A more automated way to do IVF

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Australian company Fertilis has developed a new petri dish for in-vitro fertilization (IVF) that it says reduces human error and increases success rates.

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why it matters: as couples fast delay In later life, the need for effective assisted reproductive technologies such as IVF is only expected to increase.

how it works: Standard IVF procedures require technicians to carefully transfer small amounts of cells to different environments in Petri dishes, as the embryo develops before implantation into a mother.

  • Fertilis’ new Petri dish, which uses 3D-printed microscopic medical devices, “takes out some of the essential human handling and makes the embryo culture process more streamlined,” said Jeremy Thompson, an early embryo biologist and company Co-founder of and says. Chief Scientific Officer.
  • Marty Gauvin, CEO and co-founder of Fertilis, says, “We have a system where we can let these fluids flow and make these necessary changes at a rate that is consistent with the way the body works, Reduces stress on the fetus.”
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By numbers: Fertilis says its technology can reduce the average number of IVF cycles needed to get pregnant by between 30%-40%, which makes IVF more affordable and more reliable.

what to watch: Ultimately, Fertilis wants to make IVF even more automated, using what Thompson calls the “human element,” which is still a very artisanal process.

  • The company is partnering with IVF practitioners for clinical trials next year, with plans to make the technology widely available in 2023.
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