Setting The Standard
The Pipette Company was established in 1999 by a team of respected practitioners of reproductive medicine who have published many scientific papers
on the laboratory and clinical aspects of micromanipulation techniques and IVF. Knowing first-hand the importance of high-quality microtools, the team was dedicated to making the finest quality micropipettes to ensure optimal clinical outcomes.
Dianna Payne was a senior embryologist in The University of Adelaide's Reproductive Medicine Unit. Dianna is an Honorary Life Member of the Fertility Society of Australia and is renowned for her work on the introduction of micromanipulation techniques (especially ICSI) and for her pioneering time lapse studies on the mechanisms of human fertilization and early embryo development.
Sean Flaherty completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and was a senior scientist in The University of Adelaide's Reproductive Medicine Unit and then Head of the Gamete Laboratories (Andrology and Embryology).
Colin Matthews was Professor of Reproductive Medicine at The University of Adelaide. Colin is an Honorary Life Member of the Fertility Society of Australia and ESHRE, Emeritus Professor at The University of Adelaide, and is renowned for his pioneering work on pre-implantation genetic diagnosis.
TPC offers a standard range of micromanipulation pipettes which have been designed to provide optimal clinical outcomes and minimise oocyte/embryo degeneration rates. Specific design features include:
- Long, parallel tapers provide smooth, effortless fluid control during micromanipulation.
- The bases of all pipettes are cut square and are lightly heat polished to prevent sharp edges from damaging silicon seals inside microtool holders.
- Injection pipettes have a precision engineered 'sharp-blunt' spike which penetrates the zona pellucida easily, but does not tear
the oolemma and cause oocyte degeneration. TPC spikes are very consistent and uniform in both shape and length.
- Holding pipettes have a large, square, flat face and a proportionately large inner diameter, which provides better support for the oocyte
and embryo and reduces distortion during micromanipulation.
- Biopsy pipettes have a beveled or square face, and a lightly heat-polished tip without nicks or chips, which enables the user to safely remove cells with minimal damage to the embryo or the biopsied cells.
- Zona drilling pipettes are square and lightly heat polished to reduce the possibility of damage to the embryo or polar body due to sharp edges.
- Zona cutting (PZD) pipettes are stout and sharp, ensuring easy penetration of the zona pellucida.
That is the TPC quality advantage and that is why TPC sets the standard.