Fertility Preservation Network adds Charleston, South Carolina Area Facility

March 22, 2013 - ReproTech, Ltd., the leading cryobank specializing in long-term storage of human reproductive tissue (sperm, eggs, embryos and ovarian and testicular tissue), reached an agreement with The Fertility Center of Charleston today.

The Fertility Center of Charleston, located in Mount Pleasant, SC, joins the more than 100 facilities included in ReproTech's Fertility Preservation Network. The growing network of fertility centers provides much needed Fertility Preservation services to cancer patients prior to the initiation of oncology treatments.

"This is a very valuable service for cancer patients", says Brent Hazelrigg, CEO of ReproTech, Ltd. "With the growing success of cancer therapies and tremendous advancements in fertility treatment, cancer survivors today have an excellent chance of having families provided they are given the opportunity to cryopreserve reproductive tissue prior to their oncology treatment."

"The Fertility Center of Charleston is pleased to be a part of ReproTech's Fertility Preservation Network. Working in collaboration with local cancer centers, our practice enables patients faced with oncology treatments to have options for fertility preservation, including freezing their specimens for future family building," says Stephanie Singleton, M.D., Reproductive Endocrinologist and founder of the Fertility Center of Charleston.

According to the American Cancer Society, 140,000 men and women of childbearing age are newly diagnosed with cancer each year. There often is a small window of time for them to preserve their fertility; therefore, access to cryopreservation services is extremely important. Both the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) recommend the education of oncology patients about the options available to preserve their fertility.

ReproTech, Ltd has organized the Fertility Preservation Network to educate oncology professionals and caretakers, as well as provide the much needed cryopreservation services. The network now includes members in 33 states and the Caribbean. Additionally, the work of fertileHOPE and LiveSTRONG hasadvanced the awareness of the need for Fertility Preservation among the oncology community.

About ReproTech, Ltd.

ReproTech, Ltd was founded in 1990 for the purpose of providing long-term cryostorage services and now operates cryostorage facilities in Florida, Minnesota, Nevada and Texas.

About The Fertility Center of Charleston

The Fertility Center of Charleston, newly opened by Stephanie Singleton, M.D., the only female reproductive endocrinologist in the Charleston area, welcomes new patients, including cancer patients desiring fertility preservation. The Center offers fertility treatments for men and women, including In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Intrauterine Inseminations (IUI), Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) and Egg Freezing.