July 25, 2008

Washington-Area Fertility Center Has Created More Than 17,000 Pregnancies

FAIRFAX, Va., July 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Genetics & IVF Institute announced today, on the 30th anniversary of the birth of the world's first IVF (in vitro fertilization) baby, that it has created more than 17,000 pregnancies through in vitro fertilization and other advanced techniques.

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"Louise Brown, the world's first baby born through in vitro fertilization, was born in England on July 25, 1978, and media outlets trumpeted the news of the first 'test tube baby', says David Wise, president and CEO of Genetics & IVF Institute (GIVF), which is based in Fairfax, VA. "Now, people around the world are enjoying parenthood thanks to the invention of IVF by the remarkable British scientists Drs. Robert Edwards and Patrick Steptoe. We honor them today on the 30th anniversary of Louise Brown's birth."

Founded in 1984, GIVF was one of the first free-standing fertility treatment centers in America. GIVF pioneered the development and implementation of many improved fertility treatment technologies and methods, including non-surgical retrieval of eggs and sperm, intracytoplasmic sperm injection and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis of embryos (PGD). GIVF also developed a new, patented sperm separation technique for pre-conceptual gender selection called MicroSort(R) (http://www.microsort.net/) which is currently in an FDA clinical trial. It is the only American infertility treatment center with its own donor egg (http://www.givf.com/donoregg/donoregg1.cfm) and donor sperm (http://www.fairfaxcryobank.com/) programs. GIVF also introduced high tech infertility treatment in China and is the only American center that provides infertility treatment in China.

Many of the pregnancies created at GIVF are in patients with particularly challenging infertility problems, including some who have been rejected for treatment by other centers.

"Every pregnancy is a cause for joy. Patients who come to GIVF seeking help to become pregnant are elated when they learn that they have achieved pregnancy and our staff is thrilled to help them," Mr. Wise said.

GIVF's main offices and laboratories are located in Fairfax, VA, with additional offices, medical and laboratory facilities in Ashburn, VA and in Maryland, Texas, Minnesota, California, and China.

For more information on GIVF and its extraordinary range of programs, visit http://www.givf.com/.

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CONTACT: Trina Leonard of Genetics & IVF Institute, +1-301-530-6700, [email protected]

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