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Are you Attending ASRM 2017?


Planer will be exhibiting at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) conference again in 2017. This year’s event is being held in San Antonio, Texas from 28th October to 1st November and will be attended by several thousand delegates from around the world. 

Come and see us on Stand 801
We would welcome any of our distributors and their customers to come and see us at this year’s conference – do let us know if you are planning to attend. We will have our new CT37stax incubator and DATAssure alarm and monitoring system on show so please encourage your customers to drop by Stand 801.


New IVF clinic in Brisbane

Since Primary IVF of Australia began operations in Sydney additional labs have been established. The first was in Melbourne but now, just opened, is Brisbane. In all over 600 babies have now been born who started life in BT37 incubators at Primary IVF.

Primary IVF offers affordable but specialist IVF care; it is part of group - Primary Health Care - and so able to use an extensive network of GPs, specialists and health professionals to provide a comprehensive approach to addressing fertility issues. Services are from all three labs with radiology, pathology and day surgery procedures on site at Sydney and Melbourne .

When setting up the Primary IVF labs their Scientific Director, Rosemarie Cullinan, thought carefully about the choice of incubators. “Having had experience with the Planer controlled rate freezers in the 1990s, a reliable workhorse, I had confidence that the BT37s would be built to the same high standard. The in-built battery was also a big plus for me. Along with the sleek design that suits our state-of-the-art laboratories!”

The BT37 benchtop was developed some ten years ago. It has accurate temperature control, systems for pH stability and regulated humidity. Accuracy and control of the chamber to obtain environmental homeostasis is important in cell development, helping to ensure an embryo suffers little exposure to temperature or pH level changes.

For further information
Primary IVF
Planer BT37 benchtop incubators
Origio Planer Benchtop Incubators


Society for Low Temperature Biology Meeting 2017


Planer recently attended and supported the 2017 Society for Low Temperature Biology meeting which took place at the Aurora, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK on the 19th and 20th September 2017.

The meeting was attended by international experts in cryopreservation from a large variety of different fields including human biology, research and plant cryopreservation. The presentations introduced the latest research on cryopreservation techniques relating to a wide range of topics. Of particular interest on the first day were the topics discussing the need for the reduction of DMSO concentrations in cryopreservation, the importance of regulated nucleation (seeding) and controlled warming which provided plenty of ideas for possible future product development.

The Society for Low Temperature Biology (SLTB) was founded in 1964 with the purpose of promoting research into the effects of low temperatures on all types of organisms and their constituent cells, tissues and organs. Such studies have applications in diverse scientific fields, from biology and medicine to engineering, conservation and environmental science.


The photo above shows our custom cupcakes - greatly appreciated by delegates at the break out sessions.

19 years old and going strong ...

Under the shadow of old Table Mountain stands South Africa’s oldest university – The University of Cape Town. Within the University's prestigious Faculty of Health Sciences - considered one of the best faculties for medical research in the world - lies the Research Animal Facility (RAF), a department dedicated to supplying quality animal related procedure training, research animals and veterinary and para-veterinary technical assistance to researchers in various fields.  Working with animals in research is a privilege which should not be taken for granted or squandered. In order to ensure top quality research, the RAF supports and recommends the three R’s of research: Replace, Reduce, and Refine. These principles promote the replacement of animals with alternate models, reduction of the number of animals used in research, and refinement of protocols to ensure the animals’ welfare is considered during experiments in order to eliminate unnecessary suffering.

Striving to “practice what they preach”, the cryopreservation program was initiated. The aim of the program is to replace the mouse strains available to order as live mice with cryopreserved gametes instead. This is done by freezing embryos and sperm from the different mouse strains using a Planer Kryo 10 Series III controlled rate freezer. At an amazing 19 years+ of age this machine is almost as old as Table Mountain! The Planer has proven to be durable, dependable and downright dogged - attesting to the longevity of the product, which is serviced locally. Once frozen, the mouse sperm and embryos can be stored in liquid nitrogen indefinitely. This ensures that the valuable mouse strains are not bred when not in use nor lost when research comes to an end and can be re-derived (recreated) if a new research protocol begins. So while some ideas are put on ice, the Research Animal Facility’s dedication to excellent animal welfare and quality research provides the opportunity for those ideas to be thawed out and reborn in the future.

Pictured here: Embryologist, Ms Kerith Coulson, using a Planer Kryo 10 controlled rate freezer to cryopreserve mouse embryos.

For further information
University of Cape Town

Planer Controlled Rate Freezers - kryo 560

Principles of Thermal Ecology

The recent meeting of the Society for Low Temperature Biology took place at the home of the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge. There were many interesting presentation and posters - several featuring Planer freezers.

One of the advantages of the Society is that it allows researchers from different countries, angles and disciplines to meet and discuss temperature in the widest sense. One such is Andrew Clarke, Emeritus Fellow of The British Antarctic Survey and who has recently written a book on the Principles of Thermal Ecology. Temperature affects everything and as air or water warm or cool, they change in density, viscosity, solubility of gases and solids, ionisation etc.  All of these changes affect organisms, and this often complex mixture of direct and indirect effects means that temperature exerts a powerful influence over what organisms can and cannot do. The book provides looks at three themes - broadly the physics of temperature, temperature and physiology, and temperature and ecology describing the implications of climate change for the earth's biota.

After graduating from Cambridge University Andrew joined the British Antarctic Survey and spent the next 40 years working in South Georgia, the South Orkney Islands, the Antarctic Peninsula, and the Antarctic continent and his main ecological interests centre on how animals and plants relate to temperature; he has written over 180 scientific papers and this book summarises a lifetime of experience in the field. 

The book has short introductions to the physics of energy, heat and temperature, and then discusses the unusual nature of water and the physiological challenge of freezing.  The bulk of the book deals with the influence of temperature on physiology, particularly metabolism and growth, the evolution of endothermy  - the maintenance of a high internal body temperature by mammals and birds, hibernation etc. and ends with a discussion of climate change and how it affects organisms in general. 

 For further information:
Principles of Thermal Ecology: Temperature, Energy and Life


Transgenic Technology Meeting 2017

The 14th International Transgenic Technology meeting will be taking place at the Snowbird Resort, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA from the 1st to 4th October 2017 . The programme for this year’s meeting will include the classic topics presented in previous meetings, such as the generation, analysis and application of transgenic models, advances and applications in genome editing and manipulation.

Planer will be exhibiting at this year’s meeting. Please come and see us on our Booth if you would like to find out more about our range of products:-

For further information, visit:-
14th Transgenic Technology Meeting


Freezers at the Royan Institute & Cell Tech Pharmed

In recent years, the regenerative medicine and cell therapy industry has witnessed significant progress in different aspects of science, technology and commercialisation. The Cell Tech Pharmed pilot site in Iran is the first authorised stem cell manufacturing centre with a 3,000 patient capacity and is the largest stem cell manufacturing site in the Middle East.

A recent documentary on Iranian TV, IRIB, showed Dr. Nasser Aghdami as he reported on the process and progress of cell therapy technology in Iran. Dr. Aghdami was the head of regenerative medicine and cell therapy in the renowned Royan institute. Several years of research there led to his use of fundamental science in clinical areas via clinical trials; the application of this science is advancing in Iran.

Dr. Aghdami is now CEO of the Cell Tech Pharmed company, established in 2014 to meet the increasing demand for stem cell therapy. The product development focus is on five major and distinct areas - systemic diseases with an underlying inflammatory and immunologic etiology which can be addressed by intravenous delivery of cell therapy for immuno-modulation; cardiac and vascular diseases where cell therapy products are being developed for both local and systemic application; orthopaedic diseases of the knee, ankle and pelvis where cell therapy products can be locally administered to potentially repair the damaged joint cartilage or generate new bone; improving outcomes of bone marrow transplantations associated with oncology or genetic conditions and lastly skin augmentation, where current methods are ineffective. Scientific support comes from co-founders of the new company, The Royan Institute and the Barakat Pharmed Company.

In the Royan Institute, research activities at the Department of Regenerative Medicine focus on similar areas with translational and clinical studies.  GMP and Quality Control for cell production, as well as isolation and culturing cells in completely sterile conditions, is of major importance in the exacting efforts to produce cells with the highest quality for cell therapy. The Royan Institute has had a number of Planer freezers over the years - and the latest, supplied by our distributor Iran Panam Company, are shown here.

For further details, please visit the following websites
Iran Panam
Cell Tech Pharmed
Royan Institute
Kryo 560



Society for Low Temperature Biology meeting

The 2017 Society for Low Temperature Biology meeting will be taking place at the Aurora, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK on the 19th and 20th September 2017.

The Society for Low Temperature Biology (SLTB) was founded in 1964 with the purpose of promoting research into the effects of low temperatures on all types of organisms and their constituent cells, tissues and organs. Such studies have applications in diverse scientific fields, from biology and medicine to engineering, conservation and environmental science.

The interests of its members are diverse, however, all share a common interest in understanding relationships between low temperatures and biological systems. The objectives of the SLTB are:

  • To advance the education of the public in the science of low temperature biology.  
  • To advance the science of low temperature biology. 
  • To promote research into the science of low temperature biology and; 
  • Disseminate the useful results to the public.

Interests range from natural mechanisms of cold tolerance, the cryopreservation of cells and tissues for medical, agricultural and conservation purposes, low temperature microscopy, through to the physics and physical chemistry of water and ice; and heat and mass transfer in all types of biological systems.

As a pioneering company within this field Planer will be attending this meeting to demonstrate our latest Cryogenic equipment.

For further information about this meeting please visit

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