Olive Fertility Center Receives Award for Clinical Excellence

December 23, 2014

Olive Fertility Centre is proud to announce that they have been awarded the 2014 Canada Clinic Excellence Award in Vitrification Warming by Donor Egg Bank USA. This award recognizes the outstanding practice and results that Olive Fertility has achieved in the thawing techniques of frozen donor eggs.

After careful evaluation of 28 partner practices and over 150 reproductive specialists in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, Donor Egg Bank USA selected recipients for awards in Fertility Practice Excellence in a number of categories including Excellence in Warming. Award candidates were evaluated based upon clinical pregnancy rates achieved per egg lot thawed and overall practice excellence. Olive Fertility Centre is the only clinic in Canada to receive an award.

“We are thrilled to be recognized for the excellence of our IVF lab and egg thawing protocol,” says Dr Albert Yuzpe, who leads the Olive Fertility Frozen Egg Donor program.

Donor Egg Bank USA provides frozen donor eggs to infertility patients in Canada and the US who are unable to conceive a child using their own eggs. After a woman or couple selects the donor they want, the frozen donor eggs are sent to the fertility clinic where they are meticulously thawed and fertilized with sperm in an in vitro fertilization (IVF) process. The resulting embryo is then transferred to the patient’s uterus.

The recent success with frozen donor eggs is due to a breakthrough in egg freezing technology called vitrification where the eggs are flash frozen at a very low temperature. With vitrification, the eggs are frozen so quickly that damaging ice crystals don’t get a chance to form. This makes them much more likely to survive thawing at a later date.

“This award is a testament to the lengths that Olive Fertility Centre has gone to create the best possible IVF lab,” says Dr Yuzpe. “We have devoted an extreme level of attention to every aspect of the design of the lab in order to create the best possible environment to ensure excellent outcomes and patient safety. But beyond our technology what really sets us apart is the outstanding group of scientists that run our lab.”

At the lead is Dr. Salah Abdelgadir, PhD, who has been a laboratory director for nearly 20 years, with certification as a Technical Supervisor (TS) and High Complexity Lab Director (HCLD) from the American Board of Bioanalysis. He is the only PhD-educated lab director in British Columbia who works on-site, full time to maintain strict and direct supervision of all laboratory processes and procedures. Working with Dr. Abdelgadir is team of some of the best embryologists and andrologists in Canada.

Olive Fertility Centre, http://www.olivefertility.com, is one of Canada’s largest fertility clinics, offering an advanced IVF lab, personal care teams and innovative programs that include comprehensive chromosome screening (CCS), egg freezing, and prenatal NIPT testing.

Donor Egg Bank USA is a frozen donor egg program developed through the collaboration of more than 150 of the country's top reproductive specialists and available at more than 95 locations throughout the United States and Canada For more information: http://www.donoreggbankusa.com, 855-344-2265.

Inclusion of all gender and sexually diverse people is an important value of Olive Fertility Centre. We are continuously striving to create an environment of compassionate belonging where all of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community are supported, valued and respected.

Olive Fertility Centre resides on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Tsleil-waututh Nations (Vancouver and Surrey clinics), of the Lekwungen people (Victoria clinic), of the syilx/Okanagan people (Kelowna clinic) and of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation (Blossom Fertility clinic in Prince George).

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