A world leader in developing and implementing new techniques for embryo transfer
Boviteq offers reproductive and genetic solutions to clients across the US from its world-class In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) lab in Madison, Wisconsin.
Working with Accredited OPU (Ovum Pick Up) centers, clients can take advantage of Boviteq's innovative reproductive technologies. Our goal is to offer the best options available to our clients that will optimize the reproductive career of their elite animals and manage their herds' genetic advancement.
As the IVF Program Liaison, Dr. Shantille Kruse is responsible for veterinary collaboration and technical inquiry related to OPU/IVF services.
Shantille was raised on a diversified sheep and cattle operation near Tecumseh, Nebraska. Being actively involved in the livestock industry since childhood was extremely influential on her career ambitions of serving the cattle industry and its stakeholders. She earned her B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Nebraska, followed by her M.S. in Biomedical Science at the Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Lab at Colorado State University. There her research focused on improving cryopreservation techniques for both in vivo- and in vitro- produced bovine embryos.
Dr. Kruse then earned her Ph.D. in Reproductive Physiology from the University of Minnesota while utilizing OPU/IVF technologies and embryo recovery and transfer to study the impacts of nutrition on oocyte quality, uterine function and early embryonic development.
Christian Vigneault, Semex's Director, Reproductive R&D, obtained a BSc in Biochemistry at Laval University in 2001, followed by his MSc and PhD in Animal Science specializing in gene expression in bovine in vitro produced embryos.
He began an industrial postdoctoral internship at Boviteq in 2007, with the goal of creating a new IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) system to produce freezable IVF bovine embryos. Following the successful implementation of that new IVF system, he was hired into a research and development position at Boviteq, working on the development of a suite of media that would allow for the movement of oocytes and embryos through couriers.
This research allowed Boviteq to expand activities through satellite locations in Canada in 2012. In 2013, Christian moved to Madison, Wisconsin to launch Boviteq in the US. He returned to Canada to supervise Semex's Research & Development Team and was been assigned to lead the semen research in 2014.
Christian also led a team that researched, investigated and diagnosed Semex's fertility position in 2016, leading to the Fertility First protocols and campaign that launched in 2018. His current position as Director, Reproductive R&D, specializes in ensuring each department within Semex's laboratory and research teams are working in harmony and reaching their absolute fullest potential.
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.
Chuck Klipstine is Boviteq's Embryo Coordinator. With Boviteq in the US since its inception in 2013, Chuck joined our team with three years of previous IVF experience.
Chuck is well-versed in IVF, laboratory protocols and reproductive technologies having trained extensively at Boviteq's lab in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec. In 2015 he learned reverse semen sorting techniques and brought this technology back to Boviteq's US clients. He was key in the planning and design of our new state-of-the-art laboratory, and in 2017 was named IVF Lab Coordinator, overseeing all lab activities and staff. In 2018, Chuck took on his current responsibilities as Embryo Coordinator, allowing him to continue to focus on reverse sorting and Boviteq's embryo teams and activities.
Katie Lohr is Boviteq's IVF Coordinator, monitoring bull performance, oocyte quality and is essential in team development. In this role since 2018, she ensures optimum fertilization conditions by overseeing bull characterization and selection. She also observes oocyte quality and trends, communicating any relevant abnormalities. To ensure a high standard of quality, she oversees and enforces quality control in these areas. Additionally, she is responsible for training new employees according to Boviteq's stringent standards, promotes team communication, helps provide growth opportunities and manages team scheduling.
Prior to this role, Katie was Boviteq's IVF Laboratory Technician beginning in 2016, verifying matings, grading cumulus, fertilizing oocytes and communicating with the customer service team regarding oocyte quality. She also managed lab supply inventories, prioritized bull characterizations and performed a variety of technical laboratory tasks.
She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a bachelor of science in genetics. While completing her education, she was a Research Assistant, conducting research projects where she verified stress induced regions in the Arabadopsis thaliana genome and conducted microbiology techniques including cloning and cell culture.
Sarah Sarbacker is Boviteq's Customer Service Coordinator, overseeing the Boviteq Customer Service Team. With Boviteq since 2018, Sarah's previous experiences included work as an administrative assistant and associate roles at several key agricultural organizations including: US Livestock Genetics Export; Landmark Services Cooperative; and Minitube of America.
In her role at Boviteq, she also works with the entire Boviteq management group to ensure correct processes and policy. She gathers certificates, test results and obtains vital donor health forms and data for export. Sarah's role also includes invoicing clients for export services, handles all billing issues, adjustments, credits, etc.
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