Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Bella Fishman
  • Patent number: 8329009
    Abstract: Multi-well plates having contoured well designs allow multi-stage high throughput parallel assaying of ion channels or ion transporters. A well of a multi-well plate has a bottom region that is sized and shaped to simultaneous accommodate a sensing electrode and a pipette for delivering, e.g., test compounds, wash fluid, and optionally ligands. Such multi-well plates may be coupled with an instrument having a pipette head and an electrode plate. Such arrangement facilitates fluidic contact between cells and fluids provided via a pipette. It also facilitates washing of wells with buffers or other wash solutions to allow serial exposure of test cells to various reagents or other stimuli. Generally, the design allows control and test experiments to be performed on the same cell (or cells) in a single well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Molecular Devices, LLC
    Inventors: Yuri Vladimirovich Osipchuk, James Richard Wasson, Edward D. Verdonk
  • Patent number: 8311872
    Abstract: Computer modeling process of project management based on Monte Carlo simulation of average quantum mechanical wave function of the project milestone predicting the project delay or project cost increase, based on presenting project milestones as superposition of wave functions of all tasks, averaged over multiple project samples, with each task's duration randomly distributed around its scheduled value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventor: Ilya M. Fishman
  • Patent number: 8175369
    Abstract: Methods and systems for counting nuclei for cells in a cell-containing sample are disclosed, such as carried out on a computer. The methods comprise: receiving a raw image of the cell-containing sample; transforming the raw image into a segmented image comprising one or more nuclei clusters. The methods further comprise: for each of the one or more nuclei clusters, obtaining a convex hull of the nuclei cluster; locating any indentations on the nuclei cluster by comparing the nuclei cluster to the convex hull of the nuclei cluster; calculating a first nuclei count based on a tally of the indentations; and assigning the nuclei cluster to a cell among the plurality of cells. The methods further comprise: calculating a second nuclei count for each cell by totaling the first nuclei counts of its constituent nuclei clusters; and presenting a result based on the second nuclei count for at least one of the plurality of cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Molecular Devices, LLC
    Inventors: Dihui Hong, Avrum I. Cohen
  • Patent number: 8119066
    Abstract: A cartridge and cartridge system for use in an apparatus for analyzing a sample are provided. The cartridge has one or more light sources and/or optical systems and other components that are specific for a certain type of application such as fluorescence, absorbance, or luminescence. The light source, optical systems, and other components for a specific application are housed in a single cartridge. The system has a plurality of cartridges for different applications for a multimode instrument. The cartridges are removably engaged with the apparatus in a “plug-in” format such that one cartridge may be removed from the apparatus and another cartridge may be easily installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Molecular Devices, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel M. Stock, Josef J. Atzler
  • Patent number: 8121881
    Abstract: The method and system for managing a project with multiple tasks and milestones by defining probabilities of key project events and assessing their performance risk. Each task of the project is described as a waveform propagating from this task to an assigned milestone, and each milestone is described as a coherent superposition of task waveforms. The probability of any milestone is obtained by comparison of probabilities of non-perturbed and perturbed milestone, which caused by delay of a task or combination of tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Ibico, Inc.
    Inventor: Ilya M. Fishman
  • Patent number: 7855361
    Abstract: An ion detector comprises an ion guide with electrodes arranged about a first axis; a positive ion detection device with an ion inlet at a first side of the ion output section offset from and at an angle to the first axis; and a negative ion detection device with an ion inlet at a second side opposite the first side, offset from and at an angle to the first axis. A negative voltage bias applied to the positive ion device accelerates positive ions toward the inlet along a path including a component along a second axis orthogonal to the first axis. A positive voltage bias applied to the negative ion detection device accelerates negative ions toward the inlet along a path that includes a component along the second axis orthogonal to the first axis in a direction generally opposite to the path of the positive ions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Varian, Inc.
    Inventor: Urs Steiner
  • Patent number: 7852471
    Abstract: An RF power generator (10) for an induction coil (26) for exciting an inductively coupled plasma in a torch (27) for spectrometry. The generator (10) comprises a switching circuit (12) for alternately switching ON and OFF solid state switching devices (20) via gate drive voltages (22) for supplying RF power into a resonant load circuit (16) comprising the induction coil (26) and parallel connected capacitance (25). The gate drive circuits (24) for each solid state switching device (20) each include a portion (30) that is mutually inductively coupled with leads of the induction coil (26) to provide the gate drive voltages (22). The circuit allows for reduced componentry and therefore a relatively inexpensive RF power generator for exciting and sustaining an inductively coupled plasma for spectrometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Varian Australia Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Steven William Hosemans
  • Patent number: 7842918
    Abstract: In a method for exciting a precursor ion in an ion trap, the ion is trapped in a nonlinear trapping field that includes a quadrupolar field and a multipole field. The quadrupolar field is generated by applying a radio-frequency (RF) trapping voltage to the ion trap at a trapping amplitude and trapping frequency. A supplemental alternating-current (AC) voltage is applied to the ion trap at a supplemental amplitude and supplemental frequency. The supplemental amplitude is low enough to prevent ejection of the ion from the ion trap, and the supplemental frequency differs from the secular frequency of the ion by an offset amount. One or more operating parameters of the ion trap are adjusted, such that the ion absorbs energy from the supplemental field sufficient to undergo collision-induced dissociation (CID) without being in resonance with the supplemental field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Varian, Inc
    Inventor: Mingda Wang
  • Patent number: 7817277
    Abstract: A fiber-optic probe includes first and second optical fibers disposed in a body, a liquid sampling region between ends of the fibers and a reflector, and apertures communicating with the sampling region. The probe may be inserted in media in a vessel. Optical signals are transmitted through the first fiber, the sampling region and second fiber. The sampling region is offset from other parts of the probe so that bubbles or particulates flow out from the sampling region without being obstructed by the probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Varian, Inc.
    Inventors: George Bryan Crist, C. J. Anthony Fernando
  • Patent number: 7812606
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a NMR spectrometer includes a NMR probe circuit component (e.g. RF coil insert, capacitor, inductor) in thermal and electrical contact with a cryogenically-cooled NMR probe support through a collet assembly. The collet assembly includes a collet assembly body connected to the probe support, a collet inserted into the collet assembly body, a pin connected to the probe circuit component, and a nut threaded over a back of the collet to secure the pin to the collet. The collet assembly body is connected to the probe circuit component and the pin is connected to the probe support. A heat exchanger may be in thermal contact with the probe support. The collet assembly provides a demountable, compact, reliable, low-resistance, and strong thermal and electrical connection particularly suited for use in NMR probes, which are commonly subject to stringent spatial and other NMR-compatibility design constraints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Varian, Inc.
    Inventor: Sean T. Burns
  • Patent number: 7791339
    Abstract: A multimode resonator resonating at two or more frequencies is operated at cryogenic temperatures and composed of a superconducting material or a normal metal with a superconducting section serving as a RF superconducting switch. The multimode resonator is coupled to a NMR spectrometer and a RF switch power source, wherein its one frequency is selected to correspond to the operating frequency of the NMR spectrometer and at least a second frequency is tuned to a frequency of RF switch power source, unrelated to the spectrometer frequency, therefore power at this frequency does not perturb the operation of the spectrometer. When activated, the RF switch power source induces a current sufficient to approach or exceeds the critical current in one or more sections of the superconducting material of the multimode resonator, thereby increasing its resistance and reducing the Q factor of the multimode resonator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Varian, Inc.
    Inventors: Wai Ha Wong, Richard Stacy Withers, Weston A. Anderson
  • Patent number: 7779528
    Abstract: A leak detector includes a leak detector inlet to receive a test gas; a vacuum pump coupled to the leak detector inlet; a test gas sensing unit connected through a passage to the leak detector inlet; and a membrane that is permeable to the test gas disposed in the passage between the leak detector inlet and the test gas sensing unit, the membrane having a permeance to the test gas that varies by less than five percent over a temperature range of T0?20K to T0+20K, where T0 is a design temperature. In addition, methods are provided for making a composite membrane that includes a semi-permeable membrane and a porous membrane. Furthermore, a reference leak, which includes a composite membrane is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Virian, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony G. Liepert
  • Patent number: 7749772
    Abstract: Antibodies having specific binding for the parent THC (?9-THC) and its major metabolites are provided which present a significant increase in sensitivity of immunoassays such as lateral flow immunoassays and ELISA for THC. The present invention also provides a rabbit hybridoma producing the antibody as a monoclonal antibody, a recombinant antibody, further molecularly engineered recombinant antibodies against parent ?9-THC and its metabolites and cell lines producing the recombinant antibodies. The invention also provides applications of the antibody in immunoassays, particularly lateral flow immunoassays, specifically applications in detecting THC in body fluids, particularly saliva, and kits for determining the presence of THC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Varian, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Wang
  • Patent number: 7743790
    Abstract: A shutter and gate valve assembly includes a valve housing that defines a passage therethrough, a valve member having a valve aperture, the valve member movable between a non-operating position that seals the passage and an operating position that aligns the valve aperture with the passage, and a shutter movable between a closed position that blocks the valve aperture and an open position that unblocks the valve aperture. The shutter member may be affixed to and movable with the valve member between the non-operating position and the operating position. The shutter may be provided with a shutter aperture that is aligned with the valve aperture in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Varian, Inc.
    Inventor: Layne Evan Howard
  • Patent number: 7745781
    Abstract: In a method controlling an ion detector, one or more ion input signals are received at the ion detector. A data point indicative of an intensity of at least one of the received ion input signals is acquired. Asynchronously with acquiring the data point, a drive voltage applied to the ion detector is regulated to operate the ion detector at a gain optimal for the intensity of at least one of the received ion input signals. An ion detector for implementing the method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Varian, Inc.
    Inventor: Urs Steiner
  • Patent number: 7701217
    Abstract: RF electric fields produced by electric potential differences in NMR probe coil windings may penetrate the NMR sample and sample tube causing sensitivity loss and noise in NMR spectroscopy. Counter-wound spiral coils placed on the opposite surfaces of a planar substrate or on two adjacent planar substrates produce electric potentials that minimize the electric field over the sample region, thereby increasing the sensitivity of the NMR probe. Alternatively counter-wound spiral coils placed adjacent to each other on the outer surface of two concentric cylindrical surfaces that surround the NMR sample minimize the electric field over the sample region. The electric potential of the spiral coils is reduced by adjusting a length of at least one coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Varian, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard S. Withers, Robert E. Nast, Weston A. Anderson
  • Patent number: 7701123
    Abstract: An electron source includes a first electrode, a second electrode, a thermionic element interposed between and electrically isolated from the first electrode and the second electrode, and a guard electrode interposed between and electrically isolated from the first electrode and the second electrode. The thermionic element and the guard electrode may be at substantially the same voltage. Another electron source includes a first electrode, a second electrode, a thermionic element interposed between and electrically isolated from the first electrode and the second electrode, and a thermal expansion component interposed between and electrically isolated from the first electrode and the second electrode. The thermal expansion component may be heated to cause expansion. The heating may be cycled to cause alternating expansion and contraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Varian, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory J. Wells, Edward G. Marquette
  • Patent number: 7628577
    Abstract: A vacuum pump includes a housing having an inlet port and an exhaust port, at least one molecular drag stage within the housing, the molecular drag stage including a rotor and a stator that defines a tangential flow channel which opens onto a surface of the rotor, and a motor that rotates the rotor so that gas is pumped from the inlet port to the exhaust port. The stator defines one or more obstructions in the channel. The obstructions alter gas flow through the channel and produce turbulence under viscous or partially viscous flow conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Varian, S.p.A.
    Inventor: Marsbed Hablanian
  • Patent number: 7629868
    Abstract: A superconducting magnet system comprises a cryogenic vessel (1), a superconducting magnet (11) contained in an inner reservoir (16) within the vessel (1) to be cooled by liquid helium within the inner reservoir (16), and an outer reservoir (7) containing liquid helium and linked to the inner reservoir (16) by a feed tube (10) and a needle valve (9). In operation of the system current is supplied to the magnet (11) by a removable current lead (19) extending through the wall of the vessel (1) by way of a supply passage (17) in order to initiate superconducting current flow in the magnet. The supply of current to the magnet (11) is then stopped and the lead (19) is removed whilst the superconducting current flow persists in the magnet. After an extended period of superconducting current flow in the magnet (11) and without stopping such superconducting current flow, liquid helium at a temperature of about 4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Magnex Scientific Limited
    Inventors: Stephen Burgess, Andrew John Varney, Darren Houlden
  • Patent number: 7629575
    Abstract: A method for controlling charge flux into a charge accumulation device includes determining a charge accumulation time during which charges are to be accumulated in the charge accumulation device, measuring a charge flux of a first ion beam produced from an ion source, determining a target number of charges to be accumulated in the charge accumulation device during the charge accumulation time based on the measured charge flux and, based on the determined target number of charges, modulating a second ion beam produced from the ion source to cause the target number of charges from the second ion beam to be accumulated in the charge accumulation device during the charge accumulation time. An ion processing device is configured for controlling the charge flux. An ion beam modulator modulates the ion beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Varian, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory J. Wells