American cryobank celebrates 40th anniversary


In 2015, the leader of the industry of reproductive cells and tissues banking, American cryobank “Xytex Cryo International” celebrated its 40th anniversary. This is an important event not only in the history of Xytex Cryo International, but also for the industry of human cells and tissues banking in general.

In 1975, Dr. Armand Karow, working with Dr. Roy Witherington at the Medical College of Georgia founded the first sperm bank in the southeastern part of the USA – Xytex Corporation Inc, which later became a world leader in sperm banking, donor programs of eggs cryoconservation, long-term storage of biological tissues and umbilical cord blood. Currently Xytex Cryo International is totally owned by its employees.

According to Dr. Michael Tucker, CEO of Xytex Cryo International: While there has been so much change that has occurred during the past four decades, the excellence of our service has remained the same.

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Xytex Cryo International is one of the first cryobanks in the world and continues to provide a wide range of services in the field of cryo-storage of cells and tissues.
Kevin O’Brien, company President said: “The business of Xytex is people – people eager to share their specialized knowledge in an empathetic manner with patients who are making life-altering decisions regarding reproductive options, tissue preservation and cord blood management.

By the end of 2013 more than 30,000 cord blood transplants and more than one million transplants of peripheral blood hematopoietic stem cells were performed worldwide.
We also recall that today in the world more than three million children were born from in vitro fertilization technique. More than 300,000 children were born from pregnancies from frozen sperm, about 2,000 children from pregnancies from frozen eggs, more than 20 children were born to women who were reimplanted frozen autologous ovarian tissue.

In Ukraine, the Institute of Cell Therapy, the full member of the Association of cryobanks, offers high quality services of cryo-storage of ovarian tissue, ova, sperm. The service is primarily intended for cancer patients of childbearing age, whose impending treatment is accompanied by the risk of infertility development. At the Institute of Cell Therapy, the first Ukrainian cryobank of umbilical cord blood also is being operated. To date, cryobank of the Institute of Cell Therapy is the only biobank in Ukraine, licensed according ISO 9001: 2008.

Source: and according to the Association cryobanks.

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