About us

Cryogonia is a cryopreservation bank established in 2012 to offer services in the field of sperm freezing and cryopreservation for homologous and heterologous use. The scientific directors have 20 years of experience in Sperm Cryobanking and all scientific personnel are specialized and well trained in respected centers in Greece and Europe.

It is a Greek Sperm Bank, designed and organized according to European standards. The company’s facilities include special locations for semen collection and state-of-the-art built-in laboratory equipment for semen analysis and cryogenic storage.

Cryogonia provides:
Sperm freezing and cryopreservation services for homologous use to men who:

  • Will be exposed to toxic environmental factors or will be submitted tosurgical or other kind of therapy (chemotherapy, radiotherapy) that may damage their fertilizing capacity.
  • Are participating in an assisted reproductive method (intrauterine insemination – in vitro fertilization) and cannot produce a semen sample at a specific time or will probably be absent at the programmed time of the procedure.
  • Have already completed with success a therapeutic cycle for sperm quality enhancement, the results of which are possibly non maintainable.
  • Will be submitted to surgical sperm collection from the testis or epididymis, in case the procedure provides adequate sperm quantity.
  • Have been diagnosed with low semen quality and wish to store an adequate reserve of genetic material form multiple collections.
  • Are systematically exposed to spermotoxic factors due to their work or home environment e.g. chemicals, radiation, high temperature.
  • Wish to create a family later in life and would like to protect their fertility potential against any possible negative condition that may occur, as apreventive action.

Freezing, cryopreservation and donation of donor semen to recipients who will be submitted to assisted reproductive methods using third party gamete donation.

Our goal
is to contribute in the most positive way to the reproductive success of the couples who request our services, in a professional, discrete, confidential and sensitive manner. Our company’s philosophy underlines the provision of superior quality services, adhering to a strict quality management system that leads to a reliable and effective path towards a successful reproductive outcome.

Location

ADDRESS 24 FOKIDOS str. (2nd floor) AMBELOKIPI (opposite President Hotel) 11526 ATHENS, GREECE

CONTACT PHONE: (+30) 211 4100064, MOBILE: (+30) 6932 717773, E-MAIL: info@cryogonia.gr

Scientific personnel

Dr Lina A. Evgeni
CEO

Dr. Lina A. Evgeni is a Reproductive Biologist, specialized in the analysis and cryopreservation of sperm and testicular tissue, with many years of experience in the evaluation and preservation of male fertility.

Through advanced applications in the laboratory management of semen, she provides modernized and personalized services to couples facing male infertility, but also to women without a partner, who want to experience the joy of motherhood.

She graduated from the Department of Biology of the School of Sciences of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, in which she was admitted first among the candidates of her year. She then studied with a scholarship at the Medical School of the University of Nottingham in Great Britain, from which she obtained a Master’s degree (M.Phil), under the supervision of Prof. Simon Fishel, pioneer of in vitro fertilization and inventor of the SUZI (Sub zonal Insemination) method. During her postgraduate studies, she was trained in the andrology laboratory of England’s leading hospital Queen’s Medical Center, in the techniques of basic and functional semen parameters evaluation, as well as in the applications of sperm and testicular tissue cryopreservation.

She is a PhD holder from the Department of Medicine of the Democritus University of Thrace and a research associate of the Postgraduate Studies Course entitled ‘Human Reproduction’, in which she participates since its commencement, with lectures and practical laboratory training workshops.

She has been working since 1995 in the field of Laboratory Seminology, as a founding member and director of the andrology laboratory of the largest and first certified sperm bank in Greece. She is responsible for the quality assurance system, in collaboration with the External Quality Control program of ESHRE (European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology).

She is certified by the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) as a trainer for basic sperm analysis.

As part of her scientific activities, she actively participates in educational seminars, as a speaker at conferences and as a writer of scientific articles and books, of which her first book was published in 2010 entitled ‘THE FUNCTION OF MALE SPERM’.

Part of her research studies is included in the 6th Edition of the WHO laboratory manual for the examination and processing of human semen (2021), constituting the first Greek participation in the new world reference limits for basic semen parameters.

Dimitra Koumasi
Dimitra KoumasiBIOLOGIST, M.Sc.
Graduate of the University of Ioannina, School of Sciences, Department of Biological Applications and Technologies. Holder of Master’s degree in “Inorganic Biological Chemistry” from the Faculty of Chemistry – University of Ioannina and PhD student in the University of Ioannina, School of Sciences, Department of Biological Applications and Technologies. Trained in the laboratory techniques for the evaluation of the conventional and functional semen parameters, as well as in the comprehensive methodology of human sperm freezing, cryopreservation and processing. Member of the Internal Quality Control System of ‘CRYOGONIA’ Sperm Bank, according to the requirements of the ISO9001:2008 and ΕΝ15224:2012 accreditation system.
Melina Markogiannaki
Melina MarkogiannakiBIOLOGIST
Graduate of the University of Ioannina, School of Sciences, Department of Biological Applications and Technologies. Undergraduate of Master’s degree in “Reproductive and Rejuvenating Medicine” from the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Trained in the laboratory techniques for the evaluation of the conventional and functional semen parameters, as well as in the comprehensive methodology of human sperm freezing, cryopreservation and processing. Member of the Internal Quality Control System of ‘CRYOGONIA’ Sperm Bank, according to the requirements of the ISO9001:2008 and ΕΝ15224:2012 accreditation system.
Ioanna Ninou
Ioanna NinouBIOLOGIST, Ph.D
Graduate of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens – Faculty of Biology. Holder of a doctoral degree from the University of Athens – Medical School in the field of Pathology-Physiology. Trained in the laboratory techniques of conventional and functional parameters for semen analysis, as well as in the methods of freezing, cryopreservation and processing of human sperm. Member of the Internal Quality Control System of ‘CRYOGONIA’ Sperm Bank, according to the requirements of the ISO9001:2008 and ΕΝ15224:2012 accreditation system.

Administrative personnel

Ioanna Grigoriou
Ioanna GrigoriouCLIENT COORDINATION - SECRETARIAL SUPPORT
Graduate of St. George College, Department of English-Greek Executive Secretarial and Administration Course for Personal Assistants (P.A.), with many years of experience in secretarial support in large multinational corporations. Member of Cryogonia team since 2018, as the secretarial support officer. Certified Executive Assistant from 2015. She is a member of the Internal Quality Control system of the ‘CRYOGONIA’ Cryopreservation Bank, according to the specifications of the international standard EN15224: 2012.
Christos Karachalios
Christos KarachaliosCOMMUNICATION SERVICES AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Graduate of the Technological Educational Institute of Piraeus (University of West Attica) with many years of experience in the management and marketing of categories and sales engineering in a multinational environment. He has been a member of the team of the Sperm Bank ‘CRYOGONIA’ since 2019, as the Head of Communication and Business Development Department. Member of the Internal Quality Control system, according to the specifications of the standards ISO9001: 2008 and EN15224: 2012.

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