Patents by Inventor Joseph Lacey

Joseph Lacey 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: 20220016634
    Abstract: Various implementations of a pipette tip system are disclosed having a number of innovative features. In one implementation, a pipette tip tray includes a support plate and one or more sleeves extending downward from the bottom of the support plate. The sleeves can be configured to increase the stability of pipette tips stored in the tray. In another implementation, a pipette tip rack includes a rack base having one or more support walls extending underneath a pipette tip tray having downward extending sleeves. The thickness of the sidewalls of the sleeves can be reduced in the area of the support walls so that the support walls can reach the bottom of the support plate. In another implementation, a pipette tip rack includes a cover having a cushioning layer on the bottom of the cover that contacts the top of the pipette tips and stabilizes them during handling and transport.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Publication date: January 20, 2022
    Inventors: William Joseph Lacey, Paul Kevin Seeto
  • Publication number: 20220016385
    Abstract: A system for tracking anesthetic agent in a vaporizer reservoir can include a mass flow sensor configured to measure a flow rate entering or exiting a vaporizer chamber, a gas pressure sensor configured to measure a pressure of a mixed gas provided from the vaporizer chamber, and a processor to calculate a remaining agent time based on at least the gas flow rate, the pressure of the mixed gas, and an anesthetic concentration in the mixed gas. The processor can also provide the remaining agent time for display to a clinician.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2021
    Publication date: January 20, 2022
    Inventors: Julie Anne Mills, Joseph Lacey, Thomas Bender, II, Russell Kuzelka, David Michael Wahl
  • Patent number: 11154686
    Abstract: A system for tracking anesthetic agent in a vaporizer reservoir includes a mass flow sensor configured to measure a flow rate entering or exiting a vaporizer chamber, a gas pressure sensor configured to measure a pressure of a mixed gas provided from the vaporizer chamber, a gas temperature sensor configured to measure a temperature of the mixed gas provided from the vaporizer chamber, and an agent time module executable on a processor. The agent time module is configured to calculate a remaining agent time based on at least the gas flow rate, the pressure of the mixed gas, the temperature of the mixed gas, and an anesthetic concentration in the mixed gas. The remaining agent time is then provided for display on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Julie Anne Mills, Thomas Bender, II, Joseph Lacey, Russell Kuzelka, David Michael Wahl
  • Publication number: 20210322694
    Abstract: An anesthesia vaporizer system includes a vaporizer reservoir forming a sump chamber that contains liquid anesthetic agent and a fill chamber isolated from the sump chamber configured to receive liquid anesthetic agent from a refill container. A piston is in the sump chamber configured to maintain a constant force on the liquid anesthetic agent in the sump chamber, and a transfer valve is configured to permit the liquid anesthetic agent to flow from the fill chamber to the sump chamber. The vaporizer reservoir has an outlet port that delivers the liquid anesthetic agent from the sump chamber to a vaporizing system that vaporizes the liquid anesthetic agent for delivery to a patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2021
    Publication date: October 21, 2021
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Thomas Bender, II, Joseph Lacey, Russell Kuzelka, David Wahl
  • Patent number: 11136540
    Abstract: A flask assembly that includes: an Erlenmeyer flask; and a liner bag comprising a single opening the bag sized to fit within the flask and having a thickness from about 0.0254 mm to about 0.508 mm. The liner bag is configured for cell culturing and ease of insertion of the bag into the flask. In addition, the liner bag comprises a gas-permeable, polymeric material. Further, the liner bag can include a pocket adapted to receive a removable flask insertion element and/or at least one foldable seam configured to facilitate insertion of the bag into the flask. The liner bag can also include a vent having a gas permeability that is greater than the gas permeability of the gas-permeable, polymeric material employed in the balance of the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventor: William Joseph Lacey
  • Patent number: 11077268
    Abstract: An anesthesia vaporizer system includes a vaporizer reservoir forming a sump chamber containing a liquid anesthetic agent, a piston that forms a first chamber on a first side of the piston. The vaporizer reservoir has a fill port configured to receive a refill container containing liquid anesthetic agent and to permit flow into the first chamber. A motor moves the piston between a first position and a second position, wherein the volume of the first chamber increases as the piston moves from the first position towards the second position. The liquid anesthetic agent is thereby drawn from the refill container into the first chamber. A transfer valve is configured to permit the liquid anesthetic agent to flow from the first chamber into the sump chamber. An outlet port delivers the liquid anesthetic agent from the sump chamber into a vaporizing system that vaporizes it for delivery to a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Thomas Bender, II, Joseph Lacey, Russell Kuzelka, David Wahl
  • Publication number: 20210230528
    Abstract: A cell culture vessel includes a vessel body, support columns, and a stabilizer device. The vessel body defines a cell culture chamber enclosed between a bottom wall and a top wall. The support column is within the cell culture chamber and extends between the top wall and the bottom wall. The stabilizer device covers a width and length of the cell culture chamber and has a column engaging structure that is sized to slidingly engage the support column such that the stabilizer device is movable along the support column as a liquid culture medium is received in the cell culture chamber. The support column guides the stabilizer device along a length of the support column as the stabilizer device rises with rising liquid level in the cell culture chamber during a liquid culture medium filling operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Publication date: July 29, 2021
    Inventors: William Joseph Lacey, Gregory Roger Martin, Allison Jean Tanner
  • Publication number: 20200179923
    Abstract: A cell culture vessel has a wall and cell culture surface having a plurality of microcavities for culturing cells in three-dimensional conformation, referred to as “spheroids”. The inner surface of the wall and the cell culture surface define a cell culture chamber of the vessel. The wall is attached to the cell culture surface in a way that does not provide flat surfaces on or around the cell culture surface so that the vessel provides an environment suitable for the production of a homogeneous population of three-dimensional cell clusters, or spheroids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Inventors: William Joseph Lacey, Gregory Roger Martin, Ana Maria del Pilar Pardo, Allison Jean Tanner
  • Publication number: 20190358424
    Abstract: A system for tracking anesthetic agent in a vaporizer reservoir includes a mass flow sensor configured to measure a flow rate entering or exiting a vaporizer chamber, a gas pressure sensor configured to measure a pressure of a mixed gas provided from the vaporizer chamber, a gas temperature sensor configured to measure a temperature of the mixed gas provided from the vaporizer chamber, and an agent time module executable on a processor. The agent time module is configured to calculate a remaining agent time based on at least the gas flow rate, the pressure of the mixed gas, the temperature of the mixed gas, and an anesthetic concentration in the mixed gas. The remaining agent time is then provided for display on a display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Julie Anne Mills, Thomas Bender, II, Joseph Lacey, Russell Kuzelka, David Michael Wahl
  • Publication number: 20190309249
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a cell culture well tray assembly having a reservoir plate for containing cell culture media, a removable tray structured to fit on top of the reservoir plate, having a top surface and an opposing bottom surface defining a deck, and a plurality of well apertures in the deck, at least one removable well, structured to fit through a well aperture and extend below the bottom surface of the deck of the tray, each well having a well enclosure for containing cell culture material and a hanger, wherein when the removable well is inserted into a well aperture, there is a space between the deck of the tray and the hanger of the well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Sheila Anne Carvalho, William Joseph Lacey
  • Publication number: 20190127674
    Abstract: A flask assembly that includes: an Erlenmeyer flask; and a liner bag comprising a single opening the bag sized to fit within the flask and having a thickness from about 0.0254 mm to about 0.508 mm. The liner bag is configured for cell culturing and ease of insertion of the bag into the flask. In addition, the liner bag comprises a gas-permeable, polymeric material. Further, the liner bag can include a pocket adapted to receive a removable flask insertion element and/or at least one foldable seam configured to facilitate insertion of the bag into the flask. The liner bag can also include a vent having a gas permeability that is greater than the gas permeability of the gas-permeable, polymeric material employed in the balance of the bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Inventor: William Joseph Lacey
  • Publication number: 20190117921
    Abstract: An anesthesia vaporizer system includes a vaporizer reservoir forming a sump chamber containing a liquid anesthetic agent, a piston that forms a first chamber on a first side of the piston. The vaporizer reservoir has a fill port configured to receive a refill container containing liquid anesthetic agent and to permit flow into the first chamber. A motor moves the piston between a first position and a second position, wherein the volume of the first chamber increases as the piston moves from the first position towards the second position. The liquid anesthetic agent is thereby drawn from the refill container into the first chamber. A transfer valve is configured to permit the liquid anesthetic agent to flow from the first chamber into the sump chamber. An outlet port delivers the liquid anesthetic agent from the sump chamber into a vaporizing system that vaporizes it for delivery to a patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Thomas Bender, II, Joseph Lacey, Russell Kuzelka, David Wahl
  • Publication number: 20180242572
    Abstract: Vial assemblies comprising a tubular body and a flexible bottom or flexible liner are described herein, wherein the flexible bottom or liner is configured to compress at least partially upon the application of force. Methods for storing and removing frozen samples from such vial assemblies are also described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Inventors: John Wilfred Coddaire, William Joseph Lacey, Gregory Roger Martin, Michael Kurt Schaefer, Paul Michael Szlosek, Allison Jean Tanner
  • Publication number: 20180242573
    Abstract: Vial assemblies comprise a tubular body and a cap, the cap including a first portion configured to abut a lip of an open end of the tubular body, a threaded portion configured to couple to threading on an internal surface of the tubular body, and a second portion protruding from the threaded portion and extending into a cavity of the tubular body. Methods for storing and removing frozen samples from such vial assemblies are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Inventors: William Joseph Lacey, Gregory Roger Martin, Allison Jean Tanner
  • Publication number: 20180169547
    Abstract: A flow-through apparatus is provided. The flow-through apparatus includes a housing having a fixed volume and having an inlet, an outlet, and a cavity. The flow-through apparatus also includes a first filter in fluid communication with the inlet and disposed within the cavity and a seal attaching the first filter to the housing. The first filter has a mesh size of about 100 microns or less and a first internal volume less than the fixed volume of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Inventor: William Joseph Lacey
  • Patent number: 9968310
    Abstract: An imaging system is provided that includes a gantry, a plurality of image detectors, an x-ray source, an adjustable source collimator, and at least one processor. The image detectors are radially spaced around a circumference of the bore such that gaps exist between adjacent image detectors. The x-ray source transmits x-rays across the bore towards at least two of the image detectors. The adjustable source collimator is interposed between the x-ray source and a center of the bore, and is configured to block a portion of the x-rays produced by the x-ray source The at least one processor is configured to control the adjustable source collimator to dynamically adjust a range of x-rays that are blocked by the adjustable source collimator along the fan angle during transmission of x-rays from the x-ray source and acquisition of computed tomography (CT) information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Lucas Jason Divine, Jean-Paul Bouhnik, Joseph Lacey
  • Publication number: 20180125752
    Abstract: A bio-container assembly that includes a bio-container having an interior surface, an exterior surface, and a container thickness from about 0.2 mm to about 2 mm; at least one port coupled to the bio-container; a holder element comprising a polymeric material; and a cushion affixed to the holder element in contact with one or more primary exterior surfaces of the bio-container. Further, the element and the cushion are configured to enclose the bio-container. The holder element may also include a window, the bio-container being viewable through the window. The holder element may also include one or more of the following features affixed to it: a handle, a plurality of feet, a plurality of ribs, and a plurality of tabs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Inventors: Michael Charles Gerrish, Yulong Hong, William Joseph Lacey, David John McEnroe, Aniello Mario Palumbo
  • Publication number: 20170151561
    Abstract: A microplate is fitted with a reinforcing member that enhances the rigidity of the microplate and decreases the magnitude of thermally-induced deformation. An example reinforced microplate includes a deck including a plurality of wells formed therein, and a reinforcing member attached to an underside of the deck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Publication date: June 1, 2017
    Inventors: William Joseph Lacey, Gregory Roger Martin, Wai Kin Poon, Ramana Tadepalli, Joseph Christopher Wall, Hongming Wang
  • Patent number: 9364187
    Abstract: A CT system includes a gantry having an opening for receiving an object to be scanned, an x-ray tube attached to the gantry, and a detector assembly. The detector assembly is positioned to receive x-rays that pass through the object and includes a light-sealed enclosure formed by at least first and second rails, a back support, and a light seal structure, and a plurality of liquid-cooled modules positioned in the enclosure. Each module includes a digital cable that passes from inside the enclosure, and each module is configured to convert the x-rays to a digital signal and output the signal via a digital cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Joseph Lacey
  • Publication number: 20160144360
    Abstract: A method of forming microplate includes forming a preform microplate including a deck and a plurality of wells, and reforming at least one well of the plurality of wells to provide a microplate. Each well of the plurality of wells in the preform microplate has a first depth and a first wall thickness. At least one well of the microplate has a second depth and a second wall thickness, where the second depth is greater than the first depth and/or the second wall thickness is less than the first wall thickness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Publication date: May 26, 2016
    Inventors: William Joseph Lacey, Paul Michael Szlosek, Allison Jean Tanner, Joseph Christopher Wall, Kathy Marie Youngbear