Become a sperm donorAbout usOur vision and history

    Vision and history

    It all started in 1981 when Cryos’ founder Ole Schou had a strange dream about frozen sperm. Today, Cryos is an international sperm and egg bank that has helped to make thousands of dreams come true. This would never have been possible without our donors. 

      From the beginning, Cryos specialised in the cryopreservation of sperm. The first sperm bank opened in Aarhus in 1987, and today Cryos also has departments in Aalborg, Copenhagen and Odense.

      In 2015, Cryos established a sperm and egg bank in the United States, and we have now also opened our first egg bank in Europe. The vision is still the same; to help the childless make their dream of a family come true. 

      Today, we provide donor sperm and eggs for fertility treatment in more than 100 countries. 

      Cryos’ success can be attributed to the people – the people who work at Cryos, the people who have put their trust in us and who are now proud parents, and most importantly our generous sperm and egg donors, who have chosen to make a tremendous difference in other people’s life.

      We know that we have a great responsibility as an international sperm and egg bank, and we take this very seriously. Every day, we work to ensure high quality and safety throughout the entire process – from donor recruitment, screening, and processing to delivering the donor gametes. Our quality excellence is achieved through standardized global processes, traceability, digitalization, and automatization, and we are certified in accordance with the international standard for quality management ISO 9001:2015. In addition to being skilled professionals, we care deeply about our vision, and we aim to offer both professional and personal guidance to everyone in relation to Cryos.


      The founder of Cryos Ole Schou

      Ole Schou tells the story about how Cryos started:

      "I don’t know why I had this dream back in 1981. But for some strange reason, the moment I woke up I just knew I had to find out everything there was to know about frozen sperm. It became somewhat of an obsession and I basically read every book and paper ever written about the subject. Little did I know, that all of a sudden, I had actually become one of the leading experts in the subject without even being a scholar of natural science. 

      Fortunately, I was able to combine my knowledge about frozen sperm with a Graduate Diploma in Business & Administration, and gradually establish a successful commercial business. Utilising my knowledge about the process of freezing and storing human sperm, I started collaborating with doctors and clinics who were very satisfied with my work and my product. Business took off, and at first my office and laboratory were established as a service merely for frozen sperm storage. In 1990 the donor programme was established, and international demand increased rapidly.

      Later on, we started specialising in the egg vitrification technology as well. This means that we are able to help even more people around the world becoming parents."