Currently, the success rate per In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) procedure is a discouraging 25-30%. Taking into account a cost per procedure (in the US) of $10-15K, as well as the physical and mental ordeal that the process entails, there is a significant incentive for improving IVF success rates.
One way to improve IVF success rates is by enhancing the selection process of embryos. Currently, embryos are selected based on morphological observation (evaluating the embryo's form and structure). What is needed is a system for objective assessment and grading of the embryos that will enable transfer of those with the highest chances for conception.
Among the numerous benefits that would be derived from improving IVF success rates are:
- Reduction in the time, expense, and mental and physical ordeal associated with repeat IVF procedures.
- Supporting the single embryo transplant (SET) trend to reduce the incidence, costs, and medical risk associated with multiple births (more than 1/3 of births by current IVF methods).