Using Disinfecting Or Sterilizing Substance Patents (Class 422/28)
  • Patent number: 10772330
    Abstract: Polymers containing nitrogen-halogen covalent bonds, i.e., N-halamine polymers, are provided for use in water treatment by reducing or removing microbes and toxic chemicals. Polymers containing one or more amide groups, guanidino groups, or groups derived from urethane or urea, are directly halogenated. The hydrolysis of N-halamine bonds is closely monitored by the presence of different electron-donating or electron-withdrawing groups adjacent to the nitrogen(s) of the N-halamine groups, and the resultant polymer can be facilely reloaded with halogen. Released halogen is in the form of an oxidative halogen or a hypohalous acid, in an effective amount and in an extended period of time, to significantly reduce the amount of a wide range of microbes including Escherichia coli and bacteriophage MS2 in contaminated water. Sponges, beads, resins, gel, and membranes made from these polymers are used in water treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: YISSUM RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT COMPANY
    Inventors: Abraham Domb, Shady Farah
  • Patent number: 10757944
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the ozone treatment of plants to reduce or eliminate pesticides, mold, yeast, or other pathogens. In an embodiment, the plant is exposed to ozone at a concentration of 150 to 250 ppm for between 15 and 65 minutes. The exposure of the plant to ozone reduces or eliminates pesticides, mold, yeast or other pathogens with little to no negative effects on the plants potency, flavor profile, fragrance, and weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: WillowPure, LLC
    Inventors: Jill Lynn Ellsworth, Jason R. Ellsworth
  • Patent number: 10709803
    Abstract: An apparatus for sterilizing a load in a sterilization chamber according to specific characteristics of the load without direct measurement of the load conditions. The apparatus preferably admits sterilant gas into the sterilization chamber under vacuum; during admission of the sterilant gas, the apparatus monitors a sterilant condensation related parameter or data in the sterilization chamber. The apparatus detects the occurrence of condensation and determining a value of the condensation related parameter while detecting condensation and, selects a sterilization cycle among a plurality of predetermined sterilization cycles according to the condensation related data. The apparatus then performs the selected sterilization cycle for sterilizing the load. The condensation related data may be the sterilant dew point, a degree of condensation, or an amount of condensation which may be determined in monitoring the chamber pressure during sterilant gas admission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: TS03 Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Laflamme, David Sohier, Sylvie Dufresne, Cécile Chevalier, Hélène Leblond, Francis Therrien
  • Patent number: 10676430
    Abstract: The present disclosure is related to non-alpha-substituted, low molecular weight peracid compositions. The peracids have no or a negligible amount of odor, have good stability, and have antimicrobial properties. The peracid compositions can be formulated into a wide variety of end use products, including disinfectants, sanitizers, sporicides, fungicides, laundry products, hard surface cleaners, bleaching agents, personal cleansers, and water treatment products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Stepan Company
    Inventors: Sangeeta Ganguly-Mink, Kenneth J. Littel, Shui Ping Zhu
  • Patent number: 10668177
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for logging parameter data in autoclave operating cycles. The system has capacity to compensate the response delay to thereby accurately track the ambient gas parameters, such as temperature, pressure, humidity, sterilization gas density, within the autoclave during operation. By properly correcting for the thermal delay, the data accuracy of the measured gas temperature is thus greatly enhanced. Methods for evaluating and verifying autoclave operation cycle are also described. Furthermore, the system may also be used for autoclave pre-maintenance and performance trend analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael James D'Onofrio, Nicholas Bodnar
  • Patent number: 10646608
    Abstract: In a system and method for disinfecting a surface of an object with iodine-laden gas, a carrier gas generation means generates a gas stream, which is then directed into a chamber that includes an iodine source. As the gas stream enters and passes through the chamber, iodine is drawn and absorbed into the gas stream, creating an iodine-laden gas that exits the chamber. In some embodiments, the iodine-laden gas then travels from the chamber and is directed into an enclosure when it interacts with microbes contained on a surface of an object housed within the enclosure or otherwise engaged by the enclosure. In other embodiments, as the iodine-laden gas exits the chamber, it is directed to a nozzle, via which the iodine-laden gas is applied to the surface of the object to be disinfected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: i 2 Air Fluid Innovation, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael C. Radicone
  • Patent number: 10640279
    Abstract: A container assembly comprising a container with a container neck, a syringe, and a closure with a cap portion having an end wall, wherein the syringe plunger of the syringe is connected to the end wall. The syringe is enclosed by the container body and the cap portion when the cap portion is aligned in a closed position on the container. The syringe is removable from the container when the cap portion is in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: VERITIV OPERATING COMPANY
    Inventor: Alberto Friedman
  • Patent number: 10632217
    Abstract: A device for rapidly sanitizing a surface is described. The device has an enclosure having an opening adapted to insert a surface, and an interior; a liquid nitric oxide solution applicator; and an absorbent material. The liquid nitric oxide solution applicator is in fluid communication with the interior of the enclosure and is adapted to apply liquid nitric oxide solution onto the surface when the surface is positioned within the enclosure. A method of rapidly sanitizing a surface is described. The devices and methods provided herein may be implemented to sanitize the surface of any body part or item that may be placed within the device. An infectious agent on the surface may be killed; i.e., the surface is disinfected. Non-limiting applications of the devices and methods include preventing nosocomial infections or food contamination, sanitizing household items, and implementing sanitizing procedures to comply with FDA Good Manufacturing Practices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: THE TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
    Inventor: Paul H. Axelsen
  • Patent number: 10617862
    Abstract: A device for automatically disinfecting a portion of a medical implement. The device includes a reservoir chamber having a top external opening, a medical implement protruded through a bottom part of the reservoir chamber with the portion to be disinfected exposed inside the reservoir chamber and below the top external opening, two disinfecting pads, and a resilient device. Each disinfecting pad is connected to the reservoir chamber through a mounting member, which permits displacement of the disinfecting pads relative to the reservoir chamber in substantially opposite directions thereby creating a gap between each pad and the portion to be disinfected. The resilient device biases the disinfecting pads such that when the disinfecting pads are displaced from a rest position, wherein they are contacting the portion to be disinfected, to an engaged position, the disinfecting pads are urged to return toward the portion to be disinfected to contact and disinfect the portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: DRMA Group International LLC
    Inventor: Zoran Drmanovic
  • Patent number: 10609941
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing high humidity ozone gas. Systems and methods for applying high humidity ozone gas to foodstuffs and/or other products as an antimicrobial treatment. Compressed air and dry ozone gas are combined, thereby providing a dry mix. A portion of the dry mix can be humidified in a humidifying chamber, thereby providing a wet mix. The wet mix can be combined with a portion of the dry mix, thereby providing humid ozonated air. The humid ozonated air can be applied to foodstuffs such as produce, as an antimicrobial treatment, as the foodstuffs are conveyed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Lee C. Ditzler
  • Patent number: 10588500
    Abstract: An endoscope reprocessing tool includes: a connection portion configured to be connected with a fluid outlet provided on a bottom face of a reprocessing basin of an endoscope reprocessor; a direction changing portion configured to change a flow direction of fluid discharged from the fluid outlet from a direction against a gravity direction to a direction crossing the gravity direction; a discharge portion configured to discharge the fluid direction-changed by the direction changing portion in the direction crossing the gravity direction; and a positioning portion configured to position a distal end portion of an endoscope so that the discharge portion and a recess portion provided on the distal end portion face each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomokazu Iwasaki, Mitsuyoshi Tezuka, Hitoshi Hasegawa, Hisato Kogure
  • Patent number: 10576256
    Abstract: An antiseptic applicator may include a handle, a sponge, and a usage indicator. The handle may be configured to store antiseptic solution. The sponge may be configured to absorb the antiseptic solution when the antiseptic solution is released from the handle. The usage indicator may be configured to indicate a period of time that the sponge has been pressed to skin of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Marcel A. Souza, Adam Zerda, Joanne Ferranti, Erik Kurt Witt
  • Patent number: 10543636
    Abstract: To simply sterilize a blow-molding machine. A mist or gas of hydrogen peroxide or a mixture thereof is introduced through a valve block disposed adjacent to a molding die, thereby sterilizing at least the molding die and an extension rod that extends into the molding die through the valve block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Atsushi Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 10471171
    Abstract: Provided is an ophthalmic solution of which preservative component, hexamethylene biguanide, contained therein is inhibited from being adsorbed on soft contact lenses and eye droppers. The ophthalmic solution contains, at a specific ratio, (A) hydroxypropyl methylcellulose having 28.0 to 30.0 mass % methoxy groups and 7.0 to 12.0 mass % hydroxypropoxy groups, both with respect to the total amount of the hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, at a methoxy group/hydroxypropoxy group ratio of 2.5 to 4.0 by mass, wherein a 2 mass % aqueous solution of the hydroxypropyl methylcellulose at 20° C. has a viscosity of 50 to 4000 mPa·s; (B) sodium chloride or potassium chloride; (C) hexamethylene biguanide or a salt thereof; (D) 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine/butyl methacrylate copolymer; and (E) water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: NOF Corporation
    Inventors: Shunsuke Sakurai, Koji Miyamoto, Yohei Takada, Yoshihisa Shimamura, Mao Maruhashi, Nobuyuki Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 10471166
    Abstract: In a system and method for disinfecting a surface of an object with iodine-laden gas, a carrier gas generation means generates a gas stream, which is then directed into a chamber that includes an iodine source. As the gas stream enters and passes through the chamber, iodine is drawn and absorbed into the gas stream, creating an iodine-laden gas that exits the chamber. In some embodiments, the iodine-laden gas then travels from the chamber and is directed into an enclosure when it interacts with microbes contained on a surface of an object housed within the enclosure or otherwise engaged by the enclosure. In other embodiments, as the iodine-laden gas exits the chamber, it is directed to a nozzle, via which the iodine-laden gas is applied to the surface of the object to be disinfected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: i 2 Air Fluid Innovation, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael C. Radicone
  • Patent number: 10456250
    Abstract: A valved conduit including a bioprosthetic valve, such as a heart valve, and a tubular conduit sealed with a bioresorbable material. The bioprosthetic heart valve includes prosthetic tissue that has been treated such that the tissue may be stored dry for extended periods without degradation of functionality of the valve. The bioprosthetic heart valve may have separate bovine pericardial leaflets or a whole porcine valve. The sealed conduit includes a tubular matrix impregnated with a bioresorbable medium such as gelatin or collagen. The valved conduit is stored dry in packaging in which a desiccant pouch is supplied having a capacity for absorbing moisture within the packaging limited to avoid drying the bioprosthetic tissue out beyond a point where its ability to function in the bioprosthetic heart valve is compromised. The heart valve may be sewn within the sealed conduit or coupled thereto with a snap-fit connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Louis A. Campbell, Donald E. Bobo, Jr., Gregory A. Wright, Tak G. Cheung
  • Patent number: 10455838
    Abstract: This invention relates to a wipe for killing spores comprising an absorbent sheet holding an aqueous composition and a sealed package containing the absorbent sheet, wherein the aqueous composition comprises water, an antimicrobial agent and a peroxide. The invention also relates to a process for killing spores using the above-indicated wipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: American Sterilizer Company
    Inventors: Peter A. Burke, Mark James Leggett, Michael A. Centanni
  • Patent number: 10449263
    Abstract: A treatment chamber 102 in which an object may be disinfected, deodorized, and/or sterilized. A source 172 of Hydroxyl radicals is arranged to introduce treatment agents, including Hydroxyl radicals, into the chamber 102. Operable sources 172 include nebulizer, Fenton generator, and Hydrogen Peroxide in the presence of nanoparticle catalyst and UV light. Ozone may be applied as an additional treatment agent. A tablet dispenser 128 may optionally be included to introduce additional chemical treatment agents into the chamber 102. The entire treatment device 100A-O may be sized for placement and use at the point-of-use of an object to be sterilized, such as in a hospital to sterilize an endoscope component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Microlin, LLC
    Inventor: Ashok V. Joshi
  • Patent number: 10441708
    Abstract: An intermediate product (1) for producing a plurality of pre-filled dual-chamber syringes or cartridges includes a support template (2) having an array of support seats and partially pre-filled tubular containment bodies (3), each inserted in a respective support seat. Each of the tubular containment bodies (3) 10 extends between a first (4) and a second opening (5). A sterile package (20-23) encloses the support template (2) and the tubular containment bodies (3) in sterile manner. The interiors of the tubular containment bodies (3) include a first stopper (6) and a second stopper (7) arranged in such a manner as to define therebetween a first containment chamber (8) in the tubular containment body (3) and adapted to slide inside the tubular containment 20 body. A liquid substance is contained inside the first containment chamber (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: OROFINO PHARMACEUTICALS GROUP S.r.l.
    Inventor: Ernesto Orofino
  • 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 Clüsserath
  • 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