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Twins born from 30-yr-old embryos sets new record

November 21, 2022 By: ReproTech CNN reported that twins were recently born from 30-yr-old embryos (cryopreserved on April 22, 1992) to couple Philip and Rachel Ridgeway. This broke the previous record of a birth from a 27-year-old embryo. At ReproTech, we love stories like these because we live and breathe cryopreservation! We specialize in the cryostorage of human reproductive tissues. You may wonder how long an embryo can be frozen and remain viable after so many years. How are embryos frozen, and do they result in a pregnancy as often as a fresh embryo? And last, how does ReproTech fit [Read More...]

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ReproTech Medical Advisory Committee Member Dr. Kyle E. Orwig, Ph.D. Awarded ASRM’s 2022 Distinguished Researcher Award

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) announced its 2022 awards. We are excited to see that a ReproTech’s Medical Advisory Committee member, Kyle Orwig, Ph.D., will be the recipient of the ASRM Distinguished Researcher Award! This award is given for "outstanding contributions to clinical or basic research in reproduction published during the previous ten years.” Dr. Orwig oversees the UPMC Fertility Preservation Program and the UPMC Magee Center for Reproduction and Transplantation. UPMC's fertility preservation program freezes testicular and ovarian tissue for children and adults before beginning fertility-threatening treatments, or for transgender individuals, before beginning gender-affirming hormone therapy. One area [Read More...]

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FAQs – How does the reversal of Roe Vs. Wade affect reproductive tissue storage?

How will the reversal of Roe vs. Wade impact the storage of my embryos at ReproTech? For clients with embryos in storage at all ReproTech locations, currently there is no impact to the storage of your embryos. You have the same control over storing, transferring, donating (when applicable) or discarding your embryos. What if my embryos are stored in your Texas location? Based on ASRM’s guidance in their Potential Implications for Reproductive Medicine report, ReproTech currently does not expect any impact in the operations at any of our locations, including ReproTech Texas. According to the ASRM report, Texas's Human Life [Read More...]

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ReproTech welcomes new President & CEO, William Braun

ReproTech, LLC, the industry leader in human reproductive tissue cryogenic storage, is pleased to announce that William J. Braun has been selected as ReproTech’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. Braun assumed the role on April 4, 2022, and will be based in ReproTech’s Coconut Creek, FL location. Braun’s arrival comes as ReproTech also announces the opening of a new Northeast facility in Trumbull, CT later this summer in August 2022. The new location is a one-hour drive from Midtown Manhattan and two hours from Downtown Boston. ReproTech will benefit from Braun’s extensive experience in healthcare technology, global operations leadership, [Read More...]

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‘Science News’ Cites Study Involving ReproTech Experts

March 4, 2022 - Science News follows up 50 years later on a 1972 report about the viability of sperm after freezing. In February 1972 Science News reported that men banking their sperm were doing so without knowing how long their specimens would be viable for. They recently provided a 50-year update to this report, citing a study from 2013 in which an almost 40-yr-old, donated sperm specimen was used in the conception of healthy twin girls to a same-sex couple. The cited study involved ReproTech's own CEO Brent Hazelrigg and founder Russ Bierbaum. Long-term cryostorage continues to be a [Read More...]

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What happens if you have a reactive infectious disease result?

ReproTech maintains multi-step safety procedures to eliminate potential cross-contamination between reactive and non-reactive embryos, semen, testicular tissue, oocytes (eggs) and ovarian tissue. From the clinic, to the maintenance of the specimens at ReproTech, these extra steps allow for the safety of reproductive tissue storage for all patients. After a patient establishes an account with ReproTech, we will request serology test results for communicable diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Syphilis, or SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19. If a test shows a reactive result, ReproTech will send a shipping container for transport that is dedicated for potentially infectious specimens. When the specimens reach [Read More...]

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Cystic Fibrosis Patients Need Counseling to Preserve Fertility

12/13/21/Source: Cystic Fibrosis News Today  A study on cystic fibrosis fertility published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing conducted by researchers at the University of Alabama focused on female Cystic Fibrosis (CF) patients' fertility preservation pre-lung transplant. The study found that 78% of women diagnosed with CF want to have biological children but the treatment could cause infertility. The study established that three out of four women when discussing their treatment plan fertility preservation was never talked about. Cystic Fibrosis patients had to rely on the internet and social media along with other CF patients for information about parenthood and [Read More...]

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How long can frozen embryos be stored?

Our clients often ask, how long can I store my embryos? We say, indefinitely. And we continue to see healthy babies born from embryos that have been in storage for longer and longer! There is no maximum number of years an embryo can stay in storage and still be viable. Meaning that someone can store their embryos as long as they wish. The first successful birth from a frozen embryo was in 1978 and since then there have been many successful births from frozen embryos. Beginning in the 1980s, embryo freezing has become a common practice among clinicians. Currently, the [Read More...]

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Testicular Tissue Cryopreservation Shown to be a Safe and Feasible Option

11/03/2021/Source: UMPC -Kien Tran a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. This summary is written by Tran participating in the Science writing mentorship. When a child has cancer, their parents are rightfully focused on a cure. But that cure can come at a future cost: infertility. I am a Ph.D. candidate working in Dr. Kyle Orwig’s lab at the Magee-Womens Research Institute, which focuses on reproductive biology. In my research, I have learned that patients and their guardians are willing to pursue an experimental fertility preservation procedure when no alternatives are available. Sperm freezing is not possible for [Read More...]