Patents Examined by Jonathan Bortoli
  • Patent number: 11813615
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a flow cell receiver. The flow cell receiver can include at least one platen, having a plurality of ports. The flow cell receiver can include magnets. The flow cell receiver can be configured to automatically align, secure, and retain a flow cell carrier containing a flow cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Singular Genomics Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Sandor Kovacs, David Baranson, Eli N. Glezer
  • Patent number: 11801513
    Abstract: A support holder for a test device is disclosed, wherein the holder may include a base having a first plurality of sidewalls having a first length and a second plurality of sidewalls having a second length, wherein the second length is greater than the first length, wherein the plurality of sidewalls define a cavity in the base, the cavity including a surface for receiving a portion of the test device; and a plurality of projections extending away from the base, wherein each projection of the plurality of projections is configured to be associated with a leg portion, and wherein a first sidewall of the first plurality of sidewalls includes a center notch positioned between a first corner portion and a second corner portion, and wherein a second sidewall of the first plurality of sidewalls includes a removable portion configured to cover an opening into an interior of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Hunter, Steven Davis, Melissa Sher, David Vanhoute
  • Patent number: 11786905
    Abstract: A blood component collection cassette of a blood component collection system, which is a biological component transfer system, includes a sheet-shaped cassette main body in which a blood line is formed. The blood line includes a second applied load measurement unit and line main body portions. A separation device includes a second load measurement unit that measures a load applied to a wall portion of the second applied load measurement unit in a cassette mounted state. The second applied load measurement unit is more easily deformed than the line main body portions, and is disposed at a location within the blood line on which only a positive pressure acts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Inventor: Masatsugu Igarashi
  • Patent number: 11781985
    Abstract: Light detection devices and related methods are provided. The devices may comprise a reaction structure for containing a reaction solution with a relatively high or low pH and a plurality of reaction sites that generate light emissions. The devices may comprise a device base comprising a plurality of light sensors, device circuitry coupled to the light sensors, and a plurality of light guides that block excitation light but permit the light emissions to pass to a light sensor. The device base may also include a shield layer extending about each light guide between each light guide and the device circuitry, and a protection layer that is chemically inert with respect to the reaction solution extending about each light guide between each light guide and the shield layer. The protection layer prevents reaction solution that passes through the reaction structure and the light guide from interacting with the device circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: Illumina, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiuyu Cai, Joseph Francis Pinto, Thomas A. Baker, Tracy Helen Fung
  • Patent number: 11779924
    Abstract: A flow stabilized chip includes a chip mainbody, a buffering chamber and two fluid delivery ports. The chip mainbody has a pipe-connection surface. The buffering chamber is disposed in the chip mainbody. The two fluid delivery ports are disposed on the pipe connection surface and connected to the buffering chamber. The chip mainbody includes, in order from the pipe-connection surface to a bottom of the chip mainbody, a first base plate, a first elastic membrane, a second base plate, a second elastic membrane and a third base plate. The first base plate includes a first opening. The second base plate includes a second opening. The third base plate includes a third opening. The first elastic membrane, the second base plate and the second elastic membrane are stacked in sequence to form the buffering chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Inventors: Jia-Yun Xu, Jen-Huang Huang, Chia-Wen Wu
  • Patent number: 11759781
    Abstract: Various embodiments of fluidic devices and methods of the present teaching can provide precision on-device loading of fluidic samples, and merging, mixing, and splitting of the fluidic samples, in illustrative embodiments as droplets, using pressures that can be provided by standard laboratory liquid handling equipment. Various embodiments of fluidic devices of the present teachings can provide on-device manipulation of accurate and precise fluidic volumes at the picoliter to nanoliter scale for each steps from fluidic sample loading to fluidic sample splitting. Various embodiments of fluidic elements of the present teachings, for example, but not limited by, various embodiments of fluidic traps of the present teachings, can have a constrained and measurable geometry, allowing for accurate and precise tuning of each fluidic sample volume throughout the on-device liquid handling process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: UNCHAINED LABS
    Inventor: Deepak Solomon
  • Patent number: 11745181
    Abstract: This disclosure provides fluidic devices and methods for performing a bioassay, for example bioassays performed on zebrafish. The disclosure provides various fluidic devices for performing a bioassay that include a sample chamber in fluid communication with an air valve; and a bioassay channel that can include a first bioassay region, for example for studying zebrafish in early stages of development and a second bioassay region, for studying zebrafish in later stages of development. The first bioassay region and second bioassay region can be defined using pillars, such as a first and second array of pillars. The fluidic device can have additional structures that are provided herein. Also provided herein are sample loading manifold devices for loading zebrafish embryos into fluidic devices and reagent delivery manifold devices for delivering reagents to fluidic devices. Furthermore, methods using any or all of the devices are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: UNCHAINED LABS
    Inventor: Deepak Solomon
  • Patent number: 11719616
    Abstract: Disclosed are an optical analysis device and an optical analysis method. The present invention provides an optical analysis device for optically analyzing a flow cell, including: a light source configured to emit light to the flow cell; an optical detector including a plurality of detection elements that detects optical signals from reaction regions of the flow cell; and an optical mask including light transmissive mask holes disposed at a front end of each of the detection elements, and an optical analysis method using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: Vieworks Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young Ho Kim, You Jung Kang
  • Patent number: 11692941
    Abstract: An optofluidic diagnostic system and methods for rapid analyte detections. The system comprises an optofluidic sensor array, a test plate and an optical detection cartridge. The sensor array supports one or more distinct sensor units, each having a reactor section designed to temporarily enter a series of different kinds of wells in the test plate. One kind of well is a sample reservoir that holds reagent solution to be transferred into the reactor section. Another kind of well is a drainage chamber that removes reagent solution from the reactor section. A third kind of well is a colorant reservoir that holds a colorant reagent transferable into a reactor section. Finally, the sensor unit is transferred to the optical detection cartridge where it is placed into an isolation booth during the optical detection process so that its flat observation face is stationed in a viewing window opposite an optical detector lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: Optofluidic Bioassay, LLC
    Inventors: Maung Kyaw Khaing Oo, Xudong Fan
  • Patent number: 11679384
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed towards methods and systems of depositing a uniform test-pathogen mixture onto a test article for testing the sterilization efficacy of an electromagnetic radiation or other sterilization process. The system includes a holding mechanism configured to removably secure the test article to the system. The system also includes a test-pathogen dispenser configured to uniformly deposit the test-pathogen mixture onto a reference surface of the test article. The system is structured so that at least one of the test article and the test-pathogen dispenser moves relative to the other. A plurality of test-pathogen mixture droplets or lines is deposited onto the reference surface in a predetermined test-pathogen pattern, such as, for example, a plurality of rows and columns of droplets. A distance from a dispenser tip of the test-pathogen dispenser to the reference surface of the test article may be determined to help maintain consistency between test-pathogen mixture droplets or lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: GERMITEC
    Inventor: Adrian Edward Smith
  • Patent number: 11674971
    Abstract: The present invention relates to novel modules for transferring magnetic beads, an automated system comprising the same and a method for extracting nucleic acids using the same. The specifically designed magnet module and cover module of the present invention can be employed in the automated liquid handling apparatus by means of pre-existing moving modules (e.g., pipettor module) of the apparatus. The present invention enables a bead transfer-type method for extracting nucleic acids to be performed in an automated manner on the automated liquid handling apparatus. The present invention provides advantages of higher level of automation, more reduced cost and no need for another separate liquid handling apparatus compared to the conventional bead transfer-type method usually performed in the small apparatus designed to be used only for this bead transfer-type method. Also, the present method has the merits of more shortened reaction time compared to the conventional liquid transfer-type method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: SEEGENE, INC.
    Inventors: Seung Jae Lee, Seong Sik Hong, Young Wook Kim
  • Patent number: 11661574
    Abstract: A fluidic device for culturing cells includes a microplate and plate lid. The microplate includes multiple wells and channels, the channels extending between the wells such that the channels interconnect the wells. The plate lid releasably engages the microplate to thereby enclose the wells and the channels. The wells include a culture surface such that a cell culture medium received therein is deposited over the culture surface. At least one channel that extends between adjacent ones of the wells is spaced from the culture surfaces of the adjacent wells defining a gap between the at least one channel and the culture surfaces of the adjacent wells for collection of the cell culture medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Inventors: Gregory Roger Martin, Allison Jean Tanner
  • Patent number: 11642670
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device and method for in situ temperature-induced antigen retrieval of samples wherein all steps are performed under a pressure higher than the atmospheric pressure on a sample immobilized on a sample support which can be further subjected to staining and imaging on the same sample support, optionally by cycle multiplexing that enables imaging of various molecular targets through multi-molecular read-outs on the same sample in a rapid, highly sensitive and reliable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Inventors: Giulia Cappi, Marta Comino, Marco Ammann, Diego Gabriel Dupouy, Ata Tuna Ciftlik
  • Patent number: 11618023
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a microfluidic device and method for providing emulsion droplets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: SAMPLIX APS
    Inventors: Thomas Kvist, Solène Cherre, Marie Just Mikkelsen
  • Patent number: 11607691
    Abstract: A system and method facilitates transfers of specimen containers (e.g., vials with caps) between storage cassettes and carrier cassettes. The storage cassettes are designed to be stored in cryogenic refrigerators while the carrier cassettes are designed to be temporarily stored in a portable carrier. Identification information is read from wireless transponders carried by the specimen containers. Visual mappings of the positions of the specimen container in the cassettes is provided. Presence and position of the specimen containers in the cassettes is verified, and alerts of inconsistencies provided along with corrective commands. Inventories of specimen container and even specific specimen holders are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Inventors: William Alan Blair, Timothy Alan Sharp, Amit Gupta, Kathryn Josephine Go, William Nicholas Garbarini, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11609240
    Abstract: The present disclosure is, in one aspect, directed to a locking assembly for securing a sample tube assembly to a sample manifold of a measurement system. The locking assembly includes a ramp block having one or more slots defined therein and configured to at least partially receive a portion of the sample tube assembly. The ramp block also includes a plurality of surface features defined therealong and configured to engage and move the sample tube assembly toward and into engagement with the sample manifold. The ramp block further is movable between a plurality of positions including an open position for allowing the sample tube assembly to be received through the one or more slots or openings, and a closed position substantially sealing the sample tube assembly against or within the sample manifold. Other aspects also are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: Micromeritics Instrument Corporation
    Inventor: Paul Bracher
  • Patent number: 11596944
    Abstract: A microfluidics device has one or more bubble diversion regions. Problems associated with the generation of air bubbles are avoided in a microfluidics device such as a cartridge, for use with a point of care (POC) diagnostics device, the cartridge being able to carry out downstream processing such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and/or nucleic acid capture. The bubble diversion region has a lower flow resistance than the flow resistance of an area of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Inventors: Hojjat Madadi, Thomas Michael Willshare, Jonathan O'Halloran, Philip Thomas Scully, Paul Marshall, Eduardo Boada
  • Patent number: 11590502
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a consumable sample partition device and it assembly and use. The sample partition device can be used to test a sample for absence of microorganisms (sterility) and/or for concentration of said organisms (bio-burden). The sample partition device partitions the sample input volume into multiple discrete measurement zones with little or no loss of sample (e.g., zero-loss) and with little operator involvement, thereby reducing operator- and environment-based false positives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Alex David Corwin, Erik Leeming Kvam, Christine Lynne Surrette, Brian Joseph Scherer, Pei-Hsin Kuo, Ralf Lenigk, Tyler John Hammond
  • Patent number: 11590489
    Abstract: Sub-millimeter scale three-dimensional (3D) structures are disclosed with customizable chemical properties and/or functionality. The 3D structures are referred to as drop-carrier particles. The drop-carrier particles allow the selective association of one solution (i.e., a dispersed phased) with an interior portion of each of the drop-carrier particles, while a second non-miscible solution (i.e., a continuous phase) associates with an exterior portion of each of the drop-carrier particles due to the specific chemical and/or physical properties of the interior and exterior regions of the drop-carrier particles. The combined drop-carrier particle with the dispersed phase contained therein is referred to as a particle-drop. The selective association results in compartmentalization of the dispersed phase solution into sub-microliter-sized volumes contained in the drop-carrier particles. The compartmentalized volumes can be used for single-molecule assays as well as single-cell, and other single-entity assays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Inventors: Dino Di Carlo, Chueh-Yu Wu
  • Patent number: 11583849
    Abstract: A disposable cartridge for mitigating cross-contamination of fluid sample reagents. The disposable cartridge includes a cartridge body defining a syringe barrel having an barrel port operative to inject and withdraw assay fluids in response to the displacement of a syringe plunger. Furthermore, the disposable cartridge includes a rotor defining a plurality of assay chambers in fluid communication with the barrel port through one of a plurality of rotor ports disposed about the periphery of the rotor. Finally, the disposable cartridge includes a flow control system between the barrel and rotor ports which prevents cross-contamination of fluid sample reagents from one assay chamber to another assay chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Inventors: Nathaniel E. Wescott, Dennis M. Connolly, Richard S. Murante, Mark J. Smith