Key benefits of AneThermo™
- Protects the ET catheter
- No direct contact with the embryo
- Stabilizes the ET catheter and secures the connection between the catheter and the syringe
- Eases the loading of the embryo into the catheter.
- Maintains the temperature of the embryo from the culture incubator to the maternal womb.
- Can be used for most commonly used ET catheters in the market
AneThermo™, The Device
AneThermo™ has been developed to protect the embryo during the Embryo Transfer (ET) procedure, in particular from cooling which compromises viability. It is a medical device that is placed on a standard ET catheter, connected to a syringe, used for the aspiration of an embryo for transfer from the IVF laboratory to the mother’s womb.
- AneThermo™ protects the embryos placed in the ET catheter and maintain its temperature at an optimized temperature (35º-37º)
during a standard embryo transfer procedure.
- AneThermo™ is in the process to be CE marked (MDR).
Temperature, a key environmental factor
We discovered that embryos cool during the ET procedure. In collaboration with IVF clinics, we measured temperature with a probe placed inside ET catheters during simulated standard ET procedures. As shown in the graphic below, the temperature within the ET catheter drops rapidly and could reach temperatures as low as 19º.
The Embryo Transfer Procedure
From the moment the female and male gametes are collected from the future parents, until the transfer of the embryo into the mother’s uterus, all procedures take place in vitro. The embryo transfer is the last critical step of a long, complicated and expensive IVF treatment procedure.
During a typical ET procedure, the embryo is placed in a catheter by an embryologist and brought to a gynaecologist who is inserting the embryo into the mother’s uterus. Beside the wall of the ET catheter and a very small volume of culture medium, nothing protects the embryo from the surrounding environment.