The birth of a child is a unique opportunity to harvest the precious stem cells found in the umbilical cord blood cells.

Because we believe in the current and future potential of stem cells, we offer parents the opportunity to make an informed decision about storing them.

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    clinique ovo montreal

    All services offered
    8000, boul. Décarie,
    Montreal Qc H4P 2S4

    ovo fertility
    office 100 & 200
    Business hours:
    Monday to Friday 7:30am to 4pm
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    Saturday and Sunday: 8am to 12pm
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    Saturday 9am to 2:30pm
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    office 600
    Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm
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    office 600
    Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm
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    office 600
    Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm
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    3141, boul. Taschereau,
    Greenfield Park Qc J4V 2H2

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    office 420
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    2600 Boul. Laurier, suite 295,
    Quebec Qc G1V 4T3


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    ovo prenatal – Prenatal screening
    1000 Montée des Pionniers,
    Terrebonne QC J6V 1S8


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    1575, boul. de l’Avenir, suite 110,
    Laval Qc H7S 2N5
    t. 1.877.664.3246
    Monday to Thursday 7:30am to 4:30pm
    Friday 7:30am to 3pm
    20865, chemin de la Côte Nord, suite 201
    Boisbriand Qc J7E 4H5
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    Friday 8am to 3pm

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    Ovo prenatal – some services

    742 rue de la Madone
    Mont-Laurier Qc J9L 1S9
    t. 819.440.2024
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Global requirements respected

ovo biosurance adheres to the highest technical and administrative quality and safety standards, meeting the requirements of renowned Canadian and international organizations.


accreditation AABB

AABB is an international organization that establishes quality standards for blood banks and transfusion medicine. ovo biosurance voluntarily submits to evaluations by AABB experts every two years in order to maintain its accreditation.


Health Canada inspections

Health Canada is a federal government organization charged with protecting and improving the health of Canadians. One of its responsibilities is to inspect various healthcare sites, including cord blood banks. ovo biosurance submits to these inspection every two years.

A Highly specialized team

Dr. Robert Hemmings

Medical director


Dr. Hemmings, obstetrician-gynecologist and co-founder of clinique ovo, supervises all medical activities at ovo biosurance.


DR Robert Hemmings, MD, MSc, FRCSC

Dr. Robert Hemmings is a graduate of the University of Sherbrooke in medicine and physiology (MSc). He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at McGill University. Moreover, he has a sub-specialty in infertility and reproductive endocrinology approved by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology that was completed in 1983. He was re-certified for this specialty in 2000.

Obstetrician-Gynecologist and Assistant Professor in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McGiil University, he has worked for over 20 years in the field of infertility and reproductive endocrinology. He was a member of the team of the McGill Reproductive Center and for over seven years he has been Director of Gynecology at St-Mary’s hospital, affiliated with McGill University.

Since the beginning of his career, Dr. Hemmings has served on many committees (including the Board of Directors of the Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Quebec). He is also Chairman of the Board of Examiners for specialty exams in obstetrics and gynecology for the College of Physicians of Quebec. Since 1997 he has acted as an examiner and member of the Works Council for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Obstetrics and Gynecology. In addition, he serves on the Board of the Perinatal College of Physicians of Quebec, on the reproductive endocrinology Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and is a member of the Infertility Committee of the SOGC.

Besides his clinical activities, he devotes a significant portion of his time to medical research, which led him to publish more than 100 scientific articles and abstracts. He teaches medical students and residents at McGill University in obstetrics and gynecology.

Dr. Hemmings is one of the five founding members of the clinique ovo in 2003. He is also medical Director of ovo biosurance.

    Dr Artak Tadevosyan

    Scientific Director / Laboratory Head

      To date, over 30,000 cord blood stem cell transplants have been performed worldwide, in the treatment of close to 80 different diseases

      Umbilical cord blood

      Stem cells ave two unique properties: they have the capacity to multiply and they can develop into other cell types. It is these properties that make them highly useful in the treatment of diseases such as leukemia or multiple myeloma.       The stem cells isolated from umbilical cord blood are called hematopoietic stem cells, because they are procured from blood. Cord blood stem cells are currently the subject of a large number of research studies, and the number of diseases they can be used to treat, as well as the number of transplants performed are increasing every year.     Several diseases are now treatable thanks to hematopoietic stem cells, including chronic myeloid leukemia, sickle cell anemia (drepanocytosis), neuroblastoma, thalassemia, lymphoma, etc.     The tissues surrounding the blood vessels of the umbilical cord (PeristemTM) are rich in stem cells. These cells are called mesenchymal stem cells, and recent studies have shown that they have the potential to treat diseases that hematopoietic stem cells do not, for example, certain autoimmune and neurological diseases. In Canada, cord blood stem cells (PeristemTM) are used for research purposes only. The AABB accreditation program does not cover the PeristemTM program.

      Did you know that the first cord blood transplant was performed in 1988?

      The stem cells from a newborn’s umbilical cord blood were used to treat Fanconi anemia in the baby’s older brother.

      Your local bank

      since 2008

      Did you know that cord blood stem cells can be stored for future use?

      They could be used one day to help your baby or a member of your family.


      Collection and conservation procedure

      Safe and painless

      Safe and painless

      Cord blood and umbilical cord collection are safe and painless for the mother and the infant.

      Performed during delivery

      Performed during delivery

      Collection can be done in hospital, at home, or at a birthing centre, during a vaginal or a caesarean delivery.

      Maternal blood sample

      Maternal blood sample

      A sample of the mother’s blood is collected on the day of delivery for certain mandatory tests. If the mother has hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV, HTLV or syphilis, it will not be possible to store the stem cells.

      Cord blood collection

      Cord blood collection

      When the baby is born, the attending health professional clamps the umbilical cord and cuts it close to the baby’s abdomen. He/she then inserts the collection bag needle into the section of cord not attached to the baby. Once the blood has been collected, the health professional withdraws the needle and labels collection bag with the mother’s name. It is important to collect as much cord blood as possible, i.e., a minimum of 30 ml. Recommendation : if it is not possible to collect at least 30 ml of cord blood, it is up to the parents whether or not to store the sample.

      PeristemTM collection

      PeristemTM collection

      After the placenta is expelled, the health professional will cut off the longest possible section of umbilical cord and place it in the specially designed container.

      Receipt of the sample

      Receipt of the sample

      The cord blood will be processed according to a set of very precise steps to isolate the stem cells from the sample. Only the stem cells will be kept—the other blood components (plasma, red cells) will be discarded.

      Cryopreservation tank

      Cryopreservation tank

      The stem cells are frozen in liquid nitrogen at a temperature of approximately -196C. The stem cells are isolated and cryopreserved using an automated system by ThermoGenesisTM that meets the highest quality and safety standards in stem cell collection.


      Would you like to attend a free information session ?

      514-798-2000, ext. 613


      Umbilical cord blood storage

      Single pregnancy
      Financing available*
      Registration and processing of the sample Twin pregnancy
      Financing available*
        Storage for subsequent years  
      $130 Per year $200
      $1100 For 10 years $1800
      $2 000 For 20 years $3 000

      Umbilical cord blood & PeristemTM storage

      Single pregnancy
      Financing available*
      Registration and processing of the sample Twin pregnancy
      Financing available*
        Storage for subsequent years  
      $220 Per year $350
      $2000 For 10 years $3000
      $3800 For 20 years $5200

      *Taxes payable with first instalment.
      Note: Prices subject to change without prior notice. Shipping extra. All applicable taxes extra.







      Financing plan*

      Payments spread over 3 or 4 installments.


      Free for patients in Montreal and surrounding areas.


      Meet with our clinics counselors free of charge, with no obligations.

      Discount 1

      $150 discount for registering a second child from the same family.

      Discount 2

      40% discount for twins (discount already applied).

      Discount 3

      One year free storage when you refer a friend or family member who decides to bank their cord blood.

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      More information

      La clinique ovo has a list of articles and websites that can provide you with more information about cord blood stem cells and their various uses. While we only suggest reliable sources, we recommend that you always confirm the contents of any external websites. In no case will clinique ovo be held liable for the content of external websites.


      You can download the ovo biosurance brochure for more information about our cord blood banking service as well as the potential of stem cells

      Health Canada

      This Canadian government agency is tasked with setting the guidelines on treatments and research involving human tissues, cells or organ transplants.
      Go to the site

      Parent’s guide to cord blood foundation

      This U.S. non-profit organization, founded by a team of specialist physicians, provides impartial information about cord blood stem cells.
      Go to the site

      Cord blood association of Canada

      This website is dedicated to educating Canadians about cord blood and its possible current and future uses (in English only).
      Go to the site


      Héma-Québec collects cord blood donations and manages the only public cord blood bank in Quebec. It is one of two such public banks in Canada.
      Go to the site

      Society of obstetricians and gynaecologists of Canada

      The SOGC’s mission is to promote excellence in the practice of obstetrics and gynecology and to advance the health of women through leadership, advocacy, collaboration, outreach and education.
      Go to the site


      This site contains a registry of publicly and privately supported clinical trials conducted around the world.
      Go to the site

      Registration in the cord blood bank

      Register by phoneCall us at 514-798-2000, ext. 613

      What happens after you register?

      Pick up your kit

      Once you have filled out the registration form and returned it to us, we will give you the collection kit.

      During the delivery

      When the time comes for you to deliver, don’t forget to bring the collection kit with you to the hospital or the birthing centre. The medical team will take care of collecting the necessary samples.

      After you give birth

      Call the number on the collection kit to have your kit picked up. It will be delivered to our Montreal laboratory by a medical courier. Fees may apply for shipments outside of the greater Montreal area.