ReproTech Earns AATB Accreditations

November 27, 2012 – ReproTech, Ltd.’s established three facilities have again been awarded the prestigious accreditation of the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB), it was announced today by Russell Bierbaum, President.

AATB accreditation follows an intensive nine-month process, and ensures that the processed tissue is of high quality and that tissue banking activities are performed in a professional manner consistent with or exceeding the AATB’s Standards.

Tissue banks also undergo an independent review of their standard operating procedures (SOPs) and an on-site inspection of their facilities and operations. AATB inspectors examine tissue banks for compliance with all aspects of the Association’s standards and policies, including record-keeping, quality control, quality assurance, donor screening, testing and suitability determinations.

The AATB has been accrediting tissue banks since 1986. Today, its Accreditation Program and its Standards for Tissue Banking are the only such private, industry programs available in the United States. AATB accreditation assists tissue banks in determining whether their methods, procedures, personnel knowledge, equipment, and facilities meet established requirements. The minimum requirements for accreditation are based on the AATB Standards and the Accreditation Policies Manual.

“The AATB’s Accreditation procedures are voluntary,” Russell Bierbaum, President, explained. ReproTech, Ltd. renewed its AATB accreditations because this program assists facilities to achieve excellence by promoting a level of expertise that contributes to quality performance.”

AATB-accredited tissue banks are involved in the determination of donor eligibility as well as the retrieval, processing, storage and/or distribution of human cells and tissue for transplantation or research. Obtaining AATB accreditation demonstrates an organization’s commitment to the highest standards and to the highest possible level of service to patients and the transplant community. AATB-accredited organizations are recognized as the leaders in their field and as pivotal voices in the dialogue through which consensus-based, voluntary standards are developed and implemented.

Founded in 1976, the AATB is a scientific and educational, tax-exempt organization. Its mission is to provide transplantable cells and tissues of uniform high quality in quantities sufficient to meet needs. To accomplish this, the AATB publishes standards, accredits facilities, certifies tissue bank personnel, publishes books and guidance documents, and produces educational programs to improve tissue banking.

ReproTech, Ltd (RTL), established in 1990, provides safe and efficient long-term storage and transportation of cryopreserved sperm, oocytes, embryos and ovarian and testicular tissue. In addition to its three accredited facilities is Minnesota, Florida and Nevada, ReproTech opened a fourth facility in Texas in August, 2012, and will be seeking accreditation for that facility in the future.

ReproTech Founder Receives American Association of Tissue Banks Award

October 4, 2013 – The American Association of Tissue Banks recognized Russell Bierbaum, ReproTech, Ltd. founder and former President, for his contributions to the tissue banking industry this week at its annual meeting.


The American Association of Tissue Banks’ Jeanne Mowe Distinguished Service Award is given annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to tissue banking or transplantation, whether in research, education, or laboratory improvement, or who has served the Association or the field of tissue banking. The individual has demonstrated leadership qualities and a consistent willingness to lend his or her expertise to the Association and/or to his or her peers. Russell Bierbaum has been selected as this year’s recipient in acknowledgement of his wide contributions to tissue banking.

Mr. Bierbaum is the founder and former President of ReproTech, Ltd., and was the Director of its Minnesota Office prior to his retirement in May. Prior to that he was Technical Director of Cryogenic Laboratories, Inc., in Roseville, Minnesota from 1977-2002 and Genetic Laboratories, Inc. (Semen Bank) from 1970-1976.

Mr. Bierbaum has a longstanding history of service to AATB. He has been a member of AATB since 1993, and is an active member of the Reproductive Council and served the Association on the Board of Governors from 2002-2004 while representing the Reproductive Council as Chairperson. He has published journal articles, given poster presentations, and has been a speaker at AATB meetings. He is also a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and related professional organizations.

ReproTech, Ltd. was founded in 1990 for the purpose of providing long-term cryostorage services and operates cryostorage facilities in Florida, Minnesota, Nevada and Texas.