Minc Benchtop Incubator



Maintaining precise temperature and pH is essential for optimal embryo development.


A successful start to any in vitro procedure requires stable temperature and pH. The MINC Benchtop Incubator is vital in the ART lab because it provides both types of stability. Developed in collaboration with embryologists to work with the entire line of Cook ART products, the MINC has been optimizing the culture of gametes and embryos for over 20 years. The incubator is used around the world and has been clinically demonstrated to create ideal culture environments.

11Catt JW, Henman M. Toxic effects of oxygen on human embryo development. Hum Reprod. 2000;15(suppl 2):199-206.


Constant temperature: Embryos cultured at the correct temperature

  • Heated chamber baseplate and lid provide a stable thermal environment for embryo culture.1
  • Embryos directly exposed to a consistent temperature of 37°C.1
  • Conductive heat transfer provides faster recovery times than other convection-style incubators.1

Rapid pH recovery to maintain homeostasis: Optimum culture environment and reduced embryonic stress

  • MINC design initiates an automatic gas purge, reestablishing the desired environment when the lid is closed.2, 3, 4
  • pH returns to physiological range faster than other incubators.2, 3, 4
  • Embryonic stress reduced by rapid return to optimal culture conditions.3, 4

Functional design: Improved laboratory efficiency

  • Compact size enables the incubator to fit into the smallest labs.
  • Minimal amounts of premixed gas are required in order to create and maintain a physiological culture environment.
  • Dual chambers fit an array of Nunc®, BD® Falcon®, and other tissue culture dishes.
  • Detachable whiteboards designate embryo location within the MINC.
  • External, accessible components make the incubator easy to clean and maintain.

Enhanced monitoring: Increased confidence

  • 24-hour digital recording of MINC temperature and gas flow.
  • Time-stamped alarm notifications include descriptions of events.
  • Graphical representation of data for rapid, comprehensive review.


1 Catt JW, Henman M. Toxic effects of oxygen on human embryo development.
Hum Reprod. 2000;15(suppl 2):199-206.
2 Cooke S, Tyler JP, Driscoll G. Objective assessments of temperature maintenance using in vitro culture
techniques. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2002;19(8):368-375.
3 Fujiwara M, Takahashi K, Izuno M, et al. Effect of micro-environment maintenance on embryo culture after
in-vitro fertilization: comparison of top-load mini incubator and conventional front-load incubator.
J Assist Reprod Genet. 2007;24(1):5-9.
4 Lee M, Grazi R, Seifer D. Incorporation of the K-Minc Incubator and Media System into the IVF lab: the
future of IVF. J Clin Embryol. 2013;13(3):21-32.
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