Dutch biotech spin-off In Ovo in The Guardian
The Dutch biotech spin-off In Ovo is the first company to develop a large-scale solution for determining the sex of a chick while it is still in the egg. This fast and cheap technique can be applied mechanically at hatcheries, which was not possible before.
Globally some 3.2 billion cockerels are killed within hours of breaking free of their eggs each year. In Ovo's innovation brings us one step closer to preventing the mass death of day-old male chicks. According to founders Wouter Bruins and Wil Stutterheim, In Ovo is the first company to determine the gender of an unhatched egg in a matter of seconds. The company has identified new substances that indicate the sex of an egg as early as day nine of incubation.