Kitazato range of vitrification and other IVF products now available from Planer 

Kitazato, one of the leading manufacturers for human assisted reproduction treatments products, is recognised as being at the cutting edge in the research and development of new devices and techniques to combat infertility. We, at Planer, are therefore delighted to be partnered with Kitazato to sell their vitrification, microtools, media and needles and catheters ranges throughout the UK.

Kitazato is seen as one of the pioneering brands in driving and improving vitrification. Its greatest contribution in this field has been the development of the renowned Cryotop® Method, the global leader in the vitrification of oocytes and embryos, at all stages of development.

Planer now distributes four key Kitazato ranges in the UK

The Cryotop® Method, the global leader in vitrification of oocytes and embryos at all stages of development, achieves the highest survival rates on the market:

High quality micromanipulation pipettes that offer an accurate and precise manipulation of oocytes and sperm for ART and PGT:-

A range of high quality culture media and paraffin oils to help maximise success with all laboratory procedures:-

Needles and Catheters
A wide variety of OPU Needles, IUI and embryo transfer catheters:-

Download our Assisted Conception Catalogue to find out more about the available Kitazato range


Assisted Conception Catalogue - see which Kitazato and Gynemed products are available in the UK through Planer 

Get in touch

If you wish to place an order or find out more about the Kitazato range, please contact the Planer sales team

DATAssure alarm and monitoring system from Planer Ltd
All DATAcentre™ customers can now trade in their current DATAcentre™ unit and upgrade to the latest Planer DATAssure™ wireless laboratory and alarm system. 

Adobe recently decided to block all Flash content, which has made the graphing feature of the DATAcentre™ alarm and monitoring system inoperable. We are therefore pleased to announce that all DATAcentre™ customers can trade in their current DATAcentre™ unit (and transmitters if necessary) and upgrade to a new DATAssure™ system. 

Up to 150 sensors to monitor key parameters

The DATAssure™ system builds on the proven reliability and success of the DATAcentre™ product providing all the features you would expect from a modern monitoring system, including a clear colour touchscreen, 12 hour battery back-up and up to 10 years plus data storage.

Up to 150 sensors can monitor a variety of parameters including temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide, liquid nitrogen level, oxygen level and door status. Each wireless sensor sends a reading every minute over the dedicated wireless network to the base station. The base station reviews the data against pre-set warning and critical alarm parameters defined by the user to generate audible and visual alarms or alerts via email and SMS text.

DATAssure™ provides secure multi user access with the flexibility of being able to view the data, and react to alarms from any web enabled laptop, tablet and smart phone. All data is stored in a secure tamperproof format for later review and report creation. The web interface provides access to real time data, alarm notifications, full audit trails, analytical graphing tools and a report generator – all via any standard browser. 

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DATAssure™ wireless laboratory monitoring and alarm system
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Fertility 2021 – the joint conference of the Association of Reproductive & Clinical Scientists, British Fertility Society and the Society for Reproduction & Fertility – is the largest UK educational forum focusing on fertility and reproductive medicine.

Due to these unprecedented times, the 2021 conference has gone virtual. “Fertility 2021 Online: Barriers and breakthroughs” will deliver cutting edge content, showcasing a range of high-profile speakers focusing on specialist areas in fertility and reproductive biology from 6th - 10th January 2021.

Planer is delighted to support Fertility 2021. Whilst we will greatly miss the opportunity to see everyone in person and catch up with customers, distributors and friends from around the world, we would like to take this opportunity to announce that we have added a number of new products to strengthen our IVF range.

Firstly, as part of the Hamilton Thorne Group, we now offer the uniquely portable and easy to setup Hamilton Thorne laser systems for ICSI, trophderm and assisting hatching applications. We also distribute the full range of media, diagnostics, micro tools, needles and catheters from our German sister company, Gynemed.

Finally, we are pleased to announce that, from January 2021, Planer will become the exclusive supplier of Kitazato products to the UK IVF market. These include the market leading CryoTop Vitrification range, their established needles and catheter products and the recently launched micro tools and media ranges.

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For further information
Fertility 2021 (6th - 10th January 2021)
Our Gynemed Product Range
Our Kitazato Product Range

In November 2017 baby Emma was born to Benjamin and Tina Gibson in the USA from a frozen embryo and was then, as far as is known, the longest frozen embryo resulting in a successful birth - having been cryopreserved for more than 24 years.

But uniquely, this year the Gibsons ‘adopted’ another frozen embryo and little Molly was born recently, but after a record 27 years in cryogenic storage.

She is probably from the longest successfully frozen embryo, ever. And she is the genetic sister of Emma.

Both embryos were frozen in October 1992 when their adoptive mother-to-be was only a year and a half old!

The frozen embryos were cared for and then thawed by the National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC) of Knoxville.  NEDC Lab Director & Embryologist Carol Sommerfelt carried out the thawing process for Emma in March 2017 and Molly early February 2020. In both cases frozen embryo transfer (FET) was performed by NEDC president and Medical director Dr Jeffrey Keenan. Molly was born October 26, 2020, weighing 6 lbs. 13 oz.

"It is highly rewarding to see that embryos frozen so many years ago using the early cryopreservation techniques of slow freezing on day one of development at the pronuclear stage can result in 100 percent survival of the embryos with a 100 percent continued proper development to the day-3 embryo stage," said Carol Sommerfelt.

At that time the Planer 1.7 freezer was universally used for embryo freezing around the world and although after twenty-seven years the exact machine has been lost in the mists of time, both these embryos would almost certainly have been preserved via the slow freezing Menezo method and in a Planer machine.

Founded some 17 years ago, the NEDC runs a leading embryo adoption program, with nearly 900 pregnancies to its name. It helps utilise frozen embryos that would not otherwise be used by their genetic parents to assist sub fertile couples via donated embryo ‘adoption’. It has facilitated more than 1000 adoptions and births and conducts about 200 transfers a year.

Further information:
National Embryo Donation Center
Mark Mellinger: Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
BBC news: Baby girl born from record-setting 27-year-old embryo
Blastocyst Cryopreservation, 1995 paper: Kaufmann, Menezo et al
Planer news: Healthy daughter from an embryo slow frozen and stored for 24 years

Enquiries from women about egg freezing at some UK fertility clinics have jumped by as much as 50% this summer when compared to the same period last year. This has been attributed to the long-term impact of the coronavirus pandemic and women being concerned about their reduced chances of finding a partner in the lockdown coupled with their declining fertility after the age of 35.

Growth of egg freezing – up 240% in five years
Even before the coronavirus pandemic, there had been a sharp increase in interest in egg freezing over the past five years as a method of preserving a women’s fertility, both for medical purposes and for other reasons such as not being in a suitable relationship, widely known as “social egg freezing”.  In 2018, there were 1933 egg freezing cycles, up from 569 in 2013, representing growth of 240%.

Spotlight on storage limits
This growth in egg freezing for fertility preservation has also brought into sharp focus storage limits which differ depending on whether the eggs are frozen for medical reasons or for social reasons. Women, who freeze their eggs for medical reasons, can store their eggs for a maximum of 55 years. However, women who opt for social egg freezing can only store their eggs for up to 10 years, after which they must either use or destroy the eggs (in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a temporary two-year extension has been granted). This difference in storage times between medical and social egg freezing has been strongly criticised and is currently under review by the UK Government.

The future of egg freezing for fertility preservation
Whilst egg freezing for fertility preservation is currently growing rapidly, technological developments could impact its future: ovarian tissue freezing and developing stem cells into eggs could present two alternatives in the years to come.

For further information

Fertility treatment 2018: trends and figures

Published 30th June 2020
Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Policy Briefing: Egg freezing in the UK
Published 30th September 2020
Nuffield Council on Bioethics

BT37 MkII benchtop incubator

The Planer BT37 benchtop incubator has become a familiar sight in many fertility clinics around the world. Since its launch in 2009 the BT37, also known as the PINC by many, more than 3500 units have been sold and installed in over 70 countries. The reliable and easy to use incubator has become a workhorse incubator in many fertility clinics, with many clinics having numerous units to culture their embryos and gametes.

The new BT37 MkII benchtop incubator combines the highly accurate environmental control and reliability of the original unit with a host of new features designed to make the unit even easier to use and fit for the modern laboratory.

The BT37 MkII retains the precision control of homeostatic conditions to provide the consistent optimum environment required for embryo development. The 2 hour battery backup remains to ensure cells under culture are protected in the event of a power outage to the clinic or laboratory.

To ensure the BT37 MkII can continue to support clinics in the future the MkII has been developed with ease of use as the focus of the design enabling the lab to work more efficiently and easily.

The new features include:

  • Touchscreen control panel for quick and easy day to day operations
  • Simplified humidification bottles system making bottle changes quicker and user friendly
  • Improved ergonomic twist lock chambers latches and soft close lids to improve single handed access to the chambers
  • Host of additional alarms and monitoring features to alert users of potential risks to their embryos and rectify the problems quickly and effectively
  • Improved access to service replaceable parts to minimise the time units are out of action for maintenance

All these new features are packed into a unit with the same small footprint ensuring the new BT37 MkII unit does not take up more valuable space in the IVF laboratory compared to the original.

Adrian Fuller, Managing Director at Planer Limited said, “The original BT37 has been the incubator of choice for many fertility clinics over the last ten years and the team at Planer hope that the new product shows our continued commitment to provide high quality and reliable equipment designed to care for patients’ valuable embryos and gametes throughout their development.”

CooperSurgical and its distributors worldwide will continue be sell and support the new BT37 MkII into the human ART market.

For further information
BT37 MkII benchtop incubator

TrophoblastScientists investigating conditions such as miscarriage, preeclampsia and other complications that can occur during pregnancy will now be able to create early stems cells for study in the lab, which will further help their understanding of placental development.

Studying the role of the placenta during pregnancy has long been a challenge as obtaining vital tissue samples before birth was practically impossible. Now, scientists from the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, using findings from earlier Japanese studies, have found a way to guide human cells into becoming trophoblast stems cells, the precursor cells that give rise to the placenta. This technique will allow researchers to understand the very early stages of how the placenta develops and should give important insights into complications that occur during pregnancy.

The team in St Louis has been able to transform induced pluripotent stems (iPS) cells into trophoblast stem cells. Trophoblast cells develop into two specific cells types: one which allows the placental cells to implant into the uterine lining and the other which produces the hormones essential to maintaining the pregnancy.

Although there are already well established protocols, stretching back a decade, for turning an adult cell into an iPS cell, until now, scientists have not been able to create trophoblast stem cells in the lab. Unlike these precursor cells, iPS cells are in a state that exists after the embryo attaches to the uterus’ lining. As the development of the placenta begins before this stage, and these iPS cells have already lost their capacity to create placental cells, it has been important to find an accessible source of these trophoblast stem cells.

This breakthrough, which allows the creation of early stem cells, will help scientists further their understanding of the development of the human placenta and the origins of miscarriage, preeclampsia and other complications that occur during pregnancy.

For further information
Scientists generate early stem cells that form the human placenta
Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis

Integrated analysis of single-cell embryo data yields a unified transcriptome signature for the human pre-implantation epiblast
The Company of Biologists. Development - For advances in developmental biology and stem cells

ESHRE2020 - Planer's virtual booth

This year, ESHRE will be a very different experience. Due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting is going online and the 36th Annual Meeting will be completely virtual. As you can imagine, we at Planer, will greatly miss this annual opportunity to see everyone in person and to catch up with our customers, distributors and friends from around the world.

However, we are proud to support ESHRE’s virtual conference and have taken a booth in the exhibition area. As always, the ESHRE programme will be packed with presentations from leading experts in the reproductive field, speaking on a broad range of topics.

If you are planning to attend the conference, please don’t forget to visit our Planer stand to see our latest product range. The virtual exhibition goes live at 9.00am on Sunday 5th July. 

Alternatively, if you are not registered to attend ESHRE, please click here to go straight to our special Planer ESHRE mini website.

Find out more:-
ESHRE programme
Watch “ESHRE 2020 - the leading event in reproductive science and medicine goes virtual”



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