Patents Examined by Jill Warden
  • Patent number: 10687683
    Abstract: A washing and drying unit configured to perform at least one of washing, drying, and sterilizing, or any combination thereof includes at least one sensor configured to determine a dimension and/or shape of the object, a washing and/or sterilizing apparatus and a drying and/or sterilizing apparatus configured to direct at least one apparatus or spray of a washing and/or sterilizing or a drying and/or sterilizing fluid to the object, at least one robot arm connected to at least one of the apparatuses, and a controller operable to orient and move the at least one robot arm. A separate sterilization apparatus may be included and the sterilization may include using electrified water or water that has been exposed to ultraviolet light. The controller orients the at least one robot arm based on the dimension and/or shape determined by the at least one sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Martin A. Alpert
  • Patent number: 10688495
    Abstract: A fluid transfer device includes a syringe barrel having a chamber, a first plunger slidably movable inside the chamber, and a second plunger slidably movable inside the chamber. The distal end portion of the first plunger is engageable with the proximal end portion of the second plunger such that when the distal end portion of the first plunger and the proximal end portion of the second plunger are engaged, the second plunger is movable by the first plunger. A check valve may be incorporated into the distal end portion of the second plunger to allow a fluid to pass therethrough in a direction towards the proximal end portion of the second plunger and prevent a fluid to pass therethrough in a reverse direction. A fluid transfer assembly and a sampling method are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: EMD Millipore Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Muldoon, Rene Reinbigler
  • Patent number: 10687527
    Abstract: The invention relates to a container system for transport of biological material comprising a container casing and an insulating device, wherein the container casing defines a container interior space for accommodation of the insulating device and for accommodation of biological material to be transported, and wherein the insulating device is constituted of at least two insulating portions, which are formed so as to surround the biological material inside the container interior space. The invention further relates to uses of such a container system for packaging and transport of biological material, as well as methods of packaging biological material for transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: MLM Medical Labs GmbH
    Inventor: Stephan Wnendt
  • Patent number: 10690650
    Abstract: A system for imaging captured cells comprising: an illumination module configured to illuminate a target object; a platform configured to position the target object in relation to the illumination module; a filter module configured to filter light transmitted to the target object and/or to filter light received from the target object, an optical sensor configured to receive light from the target object and to generate image data; and a focusing and optics module configured to manipulate light transmitted to the optical sensor. The system can further comprise one or more of: a control system configured to control at least one of the illumination module, the platform, the focusing and optics module, the filter module, and the optical sensor; a tag identifying system configured to identify and communicate tag information from system elements; a thermal control module configured to adjust temperature parameters of the system; and an image stabilization module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Kalyan Handique, Kyle Gleason, Christopher Siemer, Priyadarshini Gogoi, Saedeh Sepehri Javdani, Gene Parunak, Aaron Kehrer, Jon Meines
  • Patent number: 10679747
    Abstract: The present disclosure related to an apparatus that may be used for taking blood glucose measurements and providing individualized insulin dose recommendations wherein the apparatus is easy to use and facilitates improved diabetes control in patients. Also disclosed are related methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Hygieia, Inc.
    Inventors: Holly Bielawa, Carissa Demetris, James Goebel, Carol Treat Morton, Michelle Pomorski, Thomas Puricelli, Jim Rogers, Eran Bashan, Israel Hodish, John Hindinger
  • Patent number: 10677790
    Abstract: An optochemical detector and a method for fabricating an optochemical detector includes a light generation unit arranged to emit a light signal; a probe cell unit arranged to alter at least one physical characteristic of the light signal in response to an interaction with a target substance; and a light detection unit arranged to receive the light signal altered by the probe cell unit; wherein a detection of the target substance is characterized by a change in the at least one physical characteristic altered by the probe cell unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: City University of Hong Kong
    Inventors: Siu Pang Ng, Chi-man Lawrence Wu, Guang-yu Qiu, Hui Lun Anton Law
  • Patent number: 10668471
    Abstract: The present invention provides microfabricated substrates and methods of conducting reactions within these substrates. The reactions occur in plugs transported in the flow of a carrier-fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: The University of Chicago
    Inventors: Rustem F. Ismagilov, Joshua David Tice, Helen Song Baca, Lewis Spencer Roach
  • Patent number: 10668464
    Abstract: A liquid sample introduction device including: a multiport valve having a port (a) in communication with a sampling loop, a port (f) in communication with a mobile phase supply passage, a port (e) in communication with a column, a port (d) in communication with a sample injection unit, a port (b) in communication with a measuring pump, and a port (c) in communication with a multi-position valve. The multi-position valve having a common port (g) in communication with the measuring pump, a port (i) in communication with the multiport valve, a port (j) in communication with a cleaning liquid supply passage, and a port (h) in communication with a washing container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masami Tomita
  • Patent number: 10668466
    Abstract: The present invention is a cuvette assembly for use in optically measuring at least one characteristic of particles within a plurality of liquid samples. The cuvette assembly comprises a main body having internal walls and external walls, and a plurality of cuvettes within the main body at least partially being defined by the internal walls. Each of the plurality of cuvettes has a liquid-input chamber for receiving a respective one of the plurality of liquid samples, a filter, and an optical chamber for receiving a respective filtered liquid sample caused by passing the respective one of the plurality of liquid samples through the filter. Each of the optical chambers includes an entry window for allowing transmission of an input light beam through the filtered liquid sample and an exit window for transmitting a forward scatter signal caused by the particles within the filtered liquid sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: BACTERIOSCAN LTD.
    Inventors: Dana A. Marshall, Theodore S. McMinn, Dan Vadim Regelman
  • Patent number: 10661279
    Abstract: A laboratory pipette stand for use with single channel and multi-channel pipettes in a laboratory environment is disclosed. The laboratory stand includes a unitary structure having an angular longitudinal planar body and a supporting base portion. A first tier of a plurality of outwardly projecting pronged sections having a plurality of concave sections therebetween is formed at an upper portion of the unitary structure. A second tier of a plurality of outwardly projecting pronged sections having a plurality of concave sections therebetween is formed at a middle portion of the unitary structure. The first and second tiers are configured for holding a plurality of single channel and multi-channel laboratory pipettes thereto. At least one elongated opening is formed in the angular longitudinal planar body from the middle portion to a lower portion of the unitary structure such that the at least one elongated opening is configured for receiving a manifold of the multi-channel laboratory pipette therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: MTC BIO, INC.
    Inventor: Walter Demsia
  • Patent number: 10661269
    Abstract: Pipette tip couplers, pipette tips, coupler and tip combinations, and methods for coupling and decoupling a pipette tip to or from, respectively, a pipette tip coupler mounted on a pipette device. The pipette tip couplers include an elastomeric element, a discrete segment assembly, and a coupler stop shoulder surface. The pipette tips include a groove in a first cylindrical section, a second cylindrical section, a tip stop shoulder surface at the interface of the first and second cylindrical sections, a third cylindrical section, a sealing seat surface at the interface of the second and third cylindrical sections, and a fourth section adjacent to the third cylindrical section. When the pipette tip is mounted on the pipette tip coupler, the discrete segment assembly abuts the tip groove, the coupler stop shoulder surface abuts the tip stop shoulder surface, and the elastomeric element abuts the sealing seat surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Hamilton Company
    Inventors: Jose Eduardo Guzman, Thomas Barresi, Dana A. Belton
  • Patent number: 10662125
    Abstract: The present invention provides a new chemical process, a new cassette configuration, and new software for the automated production of multiple batches of an [18F]-labelled compound on a single cassette. The invention allows one synthesizer in one hot cell to produce sequentially a plurality of batches of [18F]-labelled PET tracer in the same day. In particular, the present invention provides a novel arrangement useful for purifying two consecutive batches of a reaction mixture comprising an 18F-labelled compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: GE HEATLHCARE LIMITED
    Inventors: Xavier Franci, Steve Lignon, Audrey Marie Lange, Nicolas Verbrugge
  • Patent number: 10654041
    Abstract: System, apparatuses, and methods for performing automated reagent-based analysis are provided. Also provided are methods for automated attachment of a cap to a reaction receptacle, and automated removal of a cap from a capped reaction receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Gen-Probe Incorporated
    Inventor: Byron J. Knight
  • Patent number: 10654037
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are fluid handling devices that include integrated card and pipette tip devices, for use with multichannel liquid dispensing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: BIOTIX, INC.
    Inventors: Arta Motadel, Phillip Hairfield, Peter Paul Blaszcak
  • Patent number: 10656138
    Abstract: The present invention provides a test barrel for placing a test paper card. The test barrel comprises a barrel body and a barrel lid; wherein the barrel body comprises a place reminding board arranged on the barrel body; and the barrel lid comprises an elastic piece arranged on the barrel lid and mating with the place reminding board. The test barrel for placing a test paper card according to the present invention is simple in structure and convenient in operation, and greatly reduces time for test. In addition, a place reminding structure is arranged on the test barrel, which facilitates use of the test barrel for the user and achieves sealing reminding. Further, the test result is accurate, the reusage rate is high, and cleaning is convenient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Zhejiang Orient Gene Biotech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Siyu Lei
  • Patent number: 10656140
    Abstract: A system for conducting the identification and quantification of micro-organisms, e.g., bacteria in urine samples which includes: 1) several disposable cartridges for holding four disposable components including a centrifuge tube, a pipette tip having a 1 ml volume, a second pipette tip having a 0.5 ml volume, and an optical cup or cuvette; 2) a sample processor for receiving the disposable cartridges and processing the urine samples including transferring the processed urine sample to the optical cups; and 3) an optical analyzer for receiving the disposable cartridges and configured to analyze the type and quantity of micro-organisms in the urine sample. The disposable cartridges with their components including the optical cups or cuvettes are used in the sample processor, and the optical cups or cuvettes containing the processed urine samples are used in the optical analyzer for identifying and quantifying the type of micro-organism existing in the processed urine samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: POCARED Diagnostics LTD.
    Inventors: Gal Ingber, William G. Atterbury, Russell H. Barnes, Douglas E. Boyd, Joseph D. Dennis, Jonathan Gurfinkel, Dave Holley, Steven E. Huckaby, Thomas A. Klausing, John S. Laudo, Kevin Sadeski, Jason A. Schaefer, K. Bryan Scott, Carol Stillman, Sherwood Talbert, John Tallarico
  • Patent number: 10656088
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a semiconductor biosensor includes a plurality of wells, a plurality of detectors, and processing circuitry. Each well is configured to hold a test sample and to allow the test sample to be irradiated with ultraviolet radiation. The plurality of detectors are configured to capture a spectral response of the test sample irradiated with the ultraviolet radiation. Each well is coupled directly onto a detector, and each detector includes a) a photodiode and b) a planar optical antenna tuned to a particular wavelength. The planar optical antenna is between the photodiode and the well. The processing circuitry is coupled to the plurality of detectors, the processing circuitry being configured to calculate an average spectral response for the plurality of detectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Silanna UV Technologies Pte Ltd
    Inventor: Petar Atanackovic
  • Patent number: 10646873
    Abstract: A multi-well plate lid includes a well-side surface to cover a plurality of wells of a multi-well plate. The well-side surface includes two or more regions with different adhesive strengths to the multi-well plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroki Somada, Satoshi Izumi, Takahiko Matsumoto, Daisuke Takagi
  • Patent number: 10638748
    Abstract: A vial is described herein that comprises a tubular body which comprises an opened end, a closed end, and a cavity, wherein the opened end is located at one end of the tubular body and the closed end is located at an opposing end of the tubular body. The tubular body further comprises a tear line located therein, wherein the tear line extends across at least a portion of one side of the tubular body, across the closed end, and across at least a portion of another side of the tubular body. In addition, the tubular body further comprises two flanges extending from the closed end, wherein the two flanges are configured to separate from one another outwardly from the tubular body and apply a force to break-open at least a portion of the tear line to open at least the closed end of the tubular body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventor: Michael Kurt Schaefer
  • Patent number: 10639608
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, and method for transferring chemical solutions and synthesizing a tracer. For transferring chemical solutions, the system comprises a primary container; a secondary container; a first line in communication with the primary container and the secondary container. The first line facilitates the flow of gas and/or liquid between the primary container and the secondary container. A valve located upstream of the secondary container and downstream of the primary container regulates flow within the first line; a second line in communication with the secondary container. For synthesizing a tracer, the system includes a source of a solution having a radionuclide. A first container has a tracer precursor and is in communication with the source of solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Umesh B. Gangadharmath, Joseph C. Walsh, Hartmuth C. Kolb, Ricardo Rodriguez, Arkadij M. Elizarov, Carroll Edward Ball