Data-Driven Fertility Company Embryonics Helps Increase Fertility Treatment Success Rates in the Indian Subcontinent
Israeli data-driven fertility company Embryonics has announced its first collaboration in India with Jaslok-FertilTree International Fertility Centre. The newly established partnership will aim to increase the success rate of fertility treatments in the Indian subcontinent.
Embryonics trained its algorithms using tens of thousands of data points from leading clinics in the United States, Israel, Europe and Asia and the first product to hit the market is UBAR, an embryo selection tool CE marked helper. Designed to help embryologists select which embryo(s) to transfer, it’s a huge hit. It addresses one of the most crucial steps for the success of IVF. The purpose of UBAR is to assist embryologists in a highly subjective decision-making stage, using a more objective, data-driven approach and is not intended to replace the human factor.
UBAR is built on technology using state-of-the-art deep learning in the clinical setting. Trained using a large, multi-center dataset, UBAR is cloud-based software that uses time-lapse videos or single images of blastocysts to predict implantation probability, automatically annotate morphokinetic events, and aid in selection embryos using a data-driven approach.
The company is run under the leadership of Dr. Firuza Parikh who is one of the pioneers in the field of IVF in India including the first ICSI baby in 1994.
Explaining the computer-driven algorithms, Dr Parikh says, “There are characteristics that differentiate a good embryo at the Blastocyst stage that has the ability to implant from an embryo that has less potential. Algorithms created by AI and deep machine learning detect signals from developing embryos most likely to give birth to babies. These include healthy and equal division of embryonic cells. The signals pick up on the quality and placement of the inner cell mass that ultimately becomes the baby. The trophectoderm cells surround the inner cell mass of the placenta. The timing of the Blastocyst’s expansion at any given time also contributes to its success.”
“When we calculate these characteristics, the software offers a score from 1 to 5, with 5 being the best. We performed an interim analysis and calculated a predictive score most likely to result in pregnancy. This method is simple and inexpensive. she added.