Assisted Reproduction Everyone Can Afford – with your help.

Overview

Most people either know someone who has had trouble getting pregnant or they have struggled with infertility themselves. We want to help. 

Medical intervention through Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) is currently a difficult and expensive process. Millions of heartbroken women worldwide cannot afford it or do not have access to a fertility clinic at all.

While there are significant resources dedicated to Family Planning with respect to not having babies, there is much less help available to women who want to have a baby but have not been able to conceive. This remains a service that is out of reach to many women worldwide. Fertility help has been traditionally reserved for well off women in well off countries.

The Inspiration

We knew several people who tried for well over a year to conceive and did not have any luck getting pregnant. One went through a difficult IVF experience and was blessed with a child. One was not as fortunate and the treatment did not work after several tries. The others could not afford professional help. One day while discussing their heartbreak we decided to look for a better way. 

The Science

Research shows that overall, about 18% to 20% of women will have trouble getting pregnant and it is an increasing problem worldwide. Many countries are below their target birthrate. As a global issue, it is of note that the United Nations has 17 goals to transform the world. Helping disadvantaged women with fertility fits nicely into goal 5 To achieve equality and empower women and girls, and Goal 10 Reduce inequality within and among countries.

It is recommended that you try getting pregnant for a year first before seeking help. The Mayo Clinic says the main symptom of an infertility problem is failing to get pregnant. The actual diagnosis itself is actually not complicated or satisfying. Finding the causes can be complex, expensive, and imprecise. There are only a few treatment options available and the price tag on those options can be out of reach for many.

It is generally agreed that women should try to conceive in the least invasive and most natural way possible. This means trying 3-6 cycles of IUI, possibly with medication before then considering moving on to IVF. Each cycle of IUI may cost up to $3,000 with all the doctors’ visits, tests, and medications considered.  Due to the expense involved many women don't wait the recommended 6 cycles before moving on to the next therapy.  Just two tries for IVF will average about $27,500 and multiple cycles are often required with no guarantees. 

Success

After lots of research, discussions with experts, and designing dozens of versions, we created a new Assisted Reproduction device called ICF™ and applied for patents. Due to the profit driven nature of the medical device and fertility industries, only by creating a purpose-built family owned company designed to minimize cost to the public could we make sure the prices were kept affordable for everyone. The company is dedicated to developing, manufacturing, and distributing the new ICF™ devices globally.

We now have prototypes of a new ICF™ medical device designed to be more effective than the current alternatives. We need your donations to help offset the high initial costs and bring this new medical device to the world.

"This is a Big Deal - our backers are disrupting an industry."

--Dr.  Allen Lu, Medical Director


The new ICF™ device will be very inexpensive and by far the most natural and least invasive solution. ICF™ will not require repeated doctors’ visits and tests, or the determination of the causes of the problem or the finding of fault or the placing blame. It is the most natural conception assistance available. It avoids many of the negative aspects of traditional ART including possible embarrassment, pain, increased risk of multiple births, injections, drugs, and side effects. ICF™ eliminates invasive treatments and large commitments of time and emotional capital.

Even though the function of the ICF™ the device itself is simple, it is very difficult to manufacture. Many times, we were told by large global medical devices manufacturers that this device simply can't be made because it is technically too complex. Fortunately, we did not know it was impossible and we went ahead and did it anyway. Under non-disclosure agreements we showed a select group of global device manufacturers our prototypes and they are now believers.

You can help

“We have chosen to Crowdfund Donations to help with the initial costs and government approvals so that we can avoid investor pressure and keep our prices as low as we can. We are asking for your help. You can help women next door and worldwide simply by making a donation and by spreading the word."

--Keen Devices Inc.

We have not accepted any traditional equity investors to help with these costs because with that comes pressure to increase pricing and profits. By funding some of these up-front costs with your donations we can keep our prices low because we won’t have to maximize profits to pay investors huge returns. We just need to charge enough to stay in business and fund the expansion.

Bringing a new medical device to market is extremely expensive. According to a Stanford University report, the portion of costs directly related to winning 510(k) clearance for a medical device and satisfying FDA rules average $24 million, That is just for the United States and our goals are to help women worldwide. There really aren’t indie medical device makers due to the high costs. 

"We strongly believe that all women wanting to have a child should be able to afford some medical assistance"

--Dr Judy Wei, Clinical Director


We need your help. With your donations, we will take creating our prototypes out of the garage and into FDA approved ISO 13485 clean room manufacturing facilities using certified bio-compatible in-vivo materials. Those devices will be used to clinical studies and government approvals.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is A.R.T.?

According to CDC A.R.T. or Assisted Reproductive Technology is a branch of medicine where fertilization occurs in the laboratory. In a more general sense, according to the World Health Organization, many definitions are used in describing assisted reproduction including various fertility medicines and procedures. For the layman, you may consider any assistance in fertilization or conception to be ART.

How much does A.R.T. cost?

The cost varies, but IUI is about $3,000 and IVF is nearly $20,000 for the first try and totals about $27,000 for the first two tries. Multiple cycles are usually required. Most insurance companies will not cover ART procedures. The new technology being funded here, is designed to be less than 1/100th the cost of IUI making it affordable to virtually anyone.

How do I know if I have a fertility problem?

You are not getting pregnant. It sounds too simple it is almost condescending, but according to the Mayo Clinic failing to get pregnant is the main symptom of infertility.

How can ICF™ be so inexpensive?

It is a re-thinking of the problem from an engineering perspective. The combination of the simplicity of the device, putting the profit motive as secondary, and not having an obligation to maximize profit for shareholders will allow us to help many more women through extreme low pricing.

How long will it take to get pregnant with ICF™?

Typically, pregnancy rates are measured in pregnancies per year of trying and there are many factors involved. ICF™ won't work for everyone, but it is designed so that more people can get pregnant faster. It increases your chances on each try and addresses several types of potential infertility problems. Even if you don't have any known fertility issues you can still use ICF™ to get pregnant sooner.

Is there anything wrong with traditional A.R.T.?

No. Conventional reproduction technologies have been miraculous for those that have access to and can afford them and we applaud their success. Keen Devices Inc was created to expand fertility assistance to women worldwide that do not have access to or cannot afford conventional ART as well as to be a first step to try for everyone considering getting assistance. Because ICF™ will be about 1/100th the cost it can be affordable for many more women.

When will ICF™ be available?

That depends. Currently, we are planning to make it available in the USA first, and there is a planned roll-out to other countries. A lot of the timeline depends on the funding support we get from the public. Each political jurisdiction has its own rules on medical devices and each has its own costs involved in bringing it to market. The more money we have up front, the faster we can expand the availability by working on multiple jurisdictions at once instead of funding expansion from profits.

Do I need to want to have a baby to help?

No, not at all you only need to have a heart (and a few bucks). You don't need to want to conceive yourself. You probably know of someone or have an acquaintance that has tried to get pregnant and not had any luck. In some countries, it is even worse and women just don't have access to help at all. Your gift will help women everywhere have access to first level infertility assistance. If you live near Irvine CA you may be able to participate in our study.