Theramex sponsor's symposium

Myth-busters in ovarian stimulation: Confronting perceptions with evidence

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Busting the myths around biosimilars Colin Howles, ARIES Consulting, Geneva, Switzerland

Dr Colin Howles is currently the founder of ARIES Consulting, based in Geneva, Switzerland. ARIES Consulting has since 2013, been providing services to device and pharmaceutical companies in the Fertility therapeutic area, including Theramex, as well as working directly with in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) clinics across the world. He is also an Honorary Fellow in the Deanery of Biomedical Sciences, the University of Edinburgh where he participates in the undergraduate teaching program and research supervision.

Dr Howles has worked for 44 years in the field of Reproductive Endocrinology and Medicine.  He obtained a PhD from Nottingham University, UK and started working at the first human IVF clinic in the world, Bourn Hall Clinic, Cambridge UK in the early 1980s.

He then spent 25 years in the biopharmaceutical industry and was involved in the development and worldwide clinical introduction of the first recombinant h-FSH (follitropin alfa), h-LH (lutropin alfa) and hCG (choriogonadotropin alfa). In total, he has had experience of introducing into clinical use six recombinant gonadotrophin preparations.

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Mythbusting in ovarian stimulation Tim Child, TFP Oxford Fertility & University of Oxford, UK

Tim Child is Founding and Group Medical Director of TFP, comprising 20 IVF clinics in six European countries. Tim’s base is TFP Oxford Fertility and he is Associate Professor of Reproductive Medicine at the University of Oxford. His undergraduate training was at the Universities of Cambridge and London, and his postgraduate SST training undertaken in Oxford and Montreal (McGill University). His Doctoral research was on unstimulated oocyte IVM.

Tim is a Board Member of the HFEA and Chairs its Scientific and Clinical Advances Advisory Committee (SCAAC), responsible for the Add-Ons Traffic Light System. His team have undertaken a number of trials comparing IVF treatment regimes and the place of IVF add-ons. Outside of work Tim races historic Grand Prix cars and plays electric guitar in a band.