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Patent
Unisense FertiliTech | Date: 2015-03-24

A culture dish for holding one or more object to be cultured is described. The culture dish has a main body comprising at least one well for receiving an object to be cultured and a quantity of culturing media for the object, such as a water-based growth media, and a reservoir for receiving a quantity of cover media, such as mineral oil. The at least one well is provided in a floor of the reservoir so that when in normal use cover media in the reservoir overlays culturing media in the at least one well. The reservoir is defined by the reservoir floor and a reservoir wall extending away from the reservoir floor. At least a section of the reservoir wall is angled away from the vertical so as to be inclined with respect to a horizontal plane defined by a surface of cover media in the reservoir when the culture dish is in normal use. The angled section of the reservoir wall can help reduce the appearance of a meniscus in the cover media overlaying the wells, and can furthermore be positioned so as to provide a ready indication of when the reservoir contains an appropriate level of cover media for culturing.


Patent
Unisense FertiliTech | Date: 2013-06-25

Methods for determining a development potential for an embryo, for example an in vitro incubating human embryo, and apparatus for implementing such methods are described. In some examples a method comprises obtaining values for a plurality of morphokinetic characteristics relating to the development of an embryo during an observation period, for example characteristics relating to the temporal or morphological development of the embryo. A value for a continuous variable is determined by combining differences between the obtained values for these characteristics and corresponding reference values in a predefined manner. The reference values may, for example, be determined from values for the plurality of characteristics obtained for at least one reference embryo of known development potential. A development potential for the embryo is then established based on the determined value for the continuous variable.


Patent
Unisense FertiliTech | Date: 2014-12-10

The present invention relates to a method and to a system for selecting embryos for in vitro fertilization based on the timing, and duration of observed cell cleavages and associated cell morphology. One embodiment of the invention relates to a method for determining embryo quality comprising monitoring the embryo for a time period, and determining one or more quality criteria for said embryo, wherein said one or more quality criteria is based on the extent of irregularity of the timing of cell divisions when the embryo develops from four to eight blastomeres, and/or wherein said one or more quality criteria is based on determining the time of cleavage to a five blastomere embryo (t5) and wherein t5 is between 48.7 hours and 55.6 hours, and/or wherein said one or more quality criteria is based on the ratio of two time intervals, each of said two time intervals determined as the duration of a time period between two morphological events in the embryo development from fertilization to eight blastomeres, and based on said one or more quality criteria determining the embryo quality.


Patent
Unisense FertiliTech | Date: 2015-01-13

Apparatus and methods for monitoring embryos in an incubator are described. The apparatus comprises an incubation chamber defined by an incubation chamber housing and a slide carrier comprising a plurality of compartment walls that define compartments for holding embryo slides within the incubation chamber for incubation. The slide carrier is moveable, for example by rotation, relative to the incubation chamber housing to allow a selected compartment to be moved to a loading position defined at least in part by a loading port wall associated with the incubation chamber housing. The loading port wall is arranged to cooperate with the wall of a compartment in the loading position to restrict the extent to which the environment of the compartment in the loading position is in fluid communication with the environments of other compartments in the incubation chamber.


Patent
Unisense FertiliTech | Date: 2015-01-13

Apparatus and methods for monitoring embryos in an incubator are described. The apparatus comprises an incubation chamber defined by an incubation chamber housing and a sample platform comprising a plurality of receptacles for holding embryos within the incubation chamber for incubation. The sample platform may comprise a slide carrier on which embryo slides containing the receptacles may be placed incubation. The sample platform is rotatable about a rotation axis relative to the incubation chamber housing so as to allow receptacles to be selectively rotated to a monitoring position that is aligned with a viewing port provided in the incubation chamber housing, for example an opening or window. An imaging device is located outside the incubation chamber and arranged to image embryos within the incubation chamber at the monitoring position through the viewing port.


Patent
Unisense FertiliTech | Date: 2015-02-12

Apparatus and methods for helping a user establish values (e.g. timings) for a plurality of parameters of interest (e.g. cell divisions) relating to the development of an embryo from a series of images of the embryo are described. For each parameter of interest an image is selected for display to a user seeking to establish a value for the parameter of interest. For example, the selected image may be an image predicted to be an image reflecting the value for the parameter of interest. For example, the selected image may be based on a calculated timing for a particular developmental event. The timing may be calculated from a numerical analysis of the images or maybe predetermined. If the user is unable to determine a value for the parameter of interest from the selected image, the user may scroll through neighbouring images until the user can determine a value for the parameter of interest. A value for the proud of interest may then be established in response to user input, for example a user providing an indication that a timing associated with a currently displayed image from the series of images should be taken to be the value of the parameter of interest. The different parameters of interest may be established in an iterative manner in which an initial image for display to a user is selected for each parameter of interest based on the parameter of interest.


A tray (100;400;500;600) for accommodating a cell culture (101), such as an embryo, for use during culturing thereof and for optical monitoring of the cell culture, e.g. during in vitro fertilization comprises a carrier structure (104;404; 504; 604) defining at least one accommodating zone (102;402;502;602) for accommodating the cell culture. At least one focal lens (110;410;510;610), notably a numerical aperture increasing lens is integrally formed with the carrier structure to facilitate monitoring of the cell culture through the carrier structure. A diameter of the focal lens may exceed a diameter of the at least one accommodating zone. The focal lens may be integrally moulded with the carrier structure from a thermoplastic material.


Patent
Unisense FertiliTech | Date: 2014-03-31

The present invention relates to a system arranged for assisting secure handling of cells in order to minimize the risk of handling mistakes resulting in mix-up of cell samples. The system allows for one to one identification of cells during a whole culturing period. This is obtained by providing a culturing system with loading/exit control means which ensures that only one device is capable of being loaded/removed at a time.


A tray (100; 400; 500; 600) for accommodating a cell culture (101), such as an embryo, for use during culturing thereof and for optical monitoring of the cell culture, e.g. during in vitro fertilization comprises a carrier structure (104;404;504;604) defining at least one accommodating zone (102; 402; 502; 602) for accommodating the cell culture. At least one focal lens (110; 410; 510; 610), notably a numerical aperture increasing lens is integrally formed with the carrier structure to facilitate monitoring of the cell culture through the carrier structure. A diameter of the focal lens may exceed a diameter of the at least one accommodating zone. The focal lens may be integrally moulded with the carrier structure from a thermoplastic material.


Patent
Unisense FertiliTech | Date: 2013-05-31

The present invention relates to a method and to a system for selecting embryos for in vitro fertilization based on observed cell kinetics and cell morphology. One embodiment of the invention relates to a method for determining embryo quality comprising monitoring the embryo for a time period, said time period comprising the transformation of the embryo from initial compaction or morula to blastocyst and determining one or more blastocyst quality criteria for said embryo, and based on said one or more blastocyst quality criteria determining the embryo quality.

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