News 2012

Eshre 2012 Post Event

Eshre Post EventTurkish Delight

We hope all you ESHRE visitors had a safe and pleasant journey home after a busy, but enjoyable few days in Istanbul. This year's conference proved another success for both vendors and delegates alike and once again represented a real 'United Nations' of Embryology, with attendees from, amongst other places, Syria, Australia and Trinidad and Tobago. The Planer stand seemed permanently busy with our new monitoring solutions generating a lot of interest. Items of particular note were the 'attachable ribbon' probes - which allow temperature monitoring of bench top incubators lacking access ports; also as monitors for up to 120 dewars.

The wireless monitoring solution, DATAcentre, attracted attention from all over the globe and everyone felt that the new Log2Box addition, which provides off site secure and compliant storage of monitoring data, should make lives a lot easier. The automatic storage of monitoring data and associated annotations gives you more time for you day job!.

The BT37 bench top incubator proved a big draw, with some users commenting on significant improvements in success rates since its introduction. And despite the growing popularity of vitrification, Planer's beloved controlled rate freezers continue to generate interest as a proven and repeatable means of cryopreservation.

To find out more, please drop us a line.

We look forward to seeing you all next year in London, where the traffic will be as bad, but the weather not so hot!

Clinical trials and biobanking

MP Visits PlanerThe Cell Therapy Research Institute, Lyon, France has just taken shipment of a Planer KRYO 560-16 programmable control rate freezer to be used in their program for clinical trials and biobanking. The team is carrying out a project to find the best way to store human tissues: not only for long term cryo storage - leading on to human use - but also for diagnostic purposes.

Professor Colin McGuckin and Dr Nico Forraz (Nico is pictured training Alice, one of the CTI staff) have expertise in bone marrow, umbilical cord blood, mesenchymal and adipose cell processing for human clinical trials. Now the team are extending this knowledge to develop new techniques. These techniques should allow tissues to be used not only for patients directly but also for samples which can be processed in a way that allows portions to be kept for diagnostics as a baseline when patients are undergoing therapy. Clinical trials under development include the treatment of children with hypoxia (oxygen starvation) during birth, and for facial bone repair. Interestingly, an extension of their cellular work using cell expansion and storage allows biobanking as a strategy for diagnostics in cancer patients.

The Institute was established in 2008 in Lyon, France as an independent research Institute which would work with different bodies, hospitals, and companies in a way which would be ethical and open both in the developing and the Western world.  Colin McGuckin and Nico Forraz were the pioneers in making liver cells from human umbilical cord blood as well as pancreatic, nervous and other types of tissues.

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