Patents Examined by Jyoti Nagpaul
  • Patent number: 10996145
    Abstract: An apparatus (100) for processing a biological sample (101). The biological sample being arranged on a first planar surface (102) of a carrier (103). The apparatus comprises a second planar surface (104) arranged substantially parallel to said first planar surface and at a first distance from said first planar surface, said first planar surface and said second planar surface are arranged at an angle (A) greater than zero degree from the horizontal plane (HP); supply mean (126, 131, 220) for supplying an amount (105) of a liquid that is to be applied to said biological sample. The first planar surface and said second planar surface are configured to be arranged at a second distance from each other, said second distance being such that said supplied amount of liquid is distributed over said biological sample when said first planar surface and said second planar surface are brought to said second distance from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Tim Svenstrup Poulsen, Steen Hauge Matthiesen
  • Patent number: 10983034
    Abstract: A method and system for processing a sample in a fluid is provided. An assembly comprising a cap prefilled with a fixative solution, a valve, and a container for storing a tissue sample are provided. The valve is adapted to be situated between the cap and the container such that fluid can flow from the cap into the container when the assembly is upright, but the fluid cannot backflow from the container to the cap when the assembly is horizontal or inverted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Crum, Michael Otter
  • Patent number: 10976275
    Abstract: Provided is a method for determining effective porosity of high clay-bearing rock core, comprising: acquiring a saturated sample NMR T2 spectrum of a high clay-bearing rock core sample, which is measured when temperature of saturated aqueous solution reaches a preset temperature after rock core sample saturated with water being immersed into the saturated aqueous solution and placed and heated in constant temperature and humidity environment; determining a nuclear magnetic total porosity of rock core sample according to the saturated sample NMR T2 spectrum; acquiring permeability and NMR T2 spectrum of the rock core sample placed in the constant temperature and humidity environment and dried until different time; generating cross-plot of permeability and nuclear magnetic porosity; determining first porosity and second porosity; and determining an effective porosity of the h rock core based on the first porosity, the second porosity, and the nuclear magnetic total porosity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: PetroChina Company Limited
    Inventors: Lichun Kuang, Dongming Zhi, Yong Song, Zhongchun Sun, Zhenlin Wang, Wei Wang, Rui Mao, Ni Zhang, Zhijun Qin, Qiusheng Chang, Haiming Wang
  • Patent number: 10976328
    Abstract: There is provided a storage apparatus including a storage case which stores a specimen container accommodating a specimen inside and having a wireless tag recorded with identification information on a side surface, and an antenna surrounding the periphery of the specimen container stored in the storage case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Jun Yaginuma
  • Patent number: 10976333
    Abstract: An automatic analysis device has a plurality of types of photometers having different quantitative ranges, and an analysis control unit for quantifying the desired component in specimens based on measurement values of one or more photometers selected from among the plurality of types of photometers. The analysis control unit: sets a switching region in an overlap region of respective quantitative ranges of the plurality of types of photometers, said switching region having a greater width than does the variation in quantitative values of the desired component based on the measurement values of photometers having the same specimen; compares the quantitative value of a quantitative range portion that corresponds to the switching region and the quantitative values of the desired component based on the measurement values of the photometers; and selects a photometer to be used in quantitative output of the desired component from among the plurality of types of photometers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI HIGH-TECH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuto Kazama, Masahiko Iijima, Sakuichiro Adachi
  • Patent number: 10967378
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sample collection kit (100) for collecting plant samples, in particular algae samples for biomedical applications, which sample collection kit comprises at least one sample container for holding plant samples, a plurality of sensors, by means of which sample data can be captured, a data-recording apparatus for recording the sample data, an arrangement of tools, which has collection tools designed for harvesting the plant samples and processing tools designed for processing the plant samples, an arrangement of devices, which has auxiliary devices that can be used in the collection, transport, and processing of the plant samples, a container apparatus (70), which is designed to hold the arrangement of tools and the arrangement of devices in isolation from the environment, and identification markings (80), which contain identification data and are applied to the at least one sample container (70) to the collection tools, and to the processing tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e. V.
    Inventor: Heiko Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 10960395
    Abstract: A portable liquid measuring and filtering device includes a measuring channel, at least one sensor, at least one actuating device and a filtering element. The measuring channel is used for allowing a target liquid to flow therethrough. The at least one sensor is disposed within the measuring channel for measuring the target liquid. The at least one actuating device is in communication with the measuring channel for transferring the target liquid. The filtering element is disposed within the measuring channel and arranged adjacent to the at least one actuating device for filtering the target liquid. If a measuring result of the sensor indicates that a monitored value of the target liquid is abnormal, the actuating device is enabled to transfer the target liquid. Consequently, the target liquid is filtered by the filtering element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: MICROJET TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hao-Jan Mou, Ta-Wei Hsueh, Shih-Chang Chen, Li-Pang Mo, Ching-Sung Lin, Yung-Lung Han, Chi-Feng Huang, Wei-Ming Lee
  • Patent number: 10948506
    Abstract: A digital slide scanning apparatus slide rack carousel allows continuous loading and unloading of slide racks into the carousel while the digital slide scanning apparatus is simultaneously digitizing glass slides. The slide rack carousel includes a base having an interior portion of its upper surface at an angle. The slide rack carousel also includes plural rack spacers extending upward from the base and adjacent rack spacers define a rack slot. Each rack spacer also includes a rack stopper on each side such that adjacent rack spacers have rack stoppers facing each other. The rack stoppers prevent a slide rack from moving further toward the center of the carousel than desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: LEICA BIOSYSTEMS IMAGING, INC.
    Inventors: Nicholas Newberg, Prentash Djelosevic
  • Patent number: 10940480
    Abstract: A flow cell for a dissolution test apparatus, Includes a cell mount, a filter head, a cylindrical cell casing connected with the cell mount and with the filter head via threads provided on respective ends of the cylindrical cell casing, and a sample cell received in the cell casing and co figured for receiving a sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: ERWEKA GmbH
    Inventors: Werner G. Müller, Levent Bozkurt
  • Patent number: 10921335
    Abstract: A digital slide scanning apparatus includes a safety light curtain that operates to disable the motor that rotates the carousel when the presence of an object (e.g., the fingers of an operator) is detected within a predetermined area of the carousel. The light curtain also operates to disable the motor that rotates the carousel when an improperly positioned glass slide or slide rack is detected. The digital slide scanning apparatus also includes a multi-color status indicator for each rack slot that indicates the rack slot location of an improperly positioned glass slide or slide rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: LEICA BIOSYSTEMS IMAGING, INC.
    Inventor: Nicholas Newberg
  • Patent number: 10907123
    Abstract: A valve includes a body including an inner bore extending between a first port and a second port, a seat, and one or more restrainers and a disk that is moveable between the seat and the one or more restrainers such that a first pressure that is less than 1 pascal and applied in a first direction causes the disk to move from a first position towards a second position to permit fluid communication between the first port and the second port. A metamaterial scaffold including a structure defining a lumen, at least a portion of an outer or non-lumen surface of the structure is coated with a plurality of biological cells, and wherein the structure is composed of a metamaterial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: TRUSTEES OF BOSTON UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Christos Michas, Anant Chopra, Alice Elizabeth White, Christopher S Chen
  • Patent number: 10906039
    Abstract: A fluid control and processing system for controlling fluid flow among a plurality of chambers comprises a body including a fluid processing region continuously coupled fluidicly with a fluid displacement region. The fluid displacement region is depressurizable to draw fluid into the fluid displacement region and pressurizable to expel fluid from the fluid displacement region. The body includes at least one external port. The fluid processing region is fluidicly coupled with the at least one external port. The fluid displacement region is fluidicly coupled with at least one external port of the body. The body is adjustable with respect to the plurality of chambers to place the at least one external port selectively in fluidic communication with the plurality of chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Cepheid
    Inventors: Douglas B. Dority, Ronald Chang
  • Patent number: 10900903
    Abstract: A protein structure analysis method includes receiving a fluorescence emission spectrum generated by a protein sample at a first excitation wavelength, evaluating, from the fluorescence emission spectrum, an indication characteristic of a fluorescence response of the protein sample at the first excitation wavelength, and repeating the receiving and evaluating steps in relation to a plurality of fluorescence emission spectra generated by the protein sample at a different excitation wavelength to the first excitation wavelength. In addition, the method includes generating a non-linear relationship between excitation wavelength and indication characteristic of fluorescence response of the protein sample that includes an indication of at least one characteristic of the conformational state of the protein sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF BATH
    Inventor: Christopher Roland Pudney
  • Patent number: 10900874
    Abstract: Devices and methods for labeling and mounting suspended cells in a controllable area are disclosed. The devices and methods utilize polycarbonate filters. The filters are employed both to capture the cells and as a substrate for labeling. This disclosure provides a device for cell capture and staining. This device utilizes a stack comprising a filter sandwiched between two o-rings (an “OFO stack”) in which the o-rings both seat the device and, based on their outer diameter and cross-section, determine the cell capture area. In one embodiment, an alignment plate is affixed to an output head of the device, the alignment plate having one or more through holes, a diameter of the one or more through holes matching an outer diameter of the OFO stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO, A BODY CORPORATE
    Inventors: Gregory Futia, Emily A. Gibson, Kian Behbakht
  • Patent number: 10894939
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein relate to an apparatus for positioning and securing an excised biological tissue specimen for imaging and analysis. In some embodiments, an apparatus includes a sample bag defining an inner volume configured to receive a biological tissue sample, and a sealing member coupled to the sample bag. An imaging window is disposed and configured to be placed in contact with at least a portion of the biological tissue sample, and a positioning member is coupled to the imaging window and is configured to be disposed against the sealing member to substantially seal the inner volume. The positioning member includes a vacuum port disposed and configured to be aligned with a vacuum source to withdraw air from the inner volume of the sample bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: PERIMETER MEDICAL IMAGING, INC.
    Inventors: Chao Fan, Elizabeth A. Munro, David Rempel, James Jackson
  • Patent number: 10888865
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides devices, methods and kits for collecting a sample of a subject for nucleic acid amplification. The device may comprise: a collection vessel that can include reagents necessary for nucleic acid amplification, wherein the collection vessel may be adapted to accept at least one swab containing a sample; a cap integrated with the collection vessel and having a channel extending therethrough to permit the at least one swab to be deposited in the collection vessel, wherein the channel is closable upon rotation of the cap; and at least one cutting member that severs a longitudinal portion of a stem of the swab extending through said channel upon rotation of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Coyote Bioscience Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiang Li, Xiaobing Mu, Huiying Feng
  • Patent number: 10885766
    Abstract: A method for using a meter and a meter (10) adapted to determine an analyte concentration reading, the meter comprising a display (12) adapted to display information to a user of the meter, the display including information directed to a post-meal test-time alarm (22?) that is adapted to remind the user to obtain a post-meal analyte concentration reading, and at least one user input mechanism (15) adapted to allow the user to activate the post-meal test-time alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Ascensia Diabetes Care Holdings AG
    Inventors: Barry D. Power, Jeffrey A. Culver
  • Patent number: 10882043
    Abstract: In a urine sampling container 1, a retaining mechanism 15 is provided on opening end sides of a urine collection tube 3 and a cover tube 4 to prevent the cover tube 4 from being removed from the urine collection tube 3 in a state in which the urine collection tube 3 is inserted to and fitted in the cover tube 4, so as to keep the urine collection tube 3 and a storage tube 2 securely coupled with each other at the time of urine collection and to allow the storage tube 2 to be easily removed from the urine collection tube 3 at the time of examination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Atleta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Ugawa, Ichiro Morimoto, Satoshi Miyatake
  • Patent number: 10877054
    Abstract: A specimen slide for holding tissue specimens, and a method of loading tissue specimens on the specimen slide are described. The specimen slide can be printed with control and patient information corresponding to respective control and patient tissue specimens mounted on the specimen slide. The control and patient information can be printed at different times. The control information may be printed before loading the control tissue specimen on the specimen slide, and the patient information can be printed after loading the control tissue specimen on the specimen slide. The control and patient information may be encoded in a first barcode and a second barcode, respectively. The barcodes can have different configurations, such as different barcode types or different orientations. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Sakura Finetek U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventor: Erico Von Bueren
  • Patent number: 10871499
    Abstract: A reagent cartridge includes a drug solution storage section which has a first window section and a drug solution chamber, a case section which holds the drug solution storage section movably in the negative Z-axis direction and has a second window section and a nozzle section, a spring which biases the drug solution storage section, and a discharge mechanism for discharging a predetermined amount of the drug solution from the nozzle section by the moving motion of the drug solution storage section within a predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Taro Aoki