Test (e.g., Diagnostic Or Indicator) Patents (Class 206/569)
  • Patent number: 10295444
    Abstract: An apparatus including a reagent cartridge and a reaction chamber, the reagent cartridge having a reagent capsule removably positioned therein for dispensing of a reagent onto the reaction chamber. A system including a linearly translatable mounting assembly having a plurality of mounting stations dimensioned to receive at least one fluid dispensing cartridge, a linearly translatable bulk reagent dispensing assembly having a plurality of bulk reagent dispensing nozzles coupled thereto and a receiving assembly positioned beneath the mounting assembly and the bulk reagent dispensing assembly, the receiving assembly including a plurality of reaction stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Sakura Finetek U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventors: Xuan S. Bui, Anthony L. Hartman, Toshiyuki Fujimaki, Shinji Tokudaiji, Yoshitake Okabe, Yoshitada Mizusawa
  • Patent number: 10279351
    Abstract: A system for separating an analyte from other components of a sample includes a receptacle holding station and a magnetic separation station. The receptacle holding station includes one or more stationary, permanent magnets positioned to apply a magnetic field to the contents of a receptacle held stationary within the receptacle holding station. The magnetic separation station includes one or more permanent magnets and is configured to perform a magnetic separation procedure on the contents of a receptacle transported from the receptacle holding station to the magnetic separation station. The magnetic separation procedure includes isolating an analyte immobilized on a magnetically-responsive solid support within the receptacle and removing other components of the sample from the receptacle. The magnetic separation station is configured to provide relative movement between the receptacle and the one or more permanent magnets after the receptacle is transported to the magnetic separation station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: GEN-PROBE INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Christopher B. Davis, Norbert D. Hagen, James T. Tuggle
  • Patent number: 10251908
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to vitamin B12 nasal spray compositions and methods of using the same in the treatment of vitamin B12 deficiency and various disorders that are related to such deficiency. In particular embodiments, the present invention is directed to treatment methods comprising intranasal administration of a cobalamin composition according to a particular dosing and frequency schedule and to a preservative-free nasal spray composition comprising a cobalamin compound useful in the practice of such treatment methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: ENDO PHARMACEUTICALS INC.
    Inventors: Theodore H. Feller, Angela Sutterer, Thomas E. Fleming
  • Patent number: 9823259
    Abstract: A detection device for cannabinoid use including a base unit and a display screen disposed on the base unit. A central processing unit and a tetrahydrocannabinol testing device are disposed within the base unit. A testing slot is disposed on a bottom portion of the base unit, with a back end of the testing slot disposed within the tetrahydrocannabinol testing device. Each of a plurality of testing strips is slidably and removably disposed within the testing slot. A printer has a pair of T-shaped attachment extensions. Each of the pair of attachment extensions and a universal serial bus plug disposed on the printer simultaneously removably and slidably engages each of a pair of attachment slots and a universal serial bus port disposed on the base unit, respectively. The tetrahydrocannabinol testing device is configured to analyze and calculate the presence and amount of tetrahydrocannabinol in a person's bloodstream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventor: Walter Nichols
  • Patent number: 9778255
    Abstract: An assembly for selectively performing a clinical chemical test or an ELISA assay including a reagent cartridge with a housing 11 having at least one cavity 12, 13, 14 that contains a reaction or diluting component and having a recess 15 in which a solid phase 20 to which an antigen or antibody can be coupled is inserted into the recess 15 of the housing 11. The assembly also includes at least one measuring cell, wherein a measuring cell is assigned to each reagent cartridge and wherein the reagent cartridge and the measuring cell assigned to it are in a linear assembly in an analytical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: DRG Instruments GMBH
    Inventors: Alfred Janetzko, Wilhelm Sänger, Cyril E. Geacintov
  • Patent number: 9701996
    Abstract: A biological sterilization indicator (BI) and a method of using same for assaying the lethality of a sterilization process. The BI can include a housing, which can include a first portion, and a second portion, which can be movable with respect to the first portion between a first and second position. The BI can further include a frangible container comprising a liquid. The BI can further include a spore reservoir and a projection positioned in the housing. The projection can be configured to fracture the container when the second portion of the housing is moved from the first position to the second position. The method can include maintaining a minimal cross-sectional area of space around the container when the second portion of the housing is in the first position, and fracturing the container in response to moving the second portion between the first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Smith, Jeffrey C. Pederson, Sailaja Chandrapati
  • Patent number: 9651557
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an improved method for detecting antibodies to a hepatitis virus in a tissue sample from individuals, which can reliably detect antibodies in recently infected individuals and which provides much lower false positive results in individuals that have cleared their hepatitis infections. More particularly, the present invention relates to an improved method and kit which utilizes an activator of (i) hepatitis virus-primed lymphocytes, (ii) memory cells specific for said hepatitis virus, (iii) hepatitis virus-specific antibody production, or (iv) a combination thereof in a tissue sample to stimulate the production of antibodies from newly primed B cells, if present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventors: Dror Atzmon, Dobroslav Melamed
  • Patent number: 9642429
    Abstract: A sterile case for an electronic device used during medical procedures includes a rigid housing with at least one transparent face. An opening in the housing permits movement of the device into and out of the housing in, for example, a direction parallel to the length or width of the housing. A door attached to the housing moves between open and closed positions to seal the opening. A sleeve is configured to be received, when the door is in the open position, partially within the housing and to extend outward from the housing through the opening. The sleeve defines a bore aligned with the opening and configured to receive the device and to permit insertion of the device through the sleeve into the housing without contact between the device and a rim of the housing surrounding the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: STERIDEV, LLC
    Inventor: Robert L. Zondervan
  • Patent number: 9636348
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of remyelinating axons with 6-substituted estradiol compounds of the formula The methods can be used to treat a variety of demyelinating diseases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Endece LLC
    Inventors: James G. Yarger, Steven H. Nye
  • Patent number: 9406058
    Abstract: An apparatus for automatically assaying an item made of at least one precious metal and selectively offering payment in exchange includes a user interface and control circuit; a trolley for carrying and moving the item within the apparatus; a first camera to image the item; an electronic weighing scale, and an x-ray fluorescence engine. The trolley carrying the item moves onto the weighing scale to establish a weight of the item and moves the item into the x-ray fluorescence engine to perform an x-ray fluorescence assay of the item at a location determined through image processing a visual survey of the item performed by the first camera. The user interface and control circuit creates an offer of purchase of the item based on weight and x-ray fluorescence assay of the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignees: Blackton, LLC., Vergent Products
    Inventors: Steve Rebeil, Jorge Burtin
  • Patent number: 9173814
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a container for liquids, a method of filling it and the use of the container according to the invention for holding and storing radioactive substances. The container for a liquid comprises a cavity for holding the liquid, the cavity being bounded by walls (1) at the sides and at the bottom, an opening for filling the cavity with the liquid, a closure for closing off the cavity, the closure having a piercing region for inserting a cannula into the cavity, a bottom casing (20) which surrounds the walls of the cavity in the standing area, a top casing (10) which surrounds the pierceable closure with the exception of the piercing region, and a film (30) which extends from the top casing to the bottom casing and surrounds those areas of the walls of the cavity which are not already surrounded by the top casing or bottom casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Algeta ASA
    Inventors: Jan Børge Jakobsen, Peer Børreetzen, Bjørn Haugseter
  • Patent number: 9056708
    Abstract: Disclosed is a product cushioning device for supporting a shock sensitive product during shipping, said product cushioning structure being made of a moldable resilient plastics material. The device comprises a plurality of device surfaces suitably shaped and sized to accommodate the shock sensitive product, one of the plurality of device surfaces including a product supporting region at least partially surrounded by product contacting walls, and having a product supporting platform in the lower region thereof; and a three-dimensional structural feature formed into a least one of the plurality of device surfaces; wherein the three-dimensional structural feature serves to control the amount and rate of deflection in the event of impact. In one embodiment, the three-dimensional structural feature comprises a plurality of lines of weakness in a projecting part protruding from at least one device surface being formed of a male mold, wherein in use a top portion of the projecting part rests against the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Inventor: Forrest Smith
  • Patent number: 9038827
    Abstract: A packaging box with test strips is provided for a gripper to grip the test strips, and the gripper has a gripping section and a conductive terminal in the gripping section, and the packaging box includes a main body and a test strip. The main body has an embedded groove including a port with a shape corresponding to the shape of the gripping section, and the port is provided for inserting the gripping section. The test strip has a conductive area defined on a surface of the test strip, and the test strip is contained in the embedded groove, wherein the gripping section is coupled to the port, and the conductive terminal is electrically coupled to the conductive area. With the packaging box, the test strips can be taken out conveniently and quickly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: K-JUMP HEALTH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chao-Man Tseng
  • Patent number: 9005978
    Abstract: A pouch (2) includes: a first, inner, envelope (1) which is closed, delimiting a first space (6) forming a pouch stricto sensu (1) intended for receiving a biopharmaceutical product or device; a second, outer, envelope (8) which is closed, delimiting a second space (9) in which is located the first envelope/pouch stricto sensu (1); a spacer element (11); at least one tracer gas located in the first space (6) or in the intermediate space (14) at a partial pressure different from that of the intermediate space or of the first space; and at least one colorimetric detection layer (12), responding to the concentration of tracer gas which reaches it by changing from a first color to a second color, and being an integral part of a wall (3, 4) of the first envelope/defined pouch (1) and/or of a wall (13) of the second envelope and/or of the spacer element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Sartorius Stedim FMT SAS
    Inventors: Lars Bottcher, Martin Dahlberg
  • Publication number: 20150037906
    Abstract: An odor adsorbent material, an odor detection kit, and a method for using the same for rapidly identifying a facility where binding of an odor component had occurred among facilities used in a distribution route of a commodity. The odor detection kit includes at least two pieces of an odor adsorbent material, a package section that includes at least two storage sections and is configured to store the odor adsorbent material, and a sheet section. The odor detection kit is installed in a facility. At least one of the pieces of the odor adsorbent material is exposed to open space in the facility, recovered therefrom, and sealed and stored. At the time of testing, occurrence of odor emission in the facility is determined by comparing odor components adsorbed by each of the pieces of the odor adsorbent material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicants: SUNTORY HOLDINGS LIMITED, TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takiko Nakada, Ryoichi Tajima, Masanobu Yoshinaga
  • Publication number: 20150004059
    Abstract: A test sensor container (400) is designed for use with an analyte measuring system (40). The test sensor container (100) may include a cartridge (200) including a plurality of stacked individual compartments (202) connected to one another in an accordion-style fashion. Each individual compartment (202) is collapsible from an expanded to a collapsed condition and is dimensioned to hold a test sensor (6) when in the expanded condition. The test sensor container further includes at least one foil cover (116) sealing the plurality of compartments (102, 202).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: BAYER HEALTHCARE LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Brown, Martin Antoine Mathelier, Sung-Kwon Jung
  • Publication number: 20140353205
    Abstract: A transportable, self-contained assay facility built in a modified standard shipping container that is completely equipped to melt and assay precious metals, particularly gold and silver. An induction furnace melts the metal that is then poured into an ingot. The ingot is weighed and analyzed using an XRF alloy analyzer and the percentage of gold and/or other metals recorded. The value of the gold at current market prices is calculated and the assay and the value of the ingot is printed and given to the seller. The seller may opt to receive the ingot and pay the assayer an assay fee. Alternately, the seller may ask to be paid in cash, by bullion, wire transfer, or by an open hedge. A transfer or hedge is initiated and confirmed from the assay facility. The ingots may be securely stored in a safe within the assay facility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Chris M. Noyes, Walter Nadonza
  • Publication number: 20140308741
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for minimizing diagnostic errors due to transposition of biological specimens among subjects provides for independent biometric confirmation that a given specimen is from a given donor. In certain embodiments, a biological specimen confirmation kit comprises a portable and openable case housing components of the kit, at least one biological specimen container adapted to receive a biological testing specimen from a donor, and at least one reference sample device adapted to receive a biological reference specimen from the same donor, such that the testing and reference specimens can later be compared for donor match verification by a reference verification entity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Peter M. Knapp, JR., Travis A. Morgan, Theodore R. Schenberg
  • Patent number: 8858063
    Abstract: A dilution kit for and a method of diluting concentrated solutions used to treat allergic symptoms are disclosed. The dilution kit may comprise a case comprising: a base; and a cover hingedly coupled to the base. A foam pad may be removably coupled within the base, the foam pad defining a plurality of vial apertures. A plurality of vials may be removably positionable within the plurality of vial apertures. The method may comprise: removably positioning at least one of a plurality of vials in an upwardly facing position within at least one of a plurality of apertures defined in a layer of foam padding in a base of a case of a dilution kit; and placing a predetermined amount of one of a diluent, a concentrated solution, and a combination thereof into at least one empty vial of the plurality of vials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: SAPA-IP, LLC
    Inventor: Stuart H. Agren
  • Publication number: 20140299506
    Abstract: A resilient sleeve removably encases a body fluid monitor. The sleeve includes a visually enhancing adornment for promoting the optical recognizability of the encased body fluid monitor. The visually enhancing adornment can include a highly visible color and/or indicia such as a letter, word, phrase and/or logo for promoting the optical recognizability of the body fluid monitor. The color and/or indicia can be associated with a cause and/or organization to allow for cause-based marketing of body fluid monitor. In some embodiments the cause is charitable. In some cases the organization is a school. In some embodiments a body fluid monitoring kit includes a visually enhancing adornment for promoting its optical recognizability. The visually enhancing adornment can include a highly visible color and/or indicia such as a letter, word, phrase and/or logo for promoting the optical recognizability of the kit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Frederick W. Engimann, III
  • Patent number: 8844725
    Abstract: A test strip container with an insert comprising a channel and a retaining member and methods of manufacturing and utilization thereof are disclosed. The container includes a housing, an insert, a lid, and at least one retaining member in at least one channel. The at least one retaining member releasably retains a plurality of test strips in the at least one channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank A. Chan, Matthew C. Sauers, Abner D. Joseph, Christopher Wiegel
  • Patent number: 8783102
    Abstract: A protective container for holding a reusable control part of a transcutaneous sensor system for detecting at least one analyte in a bodily fluid is disclosed. The control part includes at least one coupling, which has at least one sensor coupling for connection to at least one transcutaneous sensor. The protective container has at least one container housing. The control part can be held in the container housing. The container housing is adapted to shield the control part from environmental influences. The container housing also has at least one connector which can be connected to the coupling and seals the latter in a media-tight fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Wolfgang Heck, Bernd Roesicke, Gerhard Frisch
  • Patent number: 8772034
    Abstract: A control solution packet for calibrating a bodily fluid sampling device includes a container, a control solution pressurized within the container, and a membrane for covering and sealing the container. The control solution can be pressurized before or during calibration so as to ensure the appropriate amount of control solution is delivered to the bodily fluid sampling device. The control solution is manufactured to have a viscosity that controls delivery of the control solution to the device. The membrane is permeable by a piercing device of the bodily fluid sampling device and seals around the piercing device during calibration. In another aspect, the container is in the form of a capsule or dosing attachment that contains the control solution along with a sponge-like material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Juergen Rasch-Menges, Paul Jansen
  • Publication number: 20140180243
    Abstract: A pocket sized diabetic kit carrying supplies that a diabetic patient will need for 24 hours includes but not limited to Lancet pen, lancets, small test strip bottle filled with test strips, blood test meter, one or more insulin types stored in a plurality of pre-filled syringes, one syringe splint or just one hard plunger, a plurality of alcohol pads, one blood plotter pad, Velcro straps and a syringe clipper. The pocket diabetic kit is compact, small and thin and can fit into a pocket so that a diabetic patient can be easily carried in the pants' pocket or other pockets without causing inconvenience or uncomfortable. The present invention also discloses ways to modify supplies including tools, medication syringes, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: Larry Leonard
  • Publication number: 20140150189
    Abstract: A case for a powered toothbrush comprises a housing having an interior for receiving a powered toothbrush, and a cover, wherein the cover substantially obfuscates the interior but is sufficiently light-transmissive to communicate the presence of an indicator from within the interior. Also provided is a powered toothbrush and case system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicants: Omron Healthcare Co., Ltd., COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY
    Inventors: Takashi Shigeno, Kazuya Andachi, Tamaki Ito
  • Patent number: 8727124
    Abstract: An impact and crush resistant shipping container for a vial and cap assembly, e.g., a FABI, the container having sides and a bottom defining a cavity and an opening, and a closeable cover; a partitioning divider defining at least one vertical receptacle for receiving a portion of the vial and cap assembly; an insert having at least one opening therethrough for receiving the vial and cap assembly, each opening sized such that the vial and cap assembly can be suspended in the opening, and the partitioning divider is positionable with respect to the insert such that the vial and cap assembly can be suspended at least partially within the receptacle, and the partitioning divider and the insert with the at least one vial and cap assembly suspended therein are positionable within the cavity such that the cover can be closed without contacting the at least one vial and cap assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: American Sterilizer Company
    Inventors: Phillip P. Franciskovich, Tricia A. Cregger
  • Publication number: 20140116919
    Abstract: A packaging box with test strips is provided for a gripper to grip the test strips, and the gripper has a gripping section and a conductive terminal in the gripping section, and the packaging box includes a main body and a test strip. The main body has an embedded groove including a port with a shape corresponding to the shape of the gripping section, and the port is provided for inserting the gripping section. The test strip has a conductive area defined on a surface of the test strip, and the test strip is contained in the embedded groove, wherein the gripping section is coupled to the port, and the conductive terminal is electrically coupled to the conductive area. With the packaging box, the test strips can be taken out conveniently and quickly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: Chao-Man TSENG
  • Patent number: 8641965
    Abstract: Method for controlling the sterilization of products in an autoclave, in which products are placed in at least one closed, unsealed and confined container of any type, and according to which inside this same container there is a loaded and autonomous device for measuring in the container at least one sterilization parameter wherein during at least one part of the duration of the sterilization cycle and according to a predefined frequency, at least one representative value of the measurement of the at least one parameter is recorded in the loaded device and at least one of these representative values is transmitted directly through the container that remains closed, through wireless transmission by electromagnetic rays of waves with a frequency of less than 250,000 GHz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: MXM
    Inventors: Paul Martel, Guy Charvin
  • Patent number: 8585987
    Abstract: An automated staining system and a reagent container designed for use with the automated staining apparatus. The reagent container includes a reagent containment section capable of containing a volume of a reagent. The reagent containment section includes an upper wall and a base wall that are spaced apart along an axis. The base wall includes a well having a nadir that is aligned axially with an access opening in the upper wall so that a reagent probe entering the opening parallel to the axis will travel toward the nadir. In another aspect of the invention, the reagent container may include a two-dimensional data element containing reagent information. The staining apparatus may include one removable drawer for holding reagent containers and another removable drawer holding slides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Lab Vision Corporation
    Inventors: Ken K. Tseung, Norman K. Rhett, Glenn K. Takayama, Wai Bun Wong, Delia P. Yuen
  • Patent number: 8551934
    Abstract: A cleaning compound for cleaning surfaces in a food processing environment includes at least one container, with each container including a peroxide and/or an alkaline reactant therein. The alkaline reactant is selected to raise the pH of the cleaning compound into the alkaline range when the peroxide and the alkaline reactant are mixed together. The cleaning compound may be a liquid or dry compound, which is applied to the surface to be cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: William E. Spindler
  • Patent number: 8501156
    Abstract: Described herein is a method for non-invasive detection and treatment of intra-cranial aneurysms. Antibodies are provided to specifically react/bind with antigens of the cerebral aneurism wall. The antibodies may be bound to a label and/or to a therapeutic agent for diagnosis and/or for treatment purposes thereof. Intra-cranial aneurysms are thus non-invasively detected before rupture occurs and are specifically treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Lers Surgical, LLC
    Inventor: Lionel C. Sevrain
  • Publication number: 20130161226
    Abstract: Provided herein are anti-static pipette trays that reduce the amount of static charge accumulated on or in pipette tips and allow for discharge of any accumulated static charge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: BIOTIX, INC.
    Inventor: BIOTIX, INC.
  • Patent number: 8470268
    Abstract: An apparatus for collecting oral fluid, comprising a vial formed with an inner specimen receptacle for receiving the oral fluid. The open top of the vial is cylindrical and formed with threads on a portion of its outer surface adjacent its open top. The specimen receptacle is disposed within the vial, spaced along its length from the inner surface of the vial and has a closed bottom end and an open top end. The entire periphery of the receptacle top end is sealingly secured to the inner surface of the vial proximal to but spaced from the vial's open threaded end. The bottom end of the vial can be open and flat and extend beyond the closed end of the specimen receptacle to enable the vial to be set on a horizontal surface. A funnel is removably placed in the open top end of the vial and narrows to an inner neck fits within the open top end of the vial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventor: Johnson N. S. Wong
  • Publication number: 20130118948
    Abstract: A transportable, self-contained assay facility built in a modified standard shipping container that is completely equipped to melt and assay precious metals, particularly gold and silver. An induction furnace melts the metal that is then poured into an ingot. The ingot is weighed and analyzed using an XRF alloy analyzer and the percentage of gold and/or other metals recorded. The value of the gold at current market prices is calculated and the assay and the value of the ingot is printed and given to the seller. The seller may opt to receive the ingot and pay the assayer an assay fee. Alternately, the seller may ask to be paid in cash, by bullion, wire transfer, or by an open hedge. A transfer or hedge is initiated and confirmed from the assay facility. The ingots may be securely stored in a safe within the assay facility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventors: Chris M. Noyes, Walter Nadonza
  • Publication number: 20130081973
    Abstract: An inspection kit including a portable container adapted to be moved by a user; user protection equipment adapted to be stored in the container; and conveyance inspection equipment adapted to be stored in the container with the user protection equipment. The user protection equipment includes safety equipment adapted to be worn by a user to protect the user. The conveyance inspection equipment includes equipment adapted to be used by the user to inspect an article transport apparatus. The portable container is configured to house both the user protection equipment and the conveyance inspection equipment for transport by a user as a unitary assembly to the apparatus for inspection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: FCI Americas Technology LLC
    Inventor: John E. Yankowski, JR.
  • Patent number: 8394343
    Abstract: A blood glucose meter for providing easy access to test strips and measuring blood glucose, a disposable and removable cartridge for providing easy access to test strips, and methods of manufacturing and utilization thereof are disclosed. The blood glucose meter for providing easy access to test strips and measuring blood glucose has a disposable and removable cartridge, a retaining member which releasably retains the test strips in a stacked configuration, and a housing. The disposable and removable cartridge has a rigid lid attached to a flexible body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank A. Chan, Matthew C. Sauers, Abner D. Joseph, Christopher Wiegel
  • Patent number: 8352007
    Abstract: An oximeter has a housing configured to have a cavity defining portion that is adapted to be fitted with covers of various dimensions to effect receptacles of different dimensions for accommodating differently sized sensor of sensor assemblies that are matable to the oximeter for sensing physical attributes of a patient. Each of the covers, once fully fitted to the housing, is fixedly latched thereto unless a force that overcomes the latching is applied to remove the cover. The effected receptacle is adapted to biasedly retain a corresponding sensor placed therein. The holstered sensor therefore would not accidentally fall out or be removed from the receptacle, until the user deliberately applies a force to remove the sensor from the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Smiths Medical ASD, Inc.
    Inventors: Dave Donars, Robert Rammel, Matthew L. Brown, Guy A. Smith
  • Patent number: 8342332
    Abstract: A portable laboratory for an intermediate or secondary biology course and experiments relating to the course includes a carrying case of the type having an impervious sturdy cover and a closeable interior containing a first and second inner panel. The laboratory also includes a relatively small portable microscope having a zoom optical system, a dissecting box and tray, a spirit lamp, a digital camera and numerous items typically found in a secondary school laboratory all of which are releaseably fastened to one of the panels. The portable laboratory also includes test strips for testing glucose in urine as well as a number of microscope slides, many of which are prepared slides and other elements for conducting experiments for a course together with a laboratory manual and CD containing text material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Munirah Abdullah Alhajri
  • Publication number: 20120261301
    Abstract: The packaging for a food product is provided with a container having an opening delimited by a frame, the frame having a radially inner side wall, and a lid. The lid can move between an open position and a closed position in which it closes off the opening. A measuring utensil with a bowl can be positioned in the plane of the frame. The inner side wall of the frame is provided with a retaining member which has a base extending from the frame towards the central axis of the container and that is extended by a tab extending upwards some distance from the inner side wall. The retaining member delimits, with the inner side wall, a slot-like housing capable with a small amount of clearance of accommodating a wall portion of the bowl.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: Compagnie Gervais Danone
    Inventors: Patrick VanDamme, Frédéric Bourdin, Francis Lovell
  • Publication number: 20120228189
    Abstract: A portable laboratory for an intermediate or secondary biology course and experiments relating to the course includes a carrying case of the type having an impervious sturdy cover and a closeable interior containing a first and second inner panel. The laboratory also includes a relatively small portable microscope having a zoom optical system, a dissecting box and tray, a spirit lamp, a digital camera and numerous items typically found in a secondary school laboratory all of which are releaseably fastened to one of the panels. The portable laboratory also includes test strips for testing glucose in urine as well as a number of microscope slides, many of which are prepared slides and other elements for conducting experiments for a course together with a laboratory manual and CD containing text material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventor: Munirah Abdullah Alhajri
  • Publication number: 20120187021
    Abstract: A sample carrier for carrying one or more samples to be processed by a sample processing apparatus includes at least one sample processing channel, the channel including a first region configured to carry a first fluid and at least a second region, wherein the first fluid in the first region is moved to the second region via compression of the first region. A sample processing apparatus for processing samples carried by sample carriers including at least one raised vessel carrying at least one a sample or a processing material includes a sample carrier receiving region configured to receive one of the sample carriers and a displacer configured to apply physical pressure to the raised vessel which causes compression of the raised vessel, thereby moving a fluid in the raised vessel to another region of the sample carrier for at least one of mixing or processing by the at least one processing component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: ANALOGIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Gilbert W. McKenna
  • Publication number: 20120181296
    Abstract: The invention relates to an equipment housing, in particular the housing of a blood treatment device, having a housing wall 10 and a closing flap 20 for closing an opening in the housing wall 10, said closing flap being rotatably mounted with respect to a coupling element 30 via a second pivot 34, whereby the coupling element 30 is rotatably mounted with respect the housing wall 10 via a first pivot 12, whereby the closing flap 20 can be disposed in at least a second and a third opened working position, in both of which positions the opening 14 in the housing wall is not closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventor: Andreas Syfonios
  • Publication number: 20120148496
    Abstract: Methods and compositions for modifying an individual's reaction time to an external stimulus are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventor: Alan R. Hirsch
  • Publication number: 20120134923
    Abstract: The present invention provides a novel method of labelling biological targeting molecules (BTMs) of interest with radioiodine. Also provided are novel radioiodinated BTMs prepared using the method, as well as radiopharmaceutical compositions comprising such radioiodinated BTMs. The invention also provides radioiodinated intermediates useful in the method, as well as in vivo imaging methods using.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Inventors: Michelle Avory, William John Trigg
  • Patent number: 8158078
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to a test strip container which provides easy access to test strips. The test strip container includes a lower housing, an upper housing, and a retaining member configured to releasably retain the test strips in a nested configuration. The nested configuration of the test strip container provides easy access to test strips by arranging the test strips so that they extend radially outward from the retaining member. The radial arrangement of the test strips operates to separate the test strips so that test strip users may easily select a single test strip from a plurality of test strips. Alternatively, the test strip container includes a lower housing, an upper housing, and a retaining member configured to releasably retain the test strips in a longitudinal configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank A. Chan, Chris Wiegel
  • Patent number: 8142739
    Abstract: An automated staining system and a reagent container designed for use with the automated staining apparatus. The reagent container includes a reagent containment section capable of containing a volume of a reagent. The reagent containment section includes an upper wall and a base wall that are spaced apart along an axis. The base wall includes a well having a nadir that is aligned axially with an access opening in the upper wall so that a reagent probe entering the opening parallel to said axis will travel toward the nadir. In another aspect of the invention, the reagent container may include a two-dimensional data element containing reagent information. The staining apparatus may include one removable drawer for holding reagent containers and another removable drawer holding slides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Lab Vision Corporation
    Inventors: Ken K. Tseung, Norman K. Rhett, Glenn K. Takayama, Wai Bun Wong, Delia P. Yuen
  • Patent number: 8096419
    Abstract: The present invention provides photosensitizing agents obtained by reducing a single double bond in the porphyrin macrocycle of a sulphonated meso-tetraphenylporphyrin, preferably a disulphonated meso-tetraphenylporphyrin such as TPPS2a. The resulting sulphonated meso-tetraphenyl chlorins include compounds of formula I: (wherein X is —SO3H; n, p, q and r are each independently 0 or 1; and the sum of n, p, q and r is an integer from 1 to 4, preferably at least 2, e.g. 2 or 4) isomers and isomer mixtures thereof. The compounds of the invention and their pharmaceutically acceptable salts find particular use as photosensitizing agents in the photochemical internalization of molecules and in photodynamic therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: PCI Biotech AS
    Inventors: Claude Rimington, Greta Rimington, legal representative, Kristian Berg, Diem Thuy Thi Tran, Pal Kristian Selbo
  • Patent number: 8007883
    Abstract: The invention relates to a container (1) comprising a transparent cylindrical container wall (2) and an envelope (8) covering the entire container wall. Such containers are used in the form of a vial, an ampulla or a syringe, for example, in clinical tests of medicaments or remedies. According to the invention, the envelope is embodied in an opaque manner such that it can be determined whether undissolved particles are still present in the liquid, but the actual color of the content cannot be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Fisher Clinical Services AG
    Inventor: Alain Dürr
  • Patent number: 7972574
    Abstract: A test kit for testing production waste includes a plurality of components including reagents, test equipment, or a combination thereof, sufficient to perform analysis on production waste and at least one protective case for shipping and for using the plurality of components, the protective case including a top portion releasably engaged with a bottom portion. The top portion includes a top side attached at an inner face of the top side to a top edge of a continuous sidewall formed by a plurality of sides such that the top portion of the protective case includes a hollow interior cavity bound by the inner face of the top side and an inner face of the continuous sidewall, wherein the hollow interior cavity is open on a bottom side, and wherein the hollow interior cavity defines a water-tight enclosure opened on the bottom side, such that the top portion, resting on a support surface inverted on an outer face of the top side, is capable of forming a liquid reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignees: M-I L.L.C., M-I Drilling Fluids Canada, Inc.
    Inventors: Glynda A. Addicks, Bharat Arora, Mukesh Kapila
  • Patent number: 7914768
    Abstract: A stabilized radiopharmaceutical composition, a kit including same, and a method for making same, where the radiopharmaceutical is (i) susceptible to either reductive degradation or radiolysis and which includes a metal complex of a radionuclide with a ligand, (ii) a first stabilizer for the radiopharmaceutical which is an amino-substituted aromatic carboxylic acid or a salt, ester or amide thereof, and (iii) a second stabilizer for the radiopharmaceutical which is a diphosphonic acid or salt thereof. The first and second stabilizers are present in an amount effective to stabilize the radiopharmaceutical, and the radiopharmaceutical is not a metal complex of the diphosphonic acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignees: GE Healthcare Limited, Nihon Medi-Physics, Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Anthony E. Storey, Georg Brauers, Koichi Hanaoka, Yoshihito Minosako, Koichi Homma, Yoshifumi Shirakami