Univ. Doz. Dr. med. Nicolas Zech studied medicine at the Medical University Innsbruck, Austria. His research interests have focused on stem cells since completing his thesis on expansion of mobilized peripheral blood progenitor cells. At the IVF Centers Prof. Zech he focused on in-vitro culture, embryology and micromanipulation techniques. He has been trained as Obstetrician and Gynecologist at the University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland, and has finished his specialty in OB/GYN in 2005. Nicolas holds a Diploma for Genetics from the Austria Society for Medical Doctors. He was for 2 years on a research fellowship at the Reproductive Genetics Institute in Chicago (Yury Verlinsky – Pioneer of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis), USA. Habilitation (Venia docendi) in Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Reproductive Medicine and Endocrinology at the Medical University Graz 01/2010 - Topic: Stem Cells and Assisted Reproductive Technologies - Title: Characterization, isolation/ establishment, culture and storage of clinical grade stem cells with input from assisted reproductive technologies. Nicolas joined the Chief Executive Program at Harvard Business School (HBS) in August 2008. He is a Harvard Business School Alumnus (Owner-President-Management Program - OPM41) since March 2011. He was winner of HBS-OPM41 Idol in 2009. He is Medical Director at the IVF Center Prof. Zech - Bregenz GmbH. Co-founder of Ovita 2010 (, center for oocyte preservation. Congress president and organizer of 11th International Conference on Preimplantation Genetics Diagnosis, Bregenz, 2012 (