Using Disinfecting Or Sterilizing Substance Patents (Class 422/28)
  • Patent number: 11213040
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automated monitoring and control of food processing systems are disclosed. Data from one or more controllers of a food processing system is received during operation of the food processing system at a remote food processing facility. Values of one or more operating parameters of the food processing system are monitored, based on the received data. At least one event of interest occurring during the operation of the food processing system is detected, based on the monitored values of the one or more operating parameters. Control signals for adjusting a configuration of the food processing system are transmitted to the one or more controllers, based on the detected event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Safe Foods Corporation
    Inventor: Tim Yeaman
  • Patent number: 11211151
    Abstract: A method of obtaining and analyzing at least one tissue sample includes forming, in a tissue container, first tracking data associated with the at least one tissue sample. Second tracking data is formed, in a transport container. The second tracking data is associated with the at least one tissue sample. The at least one tissue sample is placed in the tissue container. The first and second tracking data from the tissue container and the transport container are scanned with an electronic scanning system to ensure that the first and second tracking data are both associated with the removed tissue sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Devicor Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Walter, Elijah Kreider, Bryan R. Keller
  • Patent number: 11161671
    Abstract: To provide a medical device container, which enables transportation of a stored medical device in a fixed condition. A medical device container includes a container body having an opening portion at the upper portion; a holder, which is housed in the container body, for holding at least one medical device; and a gas non-permeable film sealing the opening portion of the medical device container; wherein the internal pressure of the medical device container is set to a value less than the atmospheric air pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: DAIKYO SEIKO LTD.
    Inventor: Takayuki Yoshida
  • Patent number: 11140898
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a disinfecting composition which requires a shorter contact time to be effective than similar compositions. Also, provided is a method of disinfecting a surface with the disinfecting composition where a shorter contact time is needed to disinfect the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Lonza, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Kloeppel, James Bargmann
  • Patent number: 11136550
    Abstract: Methods of decontaminating bone tissue and an apparatus or system for the same are provided. The methods can be multi-batch processes and include contacting the bone tissue having contaminants with carbon dioxide to decontaminate the bone tissue and to form carbon dioxide having contaminants. The contaminated carbon dioxide is collected and the contaminants are removed to obtain purified carbon dioxide which can be recycled to treat contaminated bone tissue. The contaminated carbon dioxide can be purified by bubbling it through water and/or an organic solvent followed by acid treatment, filtering and liquefying the carbon dioxide. Contaminants that can be removed from contaminated bone tissue, and in turn, from contaminated carbon dioxide include infectious organisms, bacteria, viruses, protozoa, parasites, fungi and mold or a mixture thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark DeCaro, Guobao Wei
  • Patent number: 11122802
    Abstract: The present invention relates to compositions and formulations for soil disinfection against a wide spectrum of plant pathogens and pests. More particularly, the formulation comprising (i) peracids, such as peracetic acid and an GO anionic surfactant, such as capryleth-9 carboxylic acid is synergistically effective in treatment of soil to control plant parasitic nematodes and soil-borne plant pathogens such as bacteria, spores and fungi.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Evonk Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Fernando Puente De Vera, Jose M. Lopez Martinez, John M. Rovison, Weidong An
  • Patent number: 11123952
    Abstract: A method of using a sterilization wrap system including a permeable material having barrier properties and having a first surface and a second opposing surface, the exterior panel being substantially opaque or having a first level of translucence, and an interior panel including a permeable material having barrier properties and having a first surface and a second opposing surface, the interior panel having a level of translucence that is higher than the translucence of the exterior panel, the panels being joined together over at least a portion of their surfaces. Also disclosed is inspection of the sterilization wrap system for exterior panel breaches by looking for light passing through a panel facing the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: O&M Halyard, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey James Farmer, Kelly L. Holt, Ronald K. Anderson, Melissa R. Gaynor, Corinna Schwarz
  • Patent number: 11116859
    Abstract: Efficacy and efficiency of reprocessing a medical device having a restrictive channel and at least one less-restrictive channel, e.g., an endoscope, via disinfection may be improved by using a so-called “Purge-Then-Fill” technique in which channels are purged of disinfectant before refilling them with the disinfectant. Preferably, a less-restrictive channel is purged before the restrictive channel is purged, and then the less-restrictive channel or another less-restrictive channel is filled before the restrictive channel is filled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: ASP GLOBAL MANUFACTURING GMBH
    Inventor: Sungwook Yang
  • Patent number: 11109624
    Abstract: A dispenser of sanitary finger covers which are sanitized individually at the time of use. The system uses either a battery operated ultraviolet LED or spray disinfectant to automatically or manually sanitize the finger covers. The sanitary finger covers can be rapidly applied without contamination using a single finger. Removal and disposal are similarly rapid and easy. The finger covers are inexpensive and may be made from a variety of readily available and biodegradable materials. The dispenser is lightweight and portable. It can be carried by the user or attached to their uniform. The dispenser can be easily replenished with finger covers once empty, using a provided cartridge prefilled with finger covers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventor: Richard Irving Stillman
  • Patent number: 11105554
    Abstract: A drying system for drying an agriculture product is disclosed. The drying system includes an enclosure having one or more wall structures and defining a chamber for receiving and storing the agricultural product. Each wall structure includes an inner wall having a plurality of wood panels and an outer wall. Each wood panel is a treated wood panel and is adapted to absorb moisture from an air circulating inside the chamber. Each wood panel is treated with a solution of calcium chloride to enhance a moisture absorbing capacity. The outer wall is disposed substantially parallel and spaced apart from the inner wall and defines a gap therebetween. The enclosure further includes one or more moisture absorbing materials disposed inside the gap to absorb moisture received from the inner wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: Robert Michael Funk
  • Patent number: 11091695
    Abstract: Provided are an etching composition and an etching method using the same, and more particularly, an etching composition for selectively etching a metal nitride film, an etching method of the metal nitride film using the same, and a method of manufacturing a microelectronic device including a process performed using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: ENF TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hye Hee Lee, Hyeon Woo Park, Myung Ho Lee, Myung Geun Song
  • Patent number: 11089950
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus including a connector included in an endoscope and connected to an endoscope connection portion of a video processor, a fluid feeding apparatus including a tube configured to transmit fluid to the endoscope, a connection detector configured to detect a connection state of the tube with the connector of the endoscope, a control unit configured to detect an ON/OFF state of a power source of the fluid feeding apparatus, determine an abnormality exists when the connection detector detects that the tube is in a disconnected state with the connector of the endoscope and the power source of the fluid feeding apparatus is detected to be in an ON state, and output a notification of the determined abnormality, and a display configured to display the notification of the abnormality outputted by the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kensuke Miyake, Takashi Saito, Ryu Oshima, Masahiro Katakura, Yugo Koizumi, Mai Ojima
  • Patent number: 11088028
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a method of forming a semiconductor device includes forming a fin protruding above a substrate; forming a gate structure over the fin; forming a recess in the fin and adjacent to the gate structure; performing a wet etch process to clean the recess; treating the recess with a plasma process; and performing a dry etch process to clean the recess after the plasma process and the wet etch process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Che-Yu Lin, Chien-Wei Lee, Chien-Hung Chen, Wen-Chu Hsiao, Yee-Chia Yeo
  • Patent number: 11071797
    Abstract: The present invention relates to mobile devices for disinfecting an object. The mobile device includes: one or more light sources for generating a disinfection light; a display; one or more processors coupled to the one or more light sources and display; and a non-transitory computer-readable medium comprising one or more sequences of instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, causes steps to be performed including: determining a required dosage of the disinfection light; determining an exposure time of the disinfection light that corresponds to the required dosage of the disinfection light; illuminating the disinfection light on the surface; and displaying a disinfection map on the display to report a result of a disinfection process performed by the illumination of the disinfection light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Bolb Inc.
    Inventors: Jianping Zhang, Ling Zhou, Ying Gao
  • Patent number: 11071800
    Abstract: Systems and methods for using solid high-level disinfection chemistries to producing disinfectant solutions. In an embodiment, an apparatus comprises: a first container and a second container. The first container is configured to receive water, sodium percarbonate and tetraacetylethylenediamine. The water, the sodium percarbonate, the tetraacetylethylenediamine react within the first container to produce a mixture comprising peroxyacetic acid. The second container is in fluid communication with the first container, wherein the second container is configured to receive an acid and the mixture. The mixture and the acid mix in the second container to produce a disinfectant solution having a pH between 5.0 and 7.0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Medivators Inc.
    Inventors: John Matta, Huyen Bui, Tuan Nguyen
  • Patent number: 11040900
    Abstract: An automated produced water treatment system that injects ozone or an ozone-oxygen mixture upstream of produced water separators, with the dose rate changing dynamically as the produced water quality changes, as determined by continuous monitoring of the produced water quality by a plurality of sensors that detect water quality parameters in real time. The system may operate as a “slipstream” injection system, that draws a portion of produced water from the produced water pipeline and injects ozone or an ozone-oxygen mixture back into the pipeline with disrupting or slowing normal operations. Disinfectants or other additives may also be injected. The treatment system may be wholly or partially contained in mobile containers or trailers, for on-the-fly use in existing produced water treatment facilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Inventor: Mark Patton
  • Patent number: 11041186
    Abstract: This invention relates to a capacitor comprising two electrical conductors separated by a dielectric, the dielectric comprising microorganisms. The dielectric may comprise a biological indicator. This invention relates to a process for determining whether the microorganisms are alive or dead. The number of microorganisms can be determined. This invention relates to a process for testing the efficacy of a sterilization process using the capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: American Sterilizer Company
    Inventors: Michael A. Centanni, Phillip P. Franciskovich, Kathleen A. Fix
  • Patent number: 11033350
    Abstract: A multi-layer pre-drape apparatus is applied to a patient before the patient is moved into the operating room. The multi-layer pre-drape apparatus includes a lower layer with a center aperture and an upper layer that covers the aperture. The multi-layer pre-drape apparatus can be placed on a sterilized area of the patient to maintain the cleanliness of the incision area. Alternatively, the multi-layer pre-drape apparatus can be placed on the patient and sterilization fluid can be applied to the skin of the patient through the aperture. The patient can then be moved into the operating room and the upper layer of the multi-layer pre-drape can be removed to expose the sterilized area of the patient in the aperture. Additional drapes can be added to the pre-drape apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Inventors: Kenneth B Trauner, Josef Gorek
  • Patent number: 11027314
    Abstract: Transport scheduling and transport processes for low microbial (“LM”) bulk products are described. The transport scheduling and processes facilitate low microbial activity in a LM bulk product during the transport of the LM bulk product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Ardent Mills, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Mariniello, Edith D. Akins-Lewenthal, Ryan T. Grace
  • Patent number: 10987443
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a container sterilization device and system, an assembling method and use thereof. The container sterilization device includes a sterilization gas supply assembly, a gas circulation assembly, and a heating and humidification assembly. The sterilization gas supply assembly includes a chemical feeding pipeline. The gas circulation assembly includes a gas circulation pipeline, a gas extraction pipeline, and a vacuum pump disposed on the gas extraction pipeline. The heating and humidification assembly includes a thermostatic water tank, a steam generator, a first connecting pipeline, and a humidity feeding pipeline. The first connecting pipeline is configured to provide fluid communication between the thermostatic water tank and the steam generator, while the humidity feeding pipeline is configured to be in fluid communication with the steam generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignees: Chio Kang Medical, Inc., Qiaokang Biotech (Guangdong) Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Shengwei Hu, Dongxin Hou, Jianlong Xue, Xuzhong Liao, Xiuling Zhong, Xin Yin, Yecheng He, Yuhua Zou, Lixiong Feng
  • Patent number: 10977622
    Abstract: An electronic waste tracking device, process, and system to track waste from one location to another location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventors: David V. Borowski, William C. Huddleston, Benjamin A. Thorp, William L. Klima
  • Patent number: 10967084
    Abstract: An apparatus that assists in sterilizing an endoscope inside a sterilizer employing a gaseous sterilant, e.g., hydrogen peroxide, is disclosed. The apparatus may include a dry booster and a flow restrictor that includes two tubes, which may be connected to channels of an endoscope and the dry booster. The flow restrictor may be used to change the flow rates through the channels to assist in delivering sterilant throughout the channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: ASP GLOBAL MANUFACTURING GMBH
    Inventor: Ben Fryer
  • Patent number: 10968417
    Abstract: A disinfecting solution includes hydrogen peroxide at a concentration of from about 1.5% w/w to 8% w/w; at least one readily biodegradable anionic surfactant in a concentration of from about 10% w/w to about 25% w/w; at least one of salicylic acid and salts thereof, in a concentration of from about 1% w/w to about 8% w/w; at least one chelating agent in a concentration of from about 0.005% w/w to about 10% w/w; and at least one low-corrosive non-surfactant sulfonic acid selected from benzenesulfonic acid, benzene disulfonic acid, xylene sulfonic acid, toluene sulfonic acid, cumene sulfonic acid, sulfosalicylic acid, naphthalene mono- or di-sulfonic acid, methane sulfonic acid, and isethionic acid in a concentration of from about 1% w/w to about 15% w/w. The solution is free of acetic acid, furoic acid, phenylacetic acid, cationic surfactants, amphoteric surfactants, aromatic alcohols, halogen acids, phenols, peracid activators, bleaches, and (optionally) benzoic acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Faraz Ahmadpour, Navid Omidbakhsh
  • Patent number: 10959433
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to sporicidal compositions and uses thereof. The sporicidal compositions include one or more cationic steroidal antimicrobials (CSAs). The sporicidal compositions may be applied to an object to kill or deactivate bacterial spores contacting the sporicidal composition. The object may be a food product, food processing equipment, industrial equipment, or healthcare facility objects. The sporicidal composition may be administered to a subject that has, is suspected to have, or is at risk for an infection associated with spore-forming bacteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Paul B. Savage
  • Patent number: 10913431
    Abstract: A moving tunnel sanitizer includes a frame forming a tunnel with a tunnel opening through the frame. A right wall supports a right side of the frame. A left wall supports a left side of the frame. A right front wheel and a right rear wheel support the right wall. A left front wheel and a left rear wheel supports the left wall. A top member makes a rigid connection between the right wall to the left wall. Nozzles are mounted on the tunnel on the right wall and on the left wall. A fluid tank stores a sanitizing fluid. The fluid tank is connected to the nozzles by fluid tubing. A left motor and a right motor are drive motors. The left motor drives either the front left wheel or the rear left wheel. The right motor drives the front left wheel or the front right wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventor: Javier Lopez
  • Patent number: 10894107
    Abstract: A system for disinfecting an enclosed area may include at least one ultraviolet (UV) light and a fogging device which may include a portable housing, an atomizing disinfectant generator carried by the portable housing, and a processor carried by the portable housing. The processor may be configured to initiate a treatment cycle during which the atomizing disinfectant generator dispenses atomized disinfectant fluid into the enclosed area, after a first time period activate the at least one UV light while the atomized disinfectant fluid is being dispensed into the enclosed area, and after a second time period later than the first time period deactivate the at least one UV light and prior to completion of the treatment cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: GCMG COMPANIES, LLC
    Inventors: Steve Grinstead, Frances Grinstead
  • Patent number: 10888535
    Abstract: It is to provide a disinfectant liquid which enables easy identification of the application sites in preoperative skin disinfection and the like, where the liquid is obtained by coloring an aqueous solution of olanexidine gluconate which is a colorless and transparent liquid. A disinfectant liquid comprises olanexidine gluconate, a coloring agent such as Sunset Yellow FCF, an alkyl dimethylamine oxide such as lauryl dimethylamine oxide, and optionally one or more surfactants other than alkyl dimethylamine oxide such as polyoxyethylene alkyl ether including lauromacrogol and polyoxyethylene polyoxypropylene alkyl ether including polyoxyethylene(20) polyoxypropylene(4) cetyl ether. The disinfectant liquid enables easy identification of the application sites in preoperative skin disinfection and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: OTSUKA PHARMACEUTICAL FACTORY, INC.
    Inventors: Mari Shiozaki, Ryohei Tsubakiyama, Motoya Kikuchi, Kaoru Imai, Akifumi Hagi
  • Patent number: 10888050
    Abstract: A system and method of abating air pollution and stimulating crop growth. A reagent is introduced to a crop canopy to neutralize air pollutants within said canopy, wherein the reagent induces an oxidation-reduction chemical reaction with the air pollution present throughout the acreage of crops, and by means of the reaction effectually neutralizes the harmful effects of the air pollutants on the crops. The reagent is diluted using a venturi valve or other means. The flow rate of said reagent is regulated using an electronic control unit, based on data collected from at least one type of sensor in the canopy that is in communication with the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: The Agricultural Gas Co.
    Inventor: Stewart E. Erickson
  • Patent number: 10883756
    Abstract: An exemplary method protects a delicate device from potential damage from shock or vibration. A material in a liquid state is placed in contact with the delicate device. The liquid material is cooled causing it to transition to a solid state which stabilizes the delicate device in contact with the solid material against shock and vibration. The solid state material is heated causing it to sublimate into a gas thus releasing the delicate device for operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jonathan W. Arenberg
  • Patent number: 10874478
    Abstract: A treatment machine for a medical apparatus having inner portions and outer portions, contains a hollow vessel for receiving the medical apparatus, a first treatment system for treating the inner portions and a second treatment system for treating the outer portions. The first treatment system includes: an element for connecting at least one end piece of the medical apparatus to circulate treatment liquid in its inner portion, and the second treatment system includes: at least one spray nozzle for receiving and projecting vigorously at least one pressurized treatment liquid into the volume of the vessel to treat the outer portions of the medical apparatus and the inner surfaces of the vessel by spraying while creating a mechanical and chemical effect, and at least one element for filling the vessel with treatment liquid, to treat the outer portions of the medical apparatus and the inner surfaces of the vessel by immersing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Tanguy Dromard, Eric Pendaries, Sebastien Ruiz
  • Patent number: 10875756
    Abstract: A bottle is conveyed to a filling device without being sterilized by a container sterilizer, and a culture medium is filled inside the bottle by using the filling device. Then, the bottle is capped with a cap using a cap attachment device. Thereafter, whether or not bacteria survive or propagate in the culture medium in the bottle is verified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: DAI NIPPON PRINTING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Atsushi Hayakawa, Yuiko Wada, Ryuichi Tamagawa, Tsubasa Tokimoto
  • Patent number: 10835773
    Abstract: A tissue digester system includes a container for housing a digestion chamber having an exterior vessel for holding digestor fluid and an interior vessel, the container extending from a first end to a second end, the interior vessel having perforations and having baffles extending from an interior surface of the interior vessel; a lid secured to the exterior vessel and to provide access to the digestion chamber; one or more heating elements positioned to apply heat to the digestion chamber; a motor engaged with the interior vessel and to create rotational movement of the interior vessel; a control system, having a temperature controller; and a movement controller; the control system is to rotate the interior vessel and heat the digestion chamber based on user commands; and the digestion chamber is to break down remains through application of the digestor fluid to the tissue remains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventor: Philip Mason
  • Patent number: 10827750
    Abstract: A sporicidal composition has a moderately low pH and includes at least one oxidizing acid and the dissociation product of at least one inorganic oxidizing agent. Very high effective solute concentrations can enhance the efficacy of the composition. Embodiments of the composition can be applied to a surface and allowed to absorb into the endospore, ultimately killing at least some of those bacteria in mature endospore form. The surface being treated can be an inanimate surface, particularly a hard surface, or a medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Next Science IP Holdings Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Matthew F. Myntti
  • Patent number: 10827752
    Abstract: This invention relates to disinfectant compositions comprising a first active ingredient comprising a source of acetyl radicals, and a second active ingredient comprising a source of peroxygen, the composition being soluble in water to provide a solution of peracetic acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventor: Peter Finan
  • Patent number: 10815516
    Abstract: A method is provided for establishing resistance characteristics of a biological indicator in a sterilization process using a sterilant vapor. The method includes the step of creating a biological indicator inactivation profile by obtaining differential sterilant vapor pressure values in a sterilization chamber during sterilant vapor injection and determining D-values as a function of the differential sterilant vapor pressure values obtained. The biological indicator inactivation profile, when represented as a function of differential sterilant vapor pressure, may be linear over the full range of inactivation. The biological indicator inactivation profile may be created by injecting the sterilant vapor into the sterilization chamber and measuring biological indicator survival at different differential sterilant vapor pressure values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: TSO3 Inc.
    Inventor: Sylvie Dufresne
  • 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