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Increasing in vitro fertilization success rate by turning embryo analysis from qualitative to quantitative

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Embryo metabolism as a marker for IVF success

Millions of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) procedures are carried out every year, but clinical success is rather low. Selecting an embryo that will successfully implant and lead to a live birth has proved challenging. To address this problem, the EU-funded Embryospin project proposes to develop a novel method that assesses the embryo’s metabolic activity. The method is based on micro nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), a miniaturised version of NMR instrumentation ideal for point-of-care medical diagnosis. Embryospin offers a novel biomarker for embryo vitality, which is expected to increase the chances of pregnancy, significantly reducing IVF cycles.


EmbryoSpin is a proprietary sensor for μNMR, capable to increase the sensitivity by an order of magnitude (10x) with respect to the state-of-the-art, thus allowing the analysis of cells and materials from a completely new viewpoint. Among the host of applications for this technology, the introduction of EmbryoSpin as a fast and effective embryo selection tool during In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatments has proven to represent a huge business opportunity. In fact, in more than 1.69 million IVF procedures performed globally each year, embryologists adopt visual inspection to select the embryo that has most chances to be successfully implanted to the uterus, often leading to long time to pregnancy due the selection of the wrong embryo and repeated fertilization cycles. With Embryospin, embryo’s metabolic activity is measured through μNMR and is used as a reliable quantitative marker of embryo’s vitality, thus increasing the chance of pregnancy after a single treatment cycle. This is valuable for women that undergoes less fertilization cycles, and to the clinics that can enhance the number of IVF performed each year. EmbryoSpin equipment and disposable μNMR sensors will serve up to 3,500 IVF treatments, generating 33 M€ of revenues by 2025.

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Net EU contribution
€ 1 520 687,00

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Région lémanique Vaud
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Total cost
€ 2 302 410,00

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