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The prestigious association Egg Donation Friends has revealed this week the winning clinics of its already recognized IVF CLINIC AWARDS 2019. These decorate reproduction centers which, with their inputs and treatments, have stood out somehow in the sector. Of the eight existing categories, Clínica Tambre has been worthy of two of the awards: Innovations, Egg Donation Program as well as the certificate for Treatment Transparency.
With the first distinction, the association has considered the more than 40 years of experience that support the clinic and its spirit of constant progress, in addition to the achievements. The use of cutting-edge technology and the quality of the service that Clínica Tambre provides to its patients making it a benchmark.
What makes Tambre different?
According to Egg Donation Friends, Clínica Tambre has an extremely advanced incubation equipment and stands out for its reliable technology for treating biological samples. Likewise, it is valued that the centre was the first in the Community of Madrid to use Fenomatch® technology, a software specialized in facial biometric recognition whose usefulness is to guarantee the similarity between an egg donor and the future mother.
Likewise, the excellence of our “Egg Donation Program” has been highlighted. The entity rewards that Tambre was the first Spanish clinic to have its own banks of egg and semen and, consequently, to promote the grouping of DNA samples rigorously according to their blood group and phenotypic characteristics.
When it came to assign the awards, granted to the best global-level assisted reproduction clinics, values have been considered with which we commune. Tambre is the only fertility centre in Madrid that has a Healthcare Ethics Committee, which promotes the ethical practice, empirical work and multidisciplinary decision-making. In this way, through professionalism and safe treatments, Tambre continues to maintain its notoriety.
It should be noted that Clínica Tambre has one of the lowest rates of multiple pregnancy in Spain, thanks to the protocol of implantation of a single embryo, which minimizes the risk to the patient and the baby. In addition, its overall success rates exceed the Spanish and European average.
We are very proud to have these certifications with us, as they motivate us to grow and improve our work day by day. Our aim is to help all those who want to have children and to intercede for those who want to do their bit by donating eggs or semen. Our mission is to support these people from the moment they enter our clinic for the first time until they finish their experience with us -and sometimes even later-.
Recognitions such as those granted by Egg Donation Friends are what motivate us as a pioneering assisted reproduction clinic to evolve and grow from a human, scientific and technological perspective.
The relationship between and Clínica Tambre is becoming more and more consolidated. We both share the same ideals regarding the patient’s right to be well informed of all the options available when undergoing assisted reproduction treatment. For this reason, we have decided to interview Jacob Dejewski, CEO of Egg Donation Friends, in order to get to know his vision of the fertility sector, to discover how EDF was founded and to hear his thoughts on the mission that Clínica Tambre carries out.
How did the opportunity to create Egg Donation Friends arise?
EggDonationFriends.com was created by a group of friends who struggled with infertility and had their first IVF experience abroad. At that time information about IVF online was rather skimp and that is how the idea of an online platform was born. EggDonationFriends soon developed into a one-stop shop for egg donation patients seeking a clinic outside their home country. Our services for patients are free. Today we have a solid, passionate and experienced team and we also work with IVF experts, authors and fertility professionals from around the world. By sharing our knowledge on IVF egg donation with patients, we believe we can help them make better choices.
Since the start of the project until today, what do you think have been the greatest innovations or changes within the assisted reproduction sector?
Since 1978 when the first IVF baby was born there have been many changes in the field of ART. In the 1985 European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) was created and it almost instantly contributed to the development of the industry, through exchange of experience, training, and cooperation between specialists and clinics.
The revolution included not only assisted reproduction technologies, but also social, cultural, legal, and ethical responses to IVF and infertility. We have seen a rise of new trends and treatments like mitochondrial transfer (so called “three parent baby”), the use of face recognition software applied to the process or selecting a donor, fertility preservation before cancer treatment or the advance of PGT (preimplantation genetic testing). However, I think the biggest change has happened in the sociocultural sector. IVF patients are more aware of their options, they make careful and well-thought-out decisions when it comes to selecting an IVF clinic. There is also more healthy “buzz” in social media about infertility and IVF as they slowly cease to be taboo topics. Assisted reproduction is starting to be seen as a treatment like any other. I think we still need to talk about it openly to spread awareness and understanding.
When we talk about the greatest changes in the medical tourism sector, we mustn’t forget about other accelerators: the development of the Internet, the advent of low-cost airlines and the introduction of EU regulations creating the common European aviation market in the early 1990s. The Internet and the invention of WWW in 1993 enabled people to find information about treatments abroad in their native language. European IVF clinics were finally able to communicate their offer online and started to cater for foreign patients. What’s more, flying abroad has become cheaper and widely accessible thanks to budget airlines and new airports throughout Europe. I think all this has had a huge impact on the development of the ART sector.
What are the requisites you keep in mind when it comes to choosing a clinic for your platform?
The main requirement for a clinic to be listed on our platform is to supply complete and true information about their clinic. Among crucial data the clinics need to provide their safety and clinical standards description, accreditations, pricing and egg donation program details. Transparency is our main priority. The clinic profiles which are published on our site contain information that is confirmed as true by the clinics’ directors. As you probably noticed, all clinic profiles have the same structure – in the end of the day what matters for patients is the quality of the treatment, patient care and the cost.
We also issue Trusted Clinic certificates. They are awarded only to clinics that are the most trustworthy and credible. When patients choose a clinic with a Trusted Certificate, they can be sure they are in safe hands.
We like to think of EggDonationFriends.com as a part of movement to bring a change in how fertility clinics think and how they approach their patients. That is why we support full transparency when it comes to clinics’ offer and the ways in which they present it.
Why do we focus on the above? Clinics do not always publish complete data on their websites and only some fertility associations provide data about clinics registered with them. But those who share the data are still in the minority. Egg Donation Friends aims to list only those clinics which are fully transparent and willing to share their data with patients. We are currently taken a giant step in this direction. We will offer patients new clinic profiles that will contain even more practical and valuable information. In other words, Egg Donation Friends is becoming the only source for reliable IVF clinics which allows to compare the clinics from different countries.
What was your objective in creating the idea of the IVF CLINIC AWARDS?
The idea to create IVF CLINIC AWARDS came from the previous CEO, Boris Becker. The objective behind the awards was twofold. First of all, we need to remember that our platform (EggDonationFriends.com) has been created for patients. In the online world of data overload and unverified information, we wanted the IVF CLINIC AWARDS to be a guiding beacon for patients seeking fertility treatment and transparent information. We want patients to know that the award-winning clinics have outstanding results, provide quality treatment and care and that they are worth considering for their IVF treatment abroad. Secondly, our other objective is to promote best medical practices and dynamize healthy competition in assisted reproduction field. We have received valuable feedback from various clinics saying that the awards motivate them and increase the morale of their staff. We also need to remember about all the people who work for the clinic: not only doctors and embryologists, but also nurses, patient coordinators and midwives. The IVF CLINIC AWARDS show that their hard work is being recognized and that the staff can be proud of working at an internationally awarded clinic.
It has been an honour for us to have been granted the “Innovations” and “Egg Donation Program” awards. Why is the Egg Donation Program considered the most important award?
Egg donation is the main focus of our activities. We do realise it is not a standard IVF treatment. For many couples, moving from own eggs to donor eggs is a huge step and a decision that requires a lot of thought. It also requires the clinic to skilfully manage the egg bank, coordinate donors and recipients so that every cycle goes smoothly. The awards in other categories, for example Innovations or Personalized Treatment, are equally important and carry their own value.
What aspects of Clínica Tambre did you consider when it came to awarding us with the previously mentioned awards and including us in your list of clinics?
We have carefully evaluated your Egg Donation program offer, egg bank capacities, egg donation success rates and multiple pregnancy rates. We also took into consideration that Clinica Tambre works with Healthcare Ethics Committee that ensures ethical practice and maintaining high success rates using ethical and non-risky treatments. As for the Innovations award, we looked at the innovative approach and technology Clinica Tambre uses. We evaluated your incubation equipment, security technology used for handling biological samples and specialized facial biometric recognition software, Fenomatch which has been receiving very positive feedback from patients who are interested in advanced donor matching.
Since it was first opened in 1978 Clínica Tambre has invested heavily in dynamic research and emerging technologies. Its core philosophy encourages matching the best science can offer with the best team capable of delivering the most effective service to its patients. The latest appointment at the clinic, that of Joyce Harper, eminent Professor and Head of Reproductive Science at the Institute for Women’s Health, University College London is proof of this ongoing commitment.
Professor Harper joins the team as the Executive Scientific Board Advisor and brings with her over 30 years experience in the fields of fertility, genetics, reproductive health and women’s health. In addition, she is Principal Investigator of the Reproductive Science Group; Director of the Embryology and PGD Academy, Founder of Global Women Connected and Co-Founder of the Fertility Education Initiative.
The appointment marks the latest in a number of advances at the clinic designed to consolidate its position as one of the emerging leaders of European fertility treatment provision. Harper’s vast experience in the field will ensure and maintain the ethical and scientific rigour which has come to characterise the clinic over the past 40 years.
Since her appointment less than a year ago the clinic’s CEO Inge Kormelink has led a revolution of evolvement which has included the strengthening of the clinic’s involvement in its domestic market and the creation of a bespoke, multi-lingual team who have rapidly become an integral part of the international fertility market, drawing patients from across Europe and beyond.
For Kormelink, Professor Harper’s appointment demonstrates the clinic’s commitment to the highest quality of care and support for its patients. “Tambre is recognised internationally as a centre of excellence for investigations into the causes of infertility; alongside our use of the latest scientific technologies which promote safety rules and guidelines in the laboratory (RI-Witness® management system) and those which record and monitor embryo development (Geri© Time-lapse Incubator) Joyce will ensure we remain committed to ethical practice which is supported by proved, scientific research.
We remain the only fertility clinic in Madrid which has a formal, Healthcare Ethics Committee and this has enabled us to consistently achieve high success rates whilst adhering to the most strict ethical practice; something I think which makes us unique in our field. We welcome Professor Harper to our team and look forward to her helping to shape our practice as we grow and develop.
Save the date and meet our fertility experts
Don’t miss the opportunity to meet us in London 1st-3rd of November.
Book a free medical consultation with our gynaecologists Dr. Laura García de Miguel and Dr. Esther Marbán and our Patient Care Team formed by Darya Kolzyk and Babs Van Enoo. They will be there to listen to your story and answer any doubts or questions you might be having.
As a fertility clinic specialised in complex cases, we are proud of our high success rates and ability to fulfil the dreams of many women for more than 40 years.
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We are pleased to announce that our fertility experts will be in Dublin on 25th and 26th October. Tambre holds frequent patient meetings as it is important that many people around the world are aware of the work we do. Our specialists have already gone to other cities such as London, Paris, Berlin or Rotterdam. However, this will be the first time they visit Ireland, and they are excited about it.
Particularly, Tambre Fertility Clinic in Madrid is one of the most renowned clinics in this field with more than 40 years of experience. The centre is a reference due to its higher success rates -above the Spanish and European average-. In addition, the latest state-of-the-art assisted reproduction technology and their patient-centred philosophy will make the dream of having a healthy baby come true.
The English-speaking team chosen for this occasion will be formed by Dr. Elena Santiago, María Vázquez (Patient Care Manager) and our coordinator Cristina Castro. Our fertility specialist will be offering mini consultations so that each person has the opportunity to present their case and receive medical advice. The coordinators will also explain to future patients what the experience of undergoing treatment abroad is like. We would love to support the patients organizing their trip and logistics. Our goal is to offer the best service, so you can take the right decision.
We look forward to meeting you in Dublin, save the date!
October 25th | 15:00 – 20:30 h
October 26th | 9:00 – 15:00 h
Where: Hilton Garden Inn Dublín Custom House
Address: 1 Custom House Quay, North Dock, Dublin, D01 V9X5
Book your free mini consultation here!
(limited places available)