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CASE STUDY: SOME LIKE IT COOL

Two women smiling at each other, standing in front of machinery and liquid nitrogen.
"There's not many people who do what we do, in fact, we're the only Indigenous cryogenics company in Australia," said Marcia Edwards, Director of The Cryogenics Group.

"Growing up with a Mum and Dad that work in cryogenics is super different. Everyone thinks we're all scientists!"

Joining the family business can be a rite of passage for many people, but for Marcia Edwards, this journey involved something that many people could only dream of.

The Cryogenics Group was founded by Marcia's parents in 1993 with the help of a loan from IBA. Over the past 25 years, the business has grown from strength to strength by providing liquid nitrogen and gas to IVF clinics, blood banks, medical research facilities, medical centres and even restaurants.

This family-run business spans across two generations and Marcia is hoping it may even have a third in the future.

"I hope my daughters will one day be part of the company too. That would be three generations of The Cryogenics Group which is pretty amazing for any small business but especially for an Indigenous business."

Watch the video on IBA's YouTube channel.

This story was originally published in 2018 and forms part of our collection of 30 year celebration stories at www.iba.gov.au