Cambridge Temperature Concepts
Cambridge Temperature Concepts (CTC) is a UK-based company that specialises in the design and manufacture of continuous physiological monitoring devices. Their main product is a patented fertility monitor called DuoFertility.
The company was started by six post graduate students (Dr Shamus Husheer, Dr David Naumann, Dr Oriane Chausiaux, Dr. Lydia Ferguson, Chafic Ayoub and Scott Mackie) at the University of Cambridge, England in 2005, and won multiple entrepreneur awards at the University, regionally and nationally, including the Downing Enterprise award, the CUEBiC Business Plan Competition, and the UKSEC Business Plan Competition. In 2011 the company was named European Wireless Start-up of the year by Qualcomm.
The DuoFertility device can aid the practice of fertility awareness or natural family planning (although marketed only to help achieve pregnancy, while other systems for FA and NFP can also be used as birth control). The device is a stick-on patch containing a coin-sized chip that automatically measures and records basal body temperature every few minutes. A hand-held device is then used to read out the temperature data collected via wireless transmission and analyse it. This analysis is used to predict the time of ovulation based on 24-hour time measurement, in order to aid couples trying to conceive.
In 2010, data on the first 200 couples using DuoFertility was released demonstrating a pregnancy rate after 6 months of use similar to that of a cycle of IVF for couples with a history of unexplained infertility or mild-to-moderate male or female factors.
- Cambridge Temperature Concepts Limited is a UK registered company (number 5943341)
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- Tyler, Richard (18 May 2008). "Temperatures rise for Cambridge fertility innovators". The Daily Telegraph (London).
- "The skin patch that can tell women when they are most fertile". Daily Mail (London). 4 June 2008.
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- Better than IVF? Pregnancy rates of the DuoFertility programme over six cycles of use. Chausiaux et al. Proceedings of the 13th world congress on controversies in obstetrics, gynaecology and Infertility. C529, p319-324.