Patents by Inventor Jan Bart van der Vijver

Jan Bart van der Vijver 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).

  • Publication number: 20210270862
    Abstract: The present invention describes an integrated incubator and image capture module that regulates the incubator atmosphere and obtains high-resolution digital images of sample specimens. The incubator has a cabinet type enclosure that enables the provision of a controlled environment to the contents of the incubator by having at least three ports on one face of the cabinet for the passage of sample containers. Additionally, an image capture module is located immediately adjacent to the incubator. In this regard, using at least three separate access/egress points for the sample containers streamlines operation of the system and enhances preservation of the incubator environment. Furthermore, locating the image capture module directly adjacent to the incubator reduces the amount of time a sample container is exposed to the external environment, thereby reducing the extent to which samples are exposed to potential contaminants and reducing the exchange of the lab and ambient atmospheres.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2021
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Applicant: BD KIESTRA B.V.
    Inventors: Martijn Kleefstra, Martijn Xander Berntsen, Jan Bart Van Der Vijver, Tsjerk Nauta, Andrej Girgenson
  • Publication number: 20210269759
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes systems and methods for centering a circular object, such as a petri dish, between a plurality of pins. For example, in one embodiment, a method comprises placing a circular object on a rotatable platform surrounded by three moveable pins. In order to roughly center the circular object, the method further comprises moving, for a first time, all of the pins toward the circular object until at least two out of the three pins are touching the circular object. In order to more accurately center the circular object, the method further comprises: moving all of the pins away from the circular object so that it can be rotated without substantial inference; rotating the platform approximately 60 degrees, wherein rotating the platform causes the circular object to also rotate by approximately 60 degrees; and moving, for a second time, all of the pins toward the circular object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Inventors: Wouter Kuiper, Harm W. van der Dong, Jan Bart Van Der Vijver, Martijn Kleefstra
  • Patent number: 11041871
    Abstract: The present invention describes an integrated incubator and image capture module that regulates the incubator atmosphere and obtains high-resolution digital images of sample specimens. The incubator has a cabinet type enclosure that enables the provision of a controlled environment to the contents of the incubator by having at least three ports on one face of the cabinet for the passage of sample containers. Additionally, an image capture module is located immediately adjacent to the incubator. In this regard, using at least three separate access/egress points for the sample containers streamlines operation of the system and enhances preservation of the incubator environment. Furthermore, locating the image capture module directly adjacent to the incubator reduces the amount of time a sample container is exposed to the external environment, thereby reducing the extent to which samples are exposed to potential contaminants and reducing the exchange of the lab and ambient atmospheres.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: BD KIESTRA B.V.
    Inventors: Martijn Kleefstra, Martijn Xander Berntsen, Jan Bart Van Der Vijver, Tsjerk Nauta, Andrej Girgenson
  • Patent number: 9557343
    Abstract: Disc dispensing device for dispensing discs impregnated with antibiotics onto a culture dish. The device comprises a stationary support on which a magazine is removably mounted. The magazine holds a plurality of tubular containers each containing a stack of discs to be dispensed. A moving means moves one disc from a bottom end of a tubular container to a pick-up position. From the pick-up position a transfer means picks up said one disc and transfers it to the culture dish where it is dispensed. The removable culture dish is supported by a moveable carriage which is mounted on the stationary support. The carriage is moveable relative to the magazine from a starting position to an operating position and vice versa. Control means control the operation of the device. The plurality of tubular containers is rotatable around a magazine centre under control of the control means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: BD Kiestra B.V.
    Inventors: Jetze Botma, Martijn Kleefstra, Trienko Marten Van Der Kaap, Martijn Xander Berntsen, Jan Bart Van Der Vijver
  • Publication number: 20150299639
    Abstract: The present invention describes an integrated incubator and image capture module that regulates the incubator atmosphere and obtains high-resolution digital images of sample specimens. The incubator has a cabinet type enclosure that enables the provision of a controlled environment to the contents of the incubator by having at least three ports on one face of the cabinet for the passage of sample containers. Additionally, an image capture module is located immediately adjacent to the incubator. In this regard, using at least three separate access/egress points for the sample containers streamlines operation of the system and enhances preservation of the incubator environment. Furthermore, locating the image capture module directly adjacent to the incubator reduces the amount of time a sample container is exposed to the external environment, thereby reducing the extent to which samples are exposed to potential contaminants and reducing the exchange of the lab and ambient atmospheres.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Inventors: Martijn Kleefstra, Martijn Xander Berntsen, Jan Bart Van Der Vijver, Tsjerk Nauta, Andrej Girgenson
  • Publication number: 20150198622
    Abstract: Disc dispensing device for dispensing discs impregnated with antibiotics onto a culture dish. The device comprises a stationary support on which a magazine is removably mounted. The magazine holds a plurality of tubular containers each containing a stack of discs to be dispensed. A moving means moves one disc from a bottom end of a tubular container to a pick-up position. From the pick-up position a transfer means picks up said one disc and transfers it to the culture dish where it is dispensed. The removable culture dish is supported by a moveable carriage which is mounted on the stationary support. The carriage is moveable relative to the magazine from a starting position to an operating position and vice versa. Control means control the operation of the device. The plurality of tubular containers is rotatable around a magazine centre under control of the control means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Publication date: July 16, 2015
    Applicant: BD Kiestra B.V.
    Inventors: Jetze Botma, Martijn Kleefstra, Trienko Marten Van Der Kaap, Martijn Xander Berntsen, Jan Bart Van Der Vijver
  • Patent number: 8996163
    Abstract: Disc dispensing device for dispensing discs impregnated with antibiotics onto a culture dish. The device comprises a stationary support on which a magazine is removably mounted. The magazine holds a plurality of tubular containers each containing a stack of discs to be dispensed. A moving means moves one disc from a bottom end of a tubular container to a pick-up position. From the pick-up position a transfer means picks up said one disc and transfers it to the culture dish where it is dispensed. The removable culture dish is supported by a moveable carriage which is mounted on the stationary support. The carriage is moveable relative to the magazine from a starting position to an operating position and vice versa. Control means control the operation of the device. The plurality of tubular containers is rotatable around a magazine center under control of the control means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: BD Kiestra B.V.
    Inventors: Jetze Botma, Martijn Kleefstra, Trienko Marten van der Kaap, Martijn Xander Berntsen, Jan Bart van der Vijver
  • Publication number: 20120277905
    Abstract: Disc dispensing device for dispensing discs impregnated with antibiotics onto a culture dish. The device comprises a stationary support on which a magazine is removably mounted. The magazine holds a plurality of tubular containers each containing a stack of discs to be dispensed. A moving means moves one disc from a bottom end of a tubular container to a pick-up position. From the pick-up position a transfer means picks up said one disc and transfers it to the culture dish where it is dispensed. The removable culture dish is supported by a moveable carriage which is mounted on the stationary support. The carriage is moveable relative to the magazine from a starting position to an operating position and vice versa. Control means control the operation of the device. The plurality of tubular containers is rotatable around a magazine centre under control of the control means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: Kiestra Lab Automation Drachten B.V.
    Inventors: Jetze Botma, Martijn Kleefstra, Trienko Marten van der Kaap, Martijn Xander Berntsen, Jan Bart van der Vijver