Patents by Inventor Martijn Xander Berntsen

Martijn Xander Berntsen 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: 20220098542
    Abstract: A picktool manipulator device collects a specimen from a culture medium. In a first mode of operation, a picktool is allowed to move in an axial direction relative to support structure of the device. A detector may generate a signal in response to movement of the body in the axial direction so as to determine a height at which the picktool contacts the medium. The device may operate in the first mode when collecting a specimen from a culture medium. A second mode of operation constrains or precludes axial movement of the picktool. In some cases, the device may operate in the second mode when receiving a new picktool or discarding a used picktool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2021
    Publication date: March 31, 2022
    Applicant: BD KIESTRA B.V.
    Inventors: Martijn Xander Berntsen, Jurjen Sinnema, Martijn Kleefstra
  • Patent number: 11262368
    Abstract: An apparatus for conveying a plurality of articles includes a transport belt, a bumper stopper, and a rotator. A motor moves the transport belt which is adapted to rotate the rotator as the belt conveys the plurality of articles. The stopper can move between first and second positions relative to the transport belt wherein the bumper stopper guides one article toward the rotator when the bumper stopper is in the first position. The bumper stopper allows the article to be conveyed to another location when the bumper stopper is in the second position. The transport belt can continue to convey other articles while the one article is temporarily held in place by the bumper stopper. The rotator is configured to rotate the article conveyed by the transport belt. The article can remain in contact with the transport belt while the rotator is rotating the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: BD KIESTRA B.V.
    Inventors: Jurjen Sinnema, Roger Petri, Martijn Xander Berntsen, Martijn Kleefstra
  • Patent number: 11136544
    Abstract: A picktool manipulator device collects a specimen from a culture medium. In a first mode of operation, a picktool is allowed to move in an axial direction relative to support structure of the device. A detector may generate a signal in response to movement of the body in the axial direction so as to determine a height at which the picktool contacts the medium. The device may operate in the first mode when collecting a specimen from a culture medium. A second mode of operation constrains or precludes axial movement of the picktool. In some cases, the device may operate in the second mode when receiving a new picktool or discarding a used picktool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: BD KIESTRA B.V.
    Inventors: Martijn Xander Berntsen, Jurjen Sinnema, Martijn Kleefstra
  • 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: 20210239582
    Abstract: The present invention describes an automated platform for inoculating a variety of receptacles with biological samples for testing and analysis. The lab automation system includes a plurality of modules used to automate the inoculation of media for subsequent analysis. In this regard, the lab automation system has one module to enter specimen/order information and store an inventory of petri dishes. Another module is used to label the sample receptacles with a unique identifier that associates the receptacles with the sample. Yet another module includes a robot for retrieving sample and inoculating the receptacles. The sample inoculation module also includes an apparatus that will receive slides, inoculate those slides, and further process the slides for analysis. Finally, the lab automation system includes a module that streaks the culture media with the sample. Thus, the automated lab system described herein provides consistent samples with minimal input from a lab operator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2021
    Publication date: August 5, 2021
    Applicant: BD KIESTRA B.V.
    Inventors: Martijn Xander BERNTSEN, Martijn Kleefstra, Roger Petri, Tino Walter Van Der Zee
  • 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: 11016007
    Abstract: The present invention describes an automated platform for inoculating a variety of receptacles with biological samples for testing and analysis. The lab automation system includes a plurality of modules used to automate the inoculation of media for subsequent analysis. In this regard, the lab automation system has one module to enter specimen/order information and store an inventory of petri dishes. Another module is used to label the sample receptacles with a unique identifier that associates the receptacles with the sample. Yet another module includes a robot for retrieving sample and inoculating the receptacles. The sample inoculation module also includes an apparatus that will receive slides, inoculate those slides, and further process the slides for analysis. Finally, the lab automation system includes a module that streaks the culture media with the sample. Thus, the automated lab system described herein provides consistent samples with minimal input from a lab operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: BD KIESTRA B.V.
    Inventors: Martijn Xander Berntsen, Martijn Kleefstra, Roger Petri, Tino Walter Van Der Zee
  • Publication number: 20200166532
    Abstract: An apparatus for conveying a plurality of articles includes a transport belt, a bumper stopper, and a rotator. A motor moves the transport belt which is adapted to rotate the rotator as the belt conveys the plurality of articles. The stopper can move between first and second positions relative to the transport belt wherein the bumper stopper guides one article toward the rotator when the bumper stopper is in the first position. The bumper stopper allows the article to be conveyed to another location when the bumper stopper is in the second position. The transport belt can continue to convey other articles while the one article is temporarily held in place by the bumper stopper. The rotator is configured to rotate the article conveyed by the transport belt. The article can remain in contact with the transport belt while the rotator is rotating the article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Inventors: Jurjen Sinnema, Roger Petri, Martijn Xander Berntsen, Martijn Kleefstra
  • Publication number: 20200102532
    Abstract: A picktool manipulator device collects a specimen from a culture medium. In a first mode of operation, a picktool is allowed to move in an axial direction relative to support structure of the device. A detector may generate a signal in response to movement of the body in the axial direction so as to determine a height at which the picktool contacts the medium. The device may operate in the first mode when collecting a specimen from a culture medium. A second mode of operation constrains or precludes axial movement of the picktool. In some cases, the device may operate in the second mode when receiving a new picktool or discarding a used picktool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: Martijn Xander BERNTSEN, Jurjen SINNEMA, Martijn Kleefstra
  • Patent number: 10585107
    Abstract: An apparatus for conveying a plurality of articles (10) includes a transport belt (6), a bumper stopper (14), and a rotator (12). A motor moves the transport belt which is adapted to rotate the rotator as the belt conveys the plurality of articles. The stopper can move between first and second positions relative to the transport belt wherein the bumper stopper guides one article toward the rotator when the bumper stopper is in the first position. The bumper stopper allows the article to be conveyed to another location when the bumper stopper is in the second position. The transport belt can continue to convey other articles while the one article is temporarily held in place by the bumper stopper. The rotator is configured to rotate the article conveyed by the transport belt. The article can remain in contact with the transport belt while the rotator is rotating the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: BD KIESTRA B.V.
    Inventors: Jurjen Sinnema, Roger Petri, Martijn Xander Berntsen, Martijn Kleefstra
  • Patent number: 10557113
    Abstract: A picktool manipulator device collects a specimen from a culture medium. In a first mode of operation, a picktool is allowed to move in an axial direction relative to support structure of the device. A detector may generate a signal in response to movement of the body in the axial direction so as to determine a height at which the picktool contacts the medium. The device may operate in the first mode when collecting a specimen from a culture medium. A second mode of operation constrains or precludes axial movement of the picktool. In some cases, the device may operate in the second mode when receiving a new picktool or discarding a used picktool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: BD KIESTRA B.V.
    Inventors: Martijn Xander Berntsen, Jurjen Sinnema, Martijn Kleefstra
  • Publication number: 20180072982
    Abstract: A picktool manipulator device collects a specimen from a culture medium. In a first mode of operation, a picktool is allowed to move in an axial direction relative to support structure of the device. A detector may generate a signal in response to movement of the body in the axial direction so as to determine a height at which the picktool contacts the medium. The device may operate in the first mode when collecting a specimen from a culture medium. A second mode of operation constrains or precludes axial movement of the picktool. In some cases, the device may operate in the second mode when receiving a new picktool or discarding a used picktool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Applicant: BD KIESTRA B.V.
    Inventors: Martijn Xander BERNTSEN, Jurjen SINNEMA, Martijn Kleefstra
  • Publication number: 20180045746
    Abstract: An apparatus for conveying a plurality of articles (10) includes a transport belt (6), a bumper stopper (14), and a rotator (12). A motor moves the transport belt which is adapted to rotate the rotator as the belt conveys the plurality of articles. The stopper can move between first and second positions relative to the transport belt wherein the bumper stopper guides one article toward the rotator when the bumper stopper is in the first position. The bumper stopper allows the article to be conveyed to another location when the bumper stopper is in the second position. The transport belt can continue to convey other articles while the one article is temporarily held in place by the bumper stopper. The rotator is configured to rotate the article conveyed by the transport belt. The article can remain in contact with the transport belt while the rotator is rotating the article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Applicant: BD KIESTRA B.V
    Inventors: Jurjen Sinnema, Roger Petri, Martijn Xander Berntsen, Martijn Kleefstra
  • Patent number: 9677044
    Abstract: In a method for picking up cell material from a culture dish a picking tool is displaced towards the cell material. Contact between the tool and the cell material is determined by carrying out capacitive measurements. After contact the tool is removed from the cell material. In an assembly for performing said method a support made of electrically conducting material supports the dish. A measurement device determines the start electrical capacity of the system composed of picking tool and support in a starting position of the tool, and determines the electrical capacity of the system when lowering the tool towards the dish. The measurement device provides signals representing the electrical capacity to a controller, which comprises a comparator for performing a comparison of the electrical capacity during lowering of the tool with the start electrical capacity. The controller controls the positioning of the tool at least based on this comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: BD Keistra B.V.
    Inventors: Jetze Botma, Martijn Kleefstra, Martijn Xander Berntsen, Tino Walter Van Der Zee
  • 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: 20150276566
    Abstract: The present invention describes an automated platform for inoculating a variety of receptacles with biological samples for testing and analysis. The lab automation system includes a plurality of modules used to automate the inoculation of media for subsequent analysis. In this regard, the lab automation system has one module to enter specimen/order information and store an inventory of petri dishes. Another module is used to label the sample receptacles with a unique identifier that associates the receptacles with the sample. Yet another module includes a robot for retrieving sample and inoculating the receptacles. The sample inoculation module also includes an apparatus that will receive slides, inoculate those slides, and further process the slides for analysis. Finally, the lab automation system includes a module that streaks the culture media with the sample. Thus, the automated lab system described herein provides consistent samples with minimal input from a lab operator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Publication date: October 1, 2015
    Applicant: BD KIESTRA B.V.
    Inventors: Martijn Xander Berntsen, Martijn Kleefstra, Roger Petri, Tino Walter Van Der Zee
  • 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: 20140242570
    Abstract: In a method for picking up cell material from a culture dish a picking tool is displaced towards the cell material. Contact between the tool and the cell material is determined by carrying out capacitive measurements. After contact the tool is removed from the cell material. In an assembly for performing said method a support made of electrically conducting material supports the dish. A measurement device determines the start electrical capacity of the system composed of picking tool and support in a starting position of the tool, and determines the electrical capacity of the system when lowering the tool towards the dish. The measurement device provides signals representing the electrical capacity to a controller, which comprises a comparator for performing a comparison of the electrical capacity during lowering of the tool with the start electrical capacity. The controller controls the positioning of the tool at least based on this comparison.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: BD KIESTRA B.V.
    Inventors: Jetze Botma, Martijn Kleefstra, Martijn Xander Berntsen, Tino Walter Van Der Zee