top of page

Welcome to novum

The Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility novum has been a resource for thousands of couples hoping to have a baby. Our medical professionals are internationally appreciated for their unparalleled experience in all areas of reproductive medicine. In addition, novum is within one of the world`s biggest IVF-centers.

novum is located in the city of Essen, the heart of Ruhr Area . Our comfortable, state-of-the-art medical facility is a convenient destination for couples from Germany. We are also near several major airports, making us easy to reach from locations throughout Europe. Led by Prof. Thomas Katzorke, M.D., a pioneer in the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility in Germany, novum offers a hands-on Team Approach to patient care that brings together all of the services that couples may need. Because infertility can affect couples in many ways, novum also offers patients specialized support programs and educational resources designed to help them better understand their treatment every step of the way. 

History of novum 

  • 1981 Founded by Prof. Dr. Katzorke und Dr. Propping in Essen, Germany

  • 1981 Foundation of  the German Spermbank

  • 1983 Start IVF

  • 1984 First  IVF-Baby  

  • 1987 Starting Cryopreservation of  Oocytes and Embryos

  • 1989 First Birth after Cryopreservation and Thawing of PN-Stages 

  • 1990 First Birth after Cryopreservation and Thawing of Oocytes

  • 1993 Starting with ICSI

  • 1998 Certificate according to DIN EN ISO 9001

  • 2003 Foundation of  Cryostore*  - "...keeping life cool"

  • 2004 Move to  Akazienallee

  • 2004 Foundation of CryoPlus - Cryopreservation of Stem Cells

  • 2005 Cryopreservation of ovarian tissue

  • 2009 Succesfull transplantation of cryopreserved ovarian tissue in cooperation with the University of Erlangen


Since 1993, the Novum Clinic with Prof. Katzorke and additional Prof. Bielfeld belongs to the German top physicians of the list of the magazine Focus-Gesundheit. Every year we receive a certificate confirming the excellent quality of our special practice for reproductive medicine.

We are very happy about this award and are proud of the entire team whose work continuous to strengthen our good reputation and permanent affords for quality enhancement.

What services do we offer? 
​Our practice is devoted to assisting couples with fertility problems in becoming pregnant. Our practice also specializes in the evaluation and treatment of endometriosis, recurrent pregnancy loss, and menopause issues. We conduct a variety of diagnostic tests and treatment procedures including the following:




  • Female Factor Evaluation and Treatment

  • Insemination by Donor

  • Polar Body Analysis (PBA)

  • Assisted Hatching (AH)

  • Polar Body Diagnosis

  • Oocyte Activation

  • Sperm Activation

  • Cryopreservation (semen,  oocytes, embryos, TESE, ovarian tissue)


  • ICSI (Direct Sperm Injection)

  • IVF (In Vitro Fertilization )

  • Intrauterine Insemination

  • Male Factor Evaluation and Treatment


How will we work with your Doctor? 

As a team of specialists devoted to helping patients with infertility, we work closely with your primary care physician and obstetrician. With your permission, we will send a complete report to your physician detailing the types of tests and procedures we performed. When patients become pregnant, we refer them back to their obstetrician or family practice physician for ongoing prenatal care. Our practice does not provide obstetrical care.

How can you make an appointment? 
To make an appointment, please call 0049 - 201 29429-0. We are available to see patients Monday through Friday and we also reserve weekend and select evening appointments for specific treatments and time sensitive tests.

What can you expect during your first visit? 
During your first visit, we generally conduct a consultation and physical exam, and answer any questions you may have. If you prefer, you may schedule a consultation only. First visits last approximatelyt 60-75 minutes. We do ask that you arrive 15 minutes early for your first appointment so that we may complete the necessary forms for your records. We make every effort to remain on schedule and to not keep you waiting. In order to do so, we kindly ask the same consideration from you.

What is our billing policy? 
Payment is expected at the time of service. If you have questions regarding our insurnace participation, please contact our office.

Will IVF work for us? 
IVF and other assited reproductive technologies provide many couples with the opportunity to get pregnant that otherwise wouldn`t be able to have children on their own. During your consultation with the doctors, they will be able to discuss your own set of unique circumstances and give you a realistic expectation as to your individual chance for success.



Request Information: 


Download Info-Brochure:

Novum Essen

Zentrum für Reproduktionsmedizin
Akazienallee 8-12

D-45127 Essen


Tel. +49 (0) 20 12 94 29 - 0
Fax +49 (0) 20 12 94 29 - 14

novum Duisburg

Zentrum für Reproduktionsmedizin


Tel. +49 (0) 203 71 39 58 - 0
Fax +49 (0) 203 71 39 58 - 15



Erfahren Sie mehr darüber, wie Sie Ihren Kinderwunsch erfüllen können. Klicken Sie auf die Grafik und Sie bekommen mehr Informationen zum Ablauf der Behandlung!

So finden Sie uns


Sehr informativ und beliebt 

Zum Infoabend bitte hier anmelden!

Falls der Infoabend belegt ist oder nicht stattfindet werden wir Sie informieren.

Novum gehört zum Netzwerk FertiPROJEKT. Bei uns können Männer und Frauen Maßnahmen zum Schutz ihrer Fruchtbarkeit durchführen lassen.

Ihre Anmeldung wurden erfolgreich versandt!

bottom of page