Using Disinfecting Or Sterilizing Substance Patents (Class 422/28)
  • Patent number: 10400125
    Abstract: Provided is a plasma treatment detection indicator that enables the completion of plasma treatment to be confirmed from the color change of a color-changing layer by controlling the color change rate, regardless of whether the type of plasma is reduced-pressure plasma or atmospheric-pressure plasma, and regardless of the degree of plasma intensity; also provided is an ink composition for detecting plasma treatment for forming the color-changing layer. The ink composition for detecting plasma treatment comprises an organic dye and at least one member selected from the group consisting of a photopolymerization initiator, silica, and hydrophobic alumina.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: SAKURA COLOR PRODUCTS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Marimo Mori, Takeshi Sakumura, Yasuaki Hirata
  • Patent number: 10391531
    Abstract: A quick blade repair and replacement enabled apparatus integrating medical waste shredding and sterilization is a dismountable integrally assembled vertical structure. Three chambers, including a loading and stirring, a shredding and a sterilization and discharging chamber are connected into a whole. Two repair gates are respectively on the left and right sides of the shredding chamber, they are designed as a whole together with the rotary blade shaft, when repair and replace the blades, only the repair gates need to be dismounted, and the replacement process can be finished outside the shredding chamber. The stationary blades are pressed on the inner wall of the shredding chamber by using binder plate, and bolts for securing the binder plate are screwed from outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: CHONGQING GIENT HEATING INDUSTRY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Jun Peng, Zhe Wang, Fengyan Chen
  • Patent number: 10383966
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of sterilizing an article by sequentially exposing the article under vacuum first to a gaseous conditioning agent for forming radicals and then to a sterilant. The preferred conditioning agent is hydrogen peroxide and the preferred sterilant is ozone. The chamber is initially evacuated to a first vacuum pressure and then sealed for the remainder of the sterilization process and during all sterilant injection cycles, without removal of any component of the sterilization atmosphere, which means without any measures to reduce the water vapor content. Keeping the chamber sealed and maintaining the conditioning agent and the radicals generated thereby in the chamber for the sterilization with sterilant results in a synergistic increase in the sterilization efficiency and allows for the use of much lower sterilant amounts and sterilization cycle times than would be expected from using the conditioning agent and the sterilant in combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: TSO3 INC.
    Inventors: Sylvie Dufresne, Cynthia Martel, Helene Leblond, Nancy Dassie, Karine Martel
  • Patent number: 10375955
    Abstract: Methodologies, formulations, and kits suitable for decontaminating environments containing bacterial spores by degrading the spores. Formulations contain papain and at least one germinant. Methods for killing bacterial spores include contacting the spores with the formulation for a duration sufficient to initiate germination of the bacterial spores. The spores are then killed with the papain in the formulation, or are rendered by the papain susceptible to being killed by a reagent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Loyola University Chicago
    Inventor: Adam Driks
  • Patent number: 10369241
    Abstract: Provided are a sterilization apparatus including a sterilization chamber, a vacuum pump connected to one side of the sterilization chamber, a vaporizer connected to another side of the sterilization chamber, and a collector having one side connected to the vaporizer and the other side connected to the sterilization chamber and a sterilization method using the sterilization apparatus. In the sterilization apparatus and the sterilization method, a hydrogen peroxide solution having a concentration of 95 wt % or higher may be obtained through multiple concentration steps and used as a sterilant, thereby considerably improving a sterilization effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: CMTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Heung Sik Min, Young Keun Ahn, Sung Jin Yang, Jong Wook Kim
  • Patent number: 10335508
    Abstract: Systems and methods for sanitization of surfaces, such as hands, are provided. In general, the described techniques utilize a system including a housing having an active agent receptacle in fluid communication with at least one nozzle, and an air pump in fluid communication with the at least one nozzle. The system also includes a control module configured to control the delivery of an active agent as an aerosol spray through the at least one nozzle in a delivery dose. The delivery dose is expelled onto the surface as a thin uniform layer and dried such that the entire surface sanitization process is completed in less than or equal to 5 seconds. The active agent receptacle can be configured to receive a removable and replaceable cartridge carrying the active agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: LivOnyx Inc.
    Inventors: Maury D. Cosman, Bruce L. Carvalho
  • Patent number: 10329041
    Abstract: Method and system for the assembly and collection of non-filled spouted pouches (10) to be transported to a remote filling device. According to the invention, a pick and place robot system (25) is provided comprising a camera system (11) on the basis of which a gripping device (28) is operable to pick up the spouted pouches, and a robot arm (29) is operable to transport the spouted pouches to a storage rail (21), wherein the gripper can place the spouted pouches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Scholle IPN IP BV
    Inventor: Laurens Last
  • Patent number: 10264786
    Abstract: Antiseptic compositions comprising at least one salt of EDTA are disclosed. These compositions have broad spectrum antimicrobial and antifungal activity and they also have anticoagulant properties. The antiseptic compositions have also demonstrated activity in penetrating and breaking down microbial slime, or biofilms. They are safe for human and medical uses and may be used as prophylactic preparations to prevent infection, or to reduce the proliferation of and/or eliminate existing or established infections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Aseptica, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Kite, David Hatton
  • Patent number: 10238116
    Abstract: A composite laundry additive made of composite particles. The composite particles comprising: a carrier component comprising one or more different inorganic support particles, wherein at least one of the inorganic support particles is a pigment particle; and a silver component comprising a silver metal or silver salt disposed on one or more of the inorganic support particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Dune Sciences, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Miller, Richard T. Geiger
  • Patent number: 10232069
    Abstract: Sterilization machine for reprocessing an endoscope comprising a fixed part and a mobile part. The fixed part comprises a first frame and a first fluid-dynamic circuit for feeding and/or discharging fluids, and provided with a plurality of first connectors. The mobile part comprises a second frame on which a tank is mounted, a lid to hermetically close the tank and a second fluid-dynamic circuit connectable to the endoscope, able to be selectively coupled removably with the first connectors to achieve the fluidic communication with the first fluid-dynamic circuit. The second frame is provided with rolling means, and the first frame and the second frame comprise guide means and anchoring means to removably anchor the first frame to the second frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: STEELCO SPA
    Inventor: Andrea Fabbri
  • Patent number: 10206943
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the use as an antimicrobial of tamarind seed polysaccharide (TSP) and to antimicrobial compositions which contain it as active ingredient. Antimicrobial compositions containing TSP are particularly useful for topical administration in the treatment and/or prevention of microbial infections of the skin and mucosa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: INDENA S.P.A.
    Inventors: Andrea Giori, Giacomo Mombelli, Stefano Togni
  • Patent number: 10105459
    Abstract: Inner and outer surfaces of a container which is filled with drink are sterilized. A sterilizer is applied to an outer surface of a container by blasting the sterilizer toward the outer surface of the container from at least one nozzle for sterilizer disposed so as not to intersect with a mouth portion of the container, an inner surface of the container is sterilized by heat of a hot-water supplied into the container from a nozzle for hot-water, and the sterilizer adhering to the outer surface of the container is activated with the heat transferred from the hot-water to thereby sterilize the outer surface of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Atsushi Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 10087568
    Abstract: An antimicrobial supply system employs a process water supply and incorporates a metallic ion supply connected to the process water supply to provide a high ion concentrate to an output. A dilution reservoir is connected to the metallic ion supply output and has an input from the process water supply. A pump is connected to an output of the reservoir. A manifold connected to the pump provides a dilute concentrate to at least one washing system. An electronics control module is connected to a first flow controller between the process water supply and the metallic ion supply and a second flow controller between the metallic ion supply and the reservoir for dilution control establishing a desired metallic ion concentration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Applied Silver, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean D. Morham, William M. Morris, David E. Brown, Keith S. Copenhagen, Thomas B. Brezoczky
  • Patent number: 10079164
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, and method for processing substrates using acoustic energy. In one aspect, the invention can be a system for processing flat articles including a support for supporting the flat article and an acoustic energy treatment apparatus. The acoustic energy treatment apparatus may include a support arm and a plurality of transducer assemblies coupled thereto. The transducer assemblies may include a housing with a transducer coupled thereto, and the housings of the transducer assemblies may be arranged in an end-to-end manner. A trough may also be included that extends along at least a portion of a length of the transducer assemblies. The trough may serve as a reservoir that upon being filled and overflowed with a liquid allows the liquid to fluidly couple the transducer assemblies to the flat article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventors: John A. Korbler, Carlos M. Ruiz, Michael Ioannou, Hongseong Son
  • Patent number: 10071176
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a disinfection composition, particularly for lasting disinfection of synthetic fibres, synthetic surfaces, metallic surfaces and composite surfaces, and similar surfaces, said disinfection composition comprising at least one disinfectant, at least one fat- and residue-removing component, at least one additional protection component and additional components which are compatible with the above components and have low or no toxicity. The invention further relates to a disinfection method, to a specific tooth brush disinfection protocol and finally, to a corresponding disinfection product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventor: Charles Adriano Duvoisin
  • Patent number: 10053251
    Abstract: Disinfecting a surface of packaging includes breaking up one of an outer covering and a membrane of germs on the surface, and applying carbon dioxide to the surface. Breaking up the outer covering or membrane is carried out by one or more of applying bactericidal energy, illuminating with UV radiation, illuminating with ultrasonic radiation, applying a bactericidal treatment medium, and applying a chlorine compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Ludwig Cl├╝sserath
  • Patent number: 10046506
    Abstract: A blow molding machine is simply sterilized. The blow molding machine is sterilized by filling a preform (1) with a liquid sterilizer (P) containing an ethanol constituent or both an ethanol constituent and a hydrogen peroxide constituent, and blasting blow air into the preform (1) in a state where the liquid sterilizer (P) remains in the preform (1) to diffuse the liquid sterilizer (P).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Hayakawa, Yoshinori Sato
  • Patent number: 10022527
    Abstract: The invention relates to an immersion device comprising a nitrogen monoxide generating unit and a volume unit provided for immersing objects. The invention also relates to the use of said device for treating diseases, in particular chronic wounds and diabetes, and also to blood flow impairments associated with blood vessel disorders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: BSN Medical GmbH
    Inventor: Christoph V. Suschek
  • Patent number: 10017719
    Abstract: A cleaning composition comprising: a. At least one alkanolamine b. At least one mineral acid c. At least one salt of a hydroxycarboxylic acid d. At least one protease enzyme; wherein said composition contains no surfactant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Whiteley Corporation PTY. LTD.
    Inventors: Trevor Owen Glasbey, Nicolas Alan Roberts, Christopher David Hoffman, Phillip John Morgan
  • Patent number: 10010610
    Abstract: The invention provides compositions and methods for the treatment of intraocular neovascularization and/or leakage including wet age-related macular degeneration. The compositions preferably use tyrosine kinase inhibitors with an IC50 for VEGFR2 of 20 nanomolars or less and an IC50 for c-MET of 20 nanomolars or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Retinal Therapies, LLC
    Inventor: Gerald Horn
  • Patent number: 10010090
    Abstract: A method for controlling microbiological contamination in a heat exchanger while using the heat exchanger to process a food product. The method includes: while processing the food product in the heat exchanger, adding a microbiological control agent to the food product at a first location; and neutralizing at least partially the microbiological control agent by adding a neutralizing agent to the food product at a second location, the second location being downstream from the first location, at least part of the heat exchanger being between the first and second locations, the neutralizing agent being operative for reducing a chemical reactivity of the microbiological control agent in the food product. The microbiological control agent controls the microbiological contamination in the heat exchanger while the food product is processed. In some embodiments, the food product is a milk product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Normand Lauzon
  • Patent number: 9986871
    Abstract: Technologies (e.g., devices, systems and methods) for sanitizing reservoirs are described. In some embodiments, the technologies include a sanitization gas system and a connector unit. The connector unit is configured to install into a portion (e.g., wall, bottom, top, or lid) of a reservoir, such as a reservoir of a hot beverage maker. The connector unit includes an inlet passageway for supplying sanitizing gas (e.g., ozone) into the reservoir, and an outlet passageway for removing sanitizing gas from the reservoir. In some embodiments at least a portion of the outlet passageway is disposed radially around the inlet passageway. The sanitization gas system may provide a sanitizing gas to the inlet passageway and receive the sanitizing gas from the outlet passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: SoClean, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy Leyva
  • Patent number: 9988170
    Abstract: A sterilization process is performed on a preform or container made of resin after a corona discharge treatment is performed on an inner surface of the preform or container, the corona discharge treatment including applying a voltage produced in a corona discharge to an electrode that passes through an opening part of the preform or container, an insertion step of inserting the electrode to which the voltage is applied into the preform or container through the opening part, and a bottom part treatment step of treating an inner surface of a bottom part of the preform or container by bringing the electrode close to the bottom part until the corona discharge from the electrode changes discharge mode, and the sterilization process including a hydrogen peroxide supplying step of blasting a mist or gas of hydrogen peroxide solution or a mixture thereof to the preform or container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Sato, Hirotaka Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 9961905
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein provide methods for decontaminating food contact surfaces using a fine spray/mist that comprise an antimicrobial composition comprising an organic acid and an organic citrus extract. The spray application reduces the microbiological populations on the surface of food contact surfaces, including potential pathogens, thereby reducing cross-contamination and improving food safety. The composition described herein can be use to target a number of microbiological pathogens, including L. monocytogenes, which is a known cross-contaminant in retail environments such as deli counters and slicers due to its ability to grow at refrigerated temperatures and moist environments making it a known cause of post-processing contamination of ready-to-eat food products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: WTI, INC.
    Inventors: Jasdeep K. Saini, Kevon Ledgerwood, Wolfgang Ludwig
  • Patent number: 9956309
    Abstract: Technologies (e.g., devices, systems and methods) for sanitizing reservoirs of humidifiers are described. In some embodiments, the technologies include a sanitization gas system and a connector unit. The connector unit is configured to install into a portion (e.g., wall, bottom, top, or lid) of a reservoir, such as a reservoir of a humidifier. The connector unit includes an inlet passageway for supplying sanitizing gas (e.g., ozone) into the reservoir, and an outlet passageway for removing sanitizing gas from the reservoir. In some embodiments at least a portion of the outlet passageway is disposed radially around the inlet passageway. The sanitization gas system may provide a sanitizing gas to the inlet passageway and receive the sanitizing gas from the outlet passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: SoClean, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy Leyva
  • Patent number: 9957475
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention provide novel apparatus and methods for sampling microbial organisms present on surfaces. Preferred apparatus comprises: a reservoir suitable for providing microbial collection fluid; a sterilizable sample collection chamber; a sterilizable, integrated collection fluid delivery and collection fluid recovery member, suitable to deliver collection fluid to a target surface, and contemporaneously recover the delivered fluid from the surface; delivery means, in communication with both the reservoir and the integrated member, and operable to aseptically deliver collection fluid from the reservoir to the integrated member; and vacuum means, in communication with both the sample collection chamber and the integrated member, and operable to direct collection fluid, delivered and recovered by the integrated member, to the sample collection chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Institute for Environmental Health, Inc.
    Inventor: Mansour Samadpour
  • Patent number: 9937275
    Abstract: The present disclosure pertains to a ventilator treatment system configured to sterilize and/or disinfect a fluid pathway through a ventilator by providing a forced flow of treatment gas to the ventilator. Ventilators are frequently contaminated with bacteria and viruses during normal use. When a ventilator is moved from one patient to the next, there is a risk of contaminating the new patient with a pathogen from the previous patient. The application of treatment gas is especially practical for sanitizing hard to access surfaces such as those found in the cavities and conduits (the fluid pathway) of a ventilator. A treatment gas such as, for example, ozone, converts back to oxygen and has a short half life, which can be further reduced with humidity, heat, or inexpensive destruct catalysts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Ian Michael Cadieux, Ray Ellestad, Matthew Perun
  • Patent number: 9931427
    Abstract: A method of operating a sterilization system having a vacuum chamber for sterilizing instruments, the chamber connected to a reservoir of sterilant by a valve in a closed state, is disclosed. The method comprises placing the instruments in a non-sterile state in a sterilization pack, opening the chamber, placing the pack into the chamber, closing the chamber, withdrawing a first volume of air from the chamber, changing a volume of liquid water into vapor, opening the valve, introducing the sterilant into the chamber, withdrawing the sterilant from the chamber, introducing a second volume of air into the chamber, opening the chamber, removing the pack from the chamber, and removing the instruments in a sterile-state from the pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: ETHICON, INC.
    Inventor: Han Chin
  • Patent number: 9932630
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for decontaminating materials containing biological or biologically derived materials, such as microorganisms or DNA products, are provided. The methods, systems, and devices may be used for decontaminating or sterilizing materials, such as surfaces, including, but not limited to reducing the number of viable microorganisms on surfaces. The methods, systems, and devices may further be used for rendering DNA non-amplifiable in nucleic acid amplification reactions that synthesize DNA amplification products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: RASIRC, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Alvarez, Jr., Jeffrey J. Spiegelman, Russell J. Holmes, James Hogan
  • Patent number: 9918621
    Abstract: The system for storing and applying flush solutions, preferably in the medical field such as for general and endoscopic operations, with a flush solution bag that is arranged in a rigid container, is characterized in that the rigid container has a swiveling lid with a connector receptacle, through which a bag connector is stuck, that can be mounted to the bag connector by means of a movable connector locking device and a holding slot arrangement, in that running through the bag connector is a filling line that is provided with a link connector that can be connected to a link connector of the mixing unit, in that the link connector of the mixing unit is covered by a swiveling concentrate flap in its closed state in such a manner that a tight flushing area is formed around the link connector, and in that a flush fluid line discharges into the link connector of the mixing unit in such a way that flushing fluid that can completely clean the link connector on the inside and outside can be conveyed into the flushin
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: Manfred Volker
  • Patent number: 9919817
    Abstract: Bottles are appropriately sterilized in an inline system. While continuously traveling preheated preforms (1), the preform is preliminarily heated, hydrogen peroxide mist (M) or gas is blasted to the preheated preform, the preform is heated to a temperature suitable for molding the preform, the preform is molded in a blow-molding mold (4), which is continuously traveling together with the preform, into a container (2), the container taken out of the mold is filled with drink while being continuously traveled and then applied with a lid to seal the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: DAI NIPPON PRINTING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Atsushi Hayakawa, Yuiko Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9907988
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for decontaminating surfaces contaminated with one or more toxic agents. The processes include contacting a contaminated surface with a porous metal hydroxide which rapidly absorbs the toxic agent from the surface, then decontaminates the agent via reactions involving surface functional groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Joseph A. Rossin, Gregory W. Peterson
  • Patent number: 9895455
    Abstract: A method for sterilizing an aqueous antiseptic solution, the method comprising providing a container containing the aqueous antiseptic solution, the aqueous antiseptic solution comprising a bis-(dihydropyridinyl)-decane derivative or a biguanide, heating the aqueous antiseptic solution to a predetermined temperature, maintaining the aqueous antiseptic solution at the predetermined temperature for a predetermined time, and terminating the heating of the aqueous antiseptic solution when the predetermined time expires. The predetermined temperature and the predetermined time are selected such that after terminating the heating, the aqueous antiseptic solution is sterile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Carefusion 2200, Inc
    Inventors: Satish Degala, Christopher Matthew McGinley, Kenneth Bruce Thurmond, Taryn Bagby
  • Patent number: 9861448
    Abstract: An assembly for protecting and cleaning a medical instrument having an operational part and a hand grip part. The assembly has a protection element with cooperating retention parts for fixing the hand grip of the medical instrument in the protection element. A cavity is formed by a wall for protecting the operational part of the medical instrument. The assembly further has a cleaning assist element with a tubular shape and being fixable to the wall of the protection element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: CREA IP B.V.
    Inventor: Adriaantje Coliene Dam-Huisman
  • Patent number: 9814795
    Abstract: A method for controlling condensation of hydrogen peroxide at a preselected temperature within a sealed sterilization chamber including an article to be sterilized includes the steps of applying to the sealed chamber a vacuum of a first pressure sufficient to evaporate, at the preselected temperature, an aqueous solution of hydrogen peroxide of a first concentration. The hydrogen peroxide solution is then evaporated into a water vapor component and a hydrogen peroxide vapor component. The evaporated solution is injected into the sealed chamber in repeated pulses. The injecting is terminated once a preselected second pressure, higher than the first pressure, is reached in the chamber. The pulse volume is selected to allow selective control of the condensation of the hydrogen peroxide vapor component to achieve a layer of micro-condensation of hydrogen peroxide on the article, which layer has a second hydrogen peroxide concentration higher than the first hydrogen peroxide concentration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: TSO3 Inc.
    Inventors: Sylvie Dufresne, Jean-Martin Vallieres, Bruno Tremblay
  • Patent number: 9810675
    Abstract: In one embodiment, authentication of a beverage is performed by forming an airtight seal with a bottle that contains the beverage, the bottle being sealed with a closure, applying a vacuum to the bottle to draw a sample from the closure that includes traces of the beverage, collecting the sample over time as the vacuum is applied to the closure, and performing testing on the collected sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Simon M. Fahrni, Benjamin T. Fuller
  • Patent number: 9770164
    Abstract: An endoscope reprocessor includes an immersion tank, a convex-shaped groove, a lid portion, a liquid supply section, a discharge port as an opening from which the liquid is discharged and which is provided at the liquid supply section, the discharge port being arranged such that a part of the opening is opposed to a side surface of the convex-shaped groove, and a control section that drives the liquid supply section to allow the liquid to be introduced into the immersion tank up to a first water level at which a flat portion of the lid portion is immersed in the liquid, and to allow the liquid to be discharged toward the flat portion and the side surface through the discharge port at the first water level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Norito Sato
  • Patent number: 9763442
    Abstract: The present disclosure is related to percarboxylic acid compositions formed in situ in non-equilibrium reactions. The peroxycarboxylic acid compositions are formed using ester based starting materials. Methods for using the percarboxylic acid compositions are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Junzhong Li, David D. McSherry, Richard Staub
  • Patent number: 9761785
    Abstract: A ferroelectric device comprising a substrate; a textured layer; a first electrode comprising a thin layer of metallic material having a crystal lattice structure divided into granular regions; a seed layer; the seed layer being epitaxially deposited so as to form a column-like structure on top of the granular regions of the first electrode; at least one ferroelectric material layer exhibiting spontaneous polarization epitaxially deposited on the seed layer; the ferroelectric material layer, the seed layer, and first electrode each having granular regions in which column-like structures produce a high degree of polarization normal to the growth plane and a method of making.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Glen R Fox, Ronald G. Polcawich, Daniel M Potrepka, Luz M Sanchez
  • Patent number: 9763359
    Abstract: A heat pipe includes a binary working fluid including a composition proximate to and less than or equal to the azeotropic point in a thermodynamic phase diagram as a function of the composition of the binary working fluid. Moreover, in a liquid phase of the binary working fluid, a boiling point of the binary working fluid as a function of temperature and the composition in the thermodynamic phase diagram is approximately constant. For example, the boiling point may vary by less than a degree Celsius over a range of compositions proximate to and less than or equal to the azeotropic point. Furthermore, components in the binary working fluid may be fully miscible as a function of the temperature and the composition in the thermodynamic phase diagram, a component in the binary working fluid may include a non-zero dipole moment, and/or the component may form a hydrogen bond with water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Albert Chan
  • Patent number: 9694093
    Abstract: An improved mobile apparatus for sterilizing surgical trays serves as a self-contained autoclave, allowing sterilization of the interior of the apparatus and its contents. A method of sterilization using the apparatus is presented as well. By means of a dedicated transfer and storage system, the apparatus, integrable with respect to a transfer cart and a lift device, may be moved easily between a location of sterilization, a storage area, and an operating room, and more than one such apparatus may be stacked vertically for storage to enhance storage efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Progressive Sterilization, LLC
    Inventors: Barry M. Snyder, Clarence J. Snyder, III
  • Patent number: 9689106
    Abstract: An antimicrobial supply system employs a process water supply and incorporates a metallic ion supply connected to the process water supply to provide a high ion concentrate to an output. A dilution reservoir is connected to the metallic ion supply output and has an input from the process water supply. A pump is connected to an output of the reservoir. A manifold connected to the pump provides a dilute concentrate to at least one washing system. An electronics control module is connected to a first flow controller between the process water supply and the metallic ion supply and a second flow controller between the metallic ion supply and the reservoir for dilution control establishing a desired metallic ion concentration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Applied Silver, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean D. Morham, William M. Morris, David E. Brown, Keith S. Copenhagen, Thomas B. Brezoczky
  • Patent number: 9635860
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an antimicrobial composition including phytic acid and electrolytes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Korea University Research and Business Foundation
    Inventors: Min-Suk Rhee, Nam-Hee Kim
  • Patent number: 9622481
    Abstract: The present invention provides novel compositions comprising: (a) a metaperiodate and (b) chlorhexidine or a chlorohexidine salt and uses thereof for the preparation of devices, and in particular medical devices, susceptible to colonization by biofilm forming bacteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Kane Biotech Inc.
    Inventors: Purushottam Gawande, Srinivasa Madhyastha, Karen Lovetri, Nandadeva Yakandawala, Gord Froehlich
  • Patent number: 9611448
    Abstract: The present invention relates to cleaning compositions suitable for cleaning and disinfecting non-horizontal surfaces. The invention comprises an ether carboxylate or ether sulphate in combination with an amphoteric surfactant and with a non-ionic surfactant at a certain ratio which can be applied preferably in the form of foam at room temperature, preferably for the use in industrial and institutional cleaning products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: KAO Corporation, S.A.
    Inventors: Elizabet Moragas Arjant, Blanca Nogues Lopez
  • Patent number: 9591864
    Abstract: A system for creating an aerated food product, whereby a decreased electrical and thermal load may be obtained is disclosed. Furthermore, a method of producing an aerated food product comprising the steps of separately preparing a first food product portion and a second food product portion, transferring the first food product portion to a first aseptic surge tank, transferring the second food product portion to a second aseptic surge tank, mixing a combination of the first food product portion and the second food product portion to create a mixed food product, aerating the mixed food product to create the aerated food product, and dispensing the aerated food product from a filling apparatus into a container is also disclosed. An aerated food product is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: STEUBEN FOODS, INC.
    Inventors: Ira Allen Nadel, Ajay Kaul
  • Patent number: 9585398
    Abstract: A disinfectant comprising the following (a), (b), (c) and (d), but no other microbicidal disinfecting agents intended for microbicidal disinfection: (a) 40 to 90% (w/w) of ethanol, isopropyl alcohol or a mixture thereof; (b) 0.1 to 2% (w/w) of lactic acid; (c) 0.01 to 2% (w/w) of citric acid; and (d) 0.001 to 0.1% (w/w) of a zinc-containing compound which releases zinc ion in solution, relative to the whole disinfectant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: MARUISHI PHARMACEUTICAL CO., LTD
    Inventors: Kazuki Okamoto, Junji Okunishi, Yutaka Nishihara, Masahiko Seto
  • Patent number: 9532571
    Abstract: Antimicrobial compositions based on the synergistic combination of 2-methyl-3-isothiazolone and selected commercial microbicides where the compositions are substantially free of halogenated 3-isothiazolone, are disclosed. Particularly preferred are combinations of 2-methyl-3-isothiazolone together with benzoic acid, citric acid, sorbic acid, 1,2-dibromo-2,4-dicyanobutane, 1,3-dimethylol-5,5-dimethylhydantoin, phenoxyethanol, benzyl alcohol, zinc pyrithione or climbazole, that provide enhanced microbicidal efficacy at a combined active ingredient level lower than that of the combined individual 3-isothiazolone and commercial microbicide effective use levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Rohm and Haas Company
    Inventors: Megan Anne Diehl, Eileen Fleck Warwick
  • Patent number: 9518013
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to peroxyformic acid forming compositions, methods for forming peroxyformic acid, preferably in situ, using the peroxyformic acid forming compositions. The present invention also relates to the peroxyformic acid formed by the above compositions and methods. The present invention further relates to the uses of the peroxyformic acid, preferably in situ, for treating a surface or a target. The present invention further relates to methods for treating a biofilm using peroxyformic acid, including peroxyformic acid generated in situ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Junzhong Li, Allison Brewster, Richard Staub, Steven J. Lange, Taz Cheritu, Jonathan P. Fast
  • Patent number: 9474815
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of sterilizing an article by sequentially exposing the article under vacuum first to a gaseous conditioning agent for forming radicals and then to a sterilant. The preferred conditioning agent is hydrogen peroxide and the preferred sterilant is ozone. The chamber is initially evacuated to a first vacuum pressure and then sealed for the remainder of the sterilization process and during all sterilant injection cycles, without removal of any component of the sterilization atmosphere, which means without any measures to reduce the water vapor content. Keeping the chamber sealed and maintaining the conditioning agent and the radicals generated thereby in the chamber for the sterilization with sterilant results in a synergistic increase in the sterilization efficiency and allows for the use of much lower sterilant amounts and sterilization cycle times than would be expected from using the conditioning agent and the sterilant in combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: TSO3 INC.
    Inventors: Sylvie Dufresne, Cynthia Martel, Helene Leblond, Nancy Dassie, Karine Martel