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Virgin Health Bank Appoints Leading American Cord Blood Banking and Cellular Therapy Scientist as Director of Operations

Chris-Goodman.jpgDoha, Qatar - August 29, 2010 - Chris Goodman has joined Virgin Health Bank as its Director of Operations. Mr. Goodman has held senior roles in leading stem cell storage and biopharmaceutical companies in the USA where he’s been involved in storing more than of 30,000 stem cell units and contributed to 40 successful stem cell transplants. He will use that experience to help develop Virgin Health Bank’s cord blood banking services in Qatar, the wider GCC region and globally. One of his first priorities will be opening the new stem cell processing and cryogenic storage facility that is currently under construction at Qatar Science & Technology Park in Doha.

Dr. Rajan Jethwa Virgin Health Bank’s Chief Executive said of Mr. Goodman’s appointment:
“Chris brings a wealth of international expertise and experience to our growing presence in Qatar. I am delighted to welcome him to our team. Chris’s knowledge and background in stem cell banking and cellular therapies is unparalleled and will be of considerable benefit to Virgin Health Bank’s customers & partner hospitals. We are not just building a cord blood stem cell bank we are creating an oasis for Arab stem cells and a sustainable platform for the development of stem cell technologies and cellular therapies”

Commenting on his appointment Mr. Goodman said:
“I’m very pleased to join Virgin Health Bank at such an exciting time in its development. Our goals include helping families to make informed choices about cord blood banking and providing them with high quality services. We also aim to provide real hope to those individuals afflicted with treatable genetic diseases. The medical community commonly refers to our business as “family banking”, but in my eyes it really means something very different; it means that our clients are our family.  We care about every family that stores their child’s stem cells with us and if they have a need, Virgin Health Bank will be there to help them in any way we can.”