Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Life Whisperer?
Life Whisperer uses artificial intelligence (AI) to assess embryo viability. It identifies embryo morphological features that predict implantation potential, including those invisible to the human eye. Life Whisperer gives a score to each embryo assisting in ranking embryos for transfer.
How does it work?
Life Whisperer is a web application. Embryo images for a given patient can be dragged and dropped onto the application where the AI analyses and scores the embryos in real time. The score is a value from 0 – 10 where 10 denotes the highest quality embryo with the greatest implantation potential. The analysis completes in less than a minute.
How will my patients benefit from Life Whisperer?
The benefit to patients is better selection of the most suitable embryo for transfer first time, meaning a shortened time to pregnancy, which reduces emotional and financial stress. A printed or electronic report of the AI assessment can be provided to your patient, enabling transparency of the embryo selection process, confidence in the use of an evidence-based approach, and a great value added service to better connect with your patients.
How will my clinic benefit from Life Whisperer?
Life Whisperer both standardizes and improves embryo assessment for clinics, with the potential to reduce time to pregnancy for patients. This in turn can improve IVF success rates and allow clinics to service more high-value first-cycle patients. Life Whisperer is provided at no cost to clinics and there is no requirement for specialized incubators or imaging equipment. Life Whisperer also allows clinics to market the use of cutting-edge AI technology to improve patient outcomes.
Are there published studies for Life Whisperer?
Yes, we care about publishing our research and clinical studies. We often present at key fertility conferences including ASRM and ESHRE, and have a seminal publication in Human Reproduction published in 2020 entitled “Development of an artificial intelligence-based assessment model for prediction of embryo viability using static images captured by optical light microscopy during IVF, by VerMilyea et al.”
Does Life Whisperer require time-lapse equipment?
No, Life Whisperer is a web-based application that does not require any specialized hardware, just an account login. It does not require any costly imaging equipment. Images from standard camera and optical microscopes are sufficient to run the analysis. Life Whisperer, however, can also be used with images extracted from time-lapse equipment.
When should I use Life Whisperer?
Life Whisperer is a Day 5 embryo assessment. Images of embryos on Day 5 are required and should be taken prior to embryo freezing or biopsy. The results can be used to inform embryo selection for fresh transfer, to inform PGT-A, or for future freeze thaw cycles.
Is it the same as embryo grading?
Life Whisperer is not the same as standard embryo morphology grading. Life Whisperer uses AI that has been trained on a global dataset of thousands of embryo images where pregnancy outcomes were known. When compared with traditional morphological grading methods, the AI is at least 25% more accurate at predicting pregnancy outcome. The AI approach provides an evidence-based and objective assessment of embryo quality.
Does Life Whisperer replace Embryologist assessment?
No, Life Whisperer is a clinical decision support tool that removes subjectivity and provides an additional objective assessment of embryo quality that can be used by the Embryologist to make the best possible decision about the order of embryos for transfer.
Should Life Whisperer be used if I am conducting PGT-A?
Yes. Life Whisperer assesses implantation potential based on morphology of the embryos at Day 5. Implantation potential is not the same as genetic integrity which is measured by PGT-A. Life Whisperer should be used prior to embryo biopsy to select embryos with the highest implantation potential for PGT-A assessment.
Is my data secure?
Life Whisperer is both HIPAA and ISO13485 compliant. Local cloud servers are used in each region such that your data never leaves the region of origin, meeting strict data privacy requirements including GDPR. Data is always encrypted in the application to the highest standards.
Are there opportunities to collaborate with Life Whisperer on future projects?
Yes, we strive to use AI to improve the end to end IVF process. For new AI projects, we invite collaborators to contribute data and expertise, with a royalty payment shared to those data contributors when the products are validated and brought to market.
How much does it cost?
Life Whisperer is free for clinics. There are no license costs or maintenance fees, and no hardware costs. The cost to the patient is per cycle (cohort of embryo images) assessed by Life Whisperer and is a fraction of the cost of an IVF cycle. There are different pricing models that we can discuss with you to see which model best suits your clinic(s).