Dundee Bridge - SHREG 2022 is being hosted in the city of Dundee.

SHREG 2022, the Meeting of the Scottish Human Reproduction and Embryology Group, will be taking place this year in the beautiful city of discovery, Dundee. The city is well known for its cutting-edge design credentials – Captain Scotts’ vessel, the RRS Discovery, was built and is now berthed there. Dundee is also the UK’s only UNESCO City of Design, which recognises its diverse contributions to medical research, comics, video games and more.

The latest in the field of ART
The SHREG 2022 meeting will take place on 22nd April -23rd April at the Apex City Quay Hotel and is organised by colleagues in the School of Medicine, University of Dundee and the Assisted Conception Unit, Ninewells Hospital. Over the two days, there will be fertility specialists presenting on a range of topics, including Professor Juan Garcia Velasco, Director of IVI Madrid considering “When should the “freeze-all” strategy be applied instead of fresh embryo transfer” and Dr Kalpana Ragupathy, Consultant Gynaecologist at Ninewells Hospital Dundee talking on “Fertility – integral to gynaecology cancer survivorship’. During the conference, there will also be plenty of opportunities to network with fertility experts from around the world and to exchange the latest ideas and methods in the field of ART.

Meet the Planer team at SHREG
Planer is delighted to be exhibiting for the first time at SHREG. In addition to our controlled rate freezers, benchtop incubators and monitoring and alarms systems for the IVF sector, we also distribute in the UK a broad range of Gynemed and Kitazato ART media and consumables:-

Why not drop by our stand to meet the Planer team and to find out more? We would love to meet you.

And don’t forget to claim your free Gynemed Andrology samples*
Try our Gynemed Andrology range to maximise the efficiency of the sperm processing and diagnostics procedures. Our andrology sample pack includes:-

  • Gradient 45%
  • Gradient 90%
  • Bromelain in Dulbecco’s PBS
  • Collagenase
  • SpermAir
  • SpermMobil
  • SpermStore
  • SemenMAR
  • SemenHOS

To claim your pack, simply come to our stand and leave your contact details, so that we can send the samples to you.

If you are unable to attend SHREG but would like to find out more about our range of products for ART, please get in touch with the Planer team. We would be delighted to hear from you.

*While stocks last. For UK clinics/hospitals/partners only


Fertility 2020Fertility 2022, the joint fertility conference for the Association of Reproductive & Clinical Scientists, the British Fertility Society and the Society for Reproduction and Fertility, will take place at the ACC in the vibrant city of Liverpool from the 5th – 8th January 2022.

The 2022 conference’s theme is “Rising to global challenges” and will feature leading fertility and reproductive biology specialists from around the world speaking on a range of cutting-edge topics covering biological, technical and ethical areas.

Planer is delighted once again to support Fertility 2022. Come and see us on stand 54-55 to find out more about our expanded range of ART products available from Planer – we can now supply in the UK products from Gynemed, Kitazato, Hamilton Thorne, Narishige, Tek-Event, Zandair and Zeiss.

If you would like to find out more, please get in touch – we would be very pleased to hear from you.

To find out more about our expanded range of products available in the UK
Gynemed media and consumables
Kitazato vitrification, micro tools, media and needles and catheters
Cell-Tek Microscope Chambers from Tek-Event
Hamilton Thorne precision lasers and advanced image analysis systems
Narishige micromanipulators and microinjectors
Zandair air purification systems

Hamilton Thorne LYKOS lasers are now available from Planer in the UK

We are pleased to announce that the Hamilton Thorne ranges of precisions lasers and advanced image analysis systems for use in IVF, clinical applications and other research purposes are now available from Planer in the UK.

Clinical lasers for IVF and other scientific applications

The Hamilton Thorne clinical lasers, the LYKOS®, LYKOS-DTS® and ZILOS-tk, are already in use in many IVF clinics around the world and are now emerging as the dominant laser systems to facilitate precise micro-surgical procedures on living cells, including sperm, oocytes and embryos, in the laboratory.

The LYKOS® laser, with its multi-pulse feature, allows rapid, repeated firing of the laser to facilitate the removal of cells from an embryo during the trophectoderm biopsy process. Trophectoderm biopsy is considered one of the best methods used to remove cells from the embryos of patients undergoing pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) to screen for genetic disease or aneuploidy. The ability of the LYKOS® laser to automatically fire the laser multiple times at a relatively low power helps contribute significantly to the efficiency and safety of the trophectoderm biopsy procedure.

The LYKOS Dynamic Targeting System™ (DTS) for ART, has a range of advanced targeting features to create the laser path. Once the path is drawn, it may be selected, resized, and repositioned as needed. Depending on the selected mode, the laser pulse, power and/or spacing may be adjusted with the changes immediately reflected in the laser path on the screen. 

The ZILOS-tk® is compatible with all current and older models of inverted microscopes. The laser-objective is attached directly to the turret of the inverted microscope, leaving both the fluorescent and filter cube ports open for normal use. When working with micromanipulators, the ZILOS-tk® allows users to work in "hands-free" mode by using the optional foot switch to fire the laser. The manipulators help position the embryo to the target and the foot switch is then pressed to fire the laser. The time that the embryo spends on the microscope stage is minimised, as micromanipulation is able to proceed as quickly as possible.

Computer Assisted Sperm Analysis

The Hamilton Thorne range of Computer Assisted Sperm Analysis (CASA) products are also now available from Planer in the UK. They are designed to assist researchers and clinicians in analysing sperm motility and other characteristics in human fertility, toxicology and animal applications.

The IVOS II is the only sperm analysis system with an internal optical system, which offers distinct advantages. In contrast to the continuous illumination of a microscope, the IVOS uses illumination strobed at 1/1000 of a second to visualise sperm motion. This strobed illumination eliminates motion-related blurring along the length of the sperm head, resulting in precise sperm tracking.

The CEROS II is a space-saving, cost-effective, high-performance sperm analyser. Providing the same sperm analysis accuracy and detail of the IVOS II, the CEROS II is a less expensive alternative which requires less bench space.

Both systems are compatible with the Clinical Human Motility software and the Dimensions software. The Clinical Human Motility software provides counts and concentrations, motility and progressive motility, W.H.O. comparisons (or standard comparisons for non-human software) and three velocity measurements (VAP, VSL, and VCL) plus additional motion measurements of LIN, ALH, STR, and BCF.

The DIMENSIONS II software automatically classifies the morphology of fixed stained human sperm samples according to the Tygerberg strict criteria. The results provide objective data to the clinician for the male fertility work up.

If you would like to find out more about the range of Hamilton Thorne lasers and CASA products available in the UK from Planer, please get in touch with the sales team. We would be very pleased to hear from you.

Find out more
LYKOS® Laser
LYKOS Dynamic Targeting System™ (DTS)
ZILOS-tk® Laser
IVOS II Clinical
Human Motility II Software
Dimensions II Software for the IVOS II and CEROS II Systems

ASRM 2021 Baltimore 17th - 20th October“Reproduction Reimagined” is the theme for the 2021 Scientific Congress of the America Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). This year’s event will feature many leading experts, who will present on a range of cutting-edge reproductive medicine topics - from puberty to menopause.

The 2021 meeting will be a hybrid event, with two ways to participate. There will be the onsite congress and exhibition in Baltimore (17th – 20th October) with on-demand content also available from the 18th October to 31st December.

Planer’s sister firm, Hamilton Thorne will be exhibiting at ASRM 2021. If you are planning to visit the exhibition, why not drop by Booth 2231 to find out more about our CT37staxTM multi chamber benchtop incubator and our DATAssureTM laboratory alarm and monitoring system.

For further information
ASRM 2021
CT37staxTM benchtop incubator
DATAssureTM laboratory alarm and monitoring systems

Planer is delighted to now be the UK distributor for ZANDAIR™ Air Purification Systems from Hamilton Thorne. The range includes three main products: an air purification unit for ART laboratories, an air purification unit for pathology laboratories and an extremely efficient in-duct medical laboratory purification system.

 A laboratory’s results as well as on the health of laboratory workers can be directly affected by air pollutants, dust particles, mould spores, dander, pollen, dust mites, cleaning chemicals, volatile organic compounds, chemically active compounds, aldehydes, carcinogenic materials, carbon monoxide, viruses and bacteria. The ZANDAIR™ Air Purification Systems are designed to effectively filtrate these from the air in laboratories. 

Air purification units for ART & pathology laboratories

The 100C air purification unit is suitable for ART laboratories and whilst the 100P air purification unit is designed the meet the rigorous demands of pathology laboratories. Both units incorporate a four-step process:-

  • Adsorb toxic chemicals and gases
  • Higher adsorption of volatile organic compounds and chemically active compounds (100P) or removal of micro-particles with hospital grade HEPA filter (100C)
  • Photo-catalytic oxidation to destroy toxic chemicals and eliminate odours from the air
  • Ultra-violet light


In-duct purification system for superior air quality in medical laboratories

The PCOC™3 is the ultimate fixed system for highly efficient air purification in medical laboratories and other facilities which have extreme demands on superior air quality. The units are fitted directly into your ventilation system.

PHOTO-CATALYTIC OXIDIZING (PCO) technology converts and neutralizes volatile organic compounds, odours, fumes, and toxic chemicals to benign water and carbon dioxide by-products. 

The efficiency of the process is increased by placing three PCO chambers sequentially in a single frame which increases the ‘dwelling time’ of the airstream through the PCOC™3 equipment. 

If you would like to find out more about the ZANDAIR™ Air Purification Systems, please get in touch with the Planer team.

For further information
ZANDAIR™ 100C Air purification unit for ART
ZANDAIR™ 100P Air Purification Unit for Pathology
ZANDAIR™ PCOC™3 Air Purification Unit


Recently, the importance of monitoring and safety of cryogenic storage of biological samples has been in the news. Perhaps now is a good time to review your alarms and monitoring systems?

Back-up system to alert you to potential problems

The Planer DATAssure™ Alarm and Monitoring system can provide truly independent monitoring and alarms for multiple different parameters in all the equipment, reducing the reliance on safety systems built into the equipment itself and providing the reassurance of having a back-up system to alert you to potential problems even if the equipment’s own protection or control system stops operating.

Take corrective before possible loss of samples

The DATAssure™ sensors range includes a number of options for the monitoring of internal dewar temperature and with certain products liquid nitrogen (LN2) level. DATAssure™ can provide alerts resulting from temperature rises and/or low LN2 level (depending on probe used), 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, enabling corrective action to be taken before any potential loss of samples.

Monitoring temperature and LN2 levels in dewars

There are a range of different options for monitoring temperature and/or the LN2 level in dewars, including standard temperature probes and flat ribbon probes.

Standard Dewar Temperature Probe (Straight)

A PT1000 temperature probe with a stiff 370mm stainless steel sheath. This probe requires a hole to be drilled through the middle of the dewar lid for the probe to be fixed in so that the probe sticks out below the dewar lid enabling it to monitor the temperature inside the top of the dewar.

As the probe will be protruding out on the underside of the lid it does require the dewar lid to be lifted carefully straight upwards until probe is clear of rim to gain access to the canisters within the dewar.

Standard Dewar Temperature Probe (Curved)

Standard dewar probe - curved

A PT1000 temperature probe inside a 1500mm flexible stainless steel sheath. The tip of the probe can be placed at any height within the dewar, ideally just above the level of LN2 when the dewar is full and the sheath can be bent around the shape of the dewar and lid to connect to the wireless transmitter on the outside of the dewar. The probe is not secured to the dewar but does require some modification to the dewar lid during installation. Unlike the stiff straight probe the curved probe does enable removal of the samples canisters without interference or removal of the probe.

Premium Dewar Temperature Probe

 Premium Dewar Temperature ProbeA flat ribbon PT100 temperature probe fixed to a thin stainless steel strip which can be bent to match the shape of the dewar neck allowing the probe to be positioned just above the level of LN2 when the dewar is full. Probe connector is fixed to dewar rim to probe a secure connection to external DATAssure™ transmitter.

The flat sensor and strip provides uninterrupted access of canisters in and out of the dewar without the need for removing the probe from the dewar. This probe is available in two lengths 600mm for dewars up to 50 litres in capacity and 750mm (LG) for dewars over 50 litres capacity.

Premium Dewar Combined Temperature and Level Probe

Premium Dewar Combined Temperature and Level Proble

A flat ribbon PT100 temperature probe with two temperature sensors on the end of the probe 20mm apart. The temperature and level probe is fixed to a thin stainless steel strip which can be bent to match the shape of the dewar neck allowing the top sensor (which monitors the temperature inside the dewar) to be positioned just above the level of LN2, and the second sensor (which monitors LN2 level) to be positioned just inside the LN2 in the dewar when full. This probe will provide alerts when either the LN2 level in the dewar drops too far and refilling is required or when the temperature in the dewar rises too high, providing the most comprehensive protection in a single probe.

The probe connector is fixed to dewar rim to probe a secure connection to external DATAssure™ transmitter and power pack (pictured here). The flat sensor and strip allows uninterrupted access of canisters in and out of the dewar without removal of the probe. This probe is available in two lengths 600mm for dewars up to 50 litres in capacity and 750mm (LG) for dewars over 50 litres capacity.

What do the DATAssure™ sensor kits include?

All DATAssure™ sensor kits include the probe (the probe varies depending on the kit chosen), transmitter (433MHz or 2.4GHz frequency) and securing bracket for the transmitter. Transmitters require a 3.6V Lithium AA cell (not supplied with kit).

For further information

Full details of the DATAssure™ alarm and monitoring system can be found on the Planer website
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The Hamilton Thorne Group continues to expand with the acquisition of IVFtech ApS and K4 Technology ApS, announced on 15th July 2021.

IVFtech, based in Birkerød, Denmark, is a leading manufacturer of laminar flow workstations, high-capacity incubators, and related products for the ART and laboratory markets worldwide. This acquisition significantly expands Hamilton Thorne’s expertise and product range in IVF workstations worldwide and enhances its ability to offer complete solutions.

K4, IVFtech’s affiliate company, which provides product sales and services in the Nordic Region, will deliver a direct sales and support platform for the entire Hamilton Thorne portfolio of assisted reproductive therapy products in the Nordic region.

The Planer team looks forward to working with IVF tech and K4 to develop collaborative operations in the Nordic region, Australia and in the UK and to expand the product offering and support capabilities for both companies worldwide.



We are pleased to continue to support assisted reproductive clinicians and researchers around the globe by exhibiting at ESHRE's 37th Annual meeting, which takes place online from 26th June until 1st July 2021. This important continuing medical education meeting brings together and compares the global approaches and technologies for the diagnosis and treatment in the reproductive healthcare sector.

The virtual format, which has rapidly become the norm for all medical congresses, has already proved its potential for delivering content, not merely as a second best but now as the leading interim platform for exchanging information with a wide spread of participants. Online meetings have already set new standards of access and efficiency for sharing emerging data and opinion and we hope that ESHRE 2021 will meet those same standards in another outstanding congress.

The Planer booth at ESHRE 2021
This year, the Planer virtual booth features:-

Get in touch with the Planer team
As you can imagine, the team at Planer, will greatly miss this opportunity to see everyone in person and to catch up with our customers, distributors and friends from around the world. But please take a look at our virtual booth and our latest product news and do get in touch with us, if you have any questions. We would be very pleased to hear from you.

For further information
ESHRE Scientific Programme
Precongress courses
Visit the Planer virtual booth (you will need an ESHRE login to access our booth)
Find out more about the range of Planer products featured at ESHRE 2021

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