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Session 103: CRYOGOVERNANCE V - BEST PRACTICES IN CRYOTRANSPORTATION

International IVF Initiative

Session 103: CRYOGOVERNANCE V - BEST PRACTICES IN CRYOTRANSPORTATION

Session 103: CRYOGOVERNANCE V - BEST PRACTICES IN CRYOTRANSPORTATION

Tuesday, 11th October at 3pm EST, 8pm UK, 9pm CET

This session is sponsored by Cryoport

Moderators:
Giles Palmer
Jessica Bailey

Panelists:
Victoria A. Wells, John Condon and Dr. Simon Cooke

Presenters:
Dr. Kristen Ivani : The embryologist's point of view
Deborah Mecerod: Demands of an egg bank
Bret Bollinger: The role of technology in IVF shipping
Dr. Mark Sawicki: The future of cryotransportation
Q and A

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DR. KRISTEN IVANI 

Kristen Ivani completed both her BS and MS degrees in Animal Science with an emphasis in reproductive physiology. She earned her PhD degree in Physiology with the Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology group at Colorado State University. Kristen served as the IVF Laboratory Director at the Reproductive Science Center of the San Francisco Bay Area in San Ramon, CA for over 30 years before recently turning over the reins and being promoted to part-time embryologist and consultant.

In her free time, she enjoys sharing her love of embryology, studying the legal and ethical aspects of ART, and doing anything outdoors. She also enjoys her “other” director job as a volunteer camp director at Two Sentinels Girl Scout camp which has provided backpacking experiences in the Sierra Nevada mountains for over 80 years.

DEBORAH MECEROD 

Deborah Mecerod, Clinical Nurse Manager, joined Reproductive Biology Associates in 1998. A native of Long Island, N.Y., she graduated from Catholic Medical Center School of Nursing and attended Nassau Community College.
Deborah has over 30 years of experience in the field of Infertility. Her career started at North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, N.Y. in 1988 as an IVF nurse. She relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1996, and has worked at RBA for 19 years. Deborah served as the Clinical Nurse Manager for 13 years. In July of 2011, Deborah was appointed Director of Clinical Operations for MyEggBank. Notably this was the first U.S egg bank for frozen donor eggs.
MyEggBank is a longstanding and reputable Egg Bank that works closely with its production centers that provide frozen donor eggs to 200 centers domestically and abroad. MyEggBank is responsible for 7000+ live births since its start in 2011.
Most recently Deborah moderated and spoke at the 2018 ARSM scientific Congress “There’s No Such Thing as Anonymous”. Deborah has co-chaired the 2009 and 2010 “International Nursing Conference on Reproductive Health and Infertility”. Deborah served as an active chair for the 2011 “Start Art Conference” in Las Vegas. Deborah has spoken at several nursing conferences about egg donation, vitrification and FDA guidelines.
Deborah enjoys spending time with her 3 children, family and friends.
In her spare time Deborah enjoys traveling to new destinations; cooking; kickboxing and weight lifting.

BRET BOLLINGER 

Bret Bollinger, as the Chief Technical Officer, for Cryoport Systems, LLC, is responsible for New Product Development, Process and Facility Development, and Information Systems.  Mr. Bollinger has combined his 30 years of experience in Product Development, Lean Manufacturing, and Quality Management in various industries from Consumer Products to Medical Devices to develop Cryoport’s products, information systems and processes. In the nearly 15 years with Cryoport, he has played an instrumental role in changing Cryoport from a dewar manufacturing company to the world’s premier temperature-controlled logistics and supply chain services company that supports Cellular Therapy, Pharma, and IVF industries.


DR. MARK SAWICKI 

President and CEO, Cryoport systems, LLC and Chief Scientific Officer, Cryoport Inc 
Mark Sawicki brings 15 years of business development and sales management experience, having consistently delivered on corporate revenue and market share goals in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Sawicki was most recently the chief business officer at AAIPharma Services Corporation/Cambridge Major Laboratories Inc. Additionally, he has served in senior business development roles at CMC Biologics and Albany Molecular Research Inc. (AMRI), where he increased revenue at rates far outpacing industry standards. Sawicki holds a bachelor’s in biochemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He also received graduate training at the Hauptman Woodard Medical Research Institute. Sawicki has authored a dozen scientific publications in drug discovery with a focus on oncology and immunology.


GILES PALMER 

Giles is a clinical embryologist, skilled in laboratory, business, and quality management. After graduating in Genetics at Leeds University, UK he worked as are search officer at London's Hammersmith Hospital's acclaimed IVF unit working with Professors Lord Winston and Alan Handyside. In the following years he worked as laboratory manager and clinic director in IVF clinics in Greece while consulting in several countries including Iceland, Nigeria, and the Balkan states. His research collaboration with St. Sophia' s Children's Hospital (Athens University) resulted in the first births in Greece following embryo-biopsy and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis. He has published in leading scientific journals on a variety of topics including pre-implantation genetic testing for Cystic Fibrosis and B-thalassaemia, Morpho-kinetics, and Quality Management. He is a certified HCPC clinical scientist in the UK and has been accredited with Senior Embryologist Status by ESHRE. More recently, Giles, has become a consultant for IVF clinics, Institute of Life, Athens and Nordica Fertility Centre in Lagos and product developer in a wide range of areas within the industry.

He is the executive director for this non profit global educational project in Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART), the International IVF Initiative.


JESSICA BAILEY

Jessica Bailey is an embryologist at Boston IVF. Her interest in fertility, which began during her years at the University of New Hampshire studying Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental biology, was fully cultivated when introduced to the embryology lab under Kathy Go in Philadelphia; followed by her time as lab supervisor at Delaware Valley Institute for Fertility & Genetics, and ultimately landing at Boston IVF in 2010. As Chief Cryobiologist and Tissue Bank Director at Boston IVF, she comes with more than 20 years’ experience, an MBA, and a focus on cryo-management in a large fertility center network.





DR. SIMON COOKE 


Working in and overseeing the management of embryo and sperm laboratories since 1992, Simon has driven multiple laboratory quality and automation projects over the last 30 years within the labs, aimed at improving quality and safety, and reducing the time to pregnancy.
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JOHN CONDON


John’s experience in the IVF/Reproductive Medicine spans over 30 years, previously representing CooperSurgical Fertility and Genomic Solutions, Smiths Medical – Wallace and Irvine Scientific in the consumable, equipment, and genomic solutions business. John holds a BA degree from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst in Health Administration and is currently resides in Rhode Island.






VICTORIA A. WELLS

Victoria is a Senior Clinical Embryologist with over 21 years of hands on laboratory experience. She is passionate about the provision of a high quality care service for patients and has been a mentor for many junior Embryologists over the years.

Victoria graduated from Sheffield University in 2000 with a BSc in Biochemistry and gained her ACE certificate in Embryology in 2005, followed by HCPC registration in 2007. She worked in both the NHS and private sectors, in both locum and permanent positions; her most recent London based job was as a team-leading Senior Embryologist at the Lister fertility clinic, one of the largest clinics in the UK.

Her particular areas of interest include male factor subfertility and she sat on an MDT panel as the representative Embryologist in a regular discussion group which included international Urologists and Andrologists.

An accomplished ICSI practitioner of over 15 years and Embryo Biopsy Practitioner of over 10 years Victoria has recently joined the Agora Clinic in Sussex where she is leading the implementation of a PGT programme.



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