Current In Vitro Fertiization methods are expensive and have a low success rate, limiting access and effectiveness for many potential users. We hypothesize that robotic technology will lower costs and increase success, enabling access to IVF for economically disenfranchised people in the United States and across the world.
We will develop new micro-manipulators and integrate computer-vision microscopy guidance to create integrated IVF systems. These systems will increase effectiveness due to higher precision and repeatability compared to manual methods. Costs will drop due to reduced need for skilled technicians and increased efficiency.
Team: Dan Needleman, Robert Howe, Catherine Racowsky, and one postdoctoral fellow