Process Disinfecting, Preserving, Deodorizing, Or Sterilizing Patents (Class 422/1)
  • Patent number: 11330825
    Abstract: A method of treatment with at least one biocidal and/or safener product with a boiling temperature between 60 and 280° C., wherein the method comprises a treatment step duration greater than or equal to 3 days, wherein the treatment step comprises at least one injection phase of a duration greater than or equal to 3 days during which a liquid containing the, or each, product is evaporated and injected inside an enclosure, wherein the liquid is evaporated and injected with a period of less than or equal to two days during the injection phase, wherein the liquid is evaporated at a temperature below 50° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: XEDA INTERNATIONAL S.A.
    Inventors: Alberto Sardo, Stefano Sardo
  • Patent number: 11305025
    Abstract: A disinfectant device includes a housing, a UV source disposed within the housing, a reflector for directing rays from the UV source downward through a bottom of the housing, a motion detector, a frequency detector, and an indicator light, said UV source specific to a non-visible light spectrum in a range of 200 nm to 222 nm. The bottom can be an open bottom or may include a glass covering. A timer can be included to display a duration for the UV source to be turned on. The device can include a protective curtain about a perimeter of the bottom of the housing. The reflector can be ellipsoidal in shape to direct the rays from the UV source downward through the bottom of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventor: Robert Barry
  • Patent number: 11116861
    Abstract: Devices having user-interactive guided control interfaces. The devices are for washing, disinfecting and/or sterilizing medical, dental, laboratory and/or pharmaceutical goods. Devices may include sterilizers, washer-disinfectors, autoclaves, and washers. Users are only presented with user interface objects which are appropriate at each step or process state of the guided process. Devices may include a touch screen, a chamber for goods to be processed, and a door to the chamber. Different sets of user interface objects are presented on a display for different respective states of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: GETINGE STERILIZATION AB
    Inventors: Hanna Ljungström, Per Norlin
  • Patent number: 11040121
    Abstract: Provided herein are portable ultraviolet (UV) devices, systems, and methods of use and manufacturing same. Methods of use include methods for UV disinfection and sterilization, more specifically, methods for UV disinfection and sterilization of a container, a room, a space or a defined environment. The portable UV devices, systems and methods are particularly useful for the UV disinfection and sterilization of a container, a room, a space or defined environment used in various industries. Provided are also portable UV devices, systems, and methods for inhibiting the growth of one or more species of microorganisms present in a container, a room, a space or a defined environment, preferably for inhibiting the growth of one or more species of microorganisms present on an interior surface of a container, a room, a space or a defined environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: BLUEMORPH, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander Farren, Noah Bareket, Thomas Edgar Beard
  • Patent number: 10927317
    Abstract: A system for producing biomass pellets comprising a pan mill for comminuting a biomass material, a treatment means in which the comminuted biomass material is treated with an oxidizing reactant and a pellet press for pressing pellets from the treated biomass material. The invention further relates to an associated process. The intention is to initiate during pellet production oxidation reactions which can otherwise result in autoignition of the pellets in pellet heaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Amandus Kahl GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Werner Sitzmann
  • Patent number: 10893990
    Abstract: A treatment apparatus and method of treating an inside volume of a mobile vehicle using the apparatus. The method includes the steps of: a) placing a treatment unit in an operative position with respect to the mobile vehicle, the treatment unit having: i) a frame; ii) a source of UV light; and iii) an air mover for controllably directing air within the inside volume to be exposed to UV rays generated by the UV light source; and b) operating the treatment unit and thereby causing air within the inside volume to be disinfected by UV light rays from the UV light source and circulated within the inside volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: PetAirapy, LLC
    Inventor: Mike M. Uda
  • Patent number: 10738255
    Abstract: Systems and methods of producing a solid fuel composition are disclosed. In particular, systems and methods for producing a solid fuel composition by heating and mixing a solid waste mixture below atmospheric pressure to a maximum temperature sufficient to melt the mixed plastics within the solid waste mixture is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Ecogensus LLC
    Inventor: Bjornulf White
  • Patent number: 10716870
    Abstract: The invention relates to a facility which has a dirty facility area and an adjacent clean facility area, baskets for receiving the dirty articles, and a wall separating the dirty area from the clean area, the dirty area including an entry door for receiving the dirty articles, pre-processing stations with tables for the pre-washing and/or sorting by a human operator, or even by a robotic operator, of the dirty articles and for arranging the pre-washed and/or sorted articles in the baskets, pick-up points at the pre-processing stations for pick-up of the baskets with the pre-washed and/or sorted articles, a plurality of washers, eg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: KEN HYGIENE SYSTEMS A/S
    Inventor: Kim Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 10688216
    Abstract: One aspect of the present invention generally relates to methods of sealing a wound or tissue plane or filling a void splace. In a preferred embodiment, the wound is an ophthalmic, pleural or dural wound. In certain instances, the compositions used to seal the wound or tissue plane comprises a polyalkyleneimine. In a preferred embodiment, the polyalkyleneimine is polyethyleneimine. Treatment of the polyethyleneimine with a cross-linking reagent causes the polyethyleneimine polymers to polymerize forming a seal. In certain instances, the cross-linking reagent is a polyethylene glycol having reactive terminal groups. In certain instances, the reactive terminal groups are activated esters, such as N-hydroxy succinimide ester. In certain instances, the reactive terminal groups are isocyanates. In certain instances, the polyethyleneimine has a lysine, cysteine, isocysteine or other nucleophilic group attached to the periphery of the polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: HyperBranch Medical Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth E. Stockman, Michael A. Carnahan, Keith R. D'Alessio, Mark W. Grinstaff
  • Patent number: 10653808
    Abstract: Disinfection apparatus having submersible disinfection devices for disinfecting fluid. The disinfection apparatus includes: a pipe having one or more linear segments; one or more disinfection devices installed on the pipe, each of the one or more disinfection devices generating light for disinfecting fluid in a linear segment of the pipe; and a controller electrically coupled to the one or more disinfection devices and controlling the one or more disinfection devices. Another embodiment of the disinfecting apparatus includes; side and bottom walls and a lid that define an enclosed chamber; an inlet and outlet for communicating fluid to the enclosed chamber; a plurality of disinfection devices disposed on the side wall, each of the plurality of disinfection devices generating light for disinfecting fluid inside the enclosed chamber; and a controller electrically coupled to the plurality of disinfection devices and controlling the plurality of disinfection devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Bolb Inc.
    Inventors: Jianping Zhang, Huazhong Deng, Bin Zhang
  • Patent number: 10647461
    Abstract: A cleansing and packaging system for pipeline preparation of specialty medical instruments and method for cleansing and packaging instruments are provided herein. The cleansing and packaging system includes a first sealable cleansing compartment and a second sealable packaging compartment. A conveyor device transports medical instruments to be cleansed through a sealing entry door to the cleansing compartment, then to the packaging compartment through a sealing joining door, and then out of the packaging compartment through a sealing exit door. The cleansing compartment includes a sanitation system and a sterilization system, each which includes its own inspection devices that operate continuously to confirm the success of sanitation and sterilization operations. The packaging compartment includes a packaging system, which may include its own inspection devices that operate continuously to confirm the quality of the packaging of medical instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Biosense Webster (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventors: Andres Claudio Altmann, Assaf Govari, Yaron Ephrath
  • Patent number: 10603394
    Abstract: Provided herein are portable ultraviolet (UV) devices, systems, and methods of use and manufacturing same. Methods of use include methods for UV disinfection and sterilization, more specifically, methods for UV disinfection and sterilization of a container, a room, a space or a defined environment. The portable UV devices, systems and methods are particularly useful for the UV disinfection and sterilization of a container, a room, a space or defined environment used in the food, beverage and dairy industry and in the process of fermentation for an alcoholic beverage. Provided are also portable UV devices, systems, and methods for inhibiting the growth of one or more species of microorganisms present in a container, a room, a space or a defined environment, preferably for inhibiting the growth of one or more species of microorganisms present on an interior surface of a container, a room, a space or a defined environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: BlueMorph, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander Farren, Noah Bareket, Thomas Edgar Beard
  • Patent number: 10596287
    Abstract: A communication hub provides communication between a number of medical device processing components within a network. A user may access the communication hub via a user device such as a smartphone or computer and monitor and manage configurations and information relating to the medical device processing components. Features include the ability to view current status of medical device processing components in order to identify a device that is available for current use, to receive notifications of failed or completed tasks on devices, to disable or enable devices remotely, to view statistics and data visualizations of the performance and use of devices, and other similar features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: ASP GLOBAL MANUFACTURING GMBH
    Inventors: Philippe Kanh Dang, Venkata Danam, Yaeer Lev, Jacob S. Childs, Darius D. Eghbal, Jeremy M. Yarwood, Brian J. Thompson
  • Patent number: 10549006
    Abstract: The present invention relates to novel compounds and their use as malodor counteractant materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.
    Inventors: Sean M. Wetterer, Drew T. Parkhurst, Richard Anthony Weiss, Anthony T. Levorse, Jr., Michael G. Monteleone, Richard M. Boden
  • Patent number: 10517973
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for sterilizing a chromatography material, more particularly microporous polymer membranes, to a chromatography material which has been sterilized by the method according to the invention, to the use of the chromatography material sterilized according to the invention for the chromatographic removal of contaminants from a fluid, and to a closed chromatographic filtration system comprising a chromatography material sterilized according to the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Sartorius Stedim Biotech GMBH
    Inventors: Martin Leuthold, Louis Villain, Florian Taft
  • Patent number: 10485887
    Abstract: A pulsed UV disinfection system includes a xenon UV lamp mounted in an articulated head assembly and a chassis housing a high voltage power supply for driving the lamp and a pulse configuration control unit for configuring the output of the power supply. The head assembly and the chassis are positioned on a mobile carriage. The pulse configuration control unit is programmed for driving the UV lamp at a rate of between 20 and 50 pulses per second, with each pulse emitting between 30 and 150 joules of UV radiant energy. The system also features remote video imaging of a target area, remote control of the carriage and head assembly as well as a remote emergency shutdown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Angelica Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Prakash Valentino Ramanand, Manjinder Singh Dhillon, Adam Ray Steinhoff, Vinod K. Menon
  • Patent number: 10444050
    Abstract: Provided is a system for supplying a liquid (such as an irritative chemical solution) safely. This liquid supplying system comprises: (a) a means that creates a negative pressure in a treatment chamber by driving a first depressurizing means and depressurizing the treatment chamber; (b) a means that introduces the negative pressure of the treatment chamber to a measurement chamber; (c) a means that maintains the negative pressure introduced to the measurement chamber; (d) a means that sucks a liquid from a container into the measurement chamber by employing the negative pressure of the measurement chamber; and (e) a means that sucks the liquid of the measurement chamber into the treatment chamber by employing a vacuum in the treatment chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Saraya Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Haijun Zhang, Qinghai Zhao, Jianglong Yu, Tomomasa Itarashiki, Daiki Anraku
  • Patent number: 10434281
    Abstract: A cleaning device includes a flushing chamber having opposite proximal and distal ends, and a length extending between the proximal and distal ends. An inlet port of the cleaning device is in fluid communication with the flushing chamber and configured for fluid connection to a source of fluid. The flushing chamber is selectively openable along its length to an open position, in which the distal end portion of the medical instrument is insertable into the flushing chamber, and selectively closable along its length to a closed position, in which the distal end portion of the medical instrument is enclosed and fluidly sealed within the flushing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: John Robert Moberg
  • Patent number: 10391187
    Abstract: A virus inactivation and sampling apparatus for use in a process of purifying a liquid drug substance. A closed circulation line is formed by an outlet port 11 of a bag 10 containing a liquid drug substance, a first line 41, sampling means 20, a second line 42 (pH meter 30) and an inlet port 12 of the bag 10, and an acidic aqueous solution is fed through an acidic aqueous solution line 45 and circulated to inactivate viruses in the liquid drug substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: TEC PROJECT SERVICES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ito, Takaya Nakagawa, Yoichi Kitsuta
  • Patent number: 10363337
    Abstract: The invention provides an air purifier (1) comprising a catalytic converter (100), the catalytic converter (100) comprising (i) a catalytically active material (120) and (ii) a heatable material (130) in thermal contact with said catalytically active material (120), wherein the heatable material (130) is heatable by one or more of an alternating electrical field and an alternating magnetic field, the air purifier (1) further comprising a field generator (140), configured free from electrical contact with the heatable material (130) and configured to heat during operation of the air purifier (1) the heatable material (130) by one or more of the alternating electrical field and the alternating magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Ming Sun, Weizhong Chen, Declan Patrick Kelly
  • Patent number: 10363329
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for disinfecting a lavatory inside a vehicle in response to a set of criteria being met. A determination is made as to whether a set of criteria for activation of a disinfection system that emits far-ultraviolet radiation to perform a disinfection process inside a lavatory has been met. In response to a determination that the set of criteria has been met, the disinfection system is activated to perform the disinfection process inside the lavatory using the far-ultraviolet radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James J. Childress, Mark L. Cloud, Karen Lee Hills
  • Patent number: 10337752
    Abstract: A ventilation system comprising a conveying unit for conveying a supply airstream into an interior space through at least one air outlet channel, and at least one exhaust air opening which may have an adjustable opening width. The at least one air outlet channel arranged at a distance from the at least one exhaust air opening, such that an airstream is established during operation therebetween in the interior space. The ventilation system is paired with a humidifying device to supply humidity into the interior space, said humidifying device comprising a generator for generating an aerosol from a liquid with droplets sized to be carried by the airstream, and at least one aerosol outlet channel arranged in the interior space such that the aerosol is captured by the airstream. A method for conditioning an interior space using at least one or more such ventilation systems is further described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Albert Reichenbach
  • Patent number: 10317393
    Abstract: Methods for metabolic oligosaccharide engineering that incorporates derivatized alkyne-bearing sugar analogs as “tags” into cellular glycoconjugates are disclosed. Alkynyl derivatized Fuc and alkynyl derivatized ManNAc sugars are incorporated into cellular glycoconjugates. Chemical probes comprising an azide group and a visual or fluorogenic probe and used to label alkyne-derivatized sugar-tagged glycoconjugates are disclosed. Chemical probes bind covalently to the alkynyl group by Cu(I)-catalyzed [3+2] azide-alkyne cycloaddition and are visualized at the cell surface, intracellularly, or in a cellular extract. The labeled glycoconjugate is capable of detection by flow cytometry, SDS-PAGE, Western blot, ELISA, confocal microscopy, and mass spectrometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: ACADEMIA SINICA
    Inventors: Chi-Huey Wong, Tsui-Ling Hsu, Sarah R. Hanson, Masaaki Sawa
  • Patent number: 10301052
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and systems for processing isolated mammalian tissue for use in surgical grafting, implantation, or transplantation procedures. The method employs electron beam sterilization, the collagen tissue is partially submerged in rHSA (Recombinant Human Serum Albumin), the tissue is stored in specially designed packaging, and the tissue is stored at ambient temperatures without requiring refrigeration. The terminal sterilization using electronic beams takes place in the special packaging. This inventive technology offers advantages including being biologically safe, maintaining tissue integrity while minimizing size, increasing scalability, increasing shelf life, increasing the amount of tissue usable for transplantation, and reducing of costs associated with processing and storing tissue for long periods of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventors: James H. Forsell, Gerald John Cole, Jeffrey Dow Holiman
  • Patent number: 10279060
    Abstract: A system for decontamination of a medical device comprising a decontamination chamber configured to withstand pressure changes; a vacuum pump configured to adjust the pressure within the decontamination chamber; and a source of decontaminating substance positioned within the decontamination chamber. The system also includes a container within the decontamination chamber to enclose a medical device and provide fluid communication between the medical device and the source of decontaminating substance; and a vaporizer positioned within the decontamination chamber to vaporize the decontaminating substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Medivators Inc.
    Inventors: Eric J. Deprey, Michael P. Petersen, Robert F. Mosher
  • Patent number: 10202636
    Abstract: An electrospinning approach is disclosed for generating a dissolvable formulation of a reagent of interest in a nanoscale fiber medium. In one embodiment, the nanoscale fibers can incorporate and stabilize biological agents of interest, such as for storage at room temperature for extended periods. In one implementation, the fibers can be produced in a continuous manner and dissolve rapidly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Bing Li, David Roger Moore, William Christopher Alberts, John Richard Nelson
  • Patent number: 10201627
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a solid pressed air freshener and odor neutralizer composition which can include greater than 10% fragrance. The air freshener comprises a fragrance; preferably the fragrance is impregnated within a water soluble substrate made from a foamed vegetable starch, a surfactant and a solidifier. The solid formulations break down easily in the presence of water and may be sprayed, within the area to be freshened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Amanda Ruth Blattner, Charles Allen Hodge, Timothy John Kohnke, Mark Dennis Levitt, Julie E. Marquardt
  • Patent number: 10196685
    Abstract: Methods and delivery systems for providing a gas phase of a multi-component liquid source for delivery to a critical process application are provided. The methods include concentration of a component of the liquid source which is less volatile than water for delivery of a gas stream comprising the less volatile component to a critical process application. Critical process applications include decontamination and microelectronic processing applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: RASIRC, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Alvarez, Jr., Jeffrey J. Spiegelman, Russell J. Holmes, Edward Heinlein, Zohreh Shamsi, Christopher Ramos, Alex Deptala, James Hogan
  • Patent number: 10166381
    Abstract: An antiseptic dead-end cap includes a base having first and second sides, a first annular wall extending from the first side of the base, a cylindrical center plug extending from the first side of the base, and a second annular wall extending from the second side of the base. The first annular wall has an outer and an inner surface. The cylindrical center plug has an outer and an inner surface, and is positioned within the first annular wall to form an annular chamber. The second annular wall has an outer and an inner surface, and defines a second chamber having an open end. The second chamber is further defined by the inner surface of the cylindrical center plug. An antiseptic material is on at least one of the first annular wall inner surface, second annular wall inner surface, second annular wall outer surface, and cylindrical center plug outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Excelsior Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher E. Gardner, William Anderson, Bruce Nanyung Lin
  • Patent number: 10111976
    Abstract: A disinfection device includes a disinfection chamber into which a radiation source emits ultraviolet-C (UV-C) radiation. A radiation sensor detects the amount of UV-C radiation within the disinfection chamber, and a temperature sensor produces temperature values of a temperature within the disinfection chamber. A processing unit generates accumulated UV-C radiation values and verifies that the accumulated UV-C radiation value in the disinfection chamber reaches a first radiation threshold while also verifying that the temperature in the disinfection chamber stays below a first temperature threshold. The UV-C radiation may be emitted into the disinfection chamber over one or more fixed periods of time while the total time for the disinfection process is limited to a primary time interval. The process may terminate successfully if the first radiation threshold is exceeded before the primary time interval expires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Germitec SA
    Inventors: Clément Deshays, Adrian Edward Smith, Robert Bruce Chess, Frédéric Lepine
  • Patent number: 10010416
    Abstract: An apparatus for replacing a diseased cardiac valve is movable from a radially collapsed configuration to a radially expanded configuration. The apparatus comprises an expandable support member and a prosthetic valve secured therein. The main body portion extends between first and second end portions and includes an outer circumferential surface, a circumferential axis extending about the circumferential surface, and a plurality of wing members spaced apart from one another by an expandable region. Each of the wing members includes first and second end portions and a flexible middle portion extending between the end portions. The second end portion is integrally formed with the uyimain body portion. The first end portion is adjacent the circumferential axis and substantially flush with the outer circumferential surface in the radially collapsed configuration. The first end portion extends substantially radial to the outer circumferential surface in the radially expanded configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: THE CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Jose L. Navia, Ji-Feng Chen, Shengqiang Gao, Brian L. Davis, Samantha Stucke
  • Patent number: 9986737
    Abstract: A method of sterilizing a material, said method comprising the steps of: a) providing a sterilizing composition comprising (i) peracetic acid and (ii) a stabilizer selected from the group consisting of citric acid, isocitric acid, aconitic acid and propane-1,2,3-tricarboxylic acid; b) introducing such sterilizing composition into a hot gaseous stream to produce a peracetic acid vapor; and c) contacting such peracetic acid vapor with the material to be sterilized. The use of such an organic acid stabilizer results in an unexpected reduction in the amount of residue deposited on the heating surface employed to vaporize the sterilizing composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: PEROXYCHEM LLC
    Inventors: John M. Rovison, Ricky Mittiga, Donald Lapham, Weidong An
  • Patent number: 9974872
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to reduce biological carryover using induction heating are disclosed herein. An example method includes washing an aspiration and dispense device. The example method includes generating an alternating electromagnetic field and introducing the aspiration and dispense device into the alternating electromagnetic field. In the example method, the washing is to occur prior to introducing the aspiration and dispense device into the alternating electromagnetic field. The example method includes inductively heating the aspiration and dispense device with the alternating electromagnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Brad Weston, Jeffrey Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9933429
    Abstract: The invention provides biomarkers and combinations of biomarkers useful in diagnosing lung diseases such as non-small cell lung cancer or reactive airway disease. The invention also provides methods of differentiating lung disease, methods of monitoring therapy, and methods of predicting a subject's response to therapeutic intervention based on the extent of expression of the biomarkers and combinations of biomarkers. Kits comprising agents for detecting the biomarkers and combination of biomarkers are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Cancer Prevention and Cure, LTD.
    Inventors: Sung H Baek, Robert T. Streeper, Elzbieta Izbicka
  • Patent number: 9918832
    Abstract: A method of treating a biological tissue that enables dry storage of said tissue is disclosed. In one embodiment, the method comprises contacting the biological tissue with a non-aqueous treatment solution comprising a polyhydric alcohol and a C1-C3 alcohol and removing a portion of the treatment solution from the solution-treated biological tissue. Also disclosed is biological tissue prepared using the above process and prosthetic devices made with such tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Bin Tian, Jim Davidson
  • Patent number: 9896230
    Abstract: A PET bottle sterilization method for consecutively sterilizing multiple PET bottles (B) while conveying them, includes introducing hydrogen peroxide into a PET bottle (B) so as to sterilize its interior, and introducing hot air into the sterilized PET bottle (B) so as to eliminate hydrogen peroxide remaining inside it. This method includes introducing plasma into a PET bottle (B) by injecting plasma through a nozzle at at least one time point among a time point before hydrogen peroxide is introduced into the PET bottle (B), a time point after hydrogen peroxide was introduced into the PET bottle (B) and furthermore before hot air is introduced into the PET bottle (B), and a time point after hot air was introduced into the PET bottle (B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignees: SUNTORY HOLDINGS LIMITED, SUNTORY BEVERAGE & FOOD LIMITED
    Inventors: Shoichi Hijikata, Tokio Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9872941
    Abstract: Antimicrobial compositions for use in locking catheters and other devices are provided. In some embodiments, the composition includes at least one alcohol, at least one biocidal agent which is not an alcohol, and one or more poloxamers; in other embodiments, the composition comprises at least one poloxamer and at least one alcohol. The composition can provide long-lasting antimicrobial activity. Methods of using the composition are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventor: Minh Quang Hoang
  • Patent number: 9861717
    Abstract: A PET bottle sterilization apparatus is for consecutively sterilizing multiple PET bottles (B) while conveying them, and includes a hydrogen peroxide introducing means (5) for introducing hydrogen peroxide into a PET bottle (B) so as to sterilize its interior and a hot air supplying means (6) for introducing hot air into the sterilized PET bottle (B) so as to eliminate hydrogen peroxide remaining inside it. This apparatus includes a plasma introducing means (P) for introducing plasma into a PET bottle (B) by injecting plasma through a nozzle at at least one time point among a time point before hydrogen peroxide is introduced into the PET bottle (B), a time point after hydrogen peroxide was introduced into the PET bottle (B) and furthermore before hot air is introduced into the PET bottle (B), and a time point after hot air was introduced into the PET bottle (B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignees: SUNTORY HOLDINGS LIMITED, SUNTORY BEVERAGE & FOOD LIMITED
    Inventors: Shoichi Hijikata, Tokio Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9849203
    Abstract: A method of sterilizing a material, said method comprising the steps of: (a) introducing a solution comprising peroxyacetic acid into a hot gaseous stream to produce a peroxyacetic acid vapor; and (b) contacting such peroxyacetic acid vapor with the material to be sterilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: PEROXYCHEM LLC
    Inventors: John M. Rovison, Jr., Shibu Abraham, Charles J. Lymburner, Michael J. Digeronimo
  • Patent number: 9841224
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance includes a cabinet defining a fresh food chamber, and a fresh food door rotatably hinged to the cabinet for accessing the fresh food chamber. The fresh food door includes an inner surface, an outer surface and a side surface extending between the inner surface and the outer surface. The fresh food door is rotatable between an open position and a closed position. The refrigerator appliance further includes a passive storage compartment defined within the fresh food door, and a compartment door coupled to one of the inner surface or the outer surface for accessing the storage compartment. The compartment door is movable between an open position and a closed position. The passive storage compartment maintains a temperature greater than a fresh food chamber temperature and less than an ambient temperature when the fresh food door and compartment door are closed and the refrigerator appliance is operational.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel Erik Hitzelberger, Brent Alden Junge
  • Patent number: 9828392
    Abstract: The invention relates to a composition comprising olefinically functionalized siloxane oligomers derived from olefinically functionalized alkoxysilanes and optionally alkoxysilanes functionalized with saturated hydrocarbons, and also, optionally, a tetraalkoxysilane, which have not more than one olefinic radical on the silicon atom, and whose chloride content is reduced, and also to processes for preparing them and to the use thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Evonik Degussa GmbH
    Inventors: Burkhard Standke, Kerstin Weissenbach, Jaroslaw Monkiewicz, Sven Roth, Bernd Nowitzki
  • Patent number: 9826727
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are devices and methods for the chemical-based thermal control of pests, particularly bed bugs. Disclosed herein are devices capable of heat generation for thermal-based pest control within an enclosed body, typically an item of luggage. Disclosed herein are components for minimizing heat loss associated with thermal-based pest control. Disclosed herein are methods of chemical-based heat generation for thermal-based pest control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventors: John Balcarek, Vojtech Svoboda
  • Patent number: 9709228
    Abstract: Various apparatus and associated methods involve a light source that provides light at wavelengths that substantially correlate to local maxima in the spectral sensitivity of a diurnal avian. In an illustrative example, the light source may output light primarily in wavelength bands that are not substantially absorbed by colored oil droplets and/or visual pigment in at least one type of cone in the eye of a diurnal avian. In some embodiments, the light source may include a light-emitting diode (LED) light source. Exemplary light sources may output spectral components to illuminate diurnal avians with local maxima of intensity at wavelengths that substantially correspond to local maxima in a spectral sensitivity visual response characteristic of the diurnal avians.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: ONCE INNOVATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Zdenko Grajcar
  • Patent number: 9687300
    Abstract: A packaging assembly for an electromagnetic trackable surgical tool and wiring thereof. The packaging assembly includes a first tray with at least one first retention member configured to couple the surgical tool to the first tray. The packaging assembly further includes a second tray configured to couple with the first tray. The second tray has at least one second retention member configured to couple the wiring of the surgical tool to the second tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC XOMED, INC.
    Inventors: Teresa Hartfelder, James M. Inabinett
  • Patent number: 9681666
    Abstract: The antimicrobial effect of extracellular metabolite composition from Bacillus coagulans MTCC 5856 and composition comprising from about 61% w/w of thymol, about 38% of monolaurin and about 1% w/w of magnolol obtained from supercritical fluid extracts of Magnolia officinalis is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: SAMI LABS LIMITED
    Inventors: Muhammed Majeed, Kalyanam Nagabhushanam, Sivakumar Arumugam, Furqan Ali
  • Patent number: 9686824
    Abstract: Methods, systems, apparatus and machine readable media are disclosed to reduce biological carryover. An example method includes generating an alternating electromagnetic field and introducing an aspiration and dispense device into the electromagnetic field. The example method also includes inductively heating the aspiration and dispense device with the electromagnetic field to at least one of denature or deactivate at least one of a protein or a biological entity on a surface of the aspiration and dispense device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Brad Weston, Jeffrey Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9616148
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and device for disinfecting a space and the objects present therein, wherein the method comprises at least the following steps of: (a) determining a first value of the relative humidity of the air in the space; (b) vaporizing a disinfecting liquid in the space until a predetermined second value of the relative humidity of the air in the space is reached; and (c) maintaining the relative humidity of the air at the second value for a predetermined time by means of vaporizing the disinfecting liquid, wherein the vaporization of the disinfecting liquid takes place by means of ultrasonic sound waves. With the method and device according to the invention all kinds of spaces of differing dimensions can be disinfected in very effective manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Infection Control B.V.
    Inventors: Frank Olaf Klaassen, Sander Albert Alma, Carolus Borromeus H. Musters, Paul Plantinga, Cornelis Pieter Timmerman
  • Patent number: 9610008
    Abstract: An endoscope reprocessor includes: a processing tank including a first tank that is arranged at a lowermost tier, and a second tank that communicates with the first tank, the processing tank allowing an endoscope to be placed in the processing tank; a drainage port arranged in the first tank; a first water level detection section that detects whether or not a first water level set to be a water level that is equal to or below a boundary between the first tank and the second tank is submerged in water; a circulation port that opens at a level that is below the first water level; a circulation conduit including one end connected to the circulation port and another end that opens at a position that is above the first water level in the processing tank; and a circulation pump that is provided in the circulation conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinichiro Kawachi
  • Patent number: 9579157
    Abstract: A cleaning device includes a flushing chamber having opposite proximal and distal ends, and a length extending between the proximal and distal ends. An inlet port of the cleaning device is in fluid communication with the flushing chamber and configured for fluid connection to a source of fluid. The flushing chamber is selectively openable along its length to an open position, in which the distal end portion of the medical instrument is insertable into the flushing chamber, and selectively closable along its length to a closed position, in which the distal end portion of the medical instrument is enclosed and fluidly sealed within the flushing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: John Robert Moberg
  • Patent number: 9572903
    Abstract: A system capable of detecting and/or sterilizing surface(s) of an object using ultraviolet radiation is provided. The system can include a disinfection chamber and/or handheld ultraviolet unit, which includes ultraviolet sources for inducing fluorescence in a contaminant and/or sterilizing a surface of an object. The object can comprise a protective suit, which is worn by a user and also can include ultraviolet sources for disinfecting air prior to the air entering the protective suit. The system can be implemented as a multi-tiered system for protecting the user and others from exposure to the contaminant and sterilizing the protective suit after exposure to an environment including the contaminant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Dobrinsky, Michael Shur, Remigijus Gaska, Timothy James Bettles