A dream come true

It all started in Aarhus, Denmark, in 1981, when Cryos’ founder Ole Schou had a strange dream about frozen sperm. Today, Cryos is a widely recognized international sperm and egg bank and has helped to make thousands of dreams come true.

Being an international company, Cryos supplies frozen donor sperm and eggs to more than 100 countries worldwide. We have the world’s largest selection of anonymous and non-anonymous donors. We are also proud to say that we boast the highest number of registered pregnancies in the world.

From the beginning, the company has specialised in the cryopreservation of sperm. In the last 10-15 years, the technology behind oocyte (egg) vitrification has evolved greatly. As it continued to improve, it was only natural for Cryos to expand into the donor egg market as well.

In 2015, Cryos established the first free standing fully independent frozen egg bank in the United States, and we are now proud to open our first egg bank in Europe. The vision is still the same; to help the childless make their dream come true.

Aside from advanced research and development, Cryos’ international success can be attributed to the people – the people who work at Cryos, our generous sperm and egg donors, and of course all the people who have put their trust in us and who are now the proud parents of happy, healthy children.

Ole Schou tells the story about how Cryos started:

Ole Schou, founder of Cryos"I don’t know why I had this dream back in 1981. But for some strange reason, the moment I woke up I just knew I had to find out everything there was to know about frozen sperm. It became somewhat of an obsession and I basically read every book and paper ever written about the subject. Little did I know, that all of a sudden, I had actually become one of the leading experts in the subject without even being a scholar of natural science. 

Fortunately, I was able to combine my knowledge about frozen sperm with a Graduate Diploma in Business & Administration, and gradually establish a successful commercial business. Utilising my knowledge about the process of freezing and storing human sperm, I started collaborating with doctors and clinics who were very satisfied with my work and my product. Business took off, and at first my office and laboratory were established as a service merely for frozen sperm storage. In 1990 the donor programme was established, and international demand increased rapidly.

Later on, we started specialising in the egg vitrification technology as well. This means that we are able to help even more people around the world becoming parents."

Cryos' history

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Today

Cryos delivers to more than 100 countries worldwide and has surpassed a milestone of 1000 sperm and egg donors altogether

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2017

Cryos can proudly celebrate its 30th anniversary

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2016

Cryos opened the first fully independent egg bank in the U.S.

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2015

Cryos opened a department in Odense (Denmark)

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2015

Cryos in the U.S. opened a new headquarter in Orlando, FL.

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2014

Cryos reached delivery to more than 70 countries worldwide

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2013

Cryos launched a new website in 19 languages

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2009

Cryos reached delivery to more than 50 countries worldwide

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2009

Cryos began selling to private clients

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2008

Cryos opened a department in Aalborg (Denmark)

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2007

Cryos became a licensed tissue centre according to the EU Directives

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2006

Cryos started operating with non-anonymous donors

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2003

Cryos in the U.S. moved from Seattle to New York

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2001

Cryos opened Scandinavian Cryobank in Seattle, USA

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1994

Cryos opened a department in Copenhagen (Denmark)

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1990

The Donor Programme was established

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1987

Cryos was established in Aarhus, Denmark

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1981-1987

Ole Schou spent most of his time researching

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1981

Founder Ole Schou had a dream about frozen sperm

The Beginning