October 4, 2013 – The American Association of Tissue Banks recognized Russell Bierbaum, ReproTech, Ltd. founder and former President, for his contributions to the tissue banking industry this week at its annual meeting.
The American Association of Tissue Banks’ Jeanne Mowe Distinguished Service Award is given annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to tissue banking or transplantation, whether in research, education, or laboratory improvement, or who has served the Association or the field of tissue banking. The individual has demonstrated leadership qualities and a consistent willingness to lend his or her expertise to the Association and/or to his or her peers. Russell Bierbaum has been selected as this year’s recipient in acknowledgement of his wide contributions to tissue banking.
Mr. Bierbaum is the founder and former President of ReproTech, Ltd., and was the Director of its Minnesota Office prior to his retirement in May. Prior to that he was Technical Director of Cryogenic Laboratories, Inc., in Roseville, Minnesota from 1977-2002 and Genetic Laboratories, Inc. (Semen Bank) from 1970-1976.
Mr. Bierbaum has a longstanding history of service to AATB. He has been a member of AATB since 1993, and is an active member of the Reproductive Council and served the Association on the Board of Governors from 2002-2004 while representing the Reproductive Council as Chairperson. He has published journal articles, given poster presentations, and has been a speaker at AATB meetings. He is also a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and related professional organizations.
ReproTech, Ltd. was founded in 1990 for the purpose of providing long-term cryostorage services and operates cryostorage facilities in Florida, Minnesota, Nevada and Texas.