When a CryoPort Express® dry shipper arrives at an in-vitro fertilization (IVF) clinic, it is cause for celebration. The oocytes, sperm or pre-embryos it carries are ultimately destined for implantation in the hopes of bringing forth a new life.
In the past decade use of IVF has increased methods and technologies have improved safety and outcomes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the number of IVF treatment cycles, as well as the number of cycles involving cryopreserved genetic material, doubled between 1999 and 2008. Data from 2009, just released by the Society for Assisted Reproduction Technology (SART), indicates that 142,241 IVF treatment cycles were completed in the United States that year, resulting in the birth of 56,776 babies. Of those treatment cycles, 30,620 involved embryos that had been cryopreserved.
Most of those embryos were formed from gametes harvested, processed and implanted at the lab site. Others, however, may have required that the embryos, oocytes (eggs), ovarian tissue or sperm to be shipped across the country or across the globe as the client seeks to find the right combination of compatible cells, physicians and laws to make their dreams come true, sometimes far from home.
For these cases, maintaining the integrity of the specimen being shipped is paramount – and this means ensuring the cryopreserved temperature of the specimen during shipment. CryoPort has worked with both IVF clinics and directly with end user clients to provide the CryoPort Express® dry shipper as a reliable means to safeguard shipment of cryopreserved eggs, tissue, and sperm for use in IVF procedures.
The CryoPort Express® dry shipper has obvious benefits for the patients and for the clinics. Firstly, neither the patient/client nor the physician/clinic need to worry about or order packaging or logistics since the CryoPort Express® dry shipper arrives ready for the specimen(s) and fully labeled and documented for the shipment. And because it maintains a temperature below -150° C, the specimen is shipped under conditions consistent with the temperatures of the freezers at IVF clinics. Therefore, there will be no temperature excursions, thus eliminating the risk of cellular damage inherent in uncontrolled freeze-thaw cycles. The dry shipper has a holding time of 10 days, so if transportation is delayed or diverted, procedures can be rescheduled with confidence that specimen integrity has been maintained. As the New Hope Fertility Center says, “Dry ice isn’t safe enough for my specimen. We require -150° C.”
CryoPort recognizes that when serving IVF clinics and their clients we truly are “transporting life” and we work hard to earn their trust and be a leader in this field.