Patents Examined by Robert Eom
  • Patent number: 10107827
    Abstract: A biomedical sensor and sensor system for analysis of breath are disclosed. The biomedical sensor can include two layers arranged to swell or contract in a plane perpendicular to an axial direction while being restricted from swelling in the axial direction. The biomedical sensor includes resistance connections to allow measurement of the resistance of each layer and a combined resistance of both layers. The sensor system can include one, two, or three or more sensors, each having a pair of electrodes separated by a gap and one or more layers of composite material located within the gap. the sensor system includes resistance circuits configured to measure changes in resistance between the electrodes. A polypyrrole/polymethyl methacrylate/polyethylene glycol composite material and method of making the same are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Indiana University Research & Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Mangilal Agarwal, Khodadad Varahramyan, Sudhir Shrestha, Ali Daneshkhah
  • Patent number: 10071376
    Abstract: The technology described herein generally relates to systems for extracting polynucleotides from multiple samples, particularly from biological samples, and additionally to systems that subsequently amplify and detect the extracted polynucleotides. The technology more particularly relates to microfluidic systems that carry out PCR on multiple samples of nucleotides of interest within microfluidic channels, and detect those nucleotides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: HANDYLAB, INC.
    Inventors: Jeff Williams, Kerry Wilson, Kalyan Handique
  • Patent number: 10067075
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a biosensor (1) which enables the concentration of a desired molecule inside a liquid in the medium, and essentially comprises at least one metallic plate (2) which functions as a ground plate, and which is preferably manufactured from aluminum, at least one dielectric substrate (3) which is located on top of the metallic plate (2), at least one split-ring resonator (4) which is realized on top of the dielectric substrate (3), and which is coated with a dielectric layer, at least two symmetrical antennas (5) which are realized on the same plane with the split-ring resonator (4) on the substrate (3), at least two ports (6) where a network analyzer is connected with the antennas (5) via SMA (SubMiniature Version A) connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: BOGAZICI UNIVERSITESI
    Inventors: Hamdi Torun, Arda Deniz Yalcinkaya, Gunhan Dundar
  • Patent number: 10058866
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to mitigate bubble formation in a liquid are disclosed. An example apparatus disclosed herein includes a bottom wall, a first baffle cantilevered from the bottom wall, and a second baffle cantilevered from the bottom wall. The first baffle is spaced apart from the second baffle, and the first baffle and the second baffle are positioned radially relative to an axis of rotation of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Robert Paul Luoma, II, Brian Ochranek, Cheryl L. Davidson, Bradley Weston
  • Patent number: 10016315
    Abstract: Described herein are a wearable apparatus and methods for detecting the presence of a targeted substance in a liquid. For example, the wearable apparatus can be a fingernail that detects illicit drugs in a beverage. The wearable apparatus comprises a detection layer comprising an indicator that is configured to display a signal upon the detection of an interaction with the targeted substance. In some examples, the wearable apparatus can include a lateral flow assay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Undercover Colors, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicolas Letourneau, Aly Khalifa, Michael Gorczynski, Catherina Gomes, Ronald Smith, Sarah Paluskiewicz, Stephen Gray, Tyler Confrey-Maloney
  • Patent number: 10006893
    Abstract: Provided are a method of detecting a grain boundary of graphene and a device using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Hanwha Techwin Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eunkyu Lee, Jonghyuk Yoon
  • Patent number: 9999886
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to methods and systems for on demand droplet generation and impedance based detection. The microfluidic system can utilize an electrical sensor for detecting an electrical property of a fluid and for generating an electrical signal indicating a change in the electrical property of the fluid; a droplet generator coupled to the electrical sensor configured to generate the droplet from the fluid in response to the electrical signal from the electrical sensor; and a microfluidic channel coupled to the droplet generator for receiving the droplet. The method for generating droplets involves measuring an electrical property of the fluid, transmitting an electrical signal indicative of the electrical property, and forming the droplets from the fluid based on the electrical signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Javier L. Prieto, Robert Lin, Abraham Phillip Lee, Jeffrey S. Fisher
  • Patent number: 9983199
    Abstract: The following invention relates to a device for visual detection of hemolysis in a whole blood sample from a pierceable container, said device comprising at least one visible detection compartment and a transfer passage connected to said visible detection compartment, said device further comprising means for passing through the container to the interior of said container for accessing the whole blood and permitting transfer of a volume of plasma from said sample to said detection compartment via said transfer passage, wherein said device further is arranged with a separation device for separating plasma from blood cells within said whole blood sample before said plasma reaches the detection compartment, said device further being arranged with means providing a capillary action for generating a capillary force urging said volume of plasma to be transferred through the separation device to said detection compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Hemcheck Sweden Aktiebolag
    Inventor: Mathias Karlsson
  • Patent number: 9970984
    Abstract: In one implementation, a method for operating an apparatus is described. The method includes applying a bias voltage to place a transistor of a reference sensor in a known state. The reference sensor is in an array of sensors that further includes a chemical sensor coupled to a reaction region for receiving at least one reactant. The method further includes acquiring an output signal from the reference sensor in response to the applied bias voltage. The method further includes determining a defect associated with the array if the output signal does not correspond to the known state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Life Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Mark Beauchemin
  • Patent number: 9915598
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to compositions comprising a hydrogel particle with optical properties substantially similar to the optical properties of a target cell, and methods for their use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: SLINGSHOT BIOSCIENCES
    Inventors: Jeffrey Kim, Oliver Liu, Jeremy Agresti, Anh Tuan Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9903829
    Abstract: Electrodes (A, B) are provided in at least one of plate-like members corresponding to an inner side direction of supply path from an opening of supply path. Electrode (C) of a biological sample is provided in the inner side direction from electrodes (A, B) Reagent part is provided so as to cover electrodes (A, B) and electrode (C). Inflow restricting hole of a sample liquid is provided in at least one of plate-like members corresponding to the portions on both sides of supply path closer to the opening side than the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC HEALTHCARE HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hirofumi Ezaki, Mamiko Ochi, Akihisa Higashihara, Eriko Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 9897569
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a first field effect transistor that includes a first gate electrode, a first drain electrode, and a first source electrode; a second field effect transistor that includes a second gate electrode, a second drain electrode, and a second source electrode, the first and second gate electrodes being at least one of electrically connected or integral, and the first and second source electrodes being at least one of electrically connected or integral; an input electrode electrically connected to the first and second gate electrodes; and an output electrode electrically connected to the first and second source electrodes. The first field effect transistor also includes a first semiconductor material. The second field effect transistor further also incudes a second semiconductor material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Howard Edan Katz, Patrick N. Breysse, Bal Mukund Dhar, Noah Jonathan Tremblay
  • Patent number: 9873939
    Abstract: A microfluidic device for use with a microfluidic delivery system, such as an organic vapor jet printing device, includes a glass layer that is directly bonded to a microfabricated die and a metal plate via a double anodic bond. The double anodic bond is formed by forming a first anodic bond at an interface of the microfabricated die and the glass layer, and forming a second anodic bond at an interface of the metal plate and the glass layer, where the second anodic bond is formed using a voltage that is lower than the voltage used to form the first anodic bond. The second anodic bond is formed with the polarity of the voltage reversed with respect to the glass layer and the formation of the first anodic bond. The metal plate includes attachment features that allow removal of the microfluidic device from a fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignees: The Regents of the University of Michigan, Universal Display Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen Forrest, Gregory McGraw, Siddharth Harikrishna Mohan, Diane Peters
  • Patent number: 9869657
    Abstract: A sol-gel deposition technique that forms ion sensitive layers is compatible with CMOS fabrication methods and is applied to build sensors of concentrations of solutions of selected target ions. The ion sensitive sensor may be formed on an exposed portion of a signal trace of a printed circuit board. Additionally, the ion sensitive layer may be formed within an ion sensitive field effect transistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Elemental Sensor LLC
    Inventors: Oliver King-Smith, Eric Kerstan Hoobler
  • Patent number: 9861909
    Abstract: Provided herein are improved solid phase micro-extraction (SPME) devices, systems comprising such devices, and methods of use and manufacture thereof. In particular, SPME devices provided herein are configured to prevent damage (e.g., to the device and/or to a system in which they are employed) incurred, for example, through user error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Smiths Detections Inc.
    Inventors: David D. Manning, Kenneth C. Schreiber, Kenneth J. Fredeen, George E. Riehm, Greg Weaver, John R. Laverack
  • Patent number: 9863863
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sensor apparatus (100) and a method for detecting clusters with magnetic particles in a sample. The sample is provided in at least one sample chamber (114) of a substantially planar cartridge (110) that is exposed to a modulated magnetic field (Bxz, Byz) generated by a magnetic field generator (190). The sample chamber (114) is illuminated with excitation light (L0), and the resulting output light (Ls) is detected by a light detector (180). The magnetic field (Bxz, Byz) may particularly rotate, inducing a corresponding rotation of clusters which in turn induces a variation of the detection signal (S). According to a preferred embodiment, excitation light (L0) is focused onto blocking spots (173) behind the sample chamber (114), thus shielding the light detector (180) from direct illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Johannes Joseph Hubertina Barbara Schleipen, Menno Willem Jose Prins, Andrea Ranzoni
  • Patent number: 9861978
    Abstract: A mechanically-actuated vacuum-controlled fluid collection system includes a mechanically-actuated vacuum controller (MAVC) to draw fluid into a chamber through the opening to the chamber. The system may include a releasable seal to seal the opening, and the MAVC may include a spring-loaded plunger to create a vacuum within the chamber when sealed. The system includes multiple fluid chambers, and may further include a single actuator or multiple corresponding actuators. The system may be configured to add a pre-loadable reagent to fluid drawn into the one or more chambers, and may be configured to add the reagent in proportion to a volume of the fluid. The system may be controllable to release collected fluid to another device, such as for assay and/or transport. The system may be configured to draw a liquid biological sample such as urine, and may include a fluid interface to draw fluid from a biological sample container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: BOSTON MICROFLUIDICS, INC.
    Inventors: Brandon T. Johnson, Kate E. Christian, Glenn H. Verner
  • Patent number: 9841411
    Abstract: An ammonia gas sensor based on a squaric acid derivative includes an interdigital electrode and a coating material. The coating material is a squaric acid derivative of formula I, and said coating material is coated on said interdigital electrode through a vacuum coating process, and a thickness of said coating material is 100-200 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: SOOCHOW UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Jianmei Lu, Jinghui He
  • Patent number: 9835576
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a biosensor having a microbeam linked to a support, at least one electrode a biological molecule A grafted onto the microbeam in a different zone from the zone where the electrode is embedded, and a mechanoelectrical transducer for converting variations of the mechanical properties of the microbeam into an electrical signal, when the biological molecule A is placed in contact with a biological molecule B to be detected and/or quantified. The method includes: formation of an electrode on fluoropolymer material sheet, passivation of the electrode(s), creation of the form of the biosensor in the sheet of polymer material and separation of this form from the sheet, functionalization either of a prefunctionalized zone or of a zone of the microbeam, this zone being different from the zone wherein the electrode is embedded, and grafting of a biological molecule A onto the functionalized zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Commissariat A L'Energie Atomique Et Aux Energies Alternatives
    Inventors: Jérôme Polesel Maris, Thomas Berthelot
  • Patent number: 9823218
    Abstract: Integrated circuit (100) comprising a semiconductor substrate (110); an insulating layer (120) over said substrate; an first transistor (140) on said insulating layer, said first transistor comprising an exposed channel region (146) in between a source region (142a, 142b) and a drain region (144); and a voltage waveform generator (150) conductively coupled to the semiconductor substrate for providing the first transistor with a bias voltage during a signal acquisition period, wherein the voltage waveform generator is arranged to generate an alternating bias voltage waveform (300) comprising a periodically increasing amplitude. A sensing apparatus including such an integrated circuit and a sensing method using such an integrated circuit are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Johan Hendrik Klootwijk, Marleen Mescher, Manuel Eduardo Alarcon-Rivero, Nico Maris Adriaan De Wild