Pedro Silva Couto


Pedro Silva Couto received his masters degree in biological engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) in Lisboa Portugal, and did his thesis work at Crioestaminal S.A. His thesis examined the laboratory procedures for isolating and storing mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) from the human umbilical cord - which procedures are better for cell counts, for cost control, or for quality control?  Pedro has worked for the Parent's Guide to Cord Blood Foundation since 2014, and joined the co-founders of in 2017. Pedro is currently working towards his PhD at University College London (UCL), where he is studying the expansion of MSC from adult and perinatal sources. Together, Pedro and Frances have co-authored several blogs and peer-reviewed publications about the biobanking industry and about the statistics of clinical trials. Pedro is a huge fan of the stem cells and regenerative medicine field and has contributed to the outreach efforts of professional organizations such as AABB and ISCT.  Pedro's interests also include piano and choir singing, judo and soccer.