Innovative Reproductive Technologies

    A world leader in developing and implementing new techniques for embryo transfer

    Boviteq offers reproductive and genetic solutions to North American clients from its world-class In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) labs in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec and Madison, Wisconsin.

    Working with donor cows at the Boviteq facility or with Accredited OPU (Ovum Pick Up) centres, clients can take advantage of Boviteq's innovative reproductive technologies. “Our goal is to make available a range of options to enable breeders to optimize the reproductive career of their elite animals and manage the genetic advancement of their herds,” explains Boviteq's Director of Embryo Operations and R&D, Dr. Patrick Blondin, Ph.D.

  • Dr. Patrick Blondin, Ph.D.
    Boviteq Director of Embryo Operations and Semex’s Director of Research & Development

    As the Boviteq Director of Embryo Operations and Semex’s Director of Research & Development, Dr. Patrick Blondin manages an embryology laboratory (focuses on in vitro fertilization, embryo freezing and genomics) and a semen laboratory (focuses on semen quality, sperm fertility and cryopreservation).

    Dr. Blondin earned a PhD in Animal Science 1997 at Laval University, and then went on to complete a two-year postdoctoral internship at North Carolina State University, studying the effects of in vitro culture on fetal development. He then joined Boviteq as an Industrial Research Fellow to assist in the development of novel reproductive technologies. Dr. Blondin then became Director of Clinical Research in a human reproduction lab to advance the field of in vitro fertilization in humans.

    He returned to Semex in 2003 as Director of Research and Development. In this role he managed specific projects on semen fertility, genomics and in vitro reproductive technologies. In 2014, he became Director of Embryo Operations for Boviteq overseeing the in vitro fertilization platforms in the embryo laboratories in Canada and the US.

    Dr. Blondin is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Quebec Research Network on Reproduction (RQR), a member of the Board of Directors for the research network EmbryoGENE, and is currently the President of the International Embryo Transfer Society (IETS) Board of Governors. Additionally, he is an associate professor with Université Laval and Université de Montreal, co-directing many young scientists undergoing graduate studies.

    Dr. Blondin brings far-reaching knowledge linked to scientific developments in reproduction and has authored or co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed articles in areas of reproduction and genetics.
    T: 450-774-7949 ext 236
    C: 450-513-1312

  • Melissa Bowers
    Embryo Program Manager

    As Embryo Program Manager for Semex/Boviteq, Melissa oversees the Semex international embryo sales & export program and takes a leadership role in customer relationship management at Boviteq. She joined Semex in May 2012 as a Sales & Product Specialist working closely with the both the Embryo and Product Support Teams.

    Well-known in the dairy industry, Melissa joined Semex's partner, Centre d'insémination artificielle du Québec (CIAQ) in September 2008 as an Agricultural Technician. Prior to joining CIAQ, Melissa worked with Cargill Ltd and Agribrands Purina.

    Additionally, Melissa is fully bilingual in English and French, and hails from the accomplished Lencrest Jersey Farm in Coaticook, Quebec, Canada.

    Located at the Boviteq headquarters in Saint-Hyacinthe, Melissa brings grassroot knowledge of genetic advancement strategies to the Boviteq IVF services team.
    T: 450-774-7949 ext. 253
    C: 519-546-8348

  • Brad Sayles
    Vice President, Product Development and Genetic Solutions

    In addition to his role as Vice President, Product Development & Genetic Solutions for Semex, Brad assumed the role of Embryo/IVF Marketing and Client Management in May 2014. Brad works closely with the Boviteq management team, ensuring all aspects of Boviteq's IVF services align with strategic corporate objectives and initiatives.

    Brad joined Semex in November 2007 as Director of International Sales & Business Development, Western Europe, Scandinavia, Australia & New Zealand.

    Brad has a lifetime of dairy industry experience beginning as a Sire Analyst for United Breeders; Marketing Manager at Gencor (precursor to EastGen), and Marketing Manager at Holstein Canada.
    T: 519-821-5060 ext 1130
    C: 519-635-2200

  • Robert McRae
    CFO/Vice President, Operations

    As CFO/Vice President, Operations, Robert shares responsibility of the Boviteq's operational functions with Dr. Patrick Blondin. In this role, Robert ensures Boviteq's IVF services maximize quality and efficiency while aligning with Semex's global operations strategy. In his role, Robert leads global bull housing, production and distribution teams worldwide, aligning all facets with Semex's industry-leading Gold Standard for quality management.

    Familiar to the Semex family, Robert served as the Finance and Operations Manager at Eastern Breeders Inc (EBI). He joined Semex as Vice President, Global Operations in August 2011.

    Prior to joining Eastern Breeders Inc., Robert worked in the high tech industry as a corporate controller for Zarlink Semiconductor Inc in Ottawa, Ontario, where he was involved in both domestic and international assignments.
    T: 519-821-5060 ext 1120
    C: 519-830-1522