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Talking Lab Air with Dr Kathryn Worrilow
Episode 1420th June 2022 • International IVF Initiative Podcast • The International IVF Initiative
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Welcome to the latest episode of I3 with Giles Palmer in conversation with Dr Kathryn C. Worrilow who is the Founder and CEO, LifeAire Systems in what is a fascinating discussion about the developments within the lab environment and the time it has taken for these types of changes to be implemented.

What was discussed:

  • Kathryn talking about how she got into the world of embryology 
  • Her previous work with co-culture 
  • When she first saw the importance of air quality - literature to identify the relationship between air quality and the culture of the human embryo. 
  • Realisation when leaving lab and saw that there of tarmac happening outside the lab and how it was linked to air quality in the lab
  • Started to monitor outside activity to see the drops in cellular and clinical outcomes. 
  • 2017 Cairo  Consensus -discussing clean room concepts 
  • Research launched once they knew the common VOC’s to look at how they are impacting the embryo
  • RBM online publication on the ‘mode’ of publication 
  • Biggest threats to a lab
  • Important for embryologists to understand the toxic pathogens that are outside eg. off-gas equipment 
  • Improvements on the Cairo consensus? Discussion of how much we’ve learnt since then 
  • Which VOC’s are most common in IVF labs and where they come from, materials which should and shouldn’t be used 
  • How their engineers work  - look at ‘asbuilt drawings’ to start to find cubic volumes of air - they want to protect every molecule in that space 
  • How covid impacted their business - who they could help

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