History and values

In 1978, Louise Brown – the first ‘test tube baby’ – was born following decades of pioneering work by our founders, Professor Robert Edwards and Dr Patrick Steptoe.

Following this historic breakthrough, our founders set up Bourn Hall Clinic near Cambridge two years later – the first IVF clinic in the world.

More than 30 years on – and thousands of babies and happy families later – we are still proud to share the same values as our pioneering fertility fathers.

Select a section to read more about our history and affinity with East Anglia, and to discover more about who we are.