Patents by Inventor Wayne A. Showalter

Wayne A. Showalter 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: 20200088750
    Abstract: An automated system is provided for performing slide processing operations on slides bearing biological samples. In one embodiment, the disclosed system includes a slide tray holding a plurality of slides in a substantially horizontal position and a workstation that receives the slide tray. In a particular embodiment, a workstation delivers a reagent to slide surfaces without substantial transfer of reagent (and reagent borne contaminants such as dislodged cells) from one slide to another. A method for automated processing of slides also is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Kurt Reinhardt, Charles D. Lemme, Glen Ward, William L. Richards, Wayne Showalter, Brandon Ambler, Austin Micheil Ashby, Chris Borchert, Devon C. Campbell, Kimberly Christensen, Matthew Freeman, Andrew Ghusson, Rick Griebel, Kendall B. Hendrick, Miroslav Holubec, Parula Mehta, Vince Rizzo
  • Publication number: 20190257846
    Abstract: An automated system is provided for performing slide processing operations on slides bearing biological samples. In one embodiment, the disclosed system includes a slide tray holding a plurality of slides in a substantially horizontal position and a workstation that receives the slide tray. In a particular embodiment, a workstation delivers a reagent to slide surfaces without substantial transfer of reagent (and reagent borne contaminants such as dislodged cells) from one slide to another. A method for automated processing of slides also is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: Kurt Reinhardt, Charles D. Lemme, Glen Ward, William L. Richards, Wayne Showalter, Brandon Ambler, Austin Micheil Ashby, Chris Borchert, Devon C. Campbell, Kimberly Christensen, Matthew Freeman, Andrew Ghusson, Rick Griebel, Kendall B. Hendrick, Miroslav Holubec, Parula Mehta, Vince Rizzo
  • Publication number: 20190257847
    Abstract: An automated system is provided for performing slide processing operations on slides bearing biological samples. In one embodiment, the disclosed system includes a slide tray holding a plurality of slides in a substantially horizontal position and a workstation that receives the slide tray. In a particular embodiment, a workstation delivers a reagent to slide surfaces without substantial transfer of reagent (and reagent borne contaminants such as dislodged cells) from one slide to another. A method for automated processing of slides also is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: Kurt Reinhardt, Charles D. Lemme, Glen Ward, William L. Richards, Wayne Showalter, Brandon Ambler, Austin Michell Ashby, Chris Borchert, Devon C. Campbell, Kimberly Christensen, Matthew Freeman, Andrew Ghusson, Rick Griebel, Kendall B. Hendrick, Miroslav Holubec, Parula Mehta, Vince Rizzo
  • Publication number: 20190203252
    Abstract: A system for automated microorganism identification and antibiotic susceptibility testing comprising a reagent cartridge, a reagent stage, a cassette, a cassette, stage, a pipettor assembly, an optical detection system, and a controller is disclosed. The system is designed to dynamically adjust motor idle torque to control heat load and employs a fast focus process for determining the true focus position of an individual microorganism. The system also may quantify the relative abundance of viable microorganisms in a sample using dynamic dilution, and facilitate growth of microorganisms in customized media for rapid, accurate antimicrobial susceptibility testing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Applicant: Accelerate Diagnostics, Inc.
    Inventors: Austin Ashby, Wayne Showalter, Jasmin Cote
  • Patent number: 10302665
    Abstract: An automated system is provided for performing slide processing operations on slides bearing biological samples. In one embodiment, the disclosed system includes a slide tray holding a plurality of slides in a substantially horizontal position and a workstation that receives the slide tray. In a particular embodiment, a workstation delivers a reagent to slide surfaces without substantial transfer of reagent (and reagent borne contaminants such as dislodged cells) from one slide to another. A method for automated processing of slides also is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt Reinhardt, Charles D. Lemme, Glen Ward, William L. Richards, Wayne Showalter, Brandon Ambler, Austin Micheil Ashby, Chris Borchert, Devon C. Campbell, Kimberly Christensen, Matthew Freeman, Andrew Ghusson, Rick Griebel, Kendall B. Hendrick, Miroslav Holubec, Parula Mehta, Vince Rizzo
  • Patent number: 10273521
    Abstract: A system for automated microorganism identification and antibiotic susceptibility testing comprising a reagent cartridge, a reagent stage, a cassette, a cassette, stage, a pipettor assembly, an optical detection system, and a controller is disclosed. The system is designed to dynamically adjust motor idle torque to control heat load and employs a fast focus process for determining the true focus position of an individual microorganism. The system also may quantify the relative abundance of viable microorganisms in a sample using dynamic dilution, and facilitate growth of microorganisms in customized media for rapid, accurate antimicrobial susceptibility testing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Accelerate Diagnostics, Inc.
    Inventors: Austin Ashby, Wayne Showalter, Jasmin Cote
  • Patent number: 10261000
    Abstract: Systems and methods that enable automated processing of specimens carried on microscope slides are described herein. Aspects of the technology are directed, for example, to automated specimen processing systems and methods for dispensing liquids onto slides. The system can concurrently or sequentially perform lock cycles. Each lock cycle can include lock steps for addressing respective slides to dispense liquid. The lock steps of different lock cycles can be synchronized to prevent any collision between dispensers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: VENTANA MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Wayne A. Showalter, Nathan Smith, Paul Howley
  • Patent number: 10253355
    Abstract: A system for automated microorganism identification and antibiotic susceptibility testing comprising a reagent cartridge, a reagent stage, a cassette, a cassette, stage, a pipettor assembly, an optical detection system, and a controller is disclosed. The system is designed to dynamically adjust motor idle torque to control heat load and employs a fast focus process for determining the true focus position of an individual microorganism. The system also may quantify the relative abundance of viable microorganisms in a sample using dynamic dilution, and facilitate growth of microorganisms in customized media for rapid, accurate antimicrobial susceptibility testing. Automated quality control test components and methods of their use are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Accelerate Diagnostics, Inc.
    Inventors: William L. Richards, Austin Ashby, Matthew Ketterer, Kevin Marshall, Josh Harrison, Matthew Mette, Paul Richards, Wayne Showalter, Jasmin Cote, Phillip C. Halbert, Solene Bourgeois, Steven W. Metzger, Ken Hance, Meghan Mensack, Carlos Michel, Elke Allers, Dulini Gamage, Landon Prisbrey, Oleg Gusyatin, Alena Shamsheyeva, Ben Turng, Andrew Ghusson, Kurt Reinhardt
  • Publication number: 20180291419
    Abstract: A system for automated microorganism identification and antibiotic susceptibility testing comprising a reagent cartridge, a reagent stage, a cassette, a cassette, stage, a pipettor assembly, an optical detection system, and a controller is disclosed. The system is designed to dynamically adjust motor idle torque to control heat load and employs a fast focus process for determining the true focus position of an individual microorganism. The system also may quantify the relative abundance of viable microorganisms in a sample using dynamic dilution, and facilitate growth of microorganisms in customized media for rapid, accurate antimicrobial susceptibility testing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: Accelerate Diagnostics, Inc.
    Inventors: William L. Richards, Austin Ashby, Matthew Ketterer, Kevin Marshall, Josh Harrison, Matthew Mette, Paul Richards, Wayne Showalter, Jasmin Cote, Steven W. Metzger, Ken Hance, Meghan Mensack, Carlos Michel, Elke Allers, Dulini Gamage, Landon Prisbrey, Oleg Gusyatin, Alena Shamsheyeva, Ben Turng, Andrew Ghusson, Kurt Reinhardt, Phillip C. Halbert, Solene Bourgeois
  • Patent number: 10023895
    Abstract: A system for automated microorganism identification and antibiotic susceptibility testing comprising a reagent cartridge, a reagent stage, a cassette, a cassette, stage, a pipettor assembly, an optical detection system, and a controller is disclosed. The system is designed to dynamically adjust motor idle torque to control heat load and employs a fast focus process for determining the true focus position of an individual microorganism. The system also may quantify the relative abundance of viable microorganisms in a sample using dynamic dilution, and facilitate growth of microorganisms in customized media for rapid, accurate antimicrobial susceptibility testing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Accelerate Diagnostics, Inc.
    Inventors: William L. Richards, Austin Ashby, Matthew Ketterer, Kevin Marshall, Josh Harrison, Matthew Mette, Paul Richards, Wayne Showalter, Jasmin Cote, Phillip C. Halbert, Solene Bourgeois, Steven W. Metzger, Ken Hance, Meghan Mensack, Carlos Michel, Elke Allers, Dulini Gamage, Landon Prisbrey, Oleg Gusyatin, Alena Shamsheyeva, Ben Turng, Andrew Ghusson, Kurt Reinhardt
  • Publication number: 20180135093
    Abstract: A system for automated microorganism identification and antibiotic susceptibility testing comprising a reagent cartridge, a reagent stage, a cassette, a cassette, stage, a pipettor assembly, an optical detection system, and a controller is disclosed. The system is designed to dynamically adjust motor idle torque to control heat load and employs a fast focus process for determining the true focus position of an individual microorganism. The system also may quantify the relative abundance of viable microorganisms in a sample using dynamic dilution, and facilitate growth of microorganisms in customized media for rapid, accurate antimicrobial susceptibility testing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Applicant: Accelerate Diagnostics, Inc.
    Inventors: Austin Ashby, Wayne Showalter, Jasmin Cote
  • Publication number: 20170131303
    Abstract: An automated system is provided for performing slide processing operations on slides bearing biological samples. In one embodiment, the disclosed system includes a slide tray holding a plurality of slides in a substantially horizontal position and a workstation that receives the slide tray. In a particular embodiment, a workstation delivers a reagent to slide surfaces without substantial transfer of reagent (and reagent borne contaminants such as dislodged cells) from one slide to another. A method for automated processing of slides also is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Inventors: Kurt Reinhardt, Charles D. Lemme, Glen Ward, William L. Richards, Wayne Showalter, Brandon Ambler, Austin Micheil Ashby, Chris Borchert, Devon C. Campbell, Kimberly Christensen, Matthew Freeman, Andrew Ghusson, Rick Griebel, Kendall B. Hendrick, Miroslav Holubec, Parula Mehta, Vince Rizzo
  • Publication number: 20170023599
    Abstract: A system for automated microorganism identification and antibiotic susceptibility testing comprising a reagent cartridge, a reagent stage, a cassette, a cassette, stage, a pipettor assembly, an optical detection system, and a controller is disclosed. The system is designed to dynamically adjust motor idle torque to control heat load and employs a fast focus process for determining the true focus position of an individual microorganism. The system also may quantify the relative abundance of viable microorganisms in a sample using dynamic dilution, and facilitate growth of microorganisms in customized media for rapid, accurate antimicrobial susceptibility testing. Automated quality control test components and methods of their use are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: Accelerate Diagnostics, Inc.
    Inventors: William L. Richards, Austin Ashby, Matthew Ketterer, Kevin Marshall, Josh Harrison, Matthew Mette, Paul Richards, Wayne Showalter, Jasmin Cote, Phillip C. Halbert, Solene Bourgeois, Steven W. Metzger, Ken Hance, Meghan Mensack, Carlos Michel, Elke Allers, Dulini Gamage, Landon Prisbrey, Oleg Gusyatin, Alena Shamsheyeva, Ben Turng, Andrew Ghusson, Kurt Reinhardt
  • Publication number: 20170023450
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are described that achieve independent and simultaneous processing of a plurality of substrate-supported biological samples. In one embodiment, substrate holders arranged in a minor arc are independently moveable between a processing position and an access position, and reagents are delivered to substrates held in the substrate holders through a nozzle plate that moves along the arc of substrate holders. The disclosed apparatus and method are particularly suited for implementation of lean processing of biological samples.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Inventors: Austin Ashby, Andrew Ghusson, Lisa Jensen-Long, Kevin Knapp, Rodney Kugizaki, Alain L. Larson, Charles D. Lemme, Paul Richards, William L. Richards, Wayne Showalter, Glen Ward, Chad Wilkinson
  • Publication number: 20170010194
    Abstract: Systems and methods that enable automated processing of specimens carried on microscope slides are described herein. Aspects of the technology are directed, for example, to automated specimen processing systems and methods for dispensing liquids onto slides. The system can concurrently or sequentially perform lock cycles. Each lock cycle can include lock steps for addressing respective slides to dispense liquid. The lock steps of different lock cycles can be synchronized to prevent any collision between dispensers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Inventors: Wayne A. Showalter, Nathan Smith, Paul Howley
  • Patent number: 9528918
    Abstract: An automated system is provided for performing slide processing operations on slides bearing biological samples. In one embodiment, the disclosed system includes a slide tray holding a plurality of slides in a substantially horizontal position and a workstation that receives the slide tray. In a particular embodiment, a workstation delivers a reagent to slide surfaces without substantial transfer of reagent (and reagent borne contaminants such as dislodged cells) from one slide to another. A method for automated processing of slides also is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt Reinhardt, Charles D. Lemme, Glen Ward, William L. Richards, Wayne Showalter, Brandon Ambler, Austin Micheil Ashby, Chris Borchert, Devon C. Campbell, Kimberly Christensen, Matthew Freeman, Andrew Ghusson, Rick Griebel, Kendall B. Hendrick, Miroslav Holubec, Parula Mehta, Vince Rizzo
  • Publication number: 20160289729
    Abstract: A system for automated microorganism identification and antibiotic susceptibility testing comprising a reagent cartridge, a reagent stage, a cassette, a cassette, stage, a pipettor assembly, an optical detection system, and a controller is disclosed. The system is designed to dynamically adjust motor idle torque to control heat load and employs a fast focus process for determining the true focus position of an individual microorganism. The system also may quantify the relative abundance of viable microorganisms in a sample using dynamic dilution, and facilitate growth of microorganisms in customized media for rapid, accurate antimicrobial susceptibility testing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Publication date: October 6, 2016
    Applicant: Accelerate Diagnostics, Inc.
    Inventors: William L. Richards, Austin Ashby, Matthew Ketterer, Kevin Marshall, Josh Harrison, Matthew Mette, Paul Richards, Wayne Showalter, Jasmin Cote, Phillip C. Halbert, Solene Bourgeois, Steven W. Metzger, Ken Hance, Meghan Mensack, Carlos Michel, Elke Allers, Dulini Gamage, Landon Prisbrey, Oleg Gusyatin, Alena Shamsheyeva, Ben Turng, Andrew Ghusson, Kurt Reinhardt
  • Publication number: 20150031073
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are described that achieve independent and simultaneous processing of a plurality of substrate-supported biological samples. In one embodiment, substrate holders arranged in a minor arc are independently moveable between a processing position and an access position, and reagents are delivered to substrates held in the substrate holders through a nozzle plate that moves along the arc of substrate holders. The disclosed apparatus and method are particularly suited for implementation of lean processing of biological samples.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Charles D. Lemme, William Richards, Glen Ward, Austin Ashby, Andrew Ghussen, Lisa Jensen-Long, Kevin Knapp, Rodney Kugizaki, Alain Larson, Paul Richards, Wayne Showalter, Chad Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 8883509
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are described that achieve independent and simultaneous processing of a plurality of substrate-supported biological samples. In one embodiment, substrate holders arranged in a minor arc are independently moveable between a processing position and an access position, and reagents are delivered to substrates held in the substrate holders through a nozzle plate that moves along the arc of substrate holders. The disclosed apparatus and method are particularly suited for implementation of lean processing of biological samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles D. Lemme, William Richards, Glen Ward, Austin Ashby, Andrew Ghusson, Lisa Jensen-Long, Kevin Knapp, Rodney Kugizaki, Alain Larson, Paul Richards, Wayne Showalter, Chad Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 8812329
    Abstract: An interface point network (IPN) and a method for communication with a laboratory information system using an IPN, wherein the IPN includes at least one host computer in communication with at least one laboratory instrument, the laboratory information system and an interface point server in communication with the host computer and the laboratory information system, the interface point server being configured to function as a communication interface between the host computer and the laboratory information system in a manner responsive to a predetermined communication protocol. Use of bar code and RFID labels for tracking samples and in maintaining sample data is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Showalter, Alain L. Larson