IMV Group and missions
Improving animal insemination for the breeding process
Our expertise at the service of breeders
Ever since IMV Technologies was founded, its business has continued to grow and diversify. Today, that expertise covers all of the needs of breeders and includes the following four fields:
IMV Technologies designs, manufactures and markets all packaging products its customers require. The company's expertise spans capabilities in plastics (for manufacturing consumable products), mechanics, micromechanics, automation control (to develop equipment for packaging) and biochemistry (for developing preservation mediums).
Thanks to IMV Technologies' expertise in the field of cryopreservation at -196°C, breeders now have access to identifiable genetic products throughout their projects. Combined with state-of-the-art equipment, these products are adapted to the characteristics of each species and to all semen producing centers, regardless of size.
By combining scientific and industrial skills, IMV Technologies uses innovative artificial insemination techniques on many species, from farm animals to domestic animals. The company's expertise is also in use in wild animal species, contributing to animal biodiversity.
IMV Technologies has a worldwide reputation for mastery of embryo transfer techniques.
Through research, advice and training, the company supports breeders by enabling them to renew their stock faster, making genetic changes easier, in order to produce high-quality animals.
IMV SOLUTIONS FOR CATTLE
IMV is the world's leading supplier in the field of artificial insemination of cattle.
Specializing in cattle for almost 50 years, the company works in close collaboration with all those involved in the fiels, including in research, the development of new products and technical support. With the company's technology, hundreds of millions of doses of bull sperm are used around the world every year.
The french straw is a worldwide standard
As the inventor of the straw, the worldwide standard for packaging cattle semen and other species, IMV Technologies develops all the equipment needed for use under optimum conditions.
IMV support at every stage
In order to obtain superior results, the entire process of insemination is supported by advanced equipment. From semen collection to analysis, packaging, freezing, and fertilization, IMV Technologies offers a wide range of solutions to enable cattle breeders to improve the quality of sperm, thereby achieving maximum fertility rates.
IMV SOLUTIONS FOR PIGS
More than 30% of all pig breeders in the world use IMV Technologies’ insemination solutions.
Since their introduction in the 1990s, IMV Technologies’ swine solutions have ranked at the top of technology, and have been used around the world.
Products have become standard
To meet the demands of pig breeders, IMV Technologies has designed a complete range of specialized solutions. The solutions, which make it possible to improve the efficiency and profitability of breeding methods, ensure the optimum treatment of gametes in the form of sperm or embryos. Among the products, the Goldenpig® insemination catheter, TRIXcell® preservation medium and a range of packaging bags have become standards around the world.
Professionals to professionals
IMV Technologies works with insemination centers that specialize in pig breeding all over the world. The company provides complete support by implementing the most advanced reproduction technology and offering products designed to improve performance.
IMV SOLUTIONS FOR HORSES
Every year, more than 250,000 mares are fertilized using our the company's technology.
For more than 25 years, IMV Technologies has worked with horse breeders. The company's presence in Normandy, a major center of stud farms, allows close involvement in daily breeder operations.
High-quality innovative solutions
In collaboration with many researchers and organizations (INRA, veterinary schools, universities, and French National Studs), IMV Technologies has designed solutions that have been welcomed by horse breeders for their novelty and quality. Heading the list of these products is INRA 96®, a medium used all over the world for the long-term preservation of fresh semen.
Support for horse breeders
The IMV team stands ready to assist horse breeders from start to finish on all of their projects, including training in the latest semen preservation techniques. In partnership with INRA and a number of dairy companies, IMV has initiated a project designed to extract the active proteins of colostrum and use it to strengthen immunity in foals.
IMV SOLUTIONS FOR POULTRY AND OTHER SPECIES
Poultry, dogs, cats, rabbits and other species also benefit from IMV's expertise, and the company continues to explore new ways to develop technology designed to offer innovative solutions.
In order to expand the range of its services and provide all breeders with field-tested expertise and techniques, IMV Technologies has developed a complete range of solutions for many other species.
Using a range of specific products, IMV contributes to the successful breeding of many species of birds, including turkeys, ducks, hens, guinea fowl, pheasants, falcons and bustards. The IMV technique has become standard in turkey breeding and is used by the largest turkey farms around the world.
Rabbit, sheep and goats
Thanks to the experience acquired with other species, IMV Technologies has developed products for rabbit, sheep and goats, helping farmers by providing long-term sperm preservation media like Galap (for rabbit) and OVIXcell® (for sheep and goats).
IMV also offers services to fish farms, particularly trout and salmon farms.
IMV SOLUTIONS FOR BIODIVERSITY
Genetic heritage and wildlife preservation
IMV Technologies committed to preservation of biodiversity.
Using the experience gathered from various business activities, IMV Technologies is developing technology specially designed to build gamete banks to preserve the genetic heritage of various species, some of which are threatened with extinction.
Learning from nature
Biodiversity conservation is a subject of which IMV has a particular interest. Moreover the study of genes or certain combinations of genes may be very useful in understanding processes that are not fully comprehended today, such as resistance to disease and stress, adaptation to changing environments and identification of unknown mechanisms.
Conservation of species
The responsibility to protect genetic heritage requires proven scientific know-how. IMV Technologies is involved in several research programs, including the conservation of serum and semen from certain strains of cattle, as well as semen from oyster, microalgae, fish varieties, falcon, Siberian crane and wild animals in a South African national park. This also includes conservation of endangered species, such as the Ethiopian wolf.
After establishing the first French artificial insemination center for cattle in 1946, Robert Cassou founded IMV (Instruments de Médecine Vétérinaire) in 1963.
Since 1980, the group has consolidated its international presence by opening subsidiaries in the United States, India, China, Italy and the Netherlands.
This was followed by a long series of scientific innovations, including consumables products, solutions for automating work in insemination centers and in biological material banks, preservation mediums and cryopreservation solutions. These solutions include innovations in many animal species, as well in humans, since 1987, when the subsidiary Cryo Bio System was founded.
Exclusively dedicated to the human area, Cryo Bio System strives to provide the IMV Technologies Group expertise for the cryopreservation of biological samples to scientists in all fields through a range of innovative High Security products for :
- Biorepositories, epidemiological research
- Blood bank, blood transfusion centers
- Cell and genetic therapy units
- Medical, pharmaceutical and research applications
- Assisted Reproduction Technologies (ART)
Our international network, through subsidiaries in the United States, Italy, the Netherlands, India, China and our distributors in over 60 countries, offers both high quality products and technical support to the professionals.
In 1957, Maurice Bernage, professor at the Rambouillet Artificial Insemination School, invented the first plastic
mitts intended to protect the inseminator.
The success won by this innovation led him to develop his own manufacturing line. POLYSEM was founded with the goal of producing and innovating in the area of single-purpose protection products for veterinarians, inseminators and, as a spin-off, every professional in the agro-industry industry.
Located in Rambouillet (near Paris) Polysem is a state of the art, fully automated manufacturing facility which exports gloves all around the world.
The history of IMV Technologies began in L’Aigle, in Normandy, when founder Robert Cassou patented the “French straw”, a revolutionary container designed for artificial insemination of cattle. From its launch, this invention became the universal reference for packaging and preserving bull semen, propelling IMV Technologies onto the world stage. Now a world leader in the reproduction biotechnology market, IMV Technologies remains faithful to the spirit of its pioneering past and constantly develops state-of-the-art techniques in artificial insemination.
Aware of the concerns of breeders and insemination centers, IMV Technologies designs, manufactures, and distributes the technical and material solutions needed by breeders to help them improve their herds.
The goal is to provide support in an ever-changing world by improving the performance of reproduction techniques while increasing biosecurity and facilitating regulatory compliance.
In order to maintain its position as the world leader in its field, IMV Technologies develops unique products aimed at simplifying the whole process, from semen collection to insemination or embryo transfer. Following pioneering work with cattle and pigs, the company has extended its expertise to many other species. IMV Technologies also offers technology designed to preserve genetic heritage diversity, as well as human biological samples.
Biotechnologies for reproduction
Since 1981, IMV Technologies has trained people from all over the world in artificial insemination and embryo transfer techniques using the latest equipment. The company continues to anticipate, initiate and incorporate scientific advances that make it possible to improve methods of animal reproduction.
The R&D team includes researchers in life sciences, veterinary surgeons, chemists, and designers with the support of the National Institute for Agronomic Research (INRA) and many universities. This core group is dedicated to applied research, and is supported by a plastics research department, an electronics development unit and a prototyping department.
Working in partnership with clients, the R&D team conducts projects ranging from field or laboratory studies to industrial production with the aim of designing:
- Biological products for preserving human and animal cells
- Equipment for evaluation, packaging, cryopreservation, and storage and use of sperm, embryos, and biological samples
- Single-use plastic consumable products
Designing and producing all single-use products and instruments needed for effective breeding
Clients are provided with technical assistance by a team of engineers and scientists who are experts in the company's technology. They are supported locally by IMV'S international distribution network.
Over 95% of products are manufactured at the company's industrial site in L’Aigle (France). IMV Technologies provides clients with state-of-the-art products manufactured to a high standard of quality.
The company's new production site was specially designed to meet the needs of IMV'S business and complies with the strictest standards of quality, safety and traceability. It is certified by the international standard ISO 9001:2008 and medical reference ISO 13485:2003. Our CBS™ High Security straws designed for the packaging of semen and embryos have CE certification and are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for marketing in the United States. IMV Technologies applies rigorous and detailed controls throughout its manufacturing process, from the delivery of raw materials to the finished product.
In 2012, IMV Technologies Group had over 250 employees representing nine different nationalities.
Deeply involved and passionate about their duties, IMV teams are the source of the company's expertise and the framework of its success. Relying on trust, respect and accessibility, these teams encourage open discussions with all employees.
In an initiative to encourage participation, employees also are involved in project teams, which encourage their commitment and motivation. The group’s ability to grow worldwide is derived from the family-run atmosphere of early years, which we have retained.
In order to enable all staff to flourish, IMV does everything possible to provide training, develop skills, and foster continuous growth of employees. Objectivity and transparency in all aspects of the company's innovative human resources policy are stressed.
Emilie Schapman - Quality and Regulatory Director
"IMV Technologies' quality management team is a dedicated organization structure focused on customer satisfaction and on delivering constant product quality and services. Everyone enjoys working in this industry, they have a great team spirit, and focus on continuous improvement and best practices. It is a great honor to work with a such dedicated team".
Laurent Huet - Manufacturing Director
"As I see it, the richness of IMV Technologie's production is based on three key factors. First, the company draws on an immense variety of both products and technologies, from biochemistry to plastics processing, as well as micromechanics. Secondly, the industrial tooling, developped largely internally, is in a class of its own. And finally, there are expert teams. It is this association between man and know-how that makes the difference and that made me choose this company."
Sustainable Development Manager
" I lead the IMV Technologies sustainable development team : “IMV Green team". Twelve team members representing each business unit, meet on a regular basis to review, design and submit new ideas for sustainable business development at IMV. I love the deep commitment IMV has made towards sustainability. It definitively matches with my own values as well as those held by IMV employees and give me the opportunity to contribute building a better world for all of us."