CELLS ARE THE FUTURE
OF HEALTHCARE.


Learn more about the science underlying
Acorn's preservation service, advancements in the field,
our research, and the cell banking process.


CELLS ARE THE FUTURE
OF HEALTHCARE.


Exciting advancements in regenerative medicine are happening all over the world. Acorn is preparing you for this bright future by banking your best cells today.


Regenerative medicine is a promising field of science.

The increasing ability to engineer cells to our therapeutic advantage is creating a new type of platform for curing disease. Scientists have only begun scratching the surface, yet regenerative medicine -- the ability to use cells for therapeutic improvement -- will revolutionize healthcare. Here are a few of these incredible advancements.

Regenerative medicine is a promising field of science.

The increasing ability to engineer cells to our therapeutic advantage is creating a new type of platform for curing disease. Scientists have only begun scratching the surface, yet regenerative medicine -- the ability to use cells for therapeutic improvement -- will revolutionize healthcare. Here are a few of these incredible advancements.

Regrowing Skin

The largest organ of the body is also one of the most accessible - the skin that surrounds and protects our entire body. Some of the earliest and most successful examples in regenerative medicine come from the growth of skin cells used as a teatment for a variety of skin-related diseases and injuries.





Spinal Cord Neuron Repair

The brain and its associated systems are arguably the most complex of the body. Neural cells have been created from stem cells in a number of pioneering studies with extremely promising results. From spinal cord injury to Parkinson's disease, the versitility of regenerative medicine strategies for nervous system repair are flourishing. Human trials are ongoing.

Spinal Cord Neuron Repair

The brain and its associated systems are arguably the most complex of the body. Neural cells have been created from stem cells in a number of pioneering studies with extremely promising results. From spinal cord injury to Parkinson's disease, the versitility of regenerative medicine strategies for nervous system repair are flourishing. Human trials are ongoing.





Giving Sight to the Blind

The eye is an especially attractive first target for stem cell-based regenerative medicine strategies. Researchers have created sheets of retinal cells from iPS cells and transplanted them into the eyes of a patient with promising results.





The 3D Printed Heart

One of the most exciting early-stage research avenues for regenerative medicine is the creation of entire new of organs custom built for individuals. Teams have recently 3D printed hearts using only human cells. It is achievements like these that are ushering in a new era of organ-level therapeutics.

The 3D Printed Heart

One of the most exciting early-stage research avenues for regenerative medicine is the creation of entire new of organs custom built for individuals. Teams have recently 3D printed hearts using only human cells. It is achievements like these that are ushering in a new era of organ-level therapeutics.

Differences between young and old cells matter.

Despite the incredible self-organizing, self-renewing nature of cells, their systems age and break down over time. Those effects are felt all the way up through tissues and organs. As a result of the effects of age, when we need our cells the most they are at their worst. Younger cells, we know, have the highest therapeutic capability. No wonder: none of the accumulated cellular damage exists to limit their potential.

Old Cells

VS.

Young Cells

Differences between young and old cells matter.

Despite the incredible self-organizing, self-renewing nature of cells, their systems age and break down over time. Those effects are felt all the way up through tissues and organs. As a result of the effects of age, when we need our cells the most they are at their worst. Younger cells, we know, have the highest therapeutic capability. No wonder: none of the accumulated cellular damage exists to limit their potential.

Old Cells

VS.

Young Cells

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ACORN COLLECTS PLUCKED HAIR

When you pluck hair from your head, the follicles contain a valuable cluster of cells. Many of the most exciting regenerative medicine strategies rely on our ability to use growing cells and stem cells.

The Hair Follicle

Plucked hair follicles are an excellent, therapuetically-capable source of viable cells containing proliferative multipotent cells exceptionally capable of growing consistently in the lab. That makes them a valuable healthcare resource.
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ACORN COLLECTS PLUCKED HAIR

When you pluck hair from your head, the follicles contain a valuable cluster of cells. Many of the most exciting regenerative medicine strategies rely on our ability to use growing cells and stem cells.

The Hair Follicle

Plucked hair follicles are an excellent, therapuetically-capable source of viable cells containing proliferative multipotent cells exceptionally capable of growing consistently in the lab. That makes them a valuable healthcare resource.

THE HAIR FOLLICLE, IN DETAIL

A brief look into how Acorn analyzes plucked hair follicles for viability.

THE HAIR FOLLICLE, IN DETAIL

A brief look into how Acorn analyzes plucked hair follicles for viability.

Viable Cells

This is the collection of cells dispersed throughout the hair follicle we know are viable: they're capable of growing further in culture. Some of these are multipotent stem cells, capable of direct conversion into skin and nervous system cells.

Non-Viable Cells

These are cells with signs of poor membrane integrity. It is common and normal for primary tissue samples to have numerous damaged cells. Before cryopreservation, Acorn ensures that you have enough viable cells.

Cellular Nuclei

Every plucked hair cell has a nucleus. This visualization technique allows us to see every cell in the population altogether.

WAYS TO GET YOUR CELLS BANKED
PICK WHAT IS CONVENIENT FOR YOU

WAYS TO GET YOUR CELLS BANKED
PICK WHAT IS CONVENIENT FOR YOU

ACORN BOOTHS

Experience first-hand how easy and non-invasive live cell collection can be by visiting us at one of our events and having an Acorn representative pluck a few hairs from your head to freeze the clock on your cells today.
Various locations - check for the latest!

DOWNTOWN TORONTO

Book your cell collection appointment at Acorn's lab headquarters, downtown Toronto, in the MaRS Centre, the heart of biotechnology. An Acorn representative will pluck a few hairs from your head to freeze the clock on your cells today.
Robert R. McEwen Atrium
Toronto General Hospital
585 University Avenue

HOME KIT

Sign up to order the world's first affordable, accessible, live cell home collection kit. Instead of traveling to a booth, clinic or our headquarters, collect your cells from the comfort of your own home.
Mail-in to your own home!
Rollout starting in Ontario, Canada.

OAKVILLE

Visit our partner clinic in Oakville and have their trained staff collect your cell sample.
Coverdale Oakville
1393 North Service Road East, Unit 1
Oakville, Ontario

TORONTO NORTH

Visit our partner clinic in north Toronto and have their trained staff collect your sample.
Executive Health Centre
Yonge Corporate Centre
4120 Yonge Street Suite 306

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