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

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    8000, boul. Décarie,
    Montreal Qc H4P 2S4

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    office 100 & 200
    Monday to Friday 7:30am to 6:00pm
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    Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm
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    office 600
    Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm
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    office 600
    Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm
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    office 600
    Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm
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    Monday to Friday 7:15am to 5:00pm

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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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    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
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    20865, chemin de la Côte Nord, suite 201
    Boisbriand Qc J7E 4H5
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    Monday to Thursday 8:00am to 4:00pm
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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.

    Cynthia Fortin

    Operations Director

      Isabelle Louis

      Scientific advisor


      Dr. Louis supports the biosurance scientific team in achieving quality objectives.


      Isabelle Louis, PhD

      Isabelle Louis, graduate from the University of Montreal, trained under the direction of Claude Perreault. She completed her doctorate in microbiology and immunology at the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer. Her principle research interests lie in the development of blood production cell lines and thymus function. 

      She is currently the Scientific Director of the cord blood bank at the cell therapy laboratory in the Department of Hemo-oncology at Sainte-Justine Hospital. She is also the scientific advisor for ovo biosurance.

        Joey St-Pierre

        Head of laboratory


        Joey St-Pierre ensures to link the patients and the cord blood bank by advising them and answering their questions.


        Joey St-Pierre

        Dr. Joey St-Pierre obtained his Ph.D. in Biology in 2017 with honors under the direction of Cathy Vaillancourt and the prize for the best doctoral thesis of the National Institute of Scientific Research - Institut Armand-Frappier. Subsequently, he joined the ovo biosurance team as a clinical advisor.

        His primary role is to link the patients and the cord blood bank by advising them and answering their questions about stem cells and the registration process. In addition, Dr. St-Pierre holds lectures for the medical staff on scientific advances in the field of stem cells. Finally, he is also involved continuous improvement of the techniques and the proper functioning of the laboratory.

          Laurence Filion-Cloutier

          Clinic Counselor


          Laurence Filion-Cloutier ensures representation of the biosurance department to the doctors all around the province


          Laurence Filion-Cloutier

          In 2014, Laurence Filion-Cloutier graduated in pharmacology at Sherbrooke University. The following year, to improve her knowledge in management and marketing in the pharmaceutical area, she completed her certificate in marketing management at HEC Montreal. Throughout her studies, Laurence worked in the pharmaceutical industry, regulatory affairs, medical information and pharmacovigilance.

          In November 2015, she joined the clinique ovo and ensures representation of the biosurance department to the doctors all around the province. She is also in charge of receiving patients to the stem cells family bank. Laurence stands out especially by her interest in communication and her concern to popularize scientific knowledge to her patients.

            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


            Storage of umbilical cord blood

            Single pregnancy
            $1 100
            Financing available*
            Registration and processing of the sample Twin pregnancy
            $1 800
            Financing available*
            $150 Registration fee
            (one registration per family)
            $600 Processing fee $1 150
            $120 Collection kit $200
            $100 Maternal blood test $100
            $130 Storage for the first year $200
            Included for patients in Montreal and surrounding areas Shipping Included for patients in Montreal and surrounding areas
            Storage for subsequent years
            $130 Per year $200
            $1 100 For 10 years $1 800
            $2 000 For 20 years $3 000

            Storing of umbilical cord blood + PeristemTM

            Single pregnancy
            $2 200
            Financing available*
            Registration and processing of the sample Twin pregnancy
            $3 300
            Financing available*
            $150 Registration fee
            (one registration per family)
            $600 Processing fee $1 150
            $150 Collection kit $250
            $100 Maternal blood test $100
            $220 Storage for the first year $350
            $980 PeristemTM $1 300
            Included for patients in Montreal and surrounding areas Shipping Included for patients in Montreal and surrounding areas
            Storage for subsequent years
            $220 Per year $350
            $2 000 For 10 years $3 000
            $3 800 For 20 years $5 200

            *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

            Scientific portfolio

            This section contains several relevant scientific articles about cord blood stem cells.
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            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

            Register onlineFill out the form

            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.