In Ovo, an innovative biotech company in the Netherlands, develops solutions for the poultry industry. We are known for our in ovo gender screening method, which makes it possible to determine the gender of fertilized breeding eggs during the breeding process. This will prevent the manual sorting of newly hatched chicks and the consequent killing of male chicks in the laying industry.
Now, we are starting a new project, which will utilize the male eggs.
After being active in the Dutch poultry sector for a while, In Ovo gained support from key players in the industry for the development of a gender screening for chicken eggs. Both the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Leiden University decided to back the pragmatic approach of the founders of this Leidenn University spin-off company. A consortium of parties from the industry, the Dutch government, an NGO, the university and In Ovo signed a letter of intent in May 2014 to move the project to the next level.
Now, we have established proof-of-concept and have shown that it’s possible to gender type chicken eggs halfway during incubation. Our technique is much faster than anything that has been developed before. Large scale sorting of fertilized breeding eggs in a hatchery is now within reach.
Our project partners, Ministry of Economical Affairs and Leiden University, provided funding for the first two phases (started August 2014), during which In Ovo established proof-of-concept. Results of these phase will be published here soon. Now, we are developing the first real life prototype a sorting device, that can automatically screen and sort eggs on gender. We will launch a first commercial device in the beginning of 2018.