other services
     are provided. SCI expressly disclaims any responsibility to provide any other services.
3.13 SCI will contact you in writing at the last address you have given us six months prior to the end of the twenty
     five (25) year storage term. If you elect to continue to permit SCI to store the cord blood unit on your behalf,
     SCI will invoice you for continuing storage costs at its then current rates.
3.14 SCI cannot be held responsible for any loss, damage or detritions of the sample due to its transit to the
     laboratory or to any third party, once the sample has been retrieved and SCI cease to store the sample.


4      TERMS AND TERMINATION
The cord blood unit shall be stored for the terms specified in accordance with the following conditions:
4.1    SCI reserves the right to refuse to process a sample cord blood unit where the volume of the cord blood sample
       is insufficient.
4.2    SCI reserves the right to refuse cord blood unit storage for any reason.
4.3    In the event that full payment has not been received within thirty days of Notification, SCI may terminate this
       Agreement, destroy the stored cord blood unit, and take such steps as may be necessary to recover the
       Processing and Storage Fee. An additional charge will be incurred to cover the correct disposal of the sample.
4.4    Smart Cells International have a clear success criteria for cord blood units, in the event a cord blood unit is
       below this criteria then you will be notified in order for a decision to be taken by you the undersigned to store
       or not. With “borderline” cases, you the undersigned will be liable for the processing costs.
       In the event that the sample is classed as a complete “fail” the you will not be charged processing or storage
       fees if you decide to not store.
4.5    This Agreement may be cancelled by the undersigned at any time prior to the collection of the cord blood unit
       at birth. You will not be charged the balance due, but will be responsible for the initial payment.
4.6    It is the responsibility of Parents to notify SCI in the case of relocation or address change or changes to your
       personal circumstances in relation to your cord blood unit storage.


5      GUARANTEE
5.1    We guarantee to you that:
       5.1.1. The Collection Kit is of satisfactory quality and fit for the purpose of collecting the cord blood unit as
              set out in the cord blood unit collection procedure protocol and this Agreement.
       5.1.2. The services will be provided using reasonable care and skill and, provided that you comply with your
              obligations, in accordance with this agreement.
5.2    You acknowledge and accept that SCI cannot give any guarantees with respect to any suitability of the cord
       blood unit for the future treatment of diseases or the successful treatment of diseases through cord blood unit
       transplantation.
5.3    Under the Agreement, you permit SCI to enter and maintain relevant data for its own use. In case of a medical
       emergency, SCI will be permitted to provide this data, in writing, to a treating doctor or other institution. SCI
       will not, without receiving express permission in writing, show or pass the data regarding your cord blood unit
       to a third party.
5.4    IMPORTANT – You acknowledge and accept that we cannot give any guarantees with respect to any:
       5.4.1. Suitability of the cord blood unit for the future treatment of diseases;
       5.4.2. Successful treatment of diseases through the cord blood unit transplantation; or
       5.4.3. Advantages of the cord blood unit transplantation over other types of treatment using stem cells;
You the undersigned enter into this Agreement with this understanding.




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6      LIMIT OF SCI’S LIABILITY
6.1    If you suffer any loss or damage due to our fault or negligence, or the fault or negligence of any of our
       employees, agents or contractors, we accept responsibility for that loss or damage and shall reimburse the
       client for any direct losses you suffer which we could have reasonably foreseen at the date of this Agreement
       up to the total of the fees paid by the Client to us (unless such loss or damage relates to death or personal
       injury caused by SCI).
6.2    SCI or personnel collecting the cord blood unit shall not be liable to you when due to unforeseen
       circumstances, the collection of the cord blood unit is not possible, or the amount of blood taken proves to be
       insufficient or the Cord blood unit is contaminated.
6.3    You acknowledge and understand that we shall not be liable to you, or be considered to be in breach of this
       Agreement, because of any delay in performing, or any failure to perform, any of our obligations if the delay
       or failure was due to your acts or omissions or to any other cause beyond our reasonable control.
6.4    Should there be loss of the cord blood unit whilst in the care of SCI, which was beyond SCI’s control, SCI will
       reimburse a proportion of the fees (on a pro rata basis for the remaining storage term).


7      CONFIDENTIALITY AND DATA PROTECTION
7.1    SCI will use all reasonable endeavours to keep confidential all information relating to you and your child. All
       samples to be tested will be labelled with unique reference numbers and bar coded. Personal information will
       only be held on our secure database and/or database backup. Information held by SCI will only be released
       if required by your or your child’s medical practitioner for their internal confidential records or otherwise as
       requested by you. None of the information held on our database will be disclosed or released to third parties
       other than those required by law.
7.2    SCI is registered under the Data Protection Act 1998 and will process all personal data in accordance with its
       obligations under that Act. By signing this Agreement, you consent to our holding and processing of yours and
       your child’s personal data (including sensitive personal data) for the purposes of performing our obligations
       under this Agreement and you also acknowledge and consent to us disclosing such personal data as required
       by law, to your child’s medical practitioner on request and to our use of the data and the dissemination of the
       data to our partners for their use for the purposes of this Agreement or for the storage of the Sample.
       SCI may make such information available to any Group Company, those who provide products or services to
       the Company or any Group Company, regulatory authorities, potential or future employers, governmental or
       quasi-governmental organisations and potential purchasers of the Company.


8      NOTICE
8.1    This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law and the parties hereby
       submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
8.2    You the undersigned will immediately notify SCI in writing of any changes in your information. All notifications
       to SCI shall be sent to: Smart Cells International, 56-58 Bloomsbury Street, London WC1B 3QT
8.3    This agreement constitutes the whole agreement between the parties and supersedes all previous agreements
       between the parties relating to its subject matter.
8.4    Each party acknowledges that, in entering into this agreement, it has not relied on, and shall have no right or
       remedy in respect of, any statement, representation, assurance or warranty (whether made negligently or
       innocently) other than as expressly set out in this agreement.
8.5    Nothing in this clause shall limit or exclude any liability for fraud.


for and on behalf of Smart Cells International Limited




Signed ________________________________________              Signed _______________________________________
        Shamshad Ahmed                                                Parent/Guardian
        Chief Executive                                      Print Name ___________________________________

Date   As postmarked
       _______________________________________               Date     _______________________________________

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