Hamilton Thorne Ltd, a leading provider of precision instruments, consumables, software and services to the Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) and developmental biology research markets, acquired Planer Ltd on Tuesday 13th August 2019.
This deal brings together two of the world’s leading companies within the ART marketplace, enhancing the product offerings of both companies globally. Both Hamilton Thorne and Planer are well-established and respected providers of premium equipment that share a commitment to provide the highest standards in customer service and quality.
Adrian Fuller, Managing Director of Planer commented, "The entire Planer team is extremely pleased to be joining Hamilton Thorne who share our belief in quality and service. We believe that the combination of the businesses can significantly accelerate the growth of both the Hamilton Thorne and Planer operations around the world."
Geoffrey Planer, the principal shareholder of Planer added, "Since starting out 45 years ago we have progressed to becoming a worldwide name in our field. It is fitting that after a record year, we can now take the next significant step forward by joining the Hamilton Thorne group. We are delighted to ally with such an excellent team and one we have known for many years."
"We are excited to welcome our new partners from Planer to the Hamilton Thorne family. This acquisition enhances our product offerings in incubation, cryopreservation and lab monitoring solutions, and provides a direct sales and support platform for our entire Hamilton Thorne portfolio of products in the UK," said David Wolf, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hamilton Thorne.
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Hamilton Thorne announce the acquisition of Planer Ltd
About Hamilton Thorne
Hamilton Thorne is a leading global provider of precision instruments, consumables, software and services that reduce cost, increase productivity, improve results and enable breakthroughs in Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) and developmental biology research markets. Hamilton Thorne markets its products and services under the Hamilton Thorne, Gynemed and Embryotech Laboratories brands, through its growing sales force and distributors worldwide. Hamilton Thorne’s customer base consists of fertility clinics, university research centres, animal breeding facilities, pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, and other commercial and academic research establishments.
In the modern workplace, it can be unusual to have the opportunity to present long service awards! So we were immensely proud to recognise Lisa, Simon and Cathy for their long service at Planer of respectively 10, 20 and and an impressive 40 years!
Lisa Loveridge Receives 10 Year Long Service Award
In March 2019 Lisa Loveridge, Service Administrator at Planer, completed 10 years of service.
Lisa joined us in 2009, originally in a joint sales and service administrative role, before moving into the role of full time service administrator in 2015. She is a key member of the Service team, ensuring the guys in the department complete all their paperwork. Lisa is also the friendly and reassuring voice at the end of the telephone when anybody rings in looking for assistance from the team. Her award was presented by Les Dodsworth, Technical Service Manager.
Congratulations to Lisa on reaching this milestone, and we look forward to the next 10 years. All the staff and management at Planer would like to thank Lisa for her dedication and hard work over the last ten years.
Simon Delicata Receives 20 Year Long Service Award
In June 2019 Simon Delicata, Head of IT, achieved 20 years of service.
During the past two decades, the IT field has moved along at a rapid pace. As mobile technologies have become mainstream, the task of managing IT has become far more complex. The number of staff has also grown during the last 20 years - meaning more people to support. Without Simon's help, at times the wheels at Planer would literally have stopped turning.
Everybody at Planer would like to thank Simon for all his efforts and patience over the past two decades - we know that we can be demanding and hope that he can keep smiling for the next 20 years!
Cathy Rudderham Receives 40 Year Long Service Award
At the beginning of June 2019, Catherine ‘Cathy’ Rudderham achieved the huge milestone of 40 years’ service with Planer.
Cathy joined Planer in the production department at the age of 15; she remembers that whilst she was being interviewed for her job, her mum stood outside the factory talking to a charming old man - the founder of the company, George Planer.
Over the 40 years, Cathy has seen many changes in the company as it has grown. Throughout, Cathy has remained a mainstay in production department, ensuring that our legendary high quality and reliability of our equipment is maintained. Her award was presented by Dave Barber, Director of Operations.
We would all like to congratulation Cathy on her achieving this amazing milestone and thank her for all the dedication and loyal service over the 40 years.
Come and see the Planer team at this year’s Nordic Fertility Society’s Annual Congress (NFS 2019). NFS 2019 will take place from Thursday 22nd August to Saturday 24th August in the Quality Hotel 11 Göteborg, Sweden.
Established in 1999, the Nordic Fertility Society’s membership includes, doctors, embryologists, biologists and laboratory technicians from five countries – Denmark, Finland, Iceland Norway and Sweden.
Product demo on Thursday 22nd August at 09.00
Planer is delighted to be exhibiting at NFS for the first time. If you are going to Goteborg, why not drop by the Planer stand on Thursday at 09.00 to watch Kalend from the Planer team demo our CT37stax™ benchtop incubator and DATAssure™, our independent monitoring and alarm system for laboratories.
The Society for Low Temperature Biology (SLTB) will, this year, be holding their annual conference in the beautiful city of Seville from the 3rd to 4th October 2019.
Founded in 1964, the aim of the SLTB is to promote research into the effects of low temperatures on all types of organisms and their constituent cells, tissues and organs. These types of studies have applications in a diverse range of scientific fields; from biology and medicine to engineering, conservation and environmental science.
Planer is delighted to be supporting the 2019 Annual Conference, where specialists from around the world will be speaking on a range of cutting edge topics.
Before the meeting itself starts, there will be a cell therapy workshop on Wednesday 2nd October. Held in conjunction with the UK Stem Cell Users Group, the workshop will give attendees the opportunity to hear industry experts such as Alison Hubel, from the University of Minnesota, speak.
The team from Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Brussels, Belgium recently held a course on cryopreservation and transplantation of human ovarian tissue. The course, which was held on the 27th and 28th June 2019, was led by Christiani Amorim and the team from the university who have worked for many years on researching and developing the techniques required for successful cryopreservation and transplantation of ovarian tissue.
The course was attended by participants from clinical centres from all around the world proving this technique, despite still being considered experimental in some countries, is growing in popularity. The number of successful live births being recorded around the world continues to grow year on year as the technique has become more widely available.
The team at the University uses a Planer Kryo 360 -1.7 to perform the cryopreservation of the ovarian tissue as this has proven to provide consistent successful results. There are now many centres around the world that have reported the benefits of slow freezing when cryopreserving ovarian tissue and Planer are proud to be associated with this important technique that can result in many women going on to have children, sometimes naturally, even after cancer treatment.
Christiani and the team are already planning further courses including a one day workshop on Tuesday 24th September 2019 at the 12th Congress of the Pacific Society for Reproductive Medicine (PSRM) which is being held in Pattaya, Thailand this year.
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UCL Course on Cryopreservation and Transplantation of Human Ovarian Tissue (27th - 28th June 2019)
The 12th Congress of the Pacific Society for Reproductive Medicine (PSRM)
Planer Kryo 360 controlled rate freezer
The CT37stax™ is a modular, space saving benchtop incubator that can be expanded as the needs of your laboratory grow. It is available initially with three to six incubator chambers. Additional chambers can be added to your system as demand expands*. The modular design reduces redundant unused dish spaces and therefore ensures this incubator is a long-term cost effective solution.
*up to the maximum of six chambers in a single system
Monitor your CT37stax™ benchtop incubator, with our new PIMSsolo unit
On display for the first time at ESHRE 2019 was the PIMSsolo user interface unit, which can be used alongside, or even mounted on, the CT37stax™ to enable clinics to control a single CT37stax™ system.
PIMSsolo unit clearly displays all the relevant parameters and messages from a single CT37stax™ system on a simple to use touchscreen display making day to day management of a CT37stax™ simple and convenient.
PIMSsolo will be available with a variety of different mounting options to allow users to choose the most convenient for their specific needs. Pictured here is the PIMSsolo unit mounted directly on a CT37stax™ system. Desktop and wall mounted versions will also be available.
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Find out more about the CT37stax™
Download our latest CT37stax™ brochure
If you would like more information about our CT37stax™ benchtop incubator and our PIMSsolo unit, please get in touch with the sales team at Planer.
Shaoni Bhattacharya reports from the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology's 2019 annual meeting in Vienna
Exposure to environmental air pollutants may decrease a woman's ovarian reserve, suggests a new study.
'Living in an area associated with high levels of air pollutants in our study increased the risk of severely reduced ovarian reserve by a factor of two or three,' said Professor Antonio La Marca from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in Modena, Italy.
The researchers used a 'big data' approach to link hospital hormone measurements for more than 1300 Italian women in Modena with 'real-time' environmental data on levels of nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter from the regional authorities, along with geo-location data using Google Maps and the women's addresses.
The researchers used levels of anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) as a marker of ovarian reserve, in women living in the urban area between 2007-2017.
As expected, AMH levels decreased with age, they were also inversely related to environmental pollutants released by the burning of fossil fuels, and this association was independent of age. Hormone levels indicating a severe reduction were more frequent at the highest levels of exposure. Richard Anderson, Professor of Clinical Reproductive Science at the University of Edinburgh called the study 'interesting and potentially important', he added: 'However this sort of study cannot clearly show cause and effect, and it might be another aspect of the women's lifestyle or environment that is the key factor.'
Our new and improved version of PetriSense® ST was launched at ESHRE 2019. This unique petri dish sized sensor can be used to easily validate CO2 and the related pH from up to two individual sensors placed inside an incubator.
The PetriSense® ST can be used with the majority of benchtop incubators available on the market. It requires no modification to the incubator and can quickly be moved from unit to unit, eliminating the need for multiple sensors.
PetriSense®ST software, which operates the sensor, provides configuration, calibration and monitoring applications for the product. The software can be downloaded directly from the Planer website and installed on your laboratory laptop or PC. Alternatively, the PetriSense®ST can be supplied with a 10 inch Windows touchscreen tablet.