The project’s participants include leading Danish universities and key commercial groups, as well as inputs from Germany, the USA and Canada. Some of the associated researchers, Peter Løvendahl from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Aarhus University, Jan Lassen from Viking Genetics and Henrik Bjørn Nielsen from the Technical University of Denmark have also recently received the Innovation Fund Denmark’s Grand Solutions Prize for their work in the breeding of climate-friendly cows. The group will now build on this research, which will be utilised to perform the genomic selection of embryos for the production of calves within the EliteOva project.
Another key contributor to the project is IVF Bioscience’s Scientific Advisor, Dr Lotte Stroebech. Dr Stroebech will contribute her extensive knowledge of IVP, with all embryos in the project being produced in her laboratory at Copenhagen University. The OPU and transfer procedures will be conducted Trans Embryo Genetics. Dr. Hanna Grothmann from the SME Masterrind, Germany will contribute with data regarding the health of calves resulting from the use of the IVF Bioscience media portfolio, while Prof. Charles Long, Melchior Bioscience, Texas, US, and Prof. Marc-André Sirard, Université Laval, Quebec, Canada, will investigate the normality of the epigenetic profiles of the embryos and calves conceived in the project.