Kaj Rydman is a senior executive and a nationally recognized expert in bio-repository and reproductive tissue bank operations, in quality and regulatory issues, with extensive experience in and knowledge of cryogenics and laboratory operations. In addition to his operational experience, his past executive roles have brought him an in-depth knowledge and experience in budgeting, financial analysis, and systems development as Chief Financial Officer. He has been an active participant in senior executive teams, preparing company for sale to private equity investors, as well as in mergers and acquisition activity.
"My work in the past few years, setting up the California Cryobank's egg donor operations and working with many egg freezing clinic partners, brought me closer to the world of reproductive tissue storage at fertility clinics, and the challenges they face with resource constraints. Determined to not let the unfortunate headlines about storage failures dominate the evening news ever again, I decided to dedicate the next chapter of my professional life to a new mission: To help fertility clinics improve their bio-repository operations, because that is what they have, a bio-repository!"
Don Fish is the co-founder of IVFCryo and widely considered one of the foremost authorities in cryogenic fertility preservation, storage, and logistical operations.
Don has a long and rich history of experience as an executive in reproductive & stem cell cryo-preservation, cold-chain logistics & solutions, cryogenic facility design, and risk mitigation consulting. That experience spans more than two decades and multiple industries to include IVF Biobanking, Stem Cell Biobanking, Healthcare, Clinical Research, Biotech, and Pharma industries.
Prior to co-founding IVFCRYO, Don had global oversight in the biorepository of the largest reproductive tissue bank (California Cryobank), the largest egg bank (Donor Egg Bank), and largest stem cell bank (Cord Blood Registry). Don also helped launch the California Cryobank “Life Sciences” brand by extending into the medical device market and overseeing the launch and operations of the Kitazato USA brand of products.
Before his work at California Cryobank, Don helped launch one of the very first NIH biorepositories at Indiana University servicing NIH & pharma clinical research studies with companies such as Eli Lilly, Covance, and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer foundation.
Don has been a contributor of organizations such as AATB, AAB, AABB, ASRM, and ISBER organizations and has consulted or been a contributor in multiple published best practices and white papers in the IVF, stem cell, and general biorepository fields.
Don is a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, having served as a medic at the largest U.S. training facility in Europe (Hohenfels Training Facility) and then following up his four years of active duty with an additional six years in the Indiana National Guard.
Outside of his professional career, Don is…
- An avid Indiana Hoosiers fanatic (also extends to the Indiana Pacers and Indianapolis Colts)
- Percussion enthusiast (“Rock the * out of those drums Dale!”)
- Fantasy Football GURU (16 years in the same league with multiple championships)
- Best friend of Golden Retrievers named Rossco
- Visionary and perfectionist with every small pet-project that doesn’t really require that level of detail
- Competing in tailgating games (or competing in just about anything)
- Event Planning (for all items mentioned above)
- Landscaping and construction projects
- Spending time with family and friends