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Incept BioSystems Initiates First Human Clinical Trial of its SMART Embryo Culture System for In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Date:9/30/2009

Incept BioSystems' SMART Embryo Culture System

IVF is a technique in which eggs are retrieved from a woman's ovary and inseminated, resulting in fertilized eggs which are then cultured in specialized laboratory conditions. It is the primary treatment for infertility today, common when other methods of achieving conception have failed. According to the Society for Reproductive Technology, in 2007, women in the U.S. underwent approximately 132,700 IVF cycles and it is estimated that there will be more than one million cycles worldwide in 2009.

Unlike the current IVF practice of culturing embryos in a static environment (i.e., a microdrop in a culture dish), Incept's microfluidic system brings embryologists a significant step closer to natural conditions by providing a continuous, refreshable culture microenvironment while using industry-standard IVF culture medium. It is believed that this dynamic environment may provide a beneficial physical stimulus to the embryos in addition to replenishing the embryos with fresh medium while removing metabolized waste products. Mouse and bovine studies conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan and at the Company have demonstrated that the use of this system improves the rate of embryo development so that a greater percentage of embryos achieve advanced stages of development.

About Incept BioSystems

Incept BioSystems, Inc., based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is a privately-held medical device company leveraging its proprietary microscale SMART technology (System of Microfluidics for Assisted Reproductive Technology) platform to improve the in vitro manipulation, performance, and viability of high-value cells for the treatment of patients undergoing in vitro fertilization. The SMART System assisted reproduction device is a cell culture system that can mimic in vivo conditions and is the first microfluidic system that will address the demanding user require
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