Patents by Inventor Timothy Hutchins

Timothy Hutchins 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: 8137642
    Abstract: A bubble point of a combination of a filter and a liquid is calibrated by applying an initial back pressure through the filter toward the liquid; taking a first plurality of measurements of the level of the liquid in the container; calculating a first variance of the first plurality of measurements; and comparing the first calculated variance with a known threshold variance. Then a second plurality of measurements of the level of the liquid in the container is taken; a second variance of the second plurality of measurements is calculated; and the second calculated variance is compared with a known threshold variance. The above described steps are repeated at incrementally increased back pressures until the first and second calculated variances are each greater than or equal to the known threshold variance, which is about 0.01. The bubble point is determined to be the back pressure at that point. If the determined bubble point is less than or equal to the known threshold bubble point, which is about 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Cytyc Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy Hutchins, Steven Scampini, Eric Baur
  • Patent number: 8088329
    Abstract: A system for making cell blocks includes a cell block cassette and processing station, the cassette including a main body having a having a collection aperture formed therein and a filter assembly removably attached to the main body, the filter assembly defining a collection well in communication with the collection aperture, and having a filter positioned across a bottom surface of the collection well, the filter configured to retain cellular matter carried in a fluid that is dispensed into the collection well and flows across the filter. The cell block processor has a cassette interface removably seating the cell block cassette, and a sensor positioned or positionable to detect and monitor a fluid level in the collection well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Cytyc Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy Hutchins, Hal Watts, Steven A. Scampini, Eric Grimes, Andrew H. Fischer
  • Patent number: 7914462
    Abstract: A system for making cell blocks includes a cell block cassette and processing station, the cassette including a main body having a having a collection aperture formed therein and a filter assembly removably attached to the main body, the filter assembly defining a collection well in communication with the collection aperture, and having a filter positioned across a bottom surface of the collection well, the filter configured to retain cellular matter carried in a fluid that is dispensed into the collection well and flows across the filter. The cell block processor has a cassette interface removably seating the cell block cassette, and a sensor positioned or positionable to detect and monitor a fluid level in the collection well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Cytyc Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy Hutchins, Hal Watts, Steven Scampini, Eric Grimes, Andrew H. Fischer
  • Patent number: 7914738
    Abstract: A system for making cell blocks includes a cell block cassette and processing station, the cassette including a main body having a having a collection aperture formed therein and a filter assembly removably attached to the main body, the filter assembly defining a collection well in communication with the collection aperture, and having a filter positioned across a bottom surface of the collection well, the filter configured to retain cellular matter carried in a fluid that is dispensed into the collection well and flows across the filter. The cell block processor has a cassette interface removably seating the cell block cassette, and a sensor positioned or positionable to detect and monitor a fluid level in the collection well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Cytyc Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy Hutchins, Hal Watts, Steven A. Scampini, Eric Grimes
  • Publication number: 20100330660
    Abstract: A system for making cell blocks includes a cell block cassette and processing station, the cassette including a main body having a having a collection aperture formed therein and a filter assembly removably attached to the main body, the filter assembly defining a collection well in communication with the collection aperture, and having a filter positioned across a bottom surface of the collection well, the filter configured to retain cellular matter carried in a fluid that is dispensed into the collection well and flows across the filter. The cell block processor has a cassette interface removably seating the cell block cassette, and a sensor positioned or positionable to detect and monitor a fluid level in the collection well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: CYTYC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Timothy Hutchins, Hal Watts, Steven A. Scampini, Eric Grimes, Andrew H. Fischer
  • Patent number: 7829021
    Abstract: A system for making cell blocks includes a cell block cassette and processing station, the cassette including a main body having a having a collection aperture formed therein and a filter assembly removably attached to the main body, the filter assembly defining a collection well in communication with the collection aperture, and having a filter positioned across a bottom surface of the collection well, the filter configured to retain cellular matter carried in a fluid that is dispensed into the collection well and flows across the filter. The cell block processor has a cassette interface removably seating the cell block cassette, and a sensor positioned or positionable to detect and monitor a fluid level in the collection well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: CYTYC Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy Hutchins, Hal Watts, Steven Scampini, Eric Grimes, Andrew H. Fischer
  • Publication number: 20090312955
    Abstract: A bubble point of a combination of a filter and a liquid is calibrated by applying an initial back pressure through the filter toward the liquid; taking a first plurality of measurements of the level of the liquid in the container; calculating a first variance of the first plurality of measurements; and comparing the first calculated variance with a known threshold variance. Then a second plurality of measurements of the level of the liquid in the container is taken; a second variance of the second plurality of measurements is calculated; and the second calculated variance is compared with a known threshold variance. The above described steps are repeated at incrementally increased back pressures until the first and second calculated variances are each greater than or equal to the known threshold variance, which is about 0.01. The bubble point is determined to be the back pressure at that point. If the determined bubble point is less than or equal to the known threshold bubble point, which is about 0.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Applicant: CYTYC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Timothy Hutchins, Steven A. Scampini, Eric Baur
  • Publication number: 20080081351
    Abstract: A system for making cell blocks includes a cell block cassette and processing station, the cassette including a main body having a having a collection aperture formed therein and a filter assembly removably attached to the main body, the filter assembly defining a collection well in communication with the collection aperture, and having a filter positioned across a bottom surface of the collection well, the filter configured to retain cellular matter carried in a fluid that is dispensed into the collection well and flows across the filter. The cell block processor has a cassette interface removably seating the cell block cassette, and a sensor positioned or positionable to detect and monitor a fluid level in the collection well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Publication date: April 3, 2008
    Applicant: CYTYC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Timothy Hutchins, Hal Watts, Steven Scampini, Eric Grimes, Andrew Fischer
  • Publication number: 20080081363
    Abstract: A system for making cell blocks includes a cell block cassette and processing station, the cassette including a main body having a having a collection aperture formed therein and a filter assembly removably attached to the main body, the filter assembly defining a collection well in communication with the collection aperture, and having a filter positioned across a bottom surface of the collection well, the filter configured to retain cellular matter carried in a fluid that is dispensed into the collection well and flows across the filter. The cell block processor has a cassette interface removably seating the cell block cassette, and a sensor positioned or positionable to detect and monitor a fluid level in the collection well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Publication date: April 3, 2008
    Applicant: CYTYC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Timothy Hutchins, Hal Watts, Steven Scampini, Eric Grimes, Andrew Fischer
  • Publication number: 20080057573
    Abstract: A system for making cell blocks includes a cell block cassette and processing station, the cassette including a main body having a having a collection aperture formed therein and a filter assembly removably attached to the main body, the filter assembly defining a collection well in communication with the collection aperture, and having a filter positioned across a bottom surface of the collection well, the filter configured to retain cellular matter carried in a fluid that is dispensed into the collection well and flows across the filter. The cell block processor has a cassette interface removably seating the cell block cassette, and a sensor positioned or positionable to detect and monitor a fluid level in the collection well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Publication date: March 6, 2008
    Applicant: CYTYC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Timothy Hutchins, Hal Watts, Steven Scampini, Eric Grimes
  • Publication number: 20070134130
    Abstract: A filtration based biological specimen collection and transfer system includes a vial cassette configured for accessibly storing a plurality of sample vials, a filter cassette configured for accessibly storing a plurality of filter cartridges, a slide cassette configured for accessibly storing a plurality of specimen slides, a specimen slide processor configured to receive a sample vial, a filter cartridge, and a specimen slide, a transport system including a movable arm having an effecter engagement mechanism; and a plurality of effecters. Each effecter is configured for engaging the movable arm, for retrieving the sample vials, the filter cartridges, or the specimen slides from the respective vial cassette, filter cassette, or slide cassette and positioning them in the specimen slide processor, and for retrieving the sample vials, the filter cartridges, or the specimen slides from the specimen slide processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2005
    Publication date: June 14, 2007
    Applicant: Cytyc Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy Hutchins, Robert Sakal
  • Publication number: 20060255289
    Abstract: In various aspects, the present teaching provide systems for providing sample ions, methods for providing sample ions, and sample support handling mechanisms. The sample support handling mechanisms of the present teachings comprising a sample support transfer mechanism portion and a sample support changing mechanism portion, where the sample support changing mechanism portion is disposed in a vacuum lock chamber. In various embodiments, the sample support handling mechanism facilitates providing consistent positioning of a sample support for subsequent ion generation by MALDI.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2005
    Publication date: November 16, 2006
    Inventors: Thomas Cygan, Vincent Tsang, Raymond Burke, Richard Gill, Roy Martin, Timothy Hutchins
  • Publication number: 20050133714
    Abstract: A MALDI plate construction is provided to support a sample in a manner to effect mass spectrometry of the sample. The plate construction comprises a sample receiving surface, a plate holder for retaining the sample receiving surface and an electrically conductive grid positioned adjacent to the sample receiving surface and in electrical contact with the plate holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2003
    Publication date: June 23, 2005
    Inventors: Marvin Vestal, Timothy Hutchins