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Xtalks Webinars

May 11, 2016 07:00 ET

Optimize Your IVF Clinic Operations: Facilitating Growth Through Cold Chain Management, New Webinar Hosted by Xtalks

TORONTO, ON --(Marketwired - May 11, 2016) - During a live broadcast on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, Tamie Joeckel, Senior Vice President of Client Services and Shannon Curiel, Director of Sales for Reproductive Medicine (IVF), both from Cryoport, will provide insight on how practitioners can make the best decisions for their clinic and intended parents when planning an operational strategy for the storage and shipping of reproductive materials -- domestically and internationally. Specifically, the following will be addressed:

Long-term Storage

  • Cost and facility considerations
  • Monitoring and regulatory demands
  • Backup and emergency management needs
  • Training and compliance
  • Inventory management
  • Legal considerations


  • Current shipping requirements and considerations
  • Global changes in policy and regulatory restrictions
  • What to expect in the customs clearance process
  • Equipment management and qualification
  • Logistics partners
  • Permitting and documentation demands
  • Intended parent interaction

Fertility clinics, hospitals, surgical centers and clinical research institutes are all part of the global service provider network for IVF. In 2014, fertility clinics and hospitals made up about three-fourths of the market, which is segmented across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America.

The global proliferation of laboratories using vitrification of embryos dictates that shipping and validated, long-term storage are very important business and economic considerations for IVF service and surrogacy providers.

Operationally, significant factors need to be considered in support of the aforementioned demands. Providers need to determine how to best approach their needs for long-term storage and global shipment. Considerations include direct capital investment (facilities and equipment purchase), staffing and overhead allocations, equipment maintenance and qualification, regulatory requirements, monitoring and legal exposure to their business. Additionally, with the rise in reproductive tourism and surrogacy, substantial demands are being made on clinic staff to support the movement of reproductive materials globally. This includes the need to understand international shipping regulations, permitting and regulatory or policy decisions globally.

In addition to the resources and expertise required for international shipping and long-term storage, there are multiple other factors that need to be considered including: the time required to manage the logistics of the transportation; clinic coordination; establishment of shipping relationships; and the purchase and maintenance of cryogenic dry vapor shippers to transport the materials, which require specialization. In our experience, many times it is high-salaried laboratory personnel who are dedicating time to logistics planning and management!

To learn more about this complimentary event visit: Optimize Your IVF Clinic Operations: Facilitating Growth Through Cold Chain Management

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