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.
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.
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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.
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Dany leads Semex's global embryo sales, including strategy development and execution market development, business planning and management. This involves leading, building and expanding the IVF program at Boviteq, Boviteq US and Cenatte in Brazil with a focus on aligning commercial sales with internal product development and production.
Beginning in 2013, Dany demonstrated his abilities for Semex. He quickly exceeded expectations in high-risk, valuable markets, developing relationships by establishing distribution networks, leading a global key account strategy and conducting extensive management and reproduction training to clients and staff.
This work is highlighted by: growing sales by 400% within four years in high-risk markets; developing a sales structure that entailed direct sales and consulting for mega dairies (+10K cows); securing new clients via an optimal client-facing strategy; achieving 10% growth year over year in markets post-training; managing a team of 12 and 40+ independent distributors including fully owned subsidiary Genbank in Hungary; responsible for a budget of $10M.
Dany has his Executive MBA from the Ivey Business School, Western University, as well as a bachelor of science degree in farm management from Macdonald College, McGill University.