US-based medical device company Esco Medical has secured the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its Miri Time-Lapse Embryo Incubator.

The Miri Time-Lapse Embryo Incubator is a multi-room incubator featuring an embedded microscope and camera for a continuous capture of images of embryo developments till the time of transfer without any disruption.

The imaging facilitates a detailed development of the embryo enabling to foresee the development and implantation details.

The Miri TL involves a dynamic process of mapping the development of the embryo which can be achieved without agitating the developmental stage of it, supporting the silent embryo hypothesis which states that the embryos tend to develop the best if they are less disturbed.

The gas mixer and six individual chambers embedded into the Miri TL with independent temperature regulation facilitate optimal embryo culture conditions. It can incubate up to 84 embryos at the same time in a safe and protected environment.

"With the help of Miri TL, we not only collect more substantial data for analysis but also may benefit from the overall cost and time savings."

The device is incorporated with the Miri TL Viewer Software that helps the in vitro fertiIisation (IVF) professionals to process the generated data.

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UCSF Fertility Preservation Programme and Reproductive Laboratories director Dr Mitchell Rosen said: "As one of the top ranking medical centres in the US, UCSF has been a firm believer in Esco and its expertise in the IVF segment.

"Stability during the process of embryo development is necessarily important to boost the success rates of IVF implantation.

"With the help of Miri TL, we not only collect more substantial data for analysis but also may benefit from the overall cost and time savings."

Image: A front view of the Miri Time-Lapse Embryo Incubator. Photo: courtesy of PRNewsFoto/Esco Micro Pte. Ltd.