April 29, 2008
In Vivo Fertilization Enhancement Device Cuts Costs

Reproductive biotech company of BioXcell of Beverly Massachusetts has developed a method to enhance fertilization using a device placed inside a woman to hold both eggs and sperm.

The Invocell device is a sealed capsule that allows fertilisation to take place inside the body, in the vaginal cavity. A woman would first be given mild drugs to stimulate her ovaries, and then eggs would be removed from them while she is under sedation. Up to seven eggs are then put into the Invocell capsule, along with washed sperm. The capsule is then placed inside the vagina. After three days the patient would return for a second appointment, in which the capsule is removed and any fertilised embryos are examined for quality. The best one or two would then be transferred to the womb.

This approach cuts costs by avoiding the need for a lab where eggs get artificially inseminated and embryos grow. The woman's body serves in place of the lab but with the capsule to bring an assortment of eggs together with the sperm. The device keeps the eggs together where they can be easily found once fertilized.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2008 April 29 10:07 PM  Biotech Reproduction


Comments
Brock said at April 30, 2008 12:28 PM:

I think a very key point is this quote: “You don’t need a complex IVF centre, a laboratory, lots of the equipment,” he said. “You can perform this procedure in an office.”

Physical production bottlenecks are often the cause of great solutions not scaling well. Removing them allows a technology to spread well outside of population centers that have the big labs necessary for IVF as currently practiced. You may see a much larger uptick in usage than the nice but not extraordinary 20% price cut would suggest.

Randall Parker said at April 30, 2008 6:50 PM:

Brock,

I agree. Mass market services delivered to a medical office near you. Makes a much easier sell. The hurdle gets lowered in terms of both time and money.

We'll see the same thing with DNA testers.

Dileep said at May 19, 2008 5:42 AM:

can you throw some more information like what is the procedure like where will be the embryo culture done. any official announcements or any url to get compelte information about the procedure

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