Patents Examined by Jonathan Hurst
  • Patent number: 9862920
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for conducting the identification and quantification of micro-organisms, e.g., bacteria, in biological samples. More particularly, the invention relates to a system comprising a disposable cartridge and an optics cup or cuvette having a tapered surface; wherein the walls are angled to allow for better coating and better striations of the light. The system may utilize the disposable cartridge in the sample processor and the optics cup or cuvette in the optical analyzer, wherein the optics cup also has a floor in the shape of an inverted arch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventors: Gal Ingber, Martha J. Rogers
  • Patent number: 9815039
    Abstract: Disclosed is a bioreactor, especially a plug flow bioreactor, including an agitator running along a longitudinal axis for thoroughly mixing a dry solid biomass that is to be outgassed in a fermentation chamber. In said bioreactor, an agitator shaft is mounted exclusively in two opposite end walls of the fermentation chamber while at least one free end of the agitator is connected to a drive unit outside the fermentation chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Bernhard Horstmann
    Inventors: Thomas Schlüter, Uwe Heitland
  • Patent number: 9815062
    Abstract: A reaction vessel assembly for use with thermal cyclers is described. The assembly includes a reaction vessel and a casing defining a cavity. In a first configuration, the casing receives the reaction vessel within the cavity, to act as a protective casing for the reaction vessel. In a second configuration, the casing engages with a mouth of the reaction vessel, to close the vessel. In this configuration, the casing may also act as a handle. In preferred embodiments, the reaction vessel is in the form of a capillary tube, and/or may include an integrated collimating lens. Certain embodiments also include an RFID tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Epistem Limited
    Inventor: Ben Cobb
  • Patent number: 9783769
    Abstract: The present invention is a cell cultivating vessel or device, such as a single or multitier flask, including a cover having a top plate, a side wall and a resealable port; an intermediate tray for receiving cells and cell culture media, having a bottom plate, a side wall, and a gap region formed between an interior upwardly angled lip located on an interior portion of the intermediate tray bottom plate and an adjacent outwardly angled side wall portion of the intermediate tray bottom plate, wherein the lip has a outwardly swooping curvilinear edge feature; and a base tray for receiving the cells and cell culture media, including a bottom plate and a side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: EMD Millipore Corporation
    Inventors: Phillip Clark, Kurt Greenizen, Christopher A. Scott, Marc Emerick
  • Patent number: 9776187
    Abstract: An instrument for performing highly accurate PCR employing an assembly, a heated cover, and an internal computer, is provided. The assembly is made up of a sample block, a number of Peltier thermal electric devices, and a heat sink, clamped together. A control algorithm manipulates the current supplied to thermoelectric coolers such that the dynamic thermal performance of a block can be controlled so that pre-defined thermal profiles of sample temperature can be executed. The sample temperature is calculated instead of measured using a design specific model and equations. The control software includes calibration diagnostics which permit variation in the performance of thermoelectric coolers from instrument to instrument to be compensated for such that all instruments perform identically. The block/heat sink assembly can be changed to another of the same or different design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventors: John G. Atwood, Adrian Fawcett, Keith S. Ferrara, Paul M. Hetherington, Richard W. Noreiks, Douglas E. Olsen, John R. Widomski, Charles M. Wittmer
  • Patent number: 9771554
    Abstract: A device for assembling aggregations of adherent cells includes a gripper moveable within an assembly vessel that fixes aggregations of adherent cells at a membrane of the gripper and, by movement of the gripper, assembles aggregations of cells on a separate membrane within the vessel, thereby creating a three-dimensional assembly of aggregations of cells that fuse and can be employed in surgical procedures as a unitary tissue of adherent cells. The aggregations of cells, as assembled, can assume three-dimensional configurations distinct from any one of the component aggregations of cells assembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignees: Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. Morgan, Andrew Blakely, John Murphy, Anubhav Tripathi, William Patterson
  • Patent number: 9744506
    Abstract: A receptacle having a plurality of interconnected chambers arranged to permit multiple process steps or processes to be performed independently or simultaneously. The receptacles are manufactured to separate liquid from dried reagents and to maintain the stability of the dried reagents. An immiscible liquid is included to control loading of process materials, facilitate mixing and reconstitution of dried reagents, limit evaporation, control heating of reaction materials, concentrate solid support materials to prevent clogging of fluid connections, provide minimum volumes for fluid transfers, and to prevent process materials from sticking to chamber surfaces. The receptacles can be adapted for use in systems having a processing instrument that includes an actuator system for selectively moving fluid substances between chambers and a detector. The actuator system can be arranged to concentrate an analyte in a sample. The detector can be used to detect an optical signal emitted by the contents of the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventors: Sara H. Fan, Richard S. Lee
  • Patent number: 9706768
    Abstract: An apparatus, a system, and methods for receiving, perfusing and maintaining and assessing excised donor heart physiological functionality, The system generally comprises an apparatus for receiving and holding an excised heart that is interconnected with: (i) a perfusate-processing system, (ii) a bidirectional perfusate pumping system, (in) flow sensors for monitoring the flow of perfusate to and from an installed heart's aorta, pulmonary artery, pulmonary vein, and vena cava, (iv) an ECG apparatus interconnectable with the installed heart, and (v) probes interconnecting the installed heart with instruments for monitoring the heart's physiogical functionality using load independent indices and load dependent indices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Darren Freed
  • Patent number: 9708576
    Abstract: A culture flask comprising a culture chamber in a flask body comprising an even bottom wall with a growth surface on the top side, an even cover wall at a section from the bottom wall, and side walls that bridge the distance between the margins of the bottom wall and cover wall, an opening that is in adjacent regions of a side wall and the even cover wall at a distance from the bottom wall, and a hollow cylindrical flask neck that is connected to the margin of the opening and is aligned at a sharp angle to the growth surface so that the serological pipette, a scraper, a cannula or another elongated device for adding or removing material can be placed on the rear corners of the growth surface from the outside through the flask neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: EPPENDORF AG
    Inventor: Martin Seippel
  • Patent number: 9700888
    Abstract: Disclosed is a microfluidic cartridge that can perform highly accurate lab quality DNA tests and other amplification based tests at the point of care. The cartridge may have slanted channels that angle downward from the inlet well, where the sample is deposited, to the reaction well, where the sample will flow down to and initiate the reaction. In some examples, the cartridge may be fabricated from specific materials that enhance passive flow through the channels. Additionally, the reaction wells have an access port that allows ventilation to the reaction wells that enhances the flow of the sample from the inlet to the reaction well. The access ports allow convenient access for depositing the reaction mixture into the reaction wells after the cartridge is fabricated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: IPMD INC.
    Inventors: Min Lee, Seok Yong Moon, Matthew Lee, Rimma Ten, Nick Huntington, Nupur Raychaudhuri, Phillip Scott Alexander, Laurence Bianchini
  • Patent number: 9680046
    Abstract: A sensing device able to do concurrent real time detection of different kinds of chemical, biomolecule agents, or biological cells and their respective concentrations using optical principles. The sensing system can be produced at a low cost (below $1.00) and in a small size (˜1 cm3). The novel sensing system may be of great value to many industries, for example, medical, forensics, and military. The fundamental principles of this novel invention may be implemented in many variations and combinations of techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Banpil Photonics, Inc.
    Inventors: Achyut Kumar Dutta, Rabi Sengupta
  • Patent number: 9670450
    Abstract: A cultivation apparatus and a cultivation method of a culture such as a cell or tissue. Provided are an incubator unit for accommodating a culture and a lever that penetrates through the incubator unit and can move in circular arc around a fulcrum as a center, the fulcrum being set at a wall of the incubator unit or in the vicinity thereof, then displacement is imparted to the culture by operating the lever. Bending force can be acted on the culture (cell construct) such as a cell or tissue, so that without any increase or decrease of a culture fluid in the incubator unit, namely, without any increase or decrease of pressure to the culture fluid, displacement required for cultivation can be imparted to the culture in the incubator unit. By curving, continuous compression and extension are generated in a direction of thickness from a concave portion to a convex portion of the curving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Setsuo Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9661843
    Abstract: A method for controlling at least one pump in a perfusion apparatus for delivering a fluid to at least one organ through a plurality of vessels for maintaining the viability of the at least one organ, the method including supplying a fluid to a first vessel of an organ and to a second vessel of an organ; measuring a first parameter of the fluid flowing in the first vessel and a second parameter of the fluid flowing in the second vessel; and executing direct control of the second parameter of the fluid flowing in the second vessel to influence the first parameter of the fluid flowing in the first vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventor: John Brassil
  • Patent number: 9624463
    Abstract: The invention relates to a filtration system for use in a method of determining the presence and/or amount of cells, for example, viable cells, in a liquid sample, and to methods of using and manufacturing such a filtration system. The filtration system includes a cup with an upper portion and a ring portion, where the ring portion is separably coupled to the upper portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Charles River Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Norman R. Wainwright, Dana M. Nutter, Eric Stimpson, Al Fuchs, Thomas Preidel
  • Patent number: 9616423
    Abstract: A microreactor for performing chemical reactions, includes a body, a first chamber and a second chamber, both formed in the body. Interconnections are provided for fluidly coupling the first chamber and the second chamber through the body. The microreactor also includes a venting passage formed in the body and having a venting outlet in the second chamber and at least one venting inlet in the first chamber, at a location where formation of bubbles is expected upon introduction of a liquid in the first chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Michele Palmieri, Gaetano Panvini
  • Patent number: 9618139
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing thermal and magnetic energy to a receptacle containing a reaction mixture and a magnetic retention member. The apparatus can also control heating of a reaction mixture, and bring about a separation of magnetic particles from the reaction mixture. The reaction mixture typically comprises polynucleotides from a biological sample that are being brought into a PCR-ready form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Handylab, Inc.
    Inventor: Kalyan Handique
  • Patent number: 9587215
    Abstract: A coupling device configured to form a sample access assembly is provided. The sample access assembly is configured to house a sample. The coupling device includes a heating component and a separating component. Further, the separating component is configured to separate portions of first and second containers that form first and second compartments of the sample access assembly. Moreover, the heating component is configured to heat at least a portion of the sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ying Mao, Kenneth Roger Conway, Weston Blaine Griffin, Reginald Donovan Smith, Evelina Roxana Loghin, Vandana Keskar, Chengkun Zhang, Zhipeng Zhang
  • Patent number: 9588105
    Abstract: A single- or multi-well chamber assembly comprising nanoparticle exposure chambers with a plurality of wells designed to hold porous membrane inserts, with cell culture media being maintained on the basal (lower) surface to generate the air-liquid interface. The wells may accommodate a variety of sizes of cell culture inserts and may be arranged radially. The chamber assembly comprises an integrated heating-humidifying mechanism so that the internal chamber environment may be heated to 37° C. and maintained at humid conditions to allow for maintenance of cell cultures. The presently disclosed apparatus may be used to investigate the toxicity of airborne nanoparticles to cells or tissue models grown at the air-liquid interface. Aerosolized nanomaterials are drawn into a multi-well chamber assembly and deposited via electrostatic deposition onto cells grown at the air-liquid interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Saber M. Hussain, Christin M. Grabinski, James E. Grabinski
  • Patent number: 9567558
    Abstract: A saccharide-solution production method using a biomass material, including feeding a biomass material containing cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin under a normal pressure to put it under an increased pressure; hydrothermally decomposing the biomass material using pressurized hot water by a hydrothermal decomposition unit; and dissolving a lignin component and a hemicellulose component in the pressurized hot water; thereafter, adding a biomass solid discharged from the hydrothermal decomposition unit to a slurrying vessel containing water injected therein and communicating with the hydrothermal decomposition unit so as to obtain a slurried biomass solid; then, removing water from the slurried biomass solid; and thereafter, performing enzymatic saccharification of the water-removed biomass solid to produce a saccharide solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventors: Hideo Suzuki, Yoshio Kuromi, Yoshitaka Kimura
  • Patent number: 9565853
    Abstract: An apparatus for separating gas bubbles that may be entrained in perfusate flow prevents such bubbles from continuing downstream and entering an organ or tissue. The apparatus may include a chamber having a top wall, a bottom wall and side walls. The chamber may include an inlet configured to allow at least one of gas and liquid to enter the chamber, an air opening configured to allow at least gas to exit the chamber and a first liquid opening configured to allow at least liquid to exit the chamber. The apparatus may function as an accumulator that reduces or eliminates pulsatility of the liquid flow and pressure. The apparatus may include a minimum volume of gas, initially or through the accumulation of gas, such that flow and pressure fluctuations in the liquid are dampened or eliminated. The apparatus may include a sampling port in a wall of the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventors: Christopher P. Steinman, Jeffrey S. Louis, Rick W. Walker, Evan D. Shapiro, Aaron R. Ferber, Rodney H. Monson, John Stark, Ross Lockwood