Lab technologies exclusive to Genea clinics in Australia
Leading Fertility and IVF technology
All IVF clinics are not the same. Your chance of success depends on the expertise of the Fertility Specialists, the skill of the Embryologists and the care and support of the Fertility Nurses. The other essential element in a successful IVF cycle is world leading fertility technology. It’s important that your embryos grow in the optimal environment and that any embryos, eggs or sperm frozen are done so in a consistent manner. All of these elements maximise the chance of you having a baby in the least number of cycles possible.
Geri® incubation system
The creation of the Geri® incubation system brings us closer than ever before to mimicking the undisturbed natural environment of a woman’s body – where a human embryo would normally be. The Geri® incubation system has resulted in a 12.2% increase in the number of live births when compared to the traditional incubator and culture medium system*.
Geri®, Genea’s benchtop incubator with individually controlled incubation chambers for each patient and time lapse camera allows scientists to continuously monitor embryos, which eliminates the need to open the incubator to check on embryo development. Other time lapse incubators on the market have multiple patients in the one space, meaning even if they had a single step media, embryos would still need to be disturbed when scientists check other patients’ embryos.
Scientists at our parent clinic Genea ideated and created the world’s first automated vitrification instrument – Gavi® – to freeze eggs and embryos. And we’re lucky enough to be one of very few clinics in Australia using it for their patients’ treatment. Vitrification has traditionally been conducted by hand by scientists. It’s a process that requires a high degree of precision and is vulnerable to human and environmental variances. Gavi® automates and standardises key stages of the process and ensures eggs and embryos are consistently snap frozen, then stores them in a personalised Gavi® pod until they are needed.
The vital solution that supports embryo development in the lab is called culture medium. Traditionally, culture medium has needed to be replaced at different stages but the creation of a continuous culture Geri® medium by Genea enables undisturbed embryo growth. The Geri® medium is designed specifically for our incubator and is suitable for every stage of embryo development.
* When compared to the MINC incubator and Gems sequential media. Study performed in Genea’s Canberra, Wollongong, Liverpool, North West, RPA and Kent St laboratories, 2015-2019. The Geri incubation system was used in all Genea clinics by 2018. Published in a peer reviewed journal Fertility and Sterility and presented at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) congress in 2020, official reference being: Peura T, Murray A, Hesketh N, Dalati S, Bowman M, McArthur S (2020): Is the biggest impact on clinical IVF outcomes obtained by implementation of continuous media, time-lapse incubator or both? Fertil Steril 114 (3) Suppl., e129. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fertnstert.2020.08.383
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