Patents by Inventor Mark Joseph Fanning

Mark Joseph Fanning 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: 20180298418
    Abstract: A method and automated apparatus for rapid non-invasive detection of a microbial agent in a test sample is described herein. The apparatus may include one or more means for automated loading, automated transfer and/or automated unloading of a specimen container. The apparatus also includes a detection system for receiving a detection container, e.g., container or vial, containing a biological sample and culture media. The detection system may also include one or more heated sources, holding structures or racks, and/or a detection unit for monitoring and/or interrogating the specimen container to detect whether the container is positive for the presence of a microbial agent therein. In other embodiment, the automated instrument may include one or more, bar code readers, scanners, cameras, and/or weighing stations to aid in scanning, reading, imaging and weighing of specimen containers within the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventors: Ronnie J. Robinson, Mark Joseph Fanning, Stanley Michael Philipak, Richard Scott Remes, James Clement Bishop, Gary W. Sommer, Lawrence E. Guerra, Michael A. Herron
  • Patent number: 10006075
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method and automated loading mechanism for loading an apparatus. The apparatus of the present invention may include a means for automated loading, a means for automated transfer and/or a means for automated unloading of a container (e.g., a specimen container). In one embodiment, the apparatus can be an automated detection apparatus for rapid non-invasive detection of a microbial agent in a test sample. The detection system also including a heated enclosure, a holding means or rack, and/or a detection unit for monitoring and/or interrogating the specimen container to detect whether the container is positive for the presence of a microbial agent. In other embodiment, the automated instrument may include one or more, bar code readers, scanners, cameras, and/or weighing stations to aid in scanning, reading, imaging and weighing of specimen containers within the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: bioMerieux, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Scott Remes, Stanley Michael Philipak, Mark Joseph Fanning, Ronnie J. Robinson, James Clement Bishop, Lawrence E. Guerra, Andrew Scherer, Anthony Valentino
  • Patent number: 10006074
    Abstract: A method and automated apparatus for rapid non-invasive detection of a microbial agent in a test sample is described herein. The apparatus may include one or more means for automated loading, automated transfer and/or automated unloading of a specimen container. The apparatus also includes a detection system for receiving a detection container, e.g., container or vial, containing a biological sample and culture media. The detection system may also include one or more heated sources, holding structures or racks, and/or a detection unit for monitoring and/or interrogating the specimen container to detect whether the container is positive for the presence of a microbial agent therein. In other embodiment, the automated instrument may include one or more, bar code readers, scanners, cameras, and/or weighing stations to aid in scanning, reading, imaging and weighing of specimen containers within the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: bioMerieux, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronnie J. Robinson, Mark Joseph Fanning, Stanley Michael Philipak, Richard Scott Remes, James Clement Bishop, Gary W. Sommer, Lawrence E. Guerra, Michael A. Herron
  • Patent number: 9783839
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method and container locator means for moving a container among one or more work-flow stations within an apparatus. The apparatus of the present invention may include a means for automated loading, a means for automated transfer and/or a means for automated unloading of a container (e.g., a specimen container). In one embodiment, the apparatus can be an automated detection apparatus for rapid non-invasive detection of a microbial agent in a test sample. The detection system also including a heated enclosure, a holding means or rack, and/or a detection unit for monitoring and/or interrogating the specimen container to detect whether the container is positive for the presence of a microbial agent. In other embodiment, the automated instrument may include one or more, bar code readers, scanners, cameras, and/or weighing stations to aid in scanning, reading, imaging and weighing of specimen containers within the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: bioMérieux, Inc.
    Inventors: Stanley Michael Philipak, Mark Joseph Fanning, Mike Ammerman, Ron Bergold, Andrew Scherer, Anthony Valentino
  • Patent number: 9567621
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method and automated unloading means for unloading a container from an apparatus. The apparatus of the present invention may include a means for automated loading, a means for automated transfer and/or a means for automated unloading of a container (e.g., a specimen container). In one embodiment, the apparatus can be an automated detection apparatus for rapid non-invasive detection of a microbial agent in a test sample. The detection system also including a heated enclosure, a holding means or rack, and/or a detection unit for monitoring and/or interrogating the specimen container to detect whether the container is positive for the presence of a microbial agent. In other embodiment, the automated instrument may include one or more, bar code readers, scanners, cameras, and/or weighing stations to aid in scanning, reading, imaging and weighing of specimen containers within the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: bioMérieux, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronnie J. Robinson, Mark Joseph Fanning, Anthony Valentino, Mike Ammerman, Stanley Michael Philipak
  • Patent number: 9332842
    Abstract: Devices and systems include housing members with sliding hinges that allow straight linear outward extension before allowing the front housing member to pivot open provide access to interiors for service using smaller footprints and/or without disrupting abutting instrument operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: bioMérieux, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Herron, Lawrence Guerra, Kent C. Smith, Mark Joseph Fanning
  • Publication number: 20150368606
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method and automated transfer means for transferring a container within an apparatus. The apparatus of the present invention may include a means for automated loading, a means for automated transfer and/or a means for automated unloading of a container (e.g., a specimen container). In one embodiment, the apparatus can be an automated detection apparatus for rapid non-invasive detection of a microbial agent in a test sample. The detection system also including a heated enclosure, a holding means or rack, and/or a detection unit for monitoring and/or interrogating the specimen container to detect whether the container is positive for the presence of a microbial agent. In other embodiment, the automated instrument may include one or more, bar code readers, scanners, cameras, and/or weighing stations to aid in scanning, reading, imaging and weighing of specimen containers within the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Publication date: December 24, 2015
    Inventors: James Clement Bishop, Mark Joseph Fanning, Lawrence E. Guerra
  • Patent number: 9150900
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method and automated transfer means for transferring a container within an apparatus. The apparatus of the present invention may include a means for automated loading, a means for automated transfer and/or a means for automated unloading of a container (e.g., a specimen container). In one embodiment, the apparatus can be an automated detection apparatus for rapid non-invasive detection of a microbial agent in a test sample. The detection system also including a heated enclosure, a holding means or rack, and/or a detection unit for monitoring and/or interrogating the specimen container to detect whether the container is positive for the presence of a microbial agent. In other embodiment, the automated instrument may include one or more, bar code readers, scanners, cameras, and/or weighing stations to aid in scanning, reading, imaging and weighing of specimen containers within the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: bioMerieux, Inc.
    Inventors: James Clement Bishop, Mark Joseph Fanning, Lawrence E. Guerra
  • Publication number: 20150176046
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method and automated unloading means for unloading a container from an apparatus. The apparatus of the present invention may include a means for automated loading, a means for automated transfer and/or a means for automated unloading of a container (e.g., a specimen container). In one embodiment, the apparatus can be an automated detection apparatus for rapid non-invasive detection of a microbial agent in a test sample. The detection system also including a heated enclosure, a holding means or rack, and/or a detection unit for monitoring and/or interrogating the specimen container to detect whether the container is positive for the presence of a microbial agent. In other embodiment, the automated instrument may include one or more, bar code readers, scanners, cameras, and/or weighing stations to aid in scanning, reading, imaging and weighing of specimen containers within the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Publication date: June 25, 2015
    Inventors: Ronnie J. Robinson, Mark Joseph Fanning, Anthony Valentino, Mike Ammerman, Stanley Michael Philipak
  • Patent number: 8969072
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method and automated unloading means for unloading a container from an apparatus. The apparatus of the present invention may include a means for automated loading, a means for automated transfer and/or a means for automated unloading of a container (e.g., a specimen container). In one embodiment, the apparatus can be an automated detection apparatus for rapid non-invasive detection of a microbial agent in a test sample. The detection system also including a heated enclosure, a holding means or rack, and/or a detection unit for monitoring and/or interrogating the specimen container to detect whether the container is positive for the presence of a microbial agent. In other embodiment, the automated instrument may include one or more, bar code readers, scanners, cameras, and/or weighing stations to aid in scanning, reading, imaging and weighing of specimen containers within the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: bioMerieux, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronnie J. Robinson, Mark Joseph Fanning, Stanley Michael Philipak, Anthony Valentino, Mike Ammerman
  • Patent number: 8741655
    Abstract: A transport system is provided for a sample testing machine. The transport system includes a carrier holding a set of test sample devices and a drive subsystem for moving the carrier through the sample testing machine. The drive subsystem includes a reciprocating motor-driven block engaging the carrier and moving the carrier back and forth in a predetermined longitudinal path extending along a longitudinal axis from an entrance station to a plurality of processing stations in the sample testing machine. The processing stations are accessed as the carrier is moved along the path. The carrier includes features in the form of slots or voids that are detected by strategically placed optical interrupt sensors. As the carrier moves, the slots are detected by the sensors to thereby continuously track the position of the carrier and the test devices as they are moved through the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Biomerieux, Inc
    Inventors: Michael James Justin, James Clement Bishop, Stanley Michael Philipak, Mark Joseph Fanning
  • Patent number: 8623293
    Abstract: A sealer for a sample testing instrument is disclosed that cuts and seals a fluid conduit that connects a test sample device with a fluid receptacle containing a fluid sample. The sealer includes an enclosure and a protective shield to protect a user or technician from contact with the cutting element assembly in the sealer. The cutting element assembly includes a spring-loaded element that engages the test sample device and holds it in a fixed position while a cutting element (e.g., hot wire) cuts the fluid conduit. A motor driving the cutting element assembly is positioned at an angle having both vertical and horizontal components, whereby adjustment of the motor firmware allows for adjustment of the position of the cutting element relative to the instrument in both horizontal and vertical directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Biomerieux, Inc.
    Inventors: James Clement Bishop, Michael J. Justin, Mark Joseph Fanning
  • Publication number: 20130257238
    Abstract: Devices and systems include housing members with sliding hinges that allow straight linear outward extension before allowing the front housing member to pivot open provide access to interiors for service using smaller footprints and/or without disrupting abutting instrument operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventors: Michael A. Herron, Lawrence Guerra, Kent C. Smith, Mark Joseph Fanning
  • Patent number: 8512636
    Abstract: An integrated instrument processes fluid test samples using disposable test devices. The test devices are carried in a carrier. The instrument includes a vacuum station receiving the carrier for batch loading of the test devices with fluid samples to be tested. The user removes the carrier from the vacuum station and inserts it into a loading station of a separate carrier and test device processing subsystem. This subsystem includes a transport system moving the carrier through the instrument where various modules perform operations on the test devices, including sealing the test devices, loading the test devices into an incubation station, incubation of the test devices, test device reading, and test device disposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Biomerieux, Inc.
    Inventors: Ross Blanton, Michael James Justin, James Clement Bishop, Jacky S. Yam, Robert J. Polster, Mark Joseph Fanning
  • Publication number: 20110124096
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method and container locator means for moving a container among one or more work-flow stations within an apparatus. The apparatus of the present invention may include a means for automated loading, a means for automated transfer and/or a means for automated unloading of a container (e.g., a specimen container). In one embodiment, the apparatus can be an automated detection apparatus for rapid non-invasive detection of a microbial agent in a test sample. The detection system also including a heated enclosure, a holding means or rack, and/or a detection unit for monitoring and/or interrogating the specimen container to detect whether the container is positive for the presence of a microbial agent. In other embodiment, the automated instrument may include one or more, bar code readers, scanners, cameras, and/or weighing stations to aid in scanning, reading, imaging and weighing of specimen containers within the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: BIOMERIEUX, INC.
    Inventors: Stanley Michael Philipak, Mark Joseph Fanning, Mike Ammerman, Ron Bergold, Andrew Scherer, Anthony Valentino
  • Publication number: 20110124028
    Abstract: A method and automated apparatus for rapid non-invasive detection of a microbial agent in a test sample is described herein. The apparatus may include one or more means for automated loading, automated transfer and/or automated unloading of a specimen container. The apparatus also includes a detection system for receiving a detection container, e.g., container or vial, containing a biological sample and culture media. The detection system may also include one or more heated sources, holding structures or racks, and/or a detection unit for monitoring and/or interrogating the specimen container to detect whether the container is positive for the presence of a microbial agent therein. In other embodiment, the automated instrument may include one or more, bar code readers, scanners, cameras, and/or weighing stations to aid in scanning, reading, imaging and weighing of specimen containers within the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: BIOMERIEUX, INC.
    Inventors: RONNIE J. ROBINSON, MARK JOSEPH FANNING, STANLEY MICHAEL PHILIPAK, RICHARD SCOTT REMES, JAMES CLEMENT BISHOP, GARY W. SOMMER, LAWRENCE E. GUERRA, MICHAEL A. HERRON
  • Publication number: 20110124038
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method and automated transfer means for transferring a container within an apparatus. The apparatus of the present invention may include a means for automated loading, a means for automated transfer and/or a means for automated unloading of a container (e.g., a specimen container). In one embodiment, the apparatus can be an automated detection apparatus for rapid non-invasive detection of a microbial agent in a test sample. The detection system also including a heated enclosure, a holding means or rack, and/or a detection unit for monitoring and/or interrogating the specimen container to detect whether the container is positive for the presence of a microbial agent. In other embodiment, the automated instrument may include one or more, bar code readers, scanners, cameras, and/or weighing stations to aid in scanning, reading, imaging and weighing of specimen containers within the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: BIOMERIEUX, INC.
    Inventors: JAMES CLEMENT BISHOP, MARK JOSEPH FANNING, LAWRENCE E. GUERRA
  • Publication number: 20110124029
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method and automated loading mechanism for loading an apparatus. The apparatus of the present invention may include a means for automated loading, a means for automated transfer and/or a means for automated unloading of a container (e.g., a specimen container). In one embodiment, the apparatus can be an automated detection apparatus for rapid non-invasive detection of a microbial agent in a test sample. The detection system also including a heated enclosure, a holding means or rack, and/or a detection unit for monitoring and/or interrogating the specimen container to detect whether the container is positive for the presence of a microbial agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: BIOMERIEUX, INC.
    Inventors: Richard Scott Remes, Stanley Michael Philipak, Mark Joseph Fanning, Ronnie J. Robinson, James Clement Bishop, Lawrence E. Guerra, Andrew Scherer, Anthony Valentino
  • Patent number: D648035
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: BioMerieux, Inc.
    Inventors: Stanley M. Philipak, Frederic Paulhet, Mark Joseph Fanning, Richard Brock, Mark W. Segrist, Thomas Gentles
  • Patent number: D652947
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: bioMerieux, Inc.
    Inventors: Stanley M. Philipak, Frederic Paulhet, Mark Joseph Fanning, Richard Brock, Mark W. Segrist, Thomas Gentles