As one of 22 institutes worldwide, the Kinderwunsch Institut Dr Loimer in Linz offers the revolutionary non-invasive genetic embryo examination method ‘NIPID/EMBRACE’. It is no longer necessary to cut open the embryo shell, as was previously necessary to obtain material for examination. With this new method, the genetic material of the embryo can be isolated from the culture medium and examined for genetic damage.
NIPID/EMBRACE is revolutionizing reproductive medicine
Happy couples with healthy children – that is what every IVF professional wants. At the KIWI Dr Loimer in Linz, this new examination method takes us one step closer to that goal. In conventional genetic testing of embryos during IVF treatment, it is necessary to cut open the embryo shell to obtain test material. However, the embryos also release genetic material into the culture medium in which they grow during the 5-day laboratory phase. The biologists at the Kinderwunsch Institut Dr Loimer have recently been able to isolate this genetic material from the culture medium and consequently have it examined for genetic damage. The embryos themselves remain untouched. This allows genetically intact embryos to be returned to the uterus and the pregnancy rate can be significantly increased.
The completion of a certification process at Igenomix in Spain – one of the leading providers of genetic solutions for specialists – is needed in order to use this new method. Igenomix offers pioneering tests that reproductive health professionals can used to diagnose and treat their patients. The highest hygiene standards and precise work are basic conditions for successfully completing the accreditation process.
“As the most modern fertility institute in Austria, it is our aim to offer couples who want to have children not only the best advice, but also the most innovative methods of investigation. Thanks to the NIPID/EMBRACE method, a new age is dawning in reproductive medicine – away from the at times risky multiple pregnancies towards the genetically tested, flawless embryo that can develop into a healthy child,” explains Dr Leonhard Loimer.