RoboICSI Team was at KISAR 2018 at Hotel Le Meridien, Bangalore on July 14th and 15th. There was a presentation and a two day stall at the venue for RoboICSI. A soft-demo setup of the device was kept at the stall were anyone could have a hands on experience of the device.
Many keen doctors, embryologists, clinicians, scientists visited the stall and used the device to get a feel of the product. Lot of questions, suggestions, feedback were given by the visitors.
There was also a quiz conducted by the team for the visitors. The quiz was very simple were they had to grade a given oocyte image. The idea behind the quiz was to make them understand that how easy it will be to grade the oocytes using the RoboICSI Dashboard. A special goody was given to all participants. It was a Petri dish holder, which also works in the same principle as RoboICSI – “compliant mechanism”.We had 20 enthusiastic visitors who took up the quiz.
RoboICSI team had a very attractive offer of providing the Dashboard free for first 6 months for all the visitors who had signed up with RoboICSI at KISAR. There was a total of 35 people who had signed up for the free Dashboard. The username passwords were sent to them the very next day.
These are few photos from the event:
Dr. Santosh Bhargav presenting about RoboICSI at KISAR 2018
RoboICSI Team at the stall
Dr. Ramnath Babu at the stall, explaining about the device
RoboICSI® is an award-winning device to assist the embryologist during IVF towards improving the outcomes, thus helping infertile couples bear a child. Based on a novel design technique, RoboICSI® is a patent-pending device that will help bridge the gap between the demand and supply in the explosively growing infertility industry. It will be a Made-in-India device that will be a pioneer, oﬀering several features for the First time in the World.
It is a smart device, which helps the embryologist to perform ICSI in an enhanced manner. RoboICSI® substitutes the holding pipette that is being used in the conventional ICSI.
RoboICSI® offers a novel way to grasp cells using bio compatible material, which offer several advantages compared to the traditional micro-pipette aspiration-based immobilization
Gentle handling of cells
RoboICSI® ’s intelligent passive force-limiting technology ensures that the oocyte that is grasped is not damaged even if the embryologist makes a mistake
Quick and hassle-free installation
RoboICSI® is designed and developed keeping in mind the current devices that are used in ICSI workbenches. RoboICSI®’s plug-and-play system allows the user to quickly plug the system, perform and the auto-calibration and get started in about a day
Easy onboarding and seamless integration
RoboICSI® is easy to learn, which allows clinics to add it into their workflow without much hassle
Eliminates subjectivity while handling oocytes
Performs routine tasks and reduces fatigue.Augments the embryologists and maximizes their potentials
RoboICSI® is a robust device. It replaces the use of pneumatic pump, making it easier to handle with an easy-to-use and intuitive control.
The conventional ICSI holding pipette is made of glass and has a tendency to break while handling the oocytes. RoboICSI® replaces the glass pipette with a Holder made up of silicone elastomer, which is not fragile.
Data is collected automatically throughout the process.
Gentle manipulation of oocytes
The Holder which is designed to be soft, ensures no oocytes are harmed during the ICSI procedure (even inadvertently).
There is a lot of procedure that has to be followed before the ICSI process. In the initial stage female are given drugs to boost the egg supply by taking fertility hormone called as gonadotrophin. This increases the number of eggs produced. Some women experience ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome (OHSS) because of the hormone stimulating drug.
If the eggs are produced in an increased amount this will lead to low ovarian reserve. RoboICSI can predict the egg state and stability at the oocyte retrieval stage. This will reduce the dosage of the hormones given to female for increasing the egg count. Eggs collected can also be reduced as we will know the properties of eggs way before the ICSI process.
Quicker way to ace ICSI
The conventional ICSI needs a lot of patience and dexterity. A novice embryologists find it challenging to fix and align the holding pipette. They may tend to break the holding pipette which is made up of glass if it is got closer to the ICSI plate. The precise plane should be achieved without breaking the holding pipette. The broken pieces will be hazardous if found in the ICSI plate. The entire plate has to be then disposed which will also contain the eggs.
The amount of pressure given to hold the egg is also a very important parameter. If too much pressure is given then the eggs might get damaged or ICSI will fail if there is no enough pressure applied.
RoboICSI is made up of a soft and bio compatible material that will be in contact with the eggs during the ICSI process. It is a not fragile which will not break even if it touches the ICSI plate which makes the embryologist to on-board easily with RoboICSI.
Say Bye to the suction pump which controls the pressure in conventional ICSI because RoboICSI works on a NO-PRESSURE method. Even if more actuation than required is given to grip the eggs there will be no damage caused to the eggs which has been proven by RoboICSI.
Spend Less, Earn More
RoboICSI will be replacing the entire left manipulator with more efficient and compatible setup for a much lower cost compared to the present manipulators in clinics. Thus, will reduce the money spent by the clinics on purchasing the manipulators.
RoboICSI can handle more samples in fewer time which means more cases for a day.
Infertility is a disease of the reproductive system caused due to the failure to achieve a clinical pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse . In simpler words, it is the state of not being able to produce offspring. In female, it is the inability to conceive, and in male it is the inability to impregnate.
The four major causes for infertility can be classified into:
combined male and female factor
Approximately 40% of infertility cases are due to female factor, 40% due to male factor, and 20% due to a combination of both.
According to the 2017 statistical analysis, in India there are about 30 million couples with infertility as shown in the following Figure.