Hamilton Thorne, a provider of precision instruments, consumables, software and services, and Blood Cell Storage Inc. (BCSI), a world leader in pH sensing technologies, announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding to launch a service to retrofit benchtop incubators and the distribution of BCSI’s Safe Sens TrakStation and TrakPod technology.
Under the terms of the new arrangement, Hamilton Thorne will offer a selection of BCSI pH monitoring solutions and provide retrofit services for incubators installed in the U.S. market. Additional products and services may be added to the agreement over time.
“We are extremely pleased to be working with BCSI, the leader in pH measurement,” said David Wolf, president and CEO of Hamilton Thorne. “This alliance allows us to provide an important quality control solution to our customers, moves us forward in our corporate goal of providing additional products and services to the IVF community and will increase our recurring revenues from follow-on consumables.”
TrakStation and TrakPod are the latest generation of continuous pH monitoring laboratory instruments from BCSI. With the capability of monitoring and logging pH data from one to eight chambers simultaneously, the system provides the lab manager or clinician with assurance of a stable incubator pH environment throughout the five to seven day IVF cycle.
In contrast to systems that spot monitor pH, this unique surrogate continuous pH monitoring approach does not require opening and closing of incubator doors, thus allowing an uninterrupted incubation cycle and promoting better outcomes for IVF procedures.
Further, the system requires no expensive calibration or adjustments during the process. One disposable sensor lasts the entire 7-day cycle and is replaced between cycles. A reusable QC alignment tool adjusts the instrument to factory specifications in under 10 seconds after each cycle is complete; the QC alignment tool is replaced annually.
“Hamilton Thorne is one of the most trusted suppliers of in vitro fertilization (IVF) products. They provide superior support, marketing and sales to clinics,” said Russ Aldrich, CEO of BCSI. “pH is an important indicator of environmental stability during the IVF process. Having the ability to measure, record and archive pH during a cycle provides the lab staff with extra assurance.”
Blood Cell Storage, Inc.
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