Multi-site evaluation of the BD Stem Cell Enumeration Kit for CD34(+) cell enumeration on the BD FACSCanto II and BD FACSCalibur flow cytometers.


Background aims

Evaluation of the BD Stem Cell Enumeration Kit was conducted at four clinical sites with flow cytometry CD34(+) enumeration to assess agreement between two investigational methods: (i) the BD FACSCanto II and BD FACSCalibur systems and (ii) the predicate method (Beckman Coulter StemKit and StemTrol, Immunotech SAS, Beckman Coulter, Marseille Cedex 9, France).


Leftover and delinked specimens (n = 1032) from clinical flow cytometry testing were analyzed on the BD FACSCanto II (n = 918) and BD FACSCalibur (n = 905) in normal and mobilized blood, frozen and thawed bone marrow and leucopheresis and cord blood anticoagulated with citrate phosphate dextrose, anticoagulant citrate dextrose-solution A, heparin and ethylenediaminetetraacetate, alone or in combination. Fresh leucopheresis analysis addressed site equivalency for sample preparation, testing and analysis.


The mean relative bias showed agreement within predefined parameters for the BD FACSCanto II (-2.81 to 4.31 ±7.1) and BD FACSCalibur (-2.69 to 5.2 ±7.9). Results are reported as absolute and relative differences compared with the predicate for viable CD34(+), percentage of CD34(+) in CD45(+) and viable CD45(+) populations (or gates). Bias analyses of the distribution of the predicate low, mid and high bin values were done using BD FACSCanto II optimal gating and BD FACSCalibur manual gating for viable CD34(+), percentage of CD34(+) in CD45(+) and viable CD45(+). Bias results from both investigational methods show agreement. Deming regression analyses showed a linear relationship with R(2) > 0.92 for both investigational methods.


In conclusion, the results from both investigational methods demonstrated agreement and equivalence with the predicate method for enumeration of absolute viable CD34(+), percentage of viable CD34(+) in CD45(+) and absolute viable CD45(+) populations.





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Preti, Robert A, Wai Shun Chan, Joanne Kurtzberg, Ronna E Dornsife, Paul K Wallace, Rosemary Furlage, Anna Lin, Imelda Omana-Zapata, et al. (2014). Multi-site evaluation of the BD Stem Cell Enumeration Kit for CD34(+) cell enumeration on the BD FACSCanto II and BD FACSCalibur flow cytometers. Cytotherapy, 16(11). pp. 1558–1574. 10.1016/j.jcyt.2014.03.006 Retrieved from

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Joanne Kurtzberg

Jerome S. Harris Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Kurtzberg is an internationally renowned expert in pediatric hematology/oncology, pediatric blood and marrow transplantation, umbilical cord blood banking and transplantation, and novel applications of cord blood and birthing tissues in the emerging fields of cellular therapies and regenerative medicine.   Dr. Kurtzberg serves as the Director of the Marcus Center for Cellular Cures (MC3), Director of the Pediatric Transplant and Cellular Therapy Program, Director of the Carolinas Cord Blood Bank, and Co-Director of the Stem Cell Transplant Laboratory at Duke University.  The Carolinas Cord Blood Bank is an FDA licensed public cord blood bank distributing unrelated cord blood units for donors for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) through the CW Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program.  The Robertson GMP Cell Manufacturing Laboratory supports manufacturing of RETHYMIC (BLA, Enzyvant, 2021), allogeneic cord tissue derived and bone marrow derived mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs), and DUOC, a microglial/macrophage cell derived from cord blood.

Dr. Kurtzberg’s research in MC3 focuses on translational studies from bench to bedside, seeking to develop transformative clinical therapies using cells, tissues, molecules, genes, and biomaterials to treat diseases and injuries that currently lack effective treatments. Recent areas of investigation in MC3 include clinical trials investigating the safety and efficacy of autologous and allogeneic cord blood in children with neonatal brain injury – hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), cerebral palsy (CP), and autism. Clinical trials testing allogeneic cord blood are also being conducted in adults with acute ischemic stroke. Clinical trials optimizing manufacturing and testing the safety and efficacy of cord tissue MSCs in children with autism, CP and HIE and adults with COVID-lung disease are underway. DUOC, given intrathecally, is under study in children with leukodystrophies and adults with primary progressive multiple sclerosis.

In the past, Dr. Kurtzberg has developed novel chemotherapeutic drugs for acute leukemias, assays enumerating ALDH bright cells to predict cord blood unit potency, methods of cord blood expansion, potency assays for targeted cell and tissue based therapies. Dr. Kurtzberg currently holds several INDs for investigational clinical trials from the FDA.  She has also trained numerous medical students, residents, clinical and post-doctoral fellows over the course of her career.

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