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Cherishing the miracle of life

Pioneering space is our passion
Cherishing the miracle of life is our purpose
Curiosity is our power

Our space exploration plans are best described as a dandelion, spreading the seeds of life.

Carl Sagan

Team & Advisors

Dr. Egbert Edelbroek
CEO & Founder
Prof. David Cullen
Space Biotechnology
Dr. Sheela Ali
Embryology & IVF in Space expert
Dr. Steve Behram
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Angelo Vermeulen
Chief Technology Officer
Prof. Warren W. Burggren
Embryology research strategy
Sharon D’souza MSc
IVF in space researcher
Dr. Hilde Stenuit
Astro- & Solar-Physics Expert
Dr. Hans Westphal
Embryologist / IVF expert
Prof. Peter-Paul Verbeek
Ethics in Technology
Junaid Mian RPh
Space tech investor / advisor
Dr. Rafael Elias Marques
Biologist, space reproduction
Dr. Alexander Layendecker
Reproduction in space expert
Drs. Mathilde Kuijpers
Fertility doctor / advisor
Dr. Sumbal Mushtaq
Physician/ Obstetrics
Prof. Dr. Gerrit-Jan Zwenne
Legal Expert / IP Lawyer
Matthew Hudnall
Embryologist/ fertility expert
Dr. Aqeel Shamsul
Implementation partner
Ir. Adri Kraa
Health & Business Innovation

Research & Industry Partners


Our research explores the conditions for mammalian
and human reproduction in space. 

Detail image of the inside of Mission Artis gravity IVF module

Alignment with research roadmaps

Our research is aligned with the research roadmaps towards reproduction in space, as recommended and defined by agencies like NASA and ESA and by our research partners. The learning process towards human reproduction beyond Earth involves many challenges in both medical, ethical, astro-biological, technical and legal areas. With experts in these domains we explore and address these challenges step by step.

Improving IVF technology on-Earth 

Besides our primary focus on enabling reproduction beyond Earth, our research results are expected to provide valuable results for improving reproductive technologies on Earth. The process of enabling IVF and embryo development in space (by re-engineering and optimizing IVF technology: e.g. embryo incubators and cryogenic vitrification) is expected to result in improving IVF- and related treatments and hardware on Earth.

Image of DNA samples in a multi well plate

Obstacles for space agencies 

Research (supervised by NASA) explains that addressing the need for researching human reproduction in space is very difficult for leading organizations like NASA, ESA or SpaceX. Research efforts are obstructed by strong political and economic factors and require an independent and focused research entity. Involved researchers confirm that SpaceBorn United is well positioned to address the reproduction research effectively.

Monitoring trends

Our research includes monitoring developments relevant to our long term strategy. E.g. research groups enabling extended embryo development in artificial wombs, radiation shielding technology, enhancing DNA repair mechanisms. regulation and legislation, uncontrolled conceptions in space (space tourism risk), embryo health improvement, genome editing (CRISPR-Cas) technology, improving e.g. radiation resistance) and ethical debates and values.

The Earth is the cradle of humanity, but mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever

Konstantin E. Tsiolkovsky
As humanity is becoming a multi-planetary species, we also need to learn how to reproduce beyond Earth.
Dr. Egbert Edelbroek
Founder SpaceBorn United
Portrait of SpaceBorn United founder and CEO Dr. Egbert Edelbroek