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Are You Poised for PGS Success?

Dr. Matthew “Tex” VerMilyea highlights PGS Best Practices at Irvine Scientific Meeting in Chicago

Experts in reproductive medicine will converge in Chicago, Illinois this month for Irvine Scientific’s “Best Practices in the IVF Lab.” Ovation Fertility™ Austin Laboratory Director Matthew (Tex) VerMilyea, PhD, HCLD/CC (ABB) will be among the esteemed speakers.

Dr. VerMilyea’s presentation focuses on the global proliferation of PGS services and the resulting need for competent IVF labs: “PGS: Preimplantation Genetic Screening or Pressure Group Success. Are you in or out?”

PGS enables fertility specialists to screen IVF embryos for chromosomal abnormalities. This type of screening is on the rise as a result of advances in cryopreservation and DNA mapping. Chromosomally abnormal embryos (aneuploid embryos) frequently cause early miscarriage in IVF cycles. PGS, however, allows IVF lab embryologists to screen for aneuploid embryos so that fertility specialists can recommend transferring only those likely to develop into healthy babies.

Ability to grow blastocyst stage embryos essential to PGS capabilities

Dr. VerMilyea plans to use his presentation to emphasize the need for IVF lab competency in PGS. He will stress that IVF labs must provide the optimal environment in which to nurture embryos to the blastocyst stage, while developing guidelines to select the best embryos for biopsy and establishing strong cryopreservation programs.

Representing Ovation Fertility™ Austin, a world leader in reproductive medicine, Dr. VerMilyea says: “My ultimate goal is to educate other fertility specialists and laboratory professionals on the importance of PGS and its role in giving fertility patients the best chance for experiencing healthy pregnancies and live births.”

The fifth annual seminar examines “current practices in andrology, biopsy and vitrification” and strives to introduce fertility specialists to “new ideas and best practices” to help improve efficiency and effectiveness in the IVF lab.


Other presentations at the Chicago seminar will focus on sperm epigenetics and embryogenesis as well as vitrification of oocytes.


About Dr. Matthew (Tex) VerMilyea – Dr. VerMilyea is the laboratory director at Ovation Fertility™ Austin and scientific director for Texas Fertility Center™ in Austin, Texas. In his role as scientific director, Dr. VerMilyea oversees all IVF lab procedures, and researches the latest technologies in DNA analysis, embryo development and fertility preservation. Dr. VerMilyea is a world traveler, having served as a research fellow in Japan and the United Kingdom, and as lab director for leading New Zealand fertility centers. For more information about Dr. VerMilyea, his extensive background in embryology and andrology, and his work, please visit Ovation Fertility Austin.


Ovation Fertility™ – Ovation Fertility, founded in 2015 by a consortium of thought-leading reproductive endocrinologists, is a national fertility service provider offering all aspects of fertility treatment for intended parents, including embryology, andrology and genetic testing as part of the in-vitro fertilization process. Ovation Fertility partners with prominent physician clinics that are committed to reducing the average cost of a live birth through IVF by advancing the industry standard in fertility treatments. For more information, visit www.ovationfertility.com.

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