The 2010 Nobel Prize in medicine was awarded on Monday to British scientist Robert Edwards, 85, for his role in the development of in vitro fertilization (IVF) therapy, a method widely used today in the treatment of infertility.

“His achievements have made it possible to treat infertility, a medical condition afflicting a large proportion of humanity, including more than 10 percent of all couples worldwide,” the Nobel medicine prize committee said.   

Edwards, who is currently a professor emeritus at the University of Cambridge, began working on IVF as early as the 1950s.

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With the assistance of gynecologist surgeon Patrick Steptoe, Edwards succeeded in turning his vision of IVF into a reality with the birth of Louise Brown in 1978, the first “test-tube baby” – thus marking a historic moment in the annals of medicine and a vital turning point in the way we view human reproduction.   

While the methods have been refined, the fundamental core of IVF remains, and is an accepted and established practice across the globe.   

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Pathway would like to give a heartfelt congratulations to Professor Robert Edwards. We believe that pivotal advancements in science and medicine, such as in-vitro fertilization, should be rewarded, and Pathway is grateful to play a part in assisting those who continue to push forward these developments.   

Learn more about Robert Edwards, IVF, and the 2010 Nobel Prize in medicine.

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