icONE project from NCKU helping infertile couples receives the National Science and Technology Council's award-國立成功大學永續發展SDGs

icONE project from NCKU helping infertile couples receives the National Science and Technology Council's award

SDG3

icONE project from NCKU helping infertile couples receives the National Science and Technology Council's award

Synergy Correlation

Intelligent cOmputing Noble Embryo, icONE, a project from NCKU, helps infertile couples fulfill their dream of parenthood and receives the  National Science and Technology Council "Outstanding Entrepreneurship Award."


The Center for Genomic Medicine at National Cheng Kung University's "Intelligent cOmputing Noble Embryo, icONE" is the first in the country to utilize artificial intelligence, integrating big data on embryo genetics and maternal physiological parameters into a computational platform. It predicts the success rate of in vitro fertilization embryos implantation up to 92%. To date, the clinical application of embryos predicted by this system has resulted in a 77% success rate in achieving pregnancy with a single implantation. These outstanding achievements earned the project the highest honor, the "Outstanding Entrepreneurship Award," in the National Science and Technology Council's 2023 second phase of the "FITI (Fostering Industrial Transformation and Innovation) New Entrepreneur Incentive Program." The project was also awarded a 1 million NTD entrepreneurship incentive grant, marking the first step on the journey of academic research entrepreneurship.




In recent times, delayed marriages among modern individuals have led to a decline in fertility, prompting many couples to seek assistance through in vitro fertilization (IVF) technology. Ministry of Health and Welfare’s Health Promotion Administration implemented the "Infertility Treatment Subsidy Program" in 2021 to alleviate the financial burden on infertile couples undergoing IVF. Despite providing subsidies to over 40,000 couples annually, the birth rate of newborns from IVF procedures is only about one-tenth.


The "intelligent cOmputing Noble Embryo, icONE" is led by Professor H.Sunny Sun, the director of the Center for Genomic Medicine National Cheng Kung University and a professor at the Institute of Molecular Medicine, College of Medicine, NCKU. The team includes Dr. Yen-An Tang, Dr. JUN-WEI JIAN, Dr. Hsien-An Pan, and others, possessing a strong academic and research background, with the research goal of addressing clinical challenges.


The team deeply understands that the IVF process is a significant challenge for many couples, with women enduring the physical pain of injections and an average duration of two years before achieving success, causing significant psychological stress. Despite the availability of embryo testing technologies in the market, the success rate is only 37%.


In IVF, embryos developed through in vitro fertilization are implanted into the mother's uterus. The team pondered whether identifying the embryo with the highest success rate could more effectively assist infertile couples in realizing their dream of becoming parents and contribute to addressing declining birth rates. Dr. Yen-An Tang stated that after five years of research, the team finally developed the "Intelligent High-Quality Embryo Prediction System" using artificial intelligence to integrate multi-factor and genomic big data.


Professor H. Sunny Sun, the director of the Genomic Medicine Center at NCKU, mentioned that the system has been successfully applied in collaboration with hospitals. Through the "Intelligent High-Quality Embryo Prediction System," doctors can more accurately select high-quality embryos for implantation. So far, 77.3% of women have successfully become pregnant with a single implantation, providing significant assistance to the success of IVF treatments.

Team of NCKU Wins "Outstanding Entrepreneurship Award"

The team is so thrilled to secure the award that their joy is beyond words.

"Intelligent cOmputing Noble Embryo, icONE" Bears Fruit After a 5-Year Journey

Collaboration Between Chieftek Precision Co., Ltd. and NCKU -  The Development of Rehabilitation Robot

SDG3Collaboration Between Chieftek Precision Co., Ltd. and NCKU - The Development of Rehabilitation Robot

View more
Gold Medal Won by NCKU iGEM Team in Paris

SDG3Gold Medal Won by NCKU iGEM Team in Paris

View more
Let the 80-year-old Dream Tree Blossom - NCKU Continues the Friendship  of Le Chi in Pingtung

SDG3Let the 80-year-old Dream Tree Blossom - NCKU Continues the Friendship of Le Chi in Pingtung

View more

NCKU SDGs

永續發展目標

No.1, University Road, Tainan City 701, Taiwan (R.O.C)

2022© Copyright All Rights Reserved

國立成功大學SDGs離岸團隊擁有全球風能維護團隊5年的全球風控中心,並擁有5年的第一套商業套化輪播式光達設備;除建立捲簾式的移動監控技術,與ECN展示現歐洲海事外展能力。建築複合功能設計團隊與建築外置經驗塔在介紹節能建築的同時,驗證建站技術也在技術中心及平台上進行技術測試,分享階段平台成果試驗成果未來生結合應用的架構,以作為開發系統的架構。