Following the recent acquisition by Hamilton Thorne Ltd, of Sydney-based Tek-Event PTE Ltd, we are pleased to announce that the Cell-Tek range of microscope chambers are now available for Planer distributors to market and sell to their customers.

Optimum environment for assessing and handling oocytes and embryos

The Cell-Tek Microscope chambers are designed to provide the optimum environment when assessing and handling oocytes and embryos.

Countless studies have shown that embryo development is compromised by the required temperature and optimum pH of culture media not being maintained. This is of utmost importance from the time of egg collection through to blastocyst stage and final embryo transfer. The Cell-Tek 3000 Microscope Chambers are a milestone in regard to the multiple tasks of egg pick-up, transfer, and assessment in the same chamber.

Good laboratory practice

Cell-Tek chambers are an essential part of good laboratory practice when visually examining, manipulating, transferring or assessing oocytes and embryos for in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) by providing:-

  • Stable temperature control throughout the chamber including all internal components
  • Controlled CO2 enriched environment maintaining optimum PH of tissue media
  • VOC removal from circulated air by unique UV photocatalytic module
  • HEPA & Carbon filtered airflow providing a clean room environment
  • Humidification control to 70% RH
  • Purpose-built microscopes configured to give ergonomic observation
  • Programmable instrument height adjustment to quickly suit multiple operators
  • Single fold down touch screen control of all parameters and performance

The microscope chambers help minimise the time oocytes and embryos are outside of optimal conditions which can hinder their development.

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For further details about the three different models of Cell-Tek range of microscope chambers:-
Cell-Tek 3000 IV microscope chamber for inverted microscopes
Cell-Tek 3000 AS – Dual Microscope Chamber
Cell-Tek 3000

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Smaller gauge needles are becoming the trend for oocyte pick-up as they reduce pain, bleeding and trauma to the patient. But there are other aspects that should be taken into consideration to ensure a successful procedure without damage to the oocytes.

Kitazato’s thin wall design provides a wider inner diameter with the same outer diameter when compared to other brands, this allows oocyte retrieval to be performed with a smaller gauge needle.

Kitazato’s OPU Needles are also developed with a uniform inner diameter which guarantees a continuous aspiration flow, constant pressure and speed. The result is less stress for the oocyte by removing any abrupt change in pressure.

The high-quality steel and original triple cut blade of Kitazato needles decrease the risk of injuries to the uterine lining, minimize pain and improve patient recovery after the ovarian puncture.  

Planer is the UK distributor for Kitazato OPU needles – please get in touch with the Planer Sales Team to find out more.

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Take a look at the Kitazato OPU needle range, distributed by Planer in the UK



The use of an oil overlay is a critical component in any embryo culture system. But how can we optimise its use and what are the considerations when choosing an appropriate oil?

Recently, there has been increased discussion around the use of oil overlays in embryo culture and the various oils available.

This webinar will focus on the effective use of oil overlays in the IVF laboratory and introduce Kitazato’s newly available oils; Hypure Heavy and Hypure Light.

Gisela Maggiotto – Senior embryologist at Dibimed

Blair Sowry – Clinical Support Specialist at Planer
Fernando Bronet, PhD – Director of the IVF and PGD Laboratories at IVI Madrid

Join us on 5th May 2021 at 18.30 (GMT) to hear more about how embryo culture oils can help you to optimise your culture environment.

Reserve your place on this complimentary webinar on Wednesday 5th May at 18.30 (GMT)

Click here to reserve your complimentary place


Planer is delighted to support the 10th Congress of the Asia Pacific Initiative on Reproduction (Aspire). Due to the continuing coronavirus pandemic, this year’s event has gone virtual and will be held over two consecutive weekends (April 30th – 2nd May, and 8th-9th May). Registration to this year’s event is free to all. 

The scientific programme will feature a fantastic line-up of international experts speaking on a broad range of topics in the ART field.

On Day One there will be a session on cryobiology with Dr Dean Morbeck, from New Zealand, speaking on the evolution of oocyte cryopreservation, Dr Yodo Sugishita from Japan on ovarian tissue and Dr Debra Gook, from Australia, on oocyte freezing.

Day Two features a session on the impact of COVID-19 in the Asia Pacific region as well as Professor Jacques Donnez, from Belgium, speaking on “Fertility Preservation in Women: From Malignant to Benign Diseases and Social Reasons”.

If you are attending the Congress, do visit the Planer stand to find out more about our range of controlled range freezers, our benchtop incubators and our range of laboratory monitoring and alarms equipment.

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Aspire 2021 Virtual Congress
Aspire 2021 Programme

Planer is pleased to be exhibiting at the virtual “The Best of ASRM and ESHRE” which takes place from the 8th-10th April 2021.This biennial continuing medical education event is intended to bring together and compare the global approaches and technologies for diagnosis and treatment in the reproductive healthcare sector.

This year's Best of ASRM and ESHRE meeting has assembled an impressive faculty of experts from both sides of the Atlantic to present, debate and compare approaches on a wide range of topics including recurrent implantation failure, social egg freezing, pretreatment scheduling in IVF, dual stimulation, PGT-A, thrombophilia in IVF, severe male factor infertility and the decline of cleavage-stage embryo transfer.

If you are attending this virtual event, please do drop by the Planer stand to find out more about our controlled range freezers, our benchtop incubators and our range of laboratory monitoring and alarms equipment.

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The Best of ASRM and ESHRE 2021





Kitazato range of vitrification and other IVF products now available from Planer 

Kitazato, one of the leading manufacturers for human assisted reproduction treatments products, is recognised as being at the cutting edge in the research and development of new devices and techniques to combat infertility. We, at Planer, are therefore delighted to be partnered with Kitazato to sell their vitrification, microtools, media and needles and catheters ranges throughout the UK.

Kitazato is seen as one of the pioneering brands in driving and improving vitrification. Its greatest contribution in this field has been the development of the renowned Cryotop® Method, the global leader in the vitrification of oocytes and embryos, at all stages of development.

Planer now distributes four key Kitazato ranges in the UK

The Cryotop® Method, the global leader in vitrification of oocytes and embryos at all stages of development, achieves the highest survival rates on the market:

High quality micromanipulation pipettes that offer an accurate and precise manipulation of oocytes and sperm for ART and PGT:-

A range of high quality culture media and paraffin oils to help maximise success with all laboratory procedures:-

Needles and Catheters
A wide variety of OPU Needles, IUI and embryo transfer catheters:-

Download our Assisted Conception Catalogue to find out more about the available Kitazato range


Assisted Conception Catalogue - see which Kitazato and Gynemed products are available in the UK through Planer 

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If you wish to place an order or find out more about the Kitazato range, please contact the Planer sales team

DATAssure alarm and monitoring system from Planer Ltd
All DATAcentre™ customers can now trade in their current DATAcentre™ unit and upgrade to the latest Planer DATAssure™ wireless laboratory and alarm system. 

Adobe recently decided to block all Flash content, which has made the graphing feature of the DATAcentre™ alarm and monitoring system inoperable. We are therefore pleased to announce that all DATAcentre™ customers can trade in their current DATAcentre™ unit (and transmitters if necessary) and upgrade to a new DATAssure™ system. 

Up to 150 sensors to monitor key parameters

The DATAssure™ system builds on the proven reliability and success of the DATAcentre™ product providing all the features you would expect from a modern monitoring system, including a clear colour touchscreen, 12 hour battery back-up and up to 10 years plus data storage.

Up to 150 sensors can monitor a variety of parameters including temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide, liquid nitrogen level, oxygen level and door status. Each wireless sensor sends a reading every minute over the dedicated wireless network to the base station. The base station reviews the data against pre-set warning and critical alarm parameters defined by the user to generate audible and visual alarms or alerts via email and SMS text.

DATAssure™ provides secure multi user access with the flexibility of being able to view the data, and react to alarms from any web enabled laptop, tablet and smart phone. All data is stored in a secure tamperproof format for later review and report creation. The web interface provides access to real time data, alarm notifications, full audit trails, analytical graphing tools and a report generator – all via any standard browser. 

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DATAssure™ wireless laboratory monitoring and alarm system
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Fertility 2021 – the joint conference of the Association of Reproductive & Clinical Scientists, British Fertility Society and the Society for Reproduction & Fertility – is the largest UK educational forum focusing on fertility and reproductive medicine.

Due to these unprecedented times, the 2021 conference has gone virtual. “Fertility 2021 Online: Barriers and breakthroughs” will deliver cutting edge content, showcasing a range of high-profile speakers focusing on specialist areas in fertility and reproductive biology from 6th - 10th January 2021.

Planer is delighted to support Fertility 2021. Whilst we will greatly miss the opportunity to see everyone in person and catch up with customers, distributors and friends from around the world, we would like to take this opportunity to announce that we have added a number of new products to strengthen our IVF range.

Firstly, as part of the Hamilton Thorne Group, we now offer the uniquely portable and easy to setup Hamilton Thorne laser systems for ICSI, trophderm and assisting hatching applications. We also distribute the full range of media, diagnostics, micro tools, needles and catheters from our German sister company, Gynemed.

Finally, we are pleased to announce that, from January 2021, Planer will become the exclusive supplier of Kitazato products to the UK IVF market. These include the market leading CryoTop Vitrification range, their established needles and catheter products and the recently launched micro tools and media ranges.

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Fertility 2021 (6th - 10th January 2021)
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