Patents Examined by Kevin Joyner
  • Patent number: 10704015
    Abstract: The apparatus herein relates to the large-scale production of photosynthetic microorganisms, especially algae. More particularly it relates to control of large size aqueous photosynthetic bioreactor systems to obtain such products from many microbial strains, which have heretofore only been cultured in laboratory environments in small containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Georgiy V. Vozhdayev
  • Patent number: 10688209
    Abstract: A system includes a radiation containment chamber, an isolator connected to the radiation containment chamber, a rotating transfer door positioned between the radiation containment chamber and the isolator, and an antimicrobial vapor generator connected to the isolator. The rotating transfer door includes a cavity for receiving a radionuclide generator column assembly, and is rotatable between a first position, in which the cavity is open to the radiation containment chamber, and a second position, in which the cavity is open to the isolator. The transfer door is adapted to rotate while antimicrobial vapor is introduced into the isolator by the antimicrobial vapor generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Curium US LLC
    Inventors: John Schmitz, Michael J. D'Hooge, Andrew M. Schadt, Gregory Bengard, Sumit Verma, Kevin B. Graves, Bryan S. Petrofsky
  • Patent number: 10682203
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods are disclosed for the cleaning of an endotracheal tube while a patient is being supported by a ventilator connected to the endotracheal tube for the purpose of increasing the available space for airflow or to prevent the build up of materials that may constrict airflow or be a potential nidus for infection. In one embodiment, a mechanically-actuated endotracheal tube cleaning device is configured to removably receive a visualization member to provide cleaning of the endotracheal tube under direct visualization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Endoclear LLC
    Inventor: Brad Eugene Vazales
  • Patent number: 10676776
    Abstract: A testing method is disclosed. The testing method includes: providing a mixture solution of a gelling agent and a microbe to a gelling device; solidifying the mixture solution to form a solid thin film in which the microbe is immobilized; supplying a bioactive agent to the solid thin film and allowing the bioactive agent to diffuse into the solid thin film; and imaging the individual responses of the single microbial cells to the bioactive agent, and determining the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of the bioactive agent based on the analysis of the images to obtain AST results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventors: Sunghoon Kwon, Yong-Gyun Jung, Jung Il Choi, Hun Jong Na
  • Patent number: 10676774
    Abstract: A method for determining the bacterial charge in a liquid or semi-liquid product, including: preparing a quantity of liquid or semi-liquid product to be analyzed; keeping that quantity of liquid or semi-liquid product at a preset measuring temperature (Tm) and deriving values (?) representing an angle of electrical impedance of the liquid or semi-liquid product at predetermined time instants; deriving an indication of the presence of a bacterial charge in the liquid or semi-liquid product as a function of the time trend of the values (?) representing the angle of the electrical impedance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventors: Andrea Cocchi, Roberto Lazzarini
  • Patent number: 10676707
    Abstract: A culture system comprises: a preparatory culture vessel and a main culture vessel that accommodate cells and a solution; a main stage that holds the preparatory culture vessel and the main culture vessel; a connecting tube that connects the culture vessels; a valve that opens and closes the connecting tube; and a rotating mechanism that rotates the main stage and imparts a height difference between the culture vessels to transfer the cells and solution by dropping between the culture vessels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Universal Bio Research Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideji Tajima
  • Patent number: 10675368
    Abstract: According to one implementation an assembly is provided that includes an end emitting optical that is configured to end emit bacterial disinfecting light. A portion of the length of the end emitting optical fiber resides in a lumen of a body. The body has an internal disinfecting target area. The end emitted bacterial disinfecting light is configured to impinge on one or more surfaces disposed on or in the body, the one or more surfaces being configured to alter the trajectory of the bacterial disinfecting light so that the bacterial disinfecting light is directed toward the disinfecting target area via a designated disinfecting light pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: INIKOA MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventor: Brett M. Zaborsky
  • Patent number: 10668180
    Abstract: A sterilizing cabinet performs a method of processing a medical device, such as a used medical device or an otherwise non-sterile medical device. The method includes receiving input from a user selecting a sterilization cycle from a plurality of available sterilization cycles. The sterilizing cabinet identifies a biological indicator associated with the selected sterilization cycle. The sterilizing cabinet prompts the user via a touch screen display to place the medical device and the biological indicator into a sterilization chamber of a sterilizing cabinet. The sterilizing cabinet performs load conditioning on the medical device in the sterilization chamber. The sterilizing cabinet then performs the selected sterilization cycle on the medical device in the sterilization chamber after completing the act of load conditioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventors: Brian J. Thompson, Jacob S. Childs, Chunhui Xie, Marco A. Mangiaterra, Darius D. Eghbal, Margaret D. Shaffer, Jeremy M. Yarwood, Benjamin M. Fryer
  • Patent number: 10653855
    Abstract: A respiratory assistance apparatus (4) is provided, adapted to deliver gases to a user or patient (1). The apparatus (4) comprises a housing (10) provided with a chamber (5) and a heater (25), the chamber (5) comprising at least one gas port (15) connected to, or arranged to be connected to, at least one intermediate passageway (12). The apparatus (4) is operative according to a disinfection mode of predetermined profile in which the heater (25) heats liquid in the chamber (5) to produce vapour at or above a target dewpoint temperature and/or humidity level. The apparatus (4) is arranged such that the vapour is delivered to the intermediate passageway (12) to disinfect the intermediate passageway (12) with moist heat throughout a predetermined duration of the disinfection mode. Associated attachments and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Dean Antony Barker, Russel William Burgess, Peter Geoffrey Hawkins
  • Patent number: 10655095
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for reducing cost and space requirements and increasing ease of cleaning/harvesting of algae scrubbers and seaweed cultivators by utilizing illumination domes, macroalgal settlement structures, reservoirs including overflowing and pole mount, repositionable water outlet structures, 3D printed macroalgal attachment materials, and submersible macroalgal illumination devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Bryan Harold Farrish
  • Patent number: 10647181
    Abstract: A predictive scent control system and method thereof for dispersing a scent into a passenger compartment of an automotive based upon a feedback system having a decision unit and a set of predefined users' settings. Dispersion of scent or fragrance into the passenger compartment may be based upon prediction user behavioural profile. User behavioural profile may include an average based upon timing of access to vehicle, an average based upon frequency of selection of predefined user settings, and an ambience of the passenger compartment. In another embodiment, the predictive scent control system may be configurable to disperse a pungent scent in the event of unauthorised access to the vehicle. The predictive control system is applicable to vehicles for multiple users or car-sharing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Brian Sunil Nicholas Fernandes, Thomas Johann Jablonski
  • Patent number: 10646611
    Abstract: Methods for contacting removing an odorous or noxious component from a gas stream using a scrubbing solution containing a biocide in a gas/liquid contactor are described. The biocide is used to avoid or prevent or minimize or control biological growth and fouling, particularly in the gas/liquid contactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: Stephen R. Temple
  • Patent number: 10646605
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to a method and apparatus for self-sterilizing a surface or other portion of the apparatus and/or sterilizing other objects. Embodiments can utilize self-generated and/or remotely controlled plasma fields for the purpose of self-sterilization and/or sterilization of another object. Embodiments of the invention can have broad applications in procedures and equipment requiring the sterility of devices used for medical procedures, decontamination procedures, drug delivery, sterility of consumer products, and sterility of food preparation equipment and tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Subrata Roy, Karl Zawoy
  • Patent number: 10646874
    Abstract: Instrument for performing a diagnostic test on a fluidic cartridge A cartridge reader is for carrying out a diagnostic test on a sample contained in a fluidic cartridge inserted into the reader. The fluidic cartridge comprises a fluidic layer comprising at least one sample processing region, at least one collapsible blister containing a liquid reagent, a pneumatic interface, an electrical interface and at least one mechanical valve. The reader comprises a housing; an upper clamp occupying a fixed position relative to the reader, and a lower clamp, movable relative to the first clamp, wherein the upper clamp and the lower clamp define a cartridge receiving region therebetween. The reader comprises a thermal module comprised in the lower clamp, wherein the thermal module comprises at least one thermal stack for heating the at least one sample processing region of the cartridge inserted into the reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Binx Health Limited
    Inventors: Ben Arlett, Tom Edwards
  • Patent number: 10641761
    Abstract: A method of assaying metastasis can include: providing a device of one of the embodiments; introducing the at least one cancer cell into the at least one internal chamber or at least one fluid channel; and studying metastasis of the at least one cancer cell. Optionally: introducing cancer cells into a first internal chamber; detecting escape of the cancer cell from the first internal chamber into the fluid channel; detecting migration of the cancer cell through the fluid channel; detecting adhesion of the cancer cell to a coating on the fluid channel; detecting invasion of the cancer cell into a second internal chamber from the fluid channel; or visualizing metastasis of the cancer cell with a visualization device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: CFD Research Corporation
    Inventors: Balabhaskar Prabhakarpandian, Kapil Pant
  • Patent number: 10639122
    Abstract: A medical tool kit is provided for packaging, storing, and transporting medical instruments and tools of various types. The medical tool kit is capable of providing continuing sterilization to the medical instruments and tools kept inside the medical tool kit after the tool case is opened during its normal use in a medical procedure. The medical tool kit is further capable of emitting a GPS tracking signal to identify the location of an opened medical tool kit during an emergency as well as creating hands free communication between the user of the medical tool kit and local emergency institutions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: ZOLL Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Gerstner, Robert Gerstner
  • Patent number: 10625232
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for treating nanofibrillar cellulose hydrogel, wherein the method comprises the steps of: providing a nanofibrillar cellulose hydrogel; and subjecting the nanofibrillar cellulose hydrogel to heat treatment, wherein the heat treatment comprises keeping the nanofibrillar cellulose hydrogel at a temperature of at least 130° C. for at least 0.5 seconds, for reducing the number of viable micro-organisms in the nanofibrillar cellulose hydrogel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventors: Antti Laukkanen, Esa Laurinsilta
  • Patent number: 10625175
    Abstract: Generally, an extraction system useful in separating an extract from a matrix using one or more extractants. Specifically, an extractor including one or more of: an extraction vessel having an extractor vessel internal surface which defines an extraction chamber which communicates between open extraction vessel first and second ends, a first piston configured to sealably engage the extractor vessel internal surface of the extraction vessel first end or a second piston adapted to sealably engage the extractor vessel internal surface of the extraction vessel second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Kiinja Corporation
    Inventor: Gregory A. Jackson
  • Patent number: 10619128
    Abstract: A container (1) has a flexible wall (2) and at least one emptying tube (4, 4?, 4?) that projects through a wall aperture (7) into the container interior (3) surrounded by the flexible wall (2). The free end (12) of the emptying tube has an emptying opening (13) that can be set in position vertically to different emptying heights (14). The container (1) is distinguished in that an adapter piece (8), in which the emptying tube (4, 4?, 4?) is held in a longitudinally displaceable manner, is arranged in the wall aperture and in that a portion of the emptying tube (4, 4?, 4?) is surrounded by a flexible sheath (5) that is connected at a first end (11) to the emptying tube (4, 4?, 4?) and at its second end (10), which is remote from the first end (11), to the wall (2) or the adapter piece (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventors: Bernward Husemann, Gerhard Greller, Wolfgang Kahlert, Heinz-Ruediger Keitel, Davy de Wilde
  • Patent number: 10617775
    Abstract: A lighting device configured to deactivate MRSA bacteria in air in an environment, including a housing; a light-emitting diode (LED) configured to emit light having a wavelength of about 470 nm; a light converting phosphor coating; wherein a first component of the light emitted by the LED travels through the light converting phosphor coating without alteration, and a second component of light emitted by the LED is converted by the converting phosphor coating into light having a wavelength of greater than 500 nm; wherein the first component of the light has a minimum integrated irradiance of 0.01 mW/cm2; wherein the first component of the light emitted by the LED and the second component of light emitted by the LED mix to form a combined light, with the combined light being visible light; and means for directing the combined visible light to the air in the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventors: James W. Hawkins, Nathan D. Heiking, Patrick J. Marry