Patents by Inventor Gene Parunak

Gene Parunak has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10443088
    Abstract: Methods and systems for processing polynucleotides (e.g., DNA) are disclosed. A processing region includes one or more surfaces (e.g., particle surfaces) modified with ligands that retain polynucleotides under a first set of conditions (e.g., temperature and pH) and release the polynucleotides under a second set of conditions (e.g., higher temperature and/or more basic pH). The processing region can be used to, for example, concentrate polynucleotides of a sample and/or separate inhibitors of amplification reactions from the polynucleotides. Microfluidic devices with a processing region are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: HandyLab, Inc.
    Inventors: Betty Wu, John S. Althaus, Nikhil Phadke, Sundaresh N. Brahmasandra, Kalyan Handique, Aaron Kehrer, Gene Parunak, Cecelia Haley, Ted Springer
  • Publication number: 20190265227
    Abstract: A bead mill and an associated bead-mill-based machine for testing mechanical fragility of red blood cells, employing a cartridge configured to contain a sample while cells get stressed via bead oscillation and, in the case of the fragility testing machine, also while lysis levels get detected, for presentation of fragility information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Inventors: Kenneth Alfano, Michael Tarasev, Steven Meines, Terrance Boyd, Aaron Kehrer, Gene Parunak
  • Patent number: 10364456
    Abstract: Methods and systems for processing polynucleotides (e.g., DNA) are disclosed. A processing region includes one or more surfaces (e.g., particle surfaces) modified with ligands that retain polynucleotides under a first set of conditions (e.g., temperature and pH) and release the polynucleotides under a second set of conditions (e.g., higher temperature and/or more basic pH). The processing region can be used to, for example, concentrate polynucleotides of a sample and/or separate inhibitors of amplification reactions from the polynucleotides. Microfluidic devices with a processing region are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: HANDYLAB, INC.
    Inventors: Betty Wu, John S. Althaus, Nikhil Phadke, Sundaresh N. Brahmasandra, Kalyan Handique, Aaron Kehrer, Gene Parunak, Cecelia Haley, Ted Springer
  • Publication number: 20190167871
    Abstract: An apparatus including a hollow body, an inlet fluidly coupled to the hollow body, a piston slidably engaged within the hollow body, and a filter module arranged within the hollow body between the inlet and piston. The piston and hollow body cooperatively generate a negative pressure, relative to ambient, within the hollow body during distal piston translation from a first position to a second position, thereby drawing a fluid, such as blood, through the filter module into the hollow body. The piston and hollow body cooperatively generate a positive pressure, relative to ambient, within the hollow body during piston translation from the second position to the first position to egress the filtered fluid from the hollow body. The filter module may include a filter housing, a filter medium disposed within the housing, and a body valve configured to seal an open distal face of the filter housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Applicant: Sisu Global Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Theresa Fisher, Gene Parunak, Rick Routson, Steve Meines, Gillian Henker, Caitlin Winget, Rajen Kumar
  • Patent number: 10195320
    Abstract: An apparatus including a hollow body, an inlet fluidly coupled to the hollow body, a piston slidably engaged within the hollow body, and a filter module arranged within the hollow body between the inlet and piston. The piston and hollow body cooperatively generate a negative pressure, relative to ambient, within the hollow body during distal piston translation from a first position to a second position, thereby drawing a fluid, such as blood, through the filter module into the hollow body. The piston and hollow body cooperatively generate a positive pressure, relative to ambient, within the hollow body during piston translation from the second position to the first position to egress the filtered fluid from the hollow body. The filter module may include a filter housing, a filter medium disposed within the housing, and a body valve configured to seal an open distal face of the filter housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Sisu Global Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Theresa Fisher, Gene Parunak, Rick Routson, Steve Meines, Gillian Henker, Caitlin Winget, Rajen Kumar
  • Publication number: 20180290077
    Abstract: A method and system for buoyant separation of a target constituent of a sample, the method comprising: at a process chamber, combining a volume of substrates having a first density with the sample, thereby producing a population of target-bound complexes comprising the target constituent bound to at least a portion of the volume of substrates; within the process chamber, physically separating the population of target-bound complexes from the sample based upon interaction between the volume of substrates and an applied force; aggregating the population of target-bound complexes at a collection region of the process chamber; extracting the population of target-bound complexes from the process chamber; and processing the target constituent from the population of target-bound complexes for further analysis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Inventors: Brandon H. McNaughton, John G. Younger, Leo Ostruszka, Jonathan Roussey, Gene Parunak, Aaron Kehrer
  • Publication number: 20180160886
    Abstract: A spray cap for use with an endoscope. The endoscope includes a liquid channel and an open channel. The spray cap includes a body portion connectable with an endoscope having an end wall defining an obstruction portion configured to obstruct the liquid channel of the endoscope and an open portion configured to permit use of the open channel. The spray cap having an orifice system extending through the obstruction portion in fluid communication with the liquid channel to direct fluid flow from the liquid channel into a treatment volume of a patient along a modified flow pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Inventors: Shail GOVANI, Akbar WALJEE, Gene PARUNAK, Steven MEINES
  • Publication number: 20180112252
    Abstract: A microfluidic device includes an input port for inputting a particle-containing liquidic samples into the device, a retention member, and a pressure actuator. The retention member is in communication with the input port and is configured to spatially separate particles of the particle-containing liquidic sample from a first portion of the liquid of the particle containing fluidic sample. The pressure actuator recombines at least some of the separated particles with a subset of the first portion of the liquid separated from the particles. The device can also include a lysing chamber that receives the particles and liquid from the retention member. The lysing chamber thermally lyses the particles to release contents thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Inventors: Kalyan Handique, Gene Parunak, Aaron Kehrer, Betty Wu, Karthik Ganesan
  • Patent number: 9670528
    Abstract: A microfluidic device includes an input port for inputting a particle-containing liquidic samples into the device, a retention member, and a pressure actuator. The retention member is in communication with the input port and is configured to spatially separate particles of the particle-containing liquidic sample from a first portion of the liquid of the particle containing fluidic sample. The pressure actuator recombines at least some of the separated particles with a subset of the first portion of the liquid separated from the particles. The device can also include a lysing chamber that receives the particles and liquid from the retention member. The lysing chamber thermally lyses the particles to release contents thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: HandyLab, Inc.
    Inventors: Kalyan Handique, Gene Parunak, Aaron Kehrer, Betty Wu, Karthik Ganesan
  • Publication number: 20170153219
    Abstract: A system for imaging captured cells comprising: an illumination module configured to illuminate a target object; a platform configured to position the target object in relation to the illumination module; a filter module configured to filter light transmitted to the target object and/or to filter light received from the target object, an optical sensor configured to receive light from the target object and to generate image data; and a focusing and optics module configured to manipulate light transmitted to the optical sensor. The system can further comprise one or more of: a control system configured to control at least one of the illumination module, the platform, the focusing and optics module, the filter module, and the optical sensor; a tag identifying system configured to identify and communicate tag information from system elements; a thermal control module configured to adjust temperature parameters of the system; and an image stabilization module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Publication date: June 1, 2017
    Inventors: Kalyan Handique, Kyle Gleason, Christopher Siemer, Priyadarshini Gogoi, Saedeh Sepehri Javdani, Gene Parunak, Aaron Kehrer, Jon Meines
  • Patent number: 9612199
    Abstract: A system for imaging captured cells comprising: an illumination module configured to illuminate a target object; a platform configured to position the target object in relation to the illumination module; a filter module configured to filter light transmitted to the target object and/or to filter light received from the target object, an optical sensor configured to receive light from the target object and to generate image data; and a focusing and optics module configured to manipulate light transmitted to the optical sensor. The system can further comprise one or more of: a control system configured to control at least one of the illumination module, the platform, the focusing and optics module, the filter module, and the optical sensor; a tag identifying system configured to identify and communicate tag information from system elements; a thermal control module configured to adjust temperature parameters of the system; and an image stabilization module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: DeNovo Sciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Kalyan Handique, Kyle Gleason, Christopher Siemer, Priyadarshini Gogoi, Saedeh Sepehri Javdani, Gene Parunak, Aaron Kehrer, Jon Meines
  • Publication number: 20160341666
    Abstract: A system for imaging captured cells comprising: an illumination module configured to illuminate a target object; a platform configured to position the target object in relation to the illumination module; a filter module configured to filter light transmitted to the target object and/or to filter light received from the target object, an optical sensor configured to receive light from the target object and to generate image data; and a focusing and optics module configured to manipulate light transmitted to the optical sensor. The system can further comprise one or more of: a control system configured to control at least one of the illumination module, the platform, the focusing and optics module, the filter module, and the optical sensor; a tag identifying system configured to identify and communicate tag information from system elements; a thermal control module configured to adjust temperature parameters of the system; and an image stabilization module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Inventors: Kalyan Handique, Kyle Gleason, Christopher Siemer, Priyadarshini Gogoi, Saedeh Sepehri Javdani, Gene Parunak, Aaron Kehrer, Jon Meines
  • Patent number: 9404864
    Abstract: A system for imaging captured cells comprising: an illumination module configured to illuminate a target object; a platform configured to position the target object in relation to the illumination module; a filter module configured to filter light transmitted to the target object and/or to filter light received from the target object, an optical sensor configured to receive light from the target object and to generate image data; and a focusing and optics module configured to manipulate light transmitted to the optical sensor. The system can further comprise one or more of: a control system configured to control at least one of the illumination module, the platform, the focusing and optics module, the filter module, and the optical sensor; a tag identifying system configured to identify and communicate tag information from system elements; a thermal control module configured to adjust temperature parameters of the system; and an image stabilization module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: DeNovo Sciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Kalyan Handique, Kyle Gleason, Christopher Siemer, Priyadarshini Gogoi, Saedeh Sepehri Javdani, Gene Parunak, Aaron Kehrer, Jon Meines
  • Publication number: 20160151550
    Abstract: An apparatus including a hollow body, an inlet fluidly coupled to the hollow body, a piston slidably engaged within the hollow body, and a filter module arranged within the hollow body between the inlet and piston. The piston and hollow body cooperatively generate a negative pressure, relative to ambient, within the hollow body during distal piston translation from a first position to a second position, thereby drawing a fluid, such as blood, through the filter module into the hollow body. The piston and hollow body cooperatively generate a positive pressure, relative to ambient, within the hollow body during piston translation from the second position to the first position to egress the filtered fluid from the hollow body. The filter module may include a filter housing, a filter medium disposed within the housing, and a body valve configured to seal an open distal face of the filter housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Publication date: June 2, 2016
    Inventors: Theresa Fisher, Gene Parunak, Rick Routson, Steve Meines, Gillian Henker, Caitlin Winget, Rajen Kumar
  • Publication number: 20160011171
    Abstract: A bead mill and an associated bead-mill-based machine for testing mechanical fragility of red blood cells, employing a cartridge configured to contain a sample while cells get stressed via bead oscillation and, in the case of the fragility testing machine, also while lysis levels get detected, for presentation of fragility information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Publication date: January 14, 2016
    Inventors: Kenneth Alfano, Michael Tarasev, Steven Meines, Terrance Boyd, Aaron Kehrer, Gene Parunak
  • Publication number: 20150328638
    Abstract: This patent application describes an integrated apparatus for processing polynucleotide-containing samples, and for providing a diagnostic result thereon. The apparatus is configured to receive a microfluidic cartridge that contains reagents and a network for processing a sample. Also described are methods of using the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Publication date: November 19, 2015
    Inventors: Kalyan Handique, Sundaresh N. Brahmasandra, Karthik Ganesan, Betty Wu, Nikhil Phadke, Gene Parunak, Jeff Williams
  • Patent number: 9040288
    Abstract: This patent application describes an integrated apparatus for processing polynucleotide-containing samples, and for providing a diagnostic result thereon. The apparatus is configured to receive a microfluidic cartridge that contains reagents and a network for processing a sample. Also described are methods of using the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: HandyLab, Inc.
    Inventors: Kalyan Handique, Sundaresh N. Brahmasandra, Karthik Ganesan, Betty Wu, Nikhil Phadke, Gene Parunak, Jeff Williams
  • Publication number: 20150118684
    Abstract: Methods and systems for processing polynucleotides (e.g., DNA) are disclosed. A processing region includes one or more surfaces (e.g., particle surfaces) modified with ligands that retain polynucleotides under a first set of conditions (e.g., temperature and pH) and release the polynucleotides under a second set of conditions (e.g., higher temperature and/or more basic pH). The processing region can be used to, for example, concentrate polynucleotides of a sample and/or separate inhibitors of amplification reactions from the polynucleotides. Microfluidic devices with a processing region are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Betty Wu, John S. Althaus, Nikhil Phadke, Sundaresh N. Brahmasandra, Kalyan Handique, Aaron Kehrer, Gene Parunak, Cecelia Haley, Ted Springer
  • Publication number: 20150064702
    Abstract: The present technology provides for a microfluidic substrate configured to carry out PCR on a number of polynucleotide-containing samples in parallel. The substrate can be a single-layer substrate in a microfluidic cartridge. Also provided are a method of making a microfluidic cartridge comprising such a substrate. Still further disclosed are a microfluidic valve suitable for use in isolating a PCR chamber in a microfluidic substrate, and a method of making such a valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Kalyan Handique, Gene Parunak, Cecelia Haley
  • Publication number: 20150038925
    Abstract: A nozzle is provided herein for ophthalmic dispensers which is configured to accommodate microdosing. The nozzle includes a converging pathway. Preferably, the pathway converges so as to impart momentum to liquid passing therethrough through an increase of velocity. A tapered portion may be provided flared openly from the inlet to best accept liquid flow thereinto and provide a funneling effect into the flowpath. Preferably, the flowpath terminates at an outlet which is internally un-radiused and circumscribed by a chamfered surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Gene Parunak, Robert C. Martineau, Aaron J. Munsinger