Dr Colin Michael Howles
, has worked for 36 years in the field of Reproductive Endocrinology.
He started his IVF career in 1984, when he went to work at the first human IVF clinic in the world, Bourn Hall Clinic, Cambridge, directly with Professor R G Edwards (Nobel Prize Winner 2010 in Physiology or Medicine) and Mr. Patrick Steptoe.
In 1987, Colin joined Serono Pharmaceuticals as R&D Director in UK. Whilst working with Serono in the late 1980’s and ‘90’s, Colin was involved in the development and clinical introduction of the first highly purified urinary derived gonadotropin (u-FSH HP) and, subsequently, recombinant h-FSH (follitropin alfa; GONAL-f), h-LH, hCG, the GnRH antagonist, cetrorelix and vaginal progesterone gel.
He spent 25 years across departments in Serono / Merck Serono both at a regional and corporate level, including, Chairman of the Advisory Board for Serono Symposia International.
Colin also has extensive experience of working in the Far East having been based in Singapore for the ex-Serono company as Vice President for Medical Affairs.
He travelled extensively around the region especially to India, Japan, SE Asia, China and Australia where he was involved in the introduction of the recombinant gonadotrophins.
Colin is now based in Geneva and in 2013, founded the company ARIES Consulting Sàrl which is committed to improving fertility treatment outcomes.
Colin has continued, during his career in the pharmaceutical industry, to be an active member of the scientific community. He has to date, contributed to over 63 peer reviewed papers (h index 39) and lectured widely across the Continents. Since 2016, he has also held the position of Honorary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh and participates in the undergraduate teaching program.
In 2017, the 5th edition of the ART textbook (in 2 volumes) of which Colin is one of the editors, was published. This series is recognized as the leading text on ART laboratory and clinical procedures.
He holds a PhD in Reproductive Endocrinology and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.