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IVF AMERICA AND MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL ESTABLISH PIONEERING RESEARCH PARTNERSHIP IN ASSISTED REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGIES

 GREENWICH, Conn., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- IVF America, Inc. (NASDAQ: IVFA), the country's largest in vitro fertilization services company, announced today the formation of a pioneering academic- corporate research alliance in reproductive biology with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), one of the nation's foremost medical centers. The cornerstone of the alliance is the establishment of the MGH Vincent Center for Reproductive Biology. The MGH Vincent Center has been formed to advance, through research, the state of assisted reproductive technology (ART) and rapidly translate new developments into potential benefits for the 2.3 million infertile couples in the United States.
 "Massachusetts General Hospital is well-positioned to combine its research capabilities with the technological expertise and successful experience of IVF America," said Dr. Isaac Schiff, chief of the Vincent Memorial Gynecology Service at the Massachusetts General Hospital and director of the Vincent Center. "Our goal is to make the MGH Vincent Center one of the premier ART research organizations in the world within the next few years."
 The Center's research advances will be translated into clinical applications and disseminated to ART professionals in the United States and abroad, as well as applied rapidly to IVF America's treatment programs. An in vitro fertilization unit for care of patients has just been independently established by and operated by Massachusetts General Hospital.
 "IVF America is committed not only to a high standard of assisted reproductive technology for infertile couples but also to fundamental research that will advance the field," said Andrew W. Dahl, Sc.D., president and chief executive officer of IVF America. "We are extremely pleased to be working with an institution as accomplished as Massachusetts General Hospital."
 IVF America will provide technology, the experience of treating several thousand infertile couples, and $1.5 million to support MGH research activities over the next five years. An IVF America Fellowship in Reproductive Biology also will be established at the MGH Vincent Center to attract young scientists who will continue to ensure the high level of future research in this field.
 IVF America, founded in 1985, manages clinical facilities that provide assisted reproductive treatment services to infertile couples. The company brings to the United States advanced technology developed at the renowned in vitro fertilization research and treatment center at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. IVF America currently manages six in vitro fertilization programs located at United Hospital in Port Chester, N.Y.; Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y.; WalthamWeston Hospital in Waltham, Mass.; Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa.; Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J.; and Henry Ford Hospital in Troy, Mich.
 Massachusetts General Hospital is the third oldest private non- profit hospital in the United States. Known internationally for its patient care, research, and teaching, the Massachusetts General Hospital is the original and largest of the Harvard Medical School-affiliated teaching hospitals. The Vincent Memorial Gynecology Service, the women's care division of Massachusetts General Hospital, is headed by Dr. Schiff, who is also the Joe Vincent Meigs Professor of Gynecology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Schiff is a leading researcher and clinician in the fields of infertility and menopause.
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