In A Holder Or Container Patents (Class 422/401)
  • Patent number: 10371693
    Abstract: A portable blood glucose measurement device is provided. The device includes, in an externally exposed way, a temperature measurement medium of which the temperature quickly changes according to outside temperature changes provided on one side surface of a case. The device further includes an infrared temperature sensor. The device measures the temperature of the temperature measurement medium with the infrared temperature sensor in a noncontact manner, and calculates a blood glucose measurement result by considering the measured temperature so as to accurately reflect the outside temperature of an actual blood glucose measuring environment. The temperature measurement medium can be configured to sensitively respond to the outside temperature independently from the case such that the temperature of the temperature measurement medium, in accordance with the change in outside temperature, quickly and accurately changes so as to measure the temperature in a more accurate manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: I-SENS, INC.
    Inventors: Jin Won Lee, Chang Woo Ryu, Geun Sig Cha, Hak hyun Nam
  • Patent number: 10278624
    Abstract: A method for providing a assistance for maintaining or improving an individual's wellness, comprising the steps of measuring a presence and/or concentration of one or more biomarkers in a sample from the individual; predicting a wellness need for maintaining or improving the individual's wellness based on the measured presence and/or concentration of the one or more biomarkers, wherein the one or more biomarkers are indicators of the wellness need; and altering the living environment of the individual, providing a wellness product or service to the individual or providing information, guidance or advice to the individual for addressing the wellness need of the individual. A system providing assistance for maintaining or improving an individual's wellness is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: IPHENOTYPE LLC
    Inventors: Jay M. Short, Steve Briggs
  • Patent number: 10273523
    Abstract: An assembly for preparing a specimen is provided that may be configured to determine the presence of at least one microorganism specie in the specimen. The assembly may include a pipette configured to acquire a specimen from a sample and an imaging cartridge configured to be in fluid communication with the pipette. The imaging cartridge and the pipette may be configured to be irreversibly coupled such that the specimen is bio-contained within the imaging cartridge and the pipette when the imaging cartridge and pipette are coupled together. Associated methods of use are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Alexander George Lastovich, Anita Quinn, Pauline Elizabeth Bell, James Lee Schram, Rex Young Nielson, Jason Paul Hayes, Matthew James Springer, Lincoln Belcourt, Matthew Daniel Solomon
  • Patent number: 10258278
    Abstract: A hydration sensor or sensing element is configured to measure the hydration level of a user. The sensing element can include a water-permeable material positioned in between two water-impermeable materials. The sensing element can be coupled to a bottle of fluid, or a carrier with a timer. The sensing element can be incorporated into a handheld device. The sensing element can be a disposable element, an element applicable for more than one-time use, or a re-usable element. The sensing element or sensor can be calibrated for a specific user or a group of users. One or more additional sensors that do not measure hydration level of the user can be coupled to a hydration sensing element to determine the amount of fluid consumption for the user in different conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: IpVenture, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Howell, Angeline Hadiwidjaja, Peter P. Tong, C. Douglass Thomas, Corrine Schrall
  • Patent number: 10197495
    Abstract: A urine screen and urine analysis method for analyzing urine color to determine the hydration level of an individual. The urine screen is nonabsorbent. The urine screen includes a base member, a urinal dish, and a color scale. The urinal dish has a side wall that extends from the front side of the base member. The urinal dish is open at the top portion and is able to receive fluid into the urinal dish through the open top portion. The urinal dish includes a small drain hole. The color scale is applied to the front side of the base member and includes at least a plurality of shades of yellow. Each of the shades of yellow corresponds to a hydration level based on urine color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Daniel Gordon Drury
  • Patent number: 10184937
    Abstract: A system and method for determining the presence and level of allergy indicators in a human fluid sample such as, but not limited to, blood serum and saliva, is disclosed. In another embodiment, the method may assess a level of allergens in a consumable product. The system and method may make use of functionalized magnetic nanoparticles that have modified surfaces suitable for attracting allergy indicators from human fluid sample and allergens from consumable products. The system and method may provide a minimally invasive assessment of allergy indicators to determine whether one is allergic to a substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignees: United Arab Emirates University, University Of North Carolina At Greensboro
    Inventor: Yousef Haik
  • Patent number: 10124339
    Abstract: A composite collection device suitable for the collection of fluid samples is disclosed. The device is suitable for the collection of a multitude of fluid samples, including biological fluids like blood, urine, saliva, plasma specimens for subsequent determination of analytes contained therein. An accurate volume fluid collection card system with a single or multiplicity of cells comprises three strata, a middle absorbent stratum, layered between an impermeable cover stratum containing at least one aperture and a transparent stratum containing indicia. The aperture in the impermeable cover stratum directs the fluid onto the middle absorbent. The middle absorbent stratum contains no alterations. The transparent stratum contains indicia that indicate the extent of the absorption of the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: OpAns LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Cranford Lewis, Tina Carol Guilliams Baxter
  • Patent number: 10048193
    Abstract: A curved surface is placed tangent to a slide and displaces a sample liquid from the point or line of contact outward. Imaging indicates a region where fluorescence is observed, and the location of the fluorescence indicates the molecular size. The radius of curvature of the lens is known, the distance from the (center) point of contact of the observed fluorescence is measured with a microscope and the distance of the lens surface to the slide's surface can then be calculated. This distance represents the size of the molecule or ensemble of molecules emitting. Similarly, absorbance, etc. could be measured with a light source below the slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: Adam E. Cohen, Sabrina R. Leslie
  • Patent number: 10007106
    Abstract: An optical filter includes a stationary substrate and a movable substrate disposed so as to be opposed to each other, a first reflecting film disposed on a movable substrate side of the stationary substrate, a second reflecting film disposed on a stationary substrate side of the movable substrate, and opposed to the first reflecting film, a first protective film disposed so as to overlap the first reflecting film, and having a light transmissive property and electrical conductivity, a second protective film disposed so as to overlap the second reflecting film, and having a light transmissive property and electrical conductivity, a first terminal connected to the first protective film, and a second terminal connected to the second protective film. An electrical connection of the first terminal and the second terminal is electrically switchable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Susumu Shinto, Koji Kitahara
  • Patent number: 9995703
    Abstract: A device for detecting chemical or biochemical substances in fluids for use in an electrochemical camera. The device includes a first carrier having a sensor array with a plurality of electrochemical sensors. A second carrier includes a porous layer having at least one functional region, in which specifically binding capturing molecules are immobilized. The at least one functional region is arranged directly adjacent to at least one non-functionalized region. Assigned to the at least one functional region and the at least one non-functionalized region are several sensors of the sensor array, for use as the electrochemical camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Frey, Walter Gumbrecht, Peter Paulicka, Meinrad Schienle, Manfred Stanzel
  • Patent number: 9976984
    Abstract: Provided are devices that include a support, a free-standing polymeric separation medium associated with the support and configured to separate a sample along a directional axis, and a sample-loading element associated with the polymeric separation medium. Systems that include the devices, as well as methods of using the devices, are also provided. Embodiments of the present disclosure find use in a variety of different applications, including detecting whether an analyte is present in a fluid sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Amy E. Herr, Todd Duncombe
  • Patent number: 9957545
    Abstract: A blood glucose measurement unit, a blood glucose measurement method, and a blood glucose measurement system comprising the same are disclosed. According to one aspect of the present invention, provided is a blood glucose measurement unit comprising: a transparent first substrate consisting of a blood inflow region into which blood flows and a reaction region connected to the blood inflow region which are formed on one surface thereof; a transparent second substrate coupled to the first substrate and comprising a blood aperture through which the blood flowing into the blood inflow region passes; and a reagent distributed to the reaction region so as to react with the blood glucose of the blood which has flown into the blood inflow region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Sanghyo Kim
  • Patent number: 9957500
    Abstract: A continuous flow nucleic acid extraction apparatus comprising a piston column apparatus for the extraction of nucleic acids from a nucleic acid sample. The disclosure also includes a method of using the continuous flow nucleic acid extraction apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Stem Arts Projects, LLC
    Inventors: Abraham Oommen, Matthew Greenleaf, Adam Koch
  • Patent number: 9945789
    Abstract: A multiple analyte detection system includes a carrier having reagents disposed thereat, with each of the reagents capable of optically changing in response to exposure to a respective analyte. The system further includes a photodetector positioned to collectively detect light interacted with each of the reagents, a processor to determine a presence or an absence of each of the analytes in response to the light collectively-detected, and an indicator to provide an indication of the presence or the absence of each of the analytes. A method of detecting multiple analytes includes exposing reagents capable of optically changing in response to exposure to a respective analyte to a sample. The method further includes collectively detecting light interacted with each of the reagents, determining a presence or an absence of each of the analytes in response to the light collectively detected, and indicating the presence or the absence of each of the analytes determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Alverix, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Hardcastle, Carol T. Schembri, John Francis Petrilla, Rene B. Helbing, Daniel B. Roitman
  • Patent number: 9897526
    Abstract: A vacuum apparatus includes a vacuum chamber, first sensor units disposed in the vacuum chamber facing a deposition direction of particles, and second sensor units disposed in the vacuum chamber, each disposed on a corresponding first sensor of the first sensor units facing the deposition direction, wherein the first sensor units are configured to sense a pressure in the vacuum chamber and an absorption amount of the particles adsorbed to the first sensor units, and the second sensor units are configured to sense the pressure in the vacuum chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eun-Ju Song, Hoonchul Ryoo
  • Patent number: 9857363
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a membrane sensor capable of changing a reaction condition by a single sample injection and a method for measuring a reaction using the same, and more specifically, a membrane sensor designed so that a bio reaction having two or more reaction conditions is sequentially generated by a single sample injection, by forming an asymmetric membrane between a reactant storing part and a reaction membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: INGIBIO, LTD.
    Inventors: Min-Gon Kim, Hyou-Arm Joung, Jun-Hyoung Ahn
  • Patent number: 9829422
    Abstract: A concentration meter invention includes a housing having a cavity, an electrode accommodated in the cavity, a permeation membrane that has a measurement surface that contacts a measurement target, a releasing surface that releases the measurement target that enters from the measurement surface into the cavity, and a plurality of holes that open to the measurement surface and the releasing surface, and are for the measurement target to enter, and seals the cavity, an internal liquid that is sealed in the cavity, and contacts the electrode and the permeation membrane, an adjustment section that applies a mechanical load to the permeation membrane so that opening areas of the holes in at least the measurement surface reversibly increase or decrease, and a control section that is connected to the adjustment section, and controls change of strength of the mechanical load that is applied to the permeation membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Hideto Onishi
  • Patent number: 9816903
    Abstract: Disclosed is a filtration device for liquid samples as well as a close and push-through device for said filtration device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventors: Andrea Frisse, Andreas Graus
  • Patent number: 9757718
    Abstract: Catalytic articles having a high porosity substrate containing platinum, palladium or a mixture thereof, in walls of the high porosity substrate and an SCR catalyst coating on a wall of the high porosity substrate are disclosed. The platinum, palladium or mixture thereof can be present in the wall of the high porosity support as a metal, or as a supported platinum, palladium or a mixture thereof. The catalytic articles are useful for selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NOx in exhaust gases and in reducing the amount of ammonia slip. Methods for producing such articles are described. Methods of using the catalytic articles in an SCR process, where the amount of ammonia slip is reduced, are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Johnson Matthey Public Limited Company
    Inventors: Joseph Michael Fedeyko, Hai-Ying Chen
  • Patent number: 9684003
    Abstract: Disclosed is a detection method, including steps of: providing an elongated carrier with a plurality of recognition substances fixed thereon; bringing a first end of the elongated carrier in contact with a liquid sample to permit the liquid sample to move towards an opposite second end along the elongated carrier, therewith a plurality of coloring elements in the liquid sample forming a colored band on the elongated carrier; and determining whether the liquid sample contains analytes based on the length of the colored band. Accordingly, the analytes can be detected by recognizing the agglutination based on the length of the colored band. Additionally, the present invention also provides a detection device and a detection kit for the aforementioned detection process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: National Tsing Hua University
    Inventor: Chao-Min Cheng
  • Patent number: 9676520
    Abstract: A storage device includes a housing, a non-volatile memory disposed within the housing, and an interface operatively connected to the housing for communicating with a computing device to provide access to the non-volatile memory to the computing device. The storage device further includes a tray comprising a bio-sample storage area for storing bio-samples and a gasket for sealing the bio-sample storage area within the housing for storage. In a closed position, the tray is sealed within the housing by the gasket and wherein in an open position, the bio-sample storage area is exposed and accessible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: GENISYSS, LLC
    Inventors: Richard A. Brownell, Mitchell Frey
  • Patent number: 9636089
    Abstract: A drug test device for bodily fluids, such as urine, includes a cup and a removable lid which houses one or more test strips. The lid is releasably locked onto the cup so as to align dipping ends of the test strips exposed through an underside of the lid with a position stabilizer, thereby causing the dipping ends to be located downwardly and submerged in fluid when the device is placed on its side in a reactive position. The position stabilizer may comprise a sidewall indentation that reduces the internal volume of the cup and keeps the cup from rolling when placed on its side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventors: Raphael Wong, Kerkong Tung, Wen Li
  • Patent number: 9615774
    Abstract: A CO2 sensor includes: a sensing portion operable to change in color in accordance with a CO2 partial pressure in expiration from at least one of nares and a mouth of a living body; and a mounting member adapted to hold the sensing portion at a position where the expiration from the at least one of the nares and the mouth impinges on the sensing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventors: Naoki Kobayashi, Masayuki Inoue, Hidetoshi Dainobu, Toshiki Aoki, Kumi Sugiyama, Iwao Takahashi, Kazumasa Ito, Takashi Usuda
  • Patent number: 9599596
    Abstract: The invention relates to an optical sensor element, comprising indicators (2), selected from luminescence-active means that are of the same type or different, and indicator protectors (1), and to a sensor, comprising at least one such sensor element, an energy source that excites the luminescence emission of the indicators, and a detector unit, wherein the sensor element or sensor is suitable for detecting molecular oxygen in a gaseous or liquid medium and/or for determining the molecular oxygen content of a gaseous or liquid medium and at least one layer of the sensor element bearing the indicator protectors is designed in such a way that the diffusion rate of the molecular oxygen formed on the indicator protectors by means of the reduction of strong oxidants back into the medium is greater than the diffusion rate of molecular oxygen from the medium in the direction of the at-least-one layer bearing the indicator molecules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Hamilton Bonaduz AG
    Inventors: Dirk Schoenfuss, Claudius-Michael Ortega Schulte
  • Patent number: 9572724
    Abstract: A wetness indicating polymeric film and method of making the film is provided. The method includes feeding a polymer film into a flexographic printing apparatus; printing at least one wetness indicator ink onto a first side of the perforated polymer; and perforating the polymer film by forming a plurality of apertures or enlarged micropores that extend from the first side to the second side. The apertures or enlarged micropores permit a sufficient quantity of an aqueous liquid to pass from the second side through the perforated polymer film to the first side. Upon contact, the aqueous liquid reacts with the wetness indicator ink to cause a color change visible by an unaided human eye. In an absorbent article including the inventive film as a backsheet, the total amount of liquid that passes through the backsheet is negligible and the barrier properties of the backsheet as a whole are not compromised.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: Jerry Ford
  • Patent number: 9575084
    Abstract: Specimen collection slides, methods of fabricating and methods of utilizing such specimen collection slides whereby each specimen collection slide includes a top rigid layer with an opening, a bottom rigid layer with an opening substantially the same size as the top layer opening, a middle rigid section having an opening larger than the openings in both the top and bottom layers, and a filtration media residing within the opening in the middle section. The top, bottom and middle are secured together to provide the resultant slide with thickness and rigidity that lends the slide to be utilized in automated handling processes and instruments. The middle section of the slide encases the filtration media and sandwiches it between the top and bottom layers so that the filtration media is protected from damage. Each slide may have its own unique identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: Thomas W. Astle
  • Patent number: 9557330
    Abstract: Devices and methods for the detection of antigens are disclosed. Devices and methods for detecting food-borne pathogens are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Invisible Sentinel, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas A. Siciliano, Martin Joseph Bouliane
  • Patent number: 9527079
    Abstract: Provided is a fluid analysis cartridge that performs a test on a fluid sample. The fluid analysis cartridge includes: a testing part configured to receive a fluid sample and configured to perform a test on the fluid sample; a housing including at least one supply hole configured to supply the fluid sample to the testing part; a filtering part that is disposed between the at least one supply hole and the testing part and is configured to filter a particular material included in the fluid sample; and at least one stepped part provided on a surface of the housing facing the filtering part and that forms a gap between the filtering part and the surface of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventors: Ji Young Park, Seung Hoon Kim, Jung Ki Min, Seung Jun Lee
  • Patent number: 9429523
    Abstract: A method for the colorimetric detection of two compounds in a bulk sample comprises the steps of forming an aqueous solution of the bulk sample, inserting a single dip strip having a pair of test regions each having separate colorimetric indicator reagents for a different one of the two compounds to be tested for into the solution and then removing the dip strip from the solution, and observing the test regions for color changes denoting the presence of the two compounds. The methodology is especially adapted for the colorimetric detection of nitrates and chlorates, two components commonly associated with explosives and particularly homemade explosives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventor: Grant Haber
  • Patent number: 9428800
    Abstract: A system for holding at least one of sample and reagent for analysis. The system includes a pair of parallel covers, at least one of which is light transmissive, of which pair a light transmissive cover forms a top, and of which pair the other forms a bottom. A frame is disposed between the covers to define, in relation to the covers, an interior volume. The frame and the covers are associated with one another to form a case, the case being substantially tight to liquids. A microfluidic array is disposed in the interior volume. The array includes a sheet of material having a pair of opposed surfaces, a thickness, and a plurality of through-holes running through the thickness between the surfaces, the through-holes containing at least one of sample and reagent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Life Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: John Linton, Arrin Katz, Colin Brenan, Karl Yoder, Robert Hess, Leila Madrone, Robert Ellis, Tanya Kanigan, Kristine Friesen, Thomas Morrison, Javier Garcia
  • Patent number: 9423399
    Abstract: Methods of determining whether an analyte is present in a sample using a competitive assay are provided. Aspects of the methods include employing a competitor that provides for the obtainment of signal which is directly proportional to the amount of analyte in the sample. Also provided are devices and kits that find use in practicing the methods described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Takara Bio USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Espinosa, Andrew Farmer
  • Patent number: 9395302
    Abstract: Methods, devices, systems, and apparatuses are provided for the image analysis of measurement of biological samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Theranos, Inc.
    Inventors: Elizabeth A. Holmes, Chinmay Pangarkar, Timothy Smith, Karan Mohan, Samartha Anekal, Daniel L. Young, James R. Wasson
  • Patent number: 9322817
    Abstract: A soil tester is disclosed, and comprises a housing and a sampling apparatus. The housing includes an interior sampling chamber configured to receive a sample container. The sampling apparatus comprises a photodetector and a light source. The photodetector is mounted along a portion of the interior sampling chamber and has a variable resistance determined by a property of incident light. The light source is mounted to the interior sampling chamber in a transmissive orientation relative to the photodetector so that a beam of light can be transmitted from the light source to the photodetector through the interior sampling chamber. A display on the housing is responsive to the photodetector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Luster Leaf Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark B. Williams, Larry L. Holbein, Christopher G. Holbein
  • Patent number: 9322783
    Abstract: We describe a detection module used in an apparatus (and a system of the apparatus and the detection module) for conducting luminescence assays in multi-well plates, wherein the detection module includes a housing comprising a light detector and a control board. The apparatus and detection module each include engagement elements that align and engage the detection module with the apparatus in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Inventors: Charles M. Clinton, Jacob N. Wohlstadter
  • Patent number: 9296798
    Abstract: Disclosed are major allergenic proteins in cashew nut, which are legumin-like proteins and 2S albumins. Also disclosed is a polypeptide allergen in the 7S superfamily, which includes vicilin-like and sucrose binding proteins. Several linear epitopes of the cashew nut are identified and characterized. The invention further discloses the sequence of cDNA encoding the allergenic polypeptide, the allergen being designated Ana o 1, and also describes the characterization of the expressed recombinant polypeptide and associated methods employing the polypeptide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignees: Florida State University Research Foundation, Inc., The Regents Of the University of California
    Inventors: Kenneth Roux, Shridhar Sathe, Suzanne Teuber
  • Patent number: 9176091
    Abstract: A test meter for receiving a test strip comprises: (a) a housing; (b) electronic circuitry disposed within the housing and (c) a strip port connector connected to the electronic circuitry and extending to an opening in the housing, said strip port connector connecting the electronic circuitry with a received test strip. The strip port connector contains a pair of top and bottom contacts, said top and bottom contacts having a proximal end and a distal end and a central contact portion, the top and bottom contacts of the pair are transversely aligned with one another; and the distal ends of the top and bottom contacts are separated or separable from one another by insertion of a test strip between the opposed contacts. The contacts and the meter are adapted to permit detection of faulty contacts and/or coding associated with an inserted test strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: AgaMatrix, Inc.
    Inventors: Sridhar Iyengar, Charles Boiteau, Martin Forest, Colin Butters
  • Patent number: 9089293
    Abstract: A test element includes a puncture element and a test panel. The puncture element has a tip positioned at one end for generating a wound in a body part. A capillary structure extends from the tip to the test panel and has a fluid connection to the tip. The test panel contains at least a part of a reagent system and is positioned in the test element adjacent to a part of the capillary structure of the puncture element so that body fluid penetrating into the capillary structure contacts a liquid entry side of the test panel. The test panel comprises a transparent support layer and a test layer applied to the support layer by coating. The side of the test panel facing away from the support layer forms its liquid entry side, which faces toward the capillary structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Roche Diabetes Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Hans-Peter Haar, Joachim Hoenes
  • Patent number: 9086408
    Abstract: The invention provides compositions, systems and methods for detecting multiple analytes from a sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Nexus Dx, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Laswell Egan, Graham Peter Lidgard, David Dickson Booker, Christopher Johann Johnson, Alexander Belenky, Stan Vukajlovich
  • Patent number: 9041929
    Abstract: An apparatus for securing a diagnostic tool proximate to and in front of a display device between the corners thereof. A harness is adapted to releasably hold the diagnostic tool, a restraining bracket extends from the harness, and there is at least one elastic cord having a first end, an intermediate portion and a second end. The cord is threaded through the restraining bracket and is sized so as to impart elastic tension to the corners of the display device while concomitantly protecting the front surface from pressure due to the position of the harness and diagnostic tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventors: Taeyoung Park, David Tobie, Shawn Clark
  • Patent number: 9034657
    Abstract: A two step lateral flow assay method for identifying IgE antibodies in a sample comprises applying a sample to a sample port of a device, wherein the device is adapted to deliver the sample to a lateral flow matrix having a plurality of IgE antigen species immobilized at respective positions at a first location; allowing the sample to travel along the lateral flow matrix through the immobilized plurality of IgE antigen species to a second location downstream of the first location; and, after a predetermined period of time, applying liquid buffer to the lateral flow matrix to mobilize labeled reagent which is adapted to bind anti-IgE antibody and which is dried on the lateral flow matrix at a location upstream of the sample port delivery of the sample to the lateral flow matrix, and allowing labeled reagent mobilized by the liquid buffer to travel along the lateral flow matrix through the immobilized plurality of IgE antigen species and bind with any IgE antibody bound to the immobilized IgE antigen species, a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Phadia AB
    Inventors: Gerd Rundström, Per Matsson, Paul Christopher
  • Patent number: 9028770
    Abstract: This invention provides a cell made of polymers for spectra measurement while inhibiting a decrease in a molecular weight of resin caused by discharge treatment and having a stable hydrophilic modified surface. The hydrophilic resin cell is prepared by providing a polymeric resin cell between the two opposing electrodes, applying an electric field to a region between the above opposing electrodes under a nitrogen atmosphere with a pressure close to the atmospheric pressure to generate an electric discharge, and exposing the cell subjected to discharge treatment with a gas including oxygen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichi Taniguchi, Yukimune Takahashi, Takashi Inoue, Hiroaki Ishizawa
  • Patent number: 9028772
    Abstract: A method may involve forming one or more photoresist layers over a sensor located on a structure, such that the sensor is covered by the one or more photoresist layers. The sensor is configured to detect an analyte. The method may involve forming a first polymer layer. Further, the method may involve positioning the structure on the first polymer layer. Still further, the method may involve forming a second polymer layer over the first polymer layer and the structure, such that the structure is fully enclosed by the first polymer layer, the second polymer layer, and the one or more photoresist layers. The method may also involve removing the one or more photoresist layers to form a channel through the second polymer layer, wherein the sensor is configured to receive the analyte via the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Huanfen Yao, Jeffrey George Linhardt, Babak Parviz
  • Patent number: 9028756
    Abstract: A specimen analyzing method and a specimen analyzing apparatus capable of measuring interference substances before analyzing a specimen. The method comprises a step for sucking the specimen stored in a specimen container (150) and sampling it in a first container (153), a step for optically measuring the specimen in the first container, a step for sampling the specimen in a second container (154) and preparing a specimen for measurement by mixing the specimen with a reagent in the second container, and a step for analyzing the specimen for measurement according to the results of the optical measurement of the specimen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Sysmex Corporation
    Inventors: Norimasa Yamamoto, Takashi Yamato, Naohiko Matsuo, Satoshi Iguchi
  • Patent number: 9012234
    Abstract: A mobile water analyzing system for determining an analyte in a water sample includes a basic unit and a test element configured to be inserted into the basic unit. The test element includes a sample line with an inlet opening configured to receive the water sample, a measuring section forming a measuring track and configured to allow the determination of an analyte, a pump opening, and a key reagent disposed inside the sample line. The basic unit includes a test element receptacle configured to hold the inserted test element, an analyzer with an analyzer measuring track formed by the measuring section, and a pump actuator cooperatively connected with the pump opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Hach Lange GmbH
    Inventors: Ulrich Lundgreen, Aria Farjam, Rolf Uthemann, Andreas Mitreiter, Isabel Huenig, Markus Lenhard, Rainer Froemel, Hans-Joachim Kumpch
  • Patent number: 9005991
    Abstract: Devices and methods for testing a biological sample for an analyte of interest are provided that make use of a reaction chamber for receiving a reaction mixture, a housing positioned below the reaction chamber for receiving a test cassette, and a door that is positioned in the top portion of the housing. The door includes a ramp that extends downwardly into the housing such that biasing the ramp upwards opens the door into the cavity of the reaction chamber and places the reaction chamber in fluid communication with the insertion area to thereby allow the reaction mixture to flow onto a test cassette and allow for the determination of an amount of an analyte of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: American Bio Medica Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas Casterlin, Larry Ferringo
  • Patent number: 8999729
    Abstract: A device for conducting an agglutination assay comprising several reaction vessels, each reaction vessel comprising an upper chamber having an opening for accepting reactants and/or a sample; and a lower chamber comprising an end in communication with the upper chamber for receiving fluids from the upper chamber, a closed end opposite to the end, and a matrix for separating agglutinates from non-agglutinates; wherein the device further comprises a rotating support able to rotate around an axis and holding pivotally the reaction vessels in a way to allow the reaction vessels to pivot about an axis essentially perpendicular to the rotation axis of the support when the latter is rotated, such that the fluids remain in the upper chamber when the support is not rotated, and can flow from the upper chamber to the lower chamber and into the matrix when the support is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Symbion Medical Systems Sarl
    Inventors: Isabelle Delafosse, Fabrice Ummel, Antonio Yanez
  • Patent number: 8992854
    Abstract: Disclosed is an assay device comprising liquid transport means adapted to take up a liquid sample and conduct the liquid to an analyte detection region operable to provide a test signal indicative of the presence and/or amount of an analyte in the liquid sample; the assay device further comprising a sample presence signal generation means, which is not generated by means of an immunoreaction. This sample presence signal generation means can comprise a colored portion, which is overlaid by a material (e.g. nitrocellulose) that is opaque, when dry, and translucent or transparent, when wet, to allow the colored portion to become visible to the user. In another embodiment the signal generation means comprises a color changing material which under-goes a change in its visible properties upon wetting (e.g. pH indication). A third embodiment uses a mobilizable detectable which, when wetted by the sample, is carried along resulting in a streaked line parallel with the flow direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Alere Switzerland GmbH
    Inventors: Barry Sinclair Brewster, Adrian Leslie Walker, Robert John Davies
  • Patent number: 8986625
    Abstract: A method for sampling a sulphur-containing solid product including supplying a gas flow comprising hydrogen sulphide, bringing the gas flow into contact with a solid reagent and reacting the solid reagent with the hydrogen sulphide contained in the gas flow, the reaction fixing the sulphur of the hydrogen sulphide by forming a sulphur-containing solid product which is different in color from the solid reagent, and recovering the sulphur-containing solid product. The invention also relates to a device suitable for the implementation of this method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Total S.A.
    Inventors: Daniel Dessort, Robert Le Van Loï, Nadine Loubere
  • Patent number: 8986611
    Abstract: A sample analysis apparatus configured to automatically press a start button upon installation of a sample tube is provided. The sample analysis apparatus includes: a body of the sample analysis apparatus; a door housing which may be provided in an opened state or a closed state, and configured to be coupled to the body of the sample analysis apparatus by a hinge; a tube accommodating unit included in the door housing and configured to accommodate the sample tube; a start button included in the body of the sample analysis apparatus and configured to start analysis of the sample; and an operating member positioned at a first position which is distant from the start button the sample tube is not installed in the tube accommodating unit, and a second position which is configured to operate the start button when a sample tube is installed and the door housing is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong Koo Lee, Tae Soo Kim, In Duk Hwang, Seock Woo Jang, Chul Ho Yun
  • Patent number: 8986624
    Abstract: A measurement device includes a housing and at least one display integrated in the housing. The housing includes a recess adapted for insertion of a cartridge into the housing to deliver a sample to be measured to the device. The recess has an opening at the front of the housing and a first part of the housing for insertion of the cartridge protrudes in a direction enclosing an angle with a second part of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Albert Hendrik Jan Immink, Petrus Johannes Wilhelmus Van Lankvelt, Tom Philippe Jean Jacques Delaey