Patents by Inventor Rolf Schneebeli

Rolf Schneebeli 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: 10300480
    Abstract: A pipetting device (100) for an apparatus (164) for processing a sample or reagent is disclosed. The pipetting device (100) comprises a coupling mechanism (102), wherein the coupling mechanism (102) comprises at least a first coupling unit (104) adapted to be coupled to a first pipetting tip and a second coupling unit (106) adapted to be coupled to a second pipetting tip, and a tilt mechanism (112) for moving the first coupling unit (104) between an untilted position, in which the first coupling unit (104) and the second coupling unit (106) are arranged parallel to one another, and a tilted position, in which the first coupling unit (104) is tilted relative to the second coupling unit (106).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Hans-Rudolf Bachmann, Rolf Schneebeli
  • Patent number: 9932574
    Abstract: A device, method and system is provided for binding particles for the separation and/or isolation of biological materials. In particular, a container is provided including a suspension of binding particles for the isolation of biological material, inner walls forming an elongate groove at the bottom of said container, and a cover having openings and/or being penetrable for a linear arrangement of multiple pipets or pipet tips, said openings being located above and parallel to said elongate groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Geza Burghardt, Willem Mulder, Rolf Schneebeli
  • Publication number: 20170267995
    Abstract: A device, method and system is provided for binding particles for the separation and/or isolation of biological materials. In particular, a container is provided including a suspension of binding particles for the isolation of biological material, inner walls forming an elongate groove at the bottom of said container, and a cover having openings and/or being penetrable for a linear arrangement of multiple pipets or pipet tips, said openings being located above and parallel to said elongate groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: Roche Molecular System, Inc.
    Inventors: Geza Burghardt, Willem Mulder, Rolf Schneebeli
  • Publication number: 20170197208
    Abstract: A pipetting device (100) for an apparatus for processing a sample or reagent is disclosed. The pipetting device (100) comprises a coupling mechanism, wherein the coupling mechanism comprises at least a first coupling unit (104) adapted to be coupled to a first pipetting tip (108) and a second coupling unit (106) adapted to be coupled to a second pipetting tip (110), and a selection element (138) for selectively allowing a coupling of the first coupling unit (104) to or releasing the first coupling unit (104) from the first pipetting tip (108) and for selectively allowing a coupling of the second coupling unit to or releasing the second coupling unit (106) from the second pipetting tip (110). The selection element (138) is mechanically coupled to the first coupling unit (104) and the second coupling unit (106). Further, an apparatus (198) for processing a sample or reagent and a method for pipetting a sample or reagent are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Inventors: Hans-Rudolf Bachmann, Rolf Schneebeli, Geza Burghardt, Kurt Barmettler
  • Patent number: 9695414
    Abstract: A device, method and system is provided for binding particles for the separation and/or isolation of biological materials. In particular, a container is provided including a suspension of binding particles for the isolation of biological material, inner walls forming an elongate groove at the bottom of said container, and a cover having openings and/or being penetrable for a linear arrangement of multiple pipets or pipet tips, said openings being located above and parallel to said elongate groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Geza Burghardt, Willem Mulder, Rolf Schneebeli
  • Publication number: 20170131314
    Abstract: A pipetting device (100) for an apparatus (164) for processing a sample or reagent is disclosed. The pipetting device (100) comprises a coupling mechanism (102), wherein the coupling mechanism (102) comprises at least a first coupling unit (104) adapted to be coupled to a first pipetting tip and a second coupling unit (106) adapted to be coupled to a second pipetting tip, and a tilt mechanism (112) for moving the first coupling unit (104) between an untilted position, in which the first coupling unit (104) and the second coupling unit (106) are arranged parallel to one another, and a tilted position, in which the first coupling unit (104) is tilted relative to the second coupling unit (106).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Inventors: Hans-Rudolf Bachmann, Rolf Schneebeli
  • Patent number: 9381519
    Abstract: An apparatus for separating magnetic particles from a liquid which contains said particles, said liquid being contained in an elongated vessel (11) having a length axis (12), said vessel being arranged in a vessel holder (13) with its length axis (12) in a substantially vertical position, said vessel (11) having a bottom and a tapered cross-section that diminishes towards the bottom of the vessel and a side wall (14) which has an outer surface which forms an angle with the length axis (12) of said vessel (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: ROCHE MOLECULAR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Tobias Holenstein, Rolf Schneebeli, Renato Belz
  • Patent number: 9244087
    Abstract: The invention provides for a method of pipetting samples using a pipetting device including more than one pipetting unit. Each of the pipetting units are independently movable in Y and Z directions and includes an upper and a lower frame. Two adjacent pipetting units include a module arranged in a staggered manner in either of the respective upper and lower frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: ROCHE MOLECULAR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Alessandro D'Amore, Urs Knecht, Rolf Schneebeli
  • Publication number: 20150309065
    Abstract: The invention provides for a method of pipetting samples using a pipetting device including more than one pipetting unit. Each of the pipetting units are independently movable in Y and Z directions and includes an upper and a lower frame. Two adjacent pipetting units include a module arranged in a staggered manner in either of the respective upper and lower frames.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Publication date: October 29, 2015
    Applicant: ROCHE MOLECULAR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Alessandro D'Amore, Urs Knecht, Rolf Schneebeli
  • Patent number: 9101922
    Abstract: The invention provides for a method of pipetting samples using a pipetting device including more than one pipetting unit. Each of the pipetting units are independently movable in Y and Z directions and includes an upper and a lower frame. Two adjacent pipetting units include a module arranged in a staggered manner in either of the respective upper and lower frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: ROCHE MOLECULAR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Alessandro D'Amore, Urs Knecht, Rolf Schneebeli
  • Publication number: 20150152405
    Abstract: A device, method and system is provided for binding particles for the separation and/or isolation of biological materials. In particular, a container is provided including a suspension of binding particles for the isolation of biological material, inner walls forming an elongate groove at the bottom of said container, and a cover having openings and/or being penetrable for a linear arrangement of multiple pipets or pipet tips, said openings being located above and parallel to said elongate groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Publication date: June 4, 2015
    Inventors: Geza Burghardt, Willem Mulder, Rolf Schneebeli
  • Publication number: 20150096356
    Abstract: A method of pipetting samples is described using a pipetting device comprising more than one pipetting unit, wherein said pipetting units are independently movable in Y and Z direction and comprise at least one module arranged in a staggered manner compared to the adjacent pipetting unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: ROCHE MOLECULAR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Alessandro D'Amore, Urs Knecht, Rolf Schneebeli
  • Patent number: 8926582
    Abstract: A sealing cap for a body fluid container, and a body fluid collection device and system are disclosed. The sealing cap includes an inner cap placeable on an opening in the body fluid container forming a mouth, the inner cap has a shielding member which seals the mouth of the body fluid container, an outer cap resting on the inner cap, the outer cap being movable relative to the inner cap, and a channel member, wherein by a rotational movement the outer cap is movable between an first position in which the channel member is located separated from the shielding member and a second position in which the channel member extends through the shielding member, thereby establishing an open state of the shielding member, and wherein the shielding member returns to a closed state when the outer cap is moved back from the second position to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Hans-Peter Wahl, Rolf Schneebeli, Renato Belz
  • Patent number: 8900527
    Abstract: A pipetting device is described comprising more than one pipetting unit, wherein said pipetting units are independently movable in Y and Z direction and comprise at least one module arranged in a staggered manner compared to the adjacent pipetting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Roche Molecular Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Alessandro D'Amore, Urs Knecht, Rolf Schneebeli
  • Patent number: 8743359
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a non-invasive method for surveilling mixing and separation of a suspension in an analytical system using solid phase particles for separation of an analyte by measuring particle distribution with a camera attached to a pipetting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Geza Burghardt, Pirow Engelbrecht, Andreas Gisler, Nicholas Hastings, Rolf Schneebeli, David Roger Tegerdine
  • Publication number: 20130256205
    Abstract: An apparatus for separating magnetic particles from a liquid which contains said particles, said liquid being contained in an elongated vessel (11) having a length axis (12), said vessel being arranged in a vessel holder (13) with its length axis (12) in a substantially vertical position, said vessel (11) having a bottom and a tapered cross-section that diminishes towards the bottom of the vessel and a side wall (14) which has an outer surface which forms an angle with the length axis (12) of said vessel (11).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Tobias Holenstein, Rolf Schneebeli, Renato Belz
  • Patent number: 8470267
    Abstract: An apparatus for separating magnetic particles from a liquid which contains said particles, said liquid being contained in an elongated vessel (11) having a length axis (12), said vessel being arranged in a vessel holder (13) with its length axis (12) in a substantially vertical position, said vessel (11) having a bottom and a tapered cross-section that diminishes towards the bottom of the vessel and a side wall (14) which has an outer surface which forms an angle with the length axis (12) of said vessel (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Tobias Holenstein, Rolf Schneebeli, Renato Belz
  • Patent number: 8460617
    Abstract: A pipette tip and a method for pipetting a congealed blood sample utilizing the pipette tip are disclosed. The pipette tip includes an attachment section configured to be attached to a dispensing device, a liquid containing section configured to receive at least part of an aspired liquid sample, and a liquid aspiration section that is connected to the liquid containing section. The liquid aspiration section has a distal end aspiration opening and at least one further aspiration opening in a side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Gottlieb Schacher, Rolf Schneebeli, Hans-Peter Wahl
  • Publication number: 20130071946
    Abstract: A device, method and system is provided for binding particles for the separation and/or isolation of biological materials. In particular, a container is provided including a suspension of binding particles for the isolation of biological material, inner walls forming an elongate groove at the bottom of said container, and a cover having openings and/or being penetrable for a linear arrangement of multiple pipets or pipet tips, said openings being located above and parallel to said elongate groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: ROCHE MOLECULAR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Geza Burghardt, Willem Mulder, Rolf Schneebeli
  • Publication number: 20120287434
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a non-invasive method for surveilling mixing and separation of a suspension in an analytical system using solid phase particles for separation of an analyte by measuring particle distribution with a camera attached to a pipetting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: ROCHE MOLECULAR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Geza Burghardt, Pirow Engelbrecht, Andreas Gisler, Nicholas Hastings, Rolf Schneebeli, David Roger Tegerdine