About the Founder

Dr. Hans-Peter Steiner, CEO of IVF Future, was the first physician in his Austrian region, who founded a private IVF Unit in 1988 in Graz. 

From the beginning, he was aware that many procedures in ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) could be improved or optimised. In 1993, he attended one of the first workshops in ICSI at UZ Brussel in order to learn this procedure, which should become a breakthrough in ART. 

Due to limited financial resources, he constructed his own forge, driven by a gas flame and also a grinding machine to manufacture his own holding and injection pipettes for ICSI. One year later, the first ICSI Baby was born. Sperms had been extracted after a Testicular Biopsy, performed in the City of Klagenfurt, 150 km apart, because none of local Urologists had the heart to perform this Biopsy in Graz as “experimental procedure”. 

The trigger to invent and manufacture a new needle technology for flushing follicles replacing current Double Lumen Needles was a workshop for IVM 2007 in Vienna. Another device for IVF and IVM that Dr. Steiner developed was a Mechanical Flushing Pump with a warming element for flushing syringes replacing the procedure where the assistance is holding a flushing syringe in hand, which can cause hazard because of the loss of temperature.

A series of further devices are completing Dr. Steiner’s output of inventions. A combination of invention, patenting and manufacturing in one person should be a unique constellation in ART. 

When I was 10 years old, I visited my elementary school. It was Christmas time and I just had violin lessons 3 months ago. My teacher, who played the violin too, asked me to play with him Christmas songs in order to celebrate the last day in school prior to Christmas evening. 

When I opened my violin box, I realized that the bridge of my instrument had been broken. Instead of quitting or crying, I took a knife and a piece of wood – we had wood to fire our oven those days – and after 2 hours, I have carved a new bridge and I was able to demonstrate my knowledge on my violin to my colleagues in school. 

After performing IVF in a private Institute in Graz, Austria since 1988, the aim of my inventions in ART is to simplify the egg retrieval procedure for both patients and physicians, by optimizing the number of eggs, reducing Gonadotrophins and reducing operation time towards milder IVF as well as optimizing the Embryo Transfer Technique. 

Book publication April 2020

Controversies in Assisted Reproduction

by Botros Rizk, Yakoub Khalaf

Dr. Steiner contributed a full chapter with comprehensive scientific information in chapter 10 called To flush follicles during egg collection or not.

More information can be found on CRC Press Inc (publisher).

The book chapter is also available as PDF right here.

Reputations & Publications

23.6 – 26.6.2019

  • Vienna, Austria

ESHRE Vienna

Annual Meeting

1.7 – 4.7.2018

  • Barcelona

ESHRE Barcelona


30.11 – 3.12.2017

  • Vienna


Invited Speaker


  • Paris, France



1.7 – 3.7.2016

  • Belgium

ISEET, International Symposium / Equine Embryo Transfer Gent


04.7 – 06.07.2016

  • Finland

ESHRE Helsinki


3.3 – 5.3. 2016

  • Brussels , Belgium

Oocyte Maturation: from basics to clinic


ganzjährig, 2015

  • Berlin

Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V.

Leibniz Institut für Zoo- und Wildtierforschung (IZW), Prof. Dr. T. Hildebrandt
Workshop, Zusammenarbeit bzgl. IVF- Instrumentarium bei Rhinos in Sumatra und Südafrika

14. – 16.5.2015

  • Frankfurt

COGI The 21st Congress on Innovation in Reproductive Medicine

Invited Speaker

18. – 21.3.2015

  • Berlin

16th World Congress on Human Reproduction

Invited Speaker

6. – 11.6.2009

  • Montreal

Mc Gill University

Presentation, invited from Prof. Seang Lin Tan

13. – 17.11.2009

  • Montreal

Mc Gill University

Presentation, invited from Prof. Seang Lin Tan

17. – 22.11.2009

  • Mexico

New Hope Fertility Centre


12. – 16.9.2010

  • Munich, Germany

IFFS 2010 – Vertility and Sterility

Pulsatile application of FSH/LH in a PCO patient: A new approach to reduce or prevent severe ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome (OHSS)

Invited speaker: Oocyte retrieval for assisted reproduction

11. – 13.10.2010

  • Moscow, Russia

World Association of reproductive Medicine, WARM

Invited speaker. “Egg Collection in the 21st Century”

20.10. – 22.10.2011

  • Pörtschach

Österreichische Gesellschaft für Reproduktionsmedizin und Endokrinologie

Invited speaker

26.6. – 2.7.2010

  • Rome

ESHRE, European Society of Human Reproduction und Embryology

Invited speaker

17. – 20.11.2010

  • Düsseldorf



Released in January 2011

Textbook of Minimal Stimulation IVF

I am happy, that this Textbook with my Chapter 16 “Optimizing Technique in Follicular Aspiration and Flushing” has been released in January 2011. Please click here to read the chapter.


27. – 31.5.2011

  • Montreal, Canada

15th McGill Symposium in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

A celebratory Congress

This Congress is to celebrate the achievements of Professor Seang Lin Tan, founding Director of the McGill Reproductive Centre

3. – 6.7.2011

  • Stockholm, Sweden

ESHRE 2011

OOcyte collection results with the use of novel quasi double lumen needle which enables aspiration and flushing through the same single lumen.

11. – 14.8.2011

  • Goa, India

IVF Lite 2011 – The Asia Pacific Congress on Minimal Stimulation IVF

Invited speaker. ”Flushing technique in egg collection with single lumen needle down to 22gauge.”
Media Link: Computer Animation Steiner-TANNeedle

18.9. – 21.9.2011

  • London

London Fertility Centres



  • Hong Kong

Hong Kong Hospital

Invited Speaker

1. – 3.3.2012

  • Cortina d`Ampezzo

Best Practices of ASRM and ESHRE


1.7. – 4.7.2014

  • Istanbul

ESHRE, European Society of Human Reproduction und Embryology


13.9 – 15.9.2012

  • Palma de Mallorca

NESA International Conference


3.3. – 8.3.2013

  • Strassburg

Centre d´Ássistance Medicale a la Procreation

Presentation and Workshop

B. I. Rose & D. Laky
J Assist Reprod Genet DOI 10.1007/s10815-013-0006-1


“A comparison of the Cook single lumen immature ovum IVM needle to the Steiner-Tan pseudo double lumen flushing needle for oocyte retrieval for IVM”


7.3. – 8.3.2013

  • Marburg

ESHRE Campus, Ultrasound in Reproduction Medicine


17.3. – 19.3.2013

  • Alicante

IVF Spain, New Horiconts in IVF Genetic Diagnosis


5.7. – 10.7.2013

  • London

ESHRE, European Society of Human Reproduction und Embryology



  • Wien

COGI Congress Vienna


22.2. – 1.3.2014

  • Cortina d´Ampezzo

ESHRE, The best of ASRM and ESHRE


28.6. – 2.7.2014

  • München

ESHRE, European Society of Human Reproduction und Embryology


6. – 8.9.2014

  • Oxford, GB

Univ. – Clinic OXFORD

Presentation, Workshop

8. – 10.9.2014

  • Essex

Fertility Centre Essex, Brentwood Hospital

Presentation, Workshop

2. – 4.10.2014

  • Salzburg

Österreichische Jahrestagung für IVF

Invited Speaker

13. – 14.11.2014

  • Düsseldorf


Invited Speaker

27.6. – 1.7.2009

  • Amsterdam

ESHRE, European Society of Human Reproduction und Embryology


19.4 – 22.4.2009

  • Genf

World Congress on IVF

Invited Speaker

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