The world’s largest hematopoietic stem cell registry is getting a new home in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A ceremony near the city’s North Loop was held on July 8 where construction crews began digging on the grounds of the new Be The Match headquarters.

Be The Match is a nonprofit organization that helps families find viable donors of bone marrow as well as umbilical cord blood samples to use in regenerative therapy. Bone marrow and cord blood are rich sources of stem cells, which can be used to improve the lives of patients living with life threatening illnesses or conditions.

The new Be The Match headquarters was referred to at the ceremony as the organization’s Coordinating Center. This building will bring together patients, stem cell donors, and medical experts under one roof, with the goal of improving regenerative healthcare for families around the world.

Once construction is complete, the Be The Match headquarters will be located at 500 North 5th Street near downtown Minneapolis. Workers plan to construct a seven story building spanning that officials in Minneapolis say will be the largest building designed by a tenant in the North Loop area. Be The Match is leasing the land from the city, but created its own designs in the mockup.

Dr. Jeffrey Chell is CEO of Be The Match who was in Minneapolis for the ceremony. He believes the new location will integrate Be The Match directly with the community of Minneapolis.

"It’s near mass transit, near the Minnesota Twins, near a very vibrant downtown.”

More details about Be The Match’s new headquarters and what that could mean for cord blood stem cell therapy breakthroughs are available by following the link here.