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History

Our History

Steptoe Therapeutics Inc (STI) was formed and incorporated on June 1st, 2009. The company was named honoring Dr. Patrick C. Steptoe a British gynecologists who was responsible of the birth of the first "test-tube" baby.

The founder of the company is Dr. Eduardo Kelly a 28 years veteran in the bio-pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Kelly founded STI when he realized that there was a need for developing new solutions for treating infertility patients. There are small populations of infertile patients that have no current approved treatment for increasing their chances to successfully become parents.

The company is committed to evaluate existing products for infertility use as well as researching some innovating new ideas collaborating with pharmaceutical industry and academia.

Dr. Kelly's family started a small distribution business back in 2003 (BMT Management, LLC) making IVF products and equipment available in Latin America. The company recently expanded into the US market as Steptoe Medical Devices.

Dr. Patrick Christopher Steptoe - The Father of IVF

Patrick Steptoe, an English gynecologist and medical researcher, helped develop the technique of in vitro fertilization. Patrick Christopher Steptoe was born on June 9, 1913 in Oxfordshire, England. Steptoe studied medicine at the University of London's St. George Hospital Medical School and, after being licensed in 1939, became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons. In 1948 he became a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and moved to Manchester to set up a private practice. In 1951 Steptoe began working at Oldham General and District Hospital in northeast England.

Steptoesmall.jpgIn 1966 Steptoe teamed with Cambridge University physiologist Robert G. Edwards to propel his work with fertility problems. Utilizing ovaries removed for medical reasons, Edwards had pioneered the fertilization of eggs outside of the body. With his laparoscope, Steptoe added the dimension of being able to secure mature eggs at the appropriate moment in the monthly cycle when fertilization would normally occur. A breakthrough for the duo came in 1968 when Edwards successfully fertilized an egg that Steptoe had extracted. Not until 1970, however, was an egg able to reach the stage of cell division-into about 100 cells-when it generally moves to the uterus. In 1972 the pair attempted the first implantation, but the embryo failed to lodge in the uterus. Indeed, none of the women with implanted embryos carried them for a full trimester.

In 1976 Steptoe met thirty-year-old Leslie Brown, who experienced problems with her fallopian tubes. Steptoe removed a mature egg from her ovary, and Edwards fertilized the egg using her husband Gilbert's sperm. The fertilized egg-implanted after two days-thrived, and on July 25, 1978, Joy Louise Brown ,a healthy five pound twelve ounce girl was born in Oldham District and General Hospital. (See video link below).

Steptoe died of cancer on March 21, 1988, in Canterbury. Yet, since the birth of baby Brown and the pioneering techniques of Steptoe, couples with various physiological problems have had children in clinics throughout the world.

Louis Brown is born

Complete Biography

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