We will have a stand at the ACE 8th Annual Conference 2012 meeting on Jan 3 - 5th 2012. This will be held at the Leeds Marriott Hotel in England.
The Planer Team will be there to catch up with the embryologists and to show off the latest products. Some new items you will see are new sensors to monitor ICSI rigs, heated stages and heated blocks, as well as our new DATAcentre wireless monitoring & alarm system, the wireless dewar alarms and our bench top incubators. We will be on Stand 10 so we hope to see you all there - and we will also be attending the social events!
You can find more information at the show here:
To celebrate Professor Bill Holt's outstanding contribution to reproductive biology and also the end of an era, a one day symposium and celebration was held on October 20th at the Institute of Zoology at London. The Symposium, titled “From endangered species to tracking cars; reproductive biology, wildlife and modern biotechnology" included speakers and guests from Australia, the USA, Mexico and Europe.
Organised by Jo Keogh, Rhiannon Lloyd and Rez Prathalingram the guests packed the Huxley lecture theatre at the Zoological Society of London in Regent's Park for a series of twelve talks around progress made in assisting fertility and preservation in rare and endangered species. A key speaker at the conference, Dr Pierre Comizzoli from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Washington recently received the Early Career Award from President Obama.
An evening reception in the Mappin Cafe in the Zoo itself followed and we at Planer were delighted to show our own appreciation of the help Bill has given us over the years by sponsoring the wine and refreshments.
The photo shows Bill cutting a cake made for him and Daphne Green - who retired after 45 years at the zoo.
Cancer Research UK is the world's largest independent cancer research organisation. Like many researchers Mr Ian Rosewell, who works in Transgenic Services in the London Research Institute, had been using conventional large CO2 incubators for years to grow and maintain cultures of different strains of mouse embryos - vital to the work Cancer Research UK carries out.
Earlier this year Rosewell undertook a study aiming to compare the fertilisation rates using different incubators. The difference between the conventional 'big box' incubator and the precision Planer benchtop incubator was startling. In most case fertilisation rates more than doubled!
The new high accuracy, small incubator range from Planer should be of interest to anyone who is looking for better temperature control for their cells and cell lines. They can lead to both improved development of cells as well improved fertilisation rates.
The Planer BT37 and its stablemate, the INC-A20, provides extremely stable, controlled environments for cells and embryos via heated bases and lids. With a compact size of just over 20cm high, they are easy to place in a lab - even within cabinets. The dual chamber arrangement allows you process samples, lift lids and look in, independently.
A smaller environment and Gas Purge system means a much faster recovery rate after you open a lid, and the battery backup gives emergency power for up to two hours if electricity goes down. The incubators can be plugged straight into a PC or network to log and alarm all of the data, using Planer's Data Later software which can be purchase separately.
To read the case study in full, click here: http://www.planer.com/docs/bt37/BT37CaseStudy.pdf
Middlesex, October 2011: Planer, a leading manufacturer of controlled temperature products, has released a new case study which outlines a study Cancer Research UK carried out on their BT37 benchtop incubator. The case study describes how the Planer incubator produced a higher volume of fertilised mouse embryos than traditional CO2 incubators. The case study can be found online, at http://www.planer.com/docs/bt37/BT37CaseStudy.pdf.
The study, which aimed to compare the fertilisation rates of mouse embryos cultured using different incubators was carried out by Ian Rosewell of the London Research Institute. Ian comments on the results from the BT37 incubator: “Results look fantastic, really a sea of change over what we have grown used to, with fertilisation rates as high as 100%”.
The Planer BT37 incubator is primarily designed to grow and maintain cell cultures, particularly for IVF applications. The incubator keeps cells at an optimal temperature, humidity and gas content by maintaining a constant and clean environment for the embryo. The compact size of the Planer BT37 incubator allows it to be placed anywhere in the lab including flow cabinets and chambers. It also allows for the separation of patients by chamber; helping to increase security.
After the increase in fertilisation rates using the Planer BT37 incubator, Rosewell went on to order two of the products and is looking forward to seeing a rise in fertilisation rates in the future.