A company that is helping to break down the barriers of infertility for couples struggling to have children has opened an office at the University of Warwick.
Fertility Focus, which was originally founded in the South West, has launched its Midlands base at the University of Warwick Science Park’s Warwick Innovation Centre on Gallows Hill.
Initially, two staff will be based at the new office but that is expected to grow to around 15 in the next few years.
Warwickshire Investment Partnership (WIP) were put in contact with Fertility Focus by My M Link – a membership service for private companies on the life science’s market. After identifying the company’s specific requirements, WIP were able to provide Fertility Focus with a range of office options, including Warwick Innovation Centre.
Karen Aston, centre manager of the Warwick Innovation Centre – a hub for high-tech and innovative start-up and early stage companies – said it was a coup for the region.
She said: “We are delighted to welcome Fertility Focus. The company fits the ethos of the Science Park perfectly as it has launched innovative new products for the medical sector,. The fact that they expect to grow so much in the next couple of years is extremely exciting and it is great that we have attracted them here. WIP has been extremely helpful in bringing Fertility Focus to the area and from there we have assisted them in finding their feet here – we’ve even helped source office furniture because they are new to the region.”
Fertility Focus – which has recently been backed to the tune of £375,000 by the Exceed Fund, managed by Midven – has developed two new products. The first – the Fertiloscope – can diagnose and correct certain physical abnormalities in the female pelvic area which can lead to infertility.
The second is the Advanced Fertility Monitor which can identify and predict periods of maximum fertility in a woman’s ovulation cycle to increase chances of pregnancy.
It can also help to diagnose women who cannot conceive naturally, meaning alternative routes to conception – such as IVF treatment or surgery – can be undertaken sooner.
Robert Milnes, the CEO of Fertility Focus, said: “The Warwick Innovation Centre is an ideal location for us with excellent transport links, high quality modern accommodation and proximity to local service companies.
“The Innovation Centre staff have been extremely helpful, and provided a warm and professional welcome which we are sure will help us in portraying the right image to our stakeholders, customers and suppliers alike.”