AUGUSTA, Ga. – August 15, 2016 – To help safeguard our service member’s future reproductive needs, Xytex will offer one year of free semen storage to first responders and active duty and reservists of all U.S. Military branches. Service members put themselves, including their reproductive health, at risk in their daily work. By taking advantage of this offer, their frozen sperm will be stored in liquid nitrogen and can remain viable for decades, safeguarding their future potential to have children.

With the recent attacks on first responders and continued military deployments to war zones, Xytex recognizes the importance of providing our service members with the opportunity for flexibility with their family planning needs.

“Our service members risk their lives for the freedoms of our country each day,” said Xytex President Jan Schöler, Ph.D. “This is just a small way for us to show how much we value and appreciate the daily risk our military, first responders and their families bravely endure.”

All storage fees will be waived during the first year of storage for any military or first responder interested in preserving his sperm. Any additional storage years will be available at a discounted rate.

“We want to offer our dedicated service members and their families a peace of mind for their future reproductive needs,” said Schöler. “No individual or family should have to carry the burden of whether or not they will have the opportunity to start a family.”

A Cryokit™ is available for patients who do not live near a Xytex facility. The Cryokit™ is an in-home specimen collection kit that allows a patient to collect his semen and securely return the collection to Xytex. Recent blood test results are required prior to storage. If using a Cryokit™, the nearest medical lab can obtain blood work.

Xytex offers reproductive tissue services, processing and storage, and is an industry leader in reproductive services. For more information about Xytex and its services, visit xytex.com.

About Xytex Corporation:

Xytex Corporation is an industry leader in reproductive services with a commitment to unsurpassed quality controls and a promise to providing its clients with an experience that will last a lifetime. Since 1975, families have relied on Xytex for expert assistance in accomplishing dreams of starting or growing a family. Xytex Corporation is guided by an international medical advisory board with locations in Augusta, Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia and New Brunswick, New Jersey. For more information, visit xytex.com.


Posted: February 4, 2016
Updated: May 12, 2016

The Zika Virus continues to be of great concern to those pregnant or trying to conceive, and individuals traveling outside of the United States. Xytex continues to stay abreast with areas who have reported active Zika Virus transmission to ensure we follow the precautionary and travel recommendations set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

At Xytex we continue to take every precaution to ensure our clients receive the best quality gametes. In doing so, we ask that donors review the most current list of affected countries and territories provided by the CDC before each visit, and we also prescreen donors upon arrival. We request that donors notify our team if they have traveled outside of the United States and visited one of the affected countries or territories in the past 6 months, currently noted by the CDC. If a donor has indeed visited one of the regions with active Zika Virus transmission, he is unable to donate for 6 months, as recommended by the CDC.

For an up-to-date list of countries and territories with active Zika Virus transmission, visit the CDC website – http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/active-countries.html. For more information on our current screening process, call 800.277.3210.


Xytex’s Response to the Zika Virus
Posted February 4, 2016

You have heard it all over the news, but you think it doesn’t affect you. Think again. If you have been traveling to certain areas of the world – many of them popular vacation destinations – you should read on.

“Donors who have traveled to a country or territory designated by the CDC as an area of active Zika virus transmission within the prior 28 days will not be allowed to donate. This procedure is in line with that being followed by the American Red Cross for blood donors.”
J. Todd Spradlin, M.D., Chief Medical Director for Xytex

At Xytex, we are taking every precaution to ensure our clients get the best quality human gametes. For this reason, we are following the recommendations of the American Red Cross and the Centers for Disease Control in regards to the Zika virus. Please review the list of countries with active Zika outbreaks at the end of this article if you have traveled outside the United States in the last month.

What is the Zika Virus?

The Zika virus is a mild illness spread through a mosquito bite. It can cause fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis lasting from just a few days to a week. Not too bad for a grown adult. Cases requiring hospitalization are not a common occurrence.

There have also been recent reports of the virus being spread through blood transfusions and sexual contact. Only 1 in 5 people who contract the Zika virus will get sick. For this reason, it is important to follow a few precautions. All precaution and travel recommendations are directly from the CDC.

Prevention

• Avoid mosquito bites
• Mosquitoes that spread Zika are daytime biters, take extra precautions to avoid daytime mosquito bites

When traveling to areas with Zika:
• Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants
• Stay indoors where there is air conditioning or screens on windows
• Sleep under mosquito netting if you cannot be indoors
• Use EPA-registered insect repellents (if using sunscreen apply that first, then bug spray)
• Cover cribs, strollers, and baby carriers with mosquito netting
• Treat clothing and gear with permethrin

Despite precautions, if you still become infected with the Zika virus it remains present in your blood for the next week. Avoid mosquito bites to limit the number of mosquitoes carrying the virus around. If they bite you during this period and then bite someone else, they may spread the disease further.

There have also been links to the spread of Zika virus through sexual contact. It is best to avoid sexual contact for 30 days if you have traveled to a Zika infected area.

Zika and Pregnancy

Women infected with the Zika virus while pregnant can pass the virus to their unborn baby. The virus has been shown to cause microcephaly in unborn babies and these pregnancies have had poor outcomes.

Microcephaly is a birth defect in which the baby’s head is smaller than normal. This also causes the baby’s brain to be smaller and not develop properly. Babies with microcephaly can have seizures, developmental delay, intellectual disability, problems with movement and balance, difficulty swallowing, hearing loss, and vision problems. Sometimes complications from microcephaly are fatal.

According to the CDC, women who are pregnant, think they may become pregnant, or are trying to conceive should avoid travel to Zika infected areas.

Affected Areas

Zika virus outbreaks have occurred in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. In 2015, an outbreak of Zika spread across Brazil. Since then, there have been reported outbreaks in many countries including Barbados, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, St. Martin, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A complete list and area map of locations with active Zika outbreaks are listed below.

AMERICAS
• Barbados
• Bolivia
• Brazil
• Colombia
• Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, US territory
• Costa Rica
• Curacao
• Dominican Republic
• Ecuador
• El Salvador
• French Guiana
• Guadeloupe
• Guatemala
• Guyana
• Haiti
• Honduras
• Jamaica
• Martinique
• Mexico
• Nicaragua
• Panama
• Paraguay
• Saint Martin
• Suriname
• U.S. Virgin Islands
• Venezuela
OCEANIA/PACIFIC ISLANDS
• American Samoa
• Samoa
• Tonga
AFRICA
• Cape Verde

Take extra precautions when traveling to Zika infected areas, take necessary precautions when you return, and do all you can to avoid mosquito bites. We will keep you posted on new developments and information as it becomes available.


**UPDATE**

On October 20, 2015, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney dismissed all claims brought against Xytex Cryo International on March 31, 2015. The case was initiated by a Canadian couple which alleged misrepresentation of donor qualifications and credentials. Xytex remains committed to providing clients with excellent service and upholding the highest practices and standards in the industry.

 
**ORIGINAL LETTER**

Over the last 40 years, we have developed into an industry leader because of our steadfast commitment to our clients. We are proud to have helped tens of thousands of families throughout the world to achieve their dreams of having healthy children and building families.

You can imagine our concern when a lawsuit was filed last week that accused us of misleading a client. We want to assure you that this is simply not true. We have conducted a careful review of our records and the claims by the couple in question do not reflect the representations provided to Xytex.

We followed thorough procedures to review the health of the donor. As you may know, this vetting process eliminates 99% of the potential donors who apply to Xytex.  In this case, the donor underwent a standard medical exam and provided extensive personal and health information. He reported a good health history and stated in his application that he had no physical or medical impairments. This information was passed on to the couple, who were clearly informed the representations were reported by the donor and were not verified by Xytex.

In addition, the donor provided signed photos of himself that we passed on to the couple without alteration. He also provided us with copies of his undergraduate and graduate university degrees.

We stand by the process we followed, and intend to vigorously defend ourselves against the allegations in this lawsuit. In the meantime, we remain committed to providing clients with excellent service and upholding the highest practices and standards in the business.

Regards,
Kevin M. O’Brien
President


                                                                   

Xytex Cryo International, an industry leader in reproductive services, is celebrating 40 years of unsurpassed commitment to quality and a commitment to providing our clients with an experience that provides empathy and guidance. At Xytex we understand that we could not have accomplished this success without our customers, donors, vendors, fertility professionals and employees.

Dr. Armand Karow, working with Roy Witherington M.D., established at the Medical College of Georgia, the first clinical sperm bank in the southeast. In 1975 the sperm bank was incorporated as Xytex Corporation Inc., which evolved under Dr. Karow’s direction to become Xytex Cryo International Ltd., a global leader in assisted reproduction that includes a sperm bank, egg donor program, long-term medical tissue storage and cord blood banking. Although Dr. Karow passed away in 2007, he would be pleased that Xytex is now 100% employee owned.

At Xytex, our most valuable assets are our employee owners. Knowing they have ownership in the company provides Xytex employees with a sense of pride in all aspects of the work they do, enabling them to provide unsurpassed customer service to our clients since our employee owners are motivated to provide excellent customer service and a commitment to producing a quality product.

Dr. Michael Tucker, our Chief Executive Officer noted, “While there has been so much change that has occurred during the past four decades, the excellence of our service has remained the same. Xytex Cryo International, one of the earliest established cryo-banks in the world, continues to provide quality and value across a range of services, and, additionally, is an amazing fully employee-owned company to work for!”

Kevin M. O’Brien, our company President noted, “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.”

Xytex’s Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Jan Schöler said, “Xytex Cryo International is one of those amazing companies that has grown and flourished due to the hard work and dedication of its employees. The quality of the work, customer service and leadership are, bar none, the best I’ve experienced in over 30 years of work in the medical reproductive field. After only a relative short tenure with the company, I look forward to many more productive years.”

Thank you to our customers and donors, both past and present, for giving us the opportunity to provide you with the best service possible. To those with whom we have not yet had the pleasure of working with, thank you for taking the time to read our story. We hope that one day we can help you with your reproductive health.

We would like to give back to everyone that helped us make it to this great milestone. Every month this year we are going to give a lucky person a chance to win a gift. Please visit our Facebook page for more details. Again, thank you to everyone that helped us hit our 40th!


Xytex is excited to introduce xyConnects.  Since Xytex is the common denominator between the donor, the child and the parent or parents of that child – Xytex is in the ideal position to facilitate these connections in a secure, controlled environment. This first of its kind site makes it possible for donors who provided semen to Xytex to connect and communicate with the recipients and offspring (13 years and older with signed consent from their legal guardian).  Xytex believes assisting in these connections is the right thing to do when all parties want to pursue it.

xyConnects is an online platform that allows parents, donors and offspring to have the ability to register and potentially communicate in a social media setting. Xytex confirms the identity of the donor, the recipient of the donor’s sperm and the recorded birth. This ensures all parties are represented accurately.  xyConnects is a completely voluntary service.  Recipients, Donors and Offspring can choose to register or choose to decline any actions completely. Both parties must agree to a connection and communication before any correspondence takes place. At no time prior to or after connecting on xyConnects is anyone’s private information such as name or e-mail address released by Xytex.  All moderation is achieved via the xyConnects system assuring complete confidentiality.

In order to be a part of the xyConnects community, please go to www.xytex.com/xyconnects create your profile, add pictures and view your potential connections.


Xytex Cryo International has signed up for a new monitoring system to protect irreplaceable cryopreserved gametes and umbilical Cord Blood in its Georgia storage facilities. Xytex, a 36 year old worldwide industry leader, has a commitment to unsurpassed quality controls and protecting irreplaceable reproductive tissues. One way to fulfill this commitment is to continuously monitor all products and reagents being stored to ensure that the required temperatures are maintained and that deviations are identified immediately, reported and corrected. Xytex examined and trial tested alternative services before settling on the Tutela system from Next Control Services.

“After a thorough evaluation we chose a Tutela 24-hour wire-less monitoring system because we just found it to be the best fit for our situation; there was a better feel to its operation. We contacted users of all the systems we tested inquiring about the benefits of each system, and Tutela, received the best ratings. Having used a manual system of checking levels and temperatures for many years, we were skeptical of taking the leap to wire-less monitoring, but, as one reference indicated, at some point you have to be confident in the technology because 24/7 monitoring is far superior to manual checking. We even included our oxygen monitor on the system.” – Anita Wylds, Xytex Special Projects Coordinator

“The monitoring service is provided by Next Controls’ fully manned 24 hour international alarm bureau through which the Tutela system automatically generates records sufficiently detailed to meet all legal requirements. Next Controls has fitted 55 sensors on liquid nitrogen units, 5 sensors on refrigerator/freezer units and 2 sensors on oxygen monitors.” – Christopher Karow, Communications


Xytex Cryo International has recently improved tank temperature monitoring and building security systems for all locations. Xytex has always provided customers with safety systems that insure all around security measures.

Xytex recently tested and installed a new $30k tank and dewar temperature control and regulation system as well as reinforcing our high security system. Xytex has always maintained a 24-hour security system with multiple alert controls. New advances in technology have allowed Xytex to control access to all of our locations with a fully integrated entry system which records the movement of every individual entering or exiting our facilities. This new system further exceeds ISO requirements and regulatory expectations.

Xytex has also installed a fully validated and regulatory compliant web-based wireless temperature monitoring and recording system to monitor all refrigeration and liquid nitrogen storage units. The system monitors both high and low temperatures using NIST traceable monitoring sensors. The system allows 24/7 web access to monitor all devices. If any device indicates operating outside set temperature parameters, the system goes into an alarm mode and is automatically reported to a manned bureau. The bureau contacts Xytex personnel who are able to quickly react to the nature of the alarm.
– Xytex Security Resource and Development Group


As of July 29, 2010, Xytex Cord Blood Bank has officially been awarded a New York State Cord Blood provisional license by the New York Department of Health. With this license Xytex will be able to accept cord blood banking requests or orders from New York State residents and is also a recognition of the high degree of performance by Xytex Cord Blood Bank operations. Xytex Cord Blood Bank will immediately begin distributing cord blood collection kits to moms-to-be and is ready to begin taking new cord blood collection requests and orders from moms-to-be, clinics and other health care professionals in the state of New York.


Xytex is Now Accepting Donors in historic downtown New Brunswick, NJ. The new location, near the center of Rutgers University campus, will initially recruit semen donors between the ages of 18 to 38 who meet Xytex donor guidelines.

Since 1975, Xytex has been a leader in reproductive medicine including sperm banking, semen analysis and reproductive tissue storage. Erik Dos, V.P. of Marketing at Xytex, states that the sperm bank offers the highest number of motile sperm in the world which increases the probability of conception.

Internationally recognized for offering the highest quality sperm samples, Xytex is also well known for its ethnic donor diversity and Identity Disclosure donors. Identity Disclosure donors are in high demand and give those seeking donor insemination a certain peace of mind about the intentions of the donors.

Once accepted into the Xytex donor sperm program, donors are offered the option of being anonymous or identity disclosure. An identity disclosure donor offers the opportunity for offspring to receive information about the donor once the offspring reaches the age of 18. There are millions of people worldwide who want to have children, but cannot. Xytex provides a viable option for realizing their dreams of a family. Every year, approximately 75,000 American children are born as a result of donor gametes. The inseminations are performed by physicians when male factor infertility prevents a couple from conceiving with the husband’s sperm, or when women decide to have a child on their own.

Our New Jersey manager, Kevin Kessler, is an embryologist and andrologist with over 20 years of experience in the infertility field including expertise in ICSI and IVF, laser guided hatching and along with sperm he has also worked in the field of cryopreserving embryos. Adding to his vast knowledge of the field, Dr. Kessler is a member of ASRM, The NY Reproductive Society and the Embryologist Society of NY/NJ.

Xytex will be accepting donor applications and provide weekly testing by appointment. To learn more about Xytex and Xytex donor guidelines visit www.xytex.com or call 1-800-277-3210 to speak with a client relations specialist.


Toronto, Canada – The need for fertility treatments is steadily increasing in North America and around the globe. Xytex, a US based sperm bank, and ReproMed, a Toronto based fertility clinic, have recently partnered in order to assist with creating healthy families in Canada.

For fertile couples, there is approximately a 20% chance of achieving a successful pregnancy in any six month period. For those who cannot have children through conventional methods, Xytex and ReproMed offer the opportunity to choose a fully screened, high quality sperm donor to help realize their dream of having a family.

With over 30 million motile sperm per milliliter, Xytex offers the highest quality guarantee of any sperm bank. Therefore, Canadian women who choose Xytex donor sperm via ReproMed are given a greater opportunity to become pregnant. This is one of the many reasons ReproMed has chosen to partner with Xytex. Also a factor was the extensive and diverse donor panel, the website with child/adult donor photos, the newly opened offices in the New York/New Jersey area, full Canadian and FDA compliance, and over 35 years of continued operations.

For more than 20 years, ReproMed has been successfully serving Canadian patients in the field of Reproductive Medicine and is a member of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Association (CFAS) and A.S.R.M. With over 35 years of fertility assistance experience and successful research, Xytex, also an A.S.R.M. member is the oldest existing sperm bank and offers Canadian Compliant donor sperm directly to ReproMed.

Dr. Del Valle of ReproMed stated “ReproMed is glad to be partnered with Xytex and have the ability to offer their quality samples to physicians in our distribution channel. Their extensive catalogue of donors offering Canadian compliant semen will give patients of ReproMed even more choices when it comes to building families.”

* Pasqualotto EB, Daitch JA, Hendin BN, et al (October 1999). “Relationship of total motile sperm count and percentage motile sperm to successful pregnancy rates following intrauterine insemination”. J. Assist. Reprod. Genet. 16 (9): 476–82. PMID 10530401.

About Xytex Cryo International:
Xytex Cryo International has been enhancing lives through cellular ingenuity since 1975. A worldwide leader in reproductive tissue storage and research, Xytex Cryo International has been featured in numerous medical publications as well as Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and on 60 Minutes, Good Morning America and The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Xytex Cryo International is the parent company of Xytex Cryo Sperm Bank, Xytex Cryo Tissue Storage (XTS), Xytex Cryo Cord Blood Bank; and Xytex Cryo Research. For more information, please visit www.xytexinternational.com.

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