David Mortimer Canada

President and co-owner of Oozoa Biomedical. During the last 24 years he has provided a wide range of consultancy in various areas of reproductive biology and medicine in human, domesticated and laboratory species covering products, equipment and services from both the diagnostic and therapeutic perspectives. Major projects have included setting up state-of-the-art IVF centres, andrology laboratories and cryobanks, based on the principles of Total Quality Management. Born and raised in the UK, his tertiary education was in Zoology (Bristol University) and a PhD from Edinburgh University followed by postdoctoral training in Edinburgh, Paris and Birmingham. In 1983 he was appointed Assistant Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Medical Physiology at the University of Calgary, supported by the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research. His laboratory investigated human sperm pathophysiology and, as Scientific Director of the Infertility Programme, he was responsible for developing diagnostic andrology services and one of the largest sperm banks in Canada. Following several promotions he was cross-appointed to the Department of Pathology and taught each year in the Reproductive System Course, acting as Course Chairman and in an advisory capacity to the WHO in preparing the 3rd (1992) edition of their Laboratory Manual, and Editor for the first two editions of the Canadian Fertility & Andrology Society’s Donor Insemination Guidelines. In 1991 he moved to Sydney (Australia) as the Scientific Director of Sydney IVF (“SIVF”) where he was responsible for the development of assisted reproduction laboratory services at their other sites in Australia and around South East Asia. During this time he developed new sequential IVF culture media and incubators that provided SIVF with the highest success rates in Australia, and which have since been commercialized by SIVF as the Cook Culture System. In Sydney he held honorary appointments as Clinical Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Sydney University, and Visiting Principal Scientific Officer in the Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Department of the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. In 1997–99 he worked on the World Health Organization’s "Manual for the Standardized Investigation, Diagnosis and Management of the Infertile Male" (Cambridge University Press, 2000). From a business perspective, he was Managing Director of Mortimer Scientific Consulting Pty Ltd, a founding partner in Andrology International BV, and Scientific Director and Board Secretary of Launceston.SIVF Pty Ltd. He has also served on Scientific Advisory Boards for several biotechnology companies before returning to Canada and establishing his consulting company, Oozoa Biomedical Inc., of which he is President. Dr. Mortimer has authored/co-authored over 130 scientific publications, including the books "Practical Laboratory Andrology" (Oxford University Press, 1994), "Quality and Risk Management in the IVF Laboratory" (Cambridge University Press, 2005), and "A Practical Guide to Basic Laboratory Andrology" (Cambridge University Press, 2010), as well as numerous conference presentations. His current h-index (Thomson ISI Web of Knowledge) is 26. He has given many invited lectures, workshops and courses worldwide, and was a founder of the ESHRE Basic Semen Analysis courses. He is a member of numerous national or international professional societies, Editorial Boards, including Human Reproduction and as Associate Editor for Human Reproduction Update, the highest-ranked reproductive biomedicine journal, since January 2011. He was Scientific Programme Chairman for the 11th World Congress on In Vitro Fertilization and Human Reproductive Genetics held in Sydney (Australia) in May 1999, and co-edited the plenary proceedings volume "Towards Reproductive Certainty: Fertility and Genetics Beyond 1999" (Parthenon Press). He is the current Past-President of the Canadian Fertility & Andrology Society (CFAS) having served as the President and Secretary/Treasurer. He has also served on committees for the Canadian Standards Association and with Accreditation Canada