Commercially available since May 2015, and now sold in 10 different countries, Geri combines an innovative, cost effective imaging system within each individually controlled patient incubator chamber.
NBN News reports that the first baby has now been born using this innovation. “She is the first baby in the world to be conceived using Geri, a special, Australian designed incubator that gives scientists a window into an embryo’s development,” reports Amanda Bennett, NBN News.
Prior to the launch of Geri, one of the challenges in the IVF industry was that assessing the embryos involved opening the incubator to remove each embryo, compromising the stable environment needed for optimum development for that embryo and others in the same chamber. “Previously, fertilised eggs were removed every few days for inspection, potentially reducing the chance of a successful pregnancy,” explains Amanda Bennett.
The launch of Geri in the market has addressed this need by minimizing disruptive events to early-stage embryos. During design, Genea and Planet Innovation spoke with IVF embryologists all over the world and identified that Geri needed to have individual chambers with individual cameras dedicated to each patient to ensure separation of each patient’s embryos.
“The embryos are continually dividing into cells and expanding and excluding cells and none of that was observable to us because the embryos were inside the incubators,” Genea explained. “Made up of 6 independent chambers Geri maintains an optimal environment during an embryo’s crucial first 5 days,” clarifies reporter Amanda Bennett. “A time-lapse camera featured to each compartment takes a photo every 5 minutes meaning embryos can be monitored without being disturbed.”
“Geri is just the beginning,” continues Amanda Bennett. “Development is already underway on an app that allows images to be streamed on a smart phone anywhere in the world giving potential parents a unique view on the IVF process.”
Watch the news video here: Baby Born Using World-first Incubator