BIOKIBANK is the latest project to join the GRUPO OKILAB, which also includes the Laboratorio del Doctor Oquiñena and Health Spain Options. It is the first and only fully independent semen biobank; it is not linked to any fertility clinic. In addition, it is a centre accredited by the National Commission of Assisted Human Reproduction of the Spanish Ministry of Health..
GRUPO OKILAB is family oriented and has a strong track record in the world of fertility and clinical analyses. It was founded in Vitoria in 1939 by Doctor Francisco Oquiñena. In 74 years it has made the leap to become a significant business group. It has a full network of collaborators and customers both in Spain and abroad.
BIOKIBANK was launched in September 2013 to fulfil the needs of embryologists, gynaecologists and assisted reproduction centres at local and regional, national and international level, helping thousands of people in Spain, Europe and the United States make their dreams come true. BIOKIBANK is known for using the most innovative techniques in analysis, cryopreservation and biosafety. In addition, its R&D laboratory is working on various biotechnology projects including VitriStraw®, the new advanced system of aseptic vitrification using a sealed method, an innovative technique for semen vitrification.
The VitriStraw® technology was developed by Prof. Raúl Sánchez of the Universidad de la Frontera (UFRO) in Chile, Dr. Vladimir Isachenko and Dr. Evgenia Isachenko of the University of Cologne in Germany, and Dr. Juan G. Alvarez, Director of ANDROGEN and Medical Director of BIOKIBANK, who also designed VitriStraw® with vitrification materials and equipment with the CE marking for distribution in Europe.
Only in this way, with the collaboration of these professionals, can the quality offered by BIOKIBANK be achieved.