Having Reagent In Absorbent Or Bibulous Substrate Patents (Class 422/420)
  • Patent number: 10352940
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for analyzing acetone in breath. One such method comprises disposing a reactant in a reaction zone within the breath analysis device, wherein the reactant comprises a primary amine disposed on a surface, and wherein the reaction zone has an optical characteristic that is at a reference level. It also comprises pre-storing a liquid nitroprusside solution within the breath analysis device separately from the reactant. The method further comprises using the breath analysis device to cause the breath to contact the reactant in the reaction zone so that the acetone in the breath reacts with the reactant to form a reaction product and, after the reaction product has been formed, using the breath analysis device to cause the nitroprusside solution to contact and react with the reaction product and to facilitate a change in the optical characteristic of the reaction zone relative to the reference level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Invoy Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Lubna M. Ahmad, Brent C. Satterfield, Rhett L. Martineau
  • Patent number: 10330603
    Abstract: A highly portable, paper and swab-based detection kit is provided for identifying chemical and biological agents. A method of mass manufacture providing low cost kits with long term commercial shelf life and a method of use is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Michael D. Callahan
  • Patent number: 10161928
    Abstract: A panel for monitoring levels of biomarkers, including an assay having at least one inflammation monitoring test, at least one oxidative stress monitoring test, and at least one antioxidant activity monitoring test. A method of monitoring an individual's health, by collecting a sample from the individual, applying the sample to an assay panel, performing at least one inflammation monitoring test, at least one oxidative stress monitoring test, and at least one antioxidant activity monitoring test in the panel, and determining levels of biomarkers related to inflammation, oxidative stress, and antioxidant activity and therefore providing information regarding the individual's relative health and/or risk of developing one or more diseases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Wellmetris, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew A. Dahl, Denis M. Callewaert
  • Patent number: 10011570
    Abstract: The invention provides compounds, including fluorescent nucleic acid dyes, and methods for use including nucleic acid detection. Further provided are kits, instruments and systems comprising compounds of the invention or adapted for use with compounds of the invention or other nucleic acid dyes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Biotium, Inc.
    Inventors: Fei Mao, Wai-Yee Leung, Lori M. Roberts, Patrick Gordon McGarraugh
  • Patent number: 9970933
    Abstract: Provided is a method for manufacturing a multiple-diagnosis membrane sensor provided with multiple channels by using screen printing, and more specifically, to a method for manufacturing a membrane sensor capable of performing multiple-diagnosis by screen-printing hydrophobic ink on a membrane to form multiple channels. The membrane sensor according to the present invention may enable mass-production of sensors and secure reliability of detection by forming the plurality of channels on the membrane by a simple method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: INGIBIO, LTD.
    Inventors: Min-Gon Kim, Hyou-Arm Joung, Jun-Hyoung Ahn, Ho-Jun Suk
  • Patent number: 9954257
    Abstract: A lithium ion indicator material for a lithium ion battery is provided, the material comprising a lithium ion battery material and Li+ profluorophore dispersed within or on the lithium ion battery material, wherein the Li+ profluorophore comprises a 2-(naphtho[2,3-d]oxazol-2-yl)phenolate moiety or a derivative thereof, or a 2-(naphtho[2,3-d]oxazol-2-yl)phenol moiety or a derivative thereof. Lithium ion batteries comprising the lithium ion indicator material are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventor: Randall Howard Goldsmith
  • Patent number: 9945850
    Abstract: Methods of determining whether a non-diagnostic analyte is present in a non-diagnostic sample are provided. Aspects of the methods include applying a non-diagnostic sample to a sample receiving region of a lateral flow assay device and reading a detection region to determine whether a non-diagnostic analyte is present in the non-diagnostic sample. Also provided are kits that find use in practicing methods of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Takara Bio USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Dwayne Bisgrove, Hiroaki Sagawa
  • Patent number: 9933359
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a paper based diagnostic device including a portable biomedical diagnostic device comprising, paper, wax, and reagents. The biomedical diagnostic device can analyze biochemical assays in test fluids such as blood, urine, and saliva. Diagnostic devices can include one or more of tracking information, personal identification information, security information, color calibration information, and environmental indicators. The security information can further include keys or codes identifying one or more unique characteristics. One aspect of the security information ensures that only predeterminable vendors are able to determine the results of a test from the diagnostic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Peter J. Zehler, Jing Zhou, Nancy Y. Jia
  • Patent number: 9908113
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for sample collection and sample separation. In one embodiment, a device is provided for use with a formed component liquid sample, the device comprising at least one sample inlet for receiving said sample; at least a first outlet for outputting only a liquid portion of the formed component liquid sample; at least a second outlet for outputting the formed component liquid sample at least a first material mixed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Theranos IP Company, LLC
    Inventors: Deborah Sloan, Elizabeth A. Holmes, Pey-Jiun Ko, Edwina Lai
  • Patent number: 9759733
    Abstract: A highly portable, paper and swab-based detection kit is provided for identifying Amphetamine, Cannabis, Cocaine, Heroin, selected synthetic Cannabinoid, and amphetamine based Cathinone type stimulants, and cannabis consumable products. A method of mass manufacture providing low cost kits with long term commercial shelf life and a method of use are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventor: Michael D. Callahan
  • Patent number: 9739773
    Abstract: A host antigen-specific antibody testing system and method. The a ternary complex of the antigen, a ligand-bound anti-host IgM, and a non-host anti-antigen IgG detector conjugate selectively form a quaternary complex with host antibodies, wherein the host antibodies and IgG compete for the antigen, and the anti-host IgM binds the host antibodies. The quaternary complex is retained by an immobilized IgM ligand binding agent, and any residual ternary complex is retained by a later encountered immobilized anti-non-host IgG. If sufficient host antibodies have a high affinity for the antigen, the complex is detected at the quaternary complex detection region based on the presence of the detector, and if there are insufficient high affinity host antibodies, the ternary complex migrates past the quaternary complex detection region and is retained and detected at a control region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventor: David Gordon Bermudes
  • Patent number: 9737893
    Abstract: A holding apparatus includes a top holder having a coupler and a top casing capable of adjusting the distance and tilt therebetween using three points adjustment. When a microfluidic device along with a cover are disposed on a bottom holder of the holding apparatus and the top holder is pivoted with respect to the bottom holder to a closed position, the contact surface of soft plugs on the coupler and the cover can be made parallel by a certain distance with a first surface of the microfluidic device, and the distance between the coupler and the top casing determines the pressure exerted through elastic components onto the microfluidic device, so that external pipes can be seamlessly attached to the microfluidic device and also ensuring no deformation due to external forces should happen on microfluidic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Abnova (Taiwan) Corporation
    Inventors: Wilber Huang, Hann-Wen Guan
  • Patent number: 9625426
    Abstract: The invention describes the process by which a standard mixture of organic compounds are spiked and retained onto a composite sorbent matrix for the controlled generation of a standard in fluid above the spiked matrix either in a gaseous or aqueous phase. The novelty of the aforementioned composite matrix stems from the combination of an immobilizing liquid phase such as silicone oil or a polyacrylonitrile solution, and solid, porous particles such as polystyrene-co-divinylbenzene (PS-DVB) or hydrophilic/Lipophilic Balance (HLB) particles to strongly retain the spiked standards. These novel composite mixtures exhibit sorptive capabilities greater than the sum of their individual components. In addition swelling of the particles with the liquid phase facilitates immobilization of the composite sorbent matrix in the vial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventors: Janusz Boleslaw Pawliszyn, Jonathan James Grandy, German Augusto Gomez Rios
  • Patent number: 9599615
    Abstract: The present invention relates to novel lateral flow devices using two dimensional features, preferably, uniform two dimensional test and control signal readout patterns, and the methods for detecting an analyte using the lateral flow devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Symbolics, LLC
    Inventors: Brendan O'Farrell, Thomas C. Tisone
  • Patent number: 9597684
    Abstract: Provided is a method of patterning a substrate. The method includes depositing, in a first predetermined pattern, hydrophobic material on a first surface of a hydrophilic substrate. The method includes permeating the hydrophobic material through a thickness of the substrate without reflowing the deposited hydrophobic material. The method includes sufficiently solidifying the permeated hydrophobic material. The sufficiently solidified hydrophobic material forms a liquid-impervious barrier that separates the substrate into at least one discrete region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sarah J. Vella, Jennifer L. Belelie, Barkev Keoshkerian, James D. Mayo, Brynn Dooley, C. Geoffrey Allen
  • Patent number: 9496124
    Abstract: A laser ablation cell (1) comprises a flow channel (11) having an essentially constant cross-sectional area so as to ensure a strictly laminar flow in the flow channel. A sample chamber (21) is provided adjacent to a lateral opening (14) of the flow channel. A laser beam (41) enters the sample chamber (21) through a lateral window (16) and impinges on a surface (24) of a sample (23) to ablate material from the sample. The sample may be positioned in such a distance from the flow channel that the laser-generated aerosol mass distribution has its center within the flow channel. This leads to short aerosol washout times. The laser ablation cell is particularly well suited for aerosol generation in inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICPMS), including imaging applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignees: ETH ZURICH, PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT
    Inventors: Detlef Günther, Daniel Grolimund, Hao Wang
  • Patent number: 9173779
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a swab for collecting biological specimens of the type consisting of a rod terminating in a tip covered with fibre with hydrophilic properties to allow absorption of said specimens, wherein said fibers covers said tip in the form of a layer deposited by flocking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Copan Italia S.p.A.
    Inventor: Daniele Triva
  • Patent number: 9170265
    Abstract: A method for amperometric detection of proteins, especially haemoglobin in faeces, using an electrochemical sensor. The electrochemical sensor includes: a working electrode having an electrically conductive matrix holding a first reagent and/or a second reagent, the second reagent being an oxidizing agent, or a precursor thereof, for the first reagent; a counter electrode and optionally a reference electrode; wherein a reaction between the first reagent and the oxidizing agent is catalyzed by the protein to provide a detectable signal at the working electrode. The electrically conductive matrix is an electrically conductive carbon- or graphite-containing matrix or an electrically conductive porous matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: MODE DIAGNOSTICS LIMITED
    Inventor: Vincent Benoit
  • Patent number: 9063137
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein include methods and assays for detecting an analyte in a sample using a plurality of control zone capture agents. Some embodiments include detection of multiple analytes in a sample utilizing a plurality of analyte binders and a control zone containing multiple control zone capture agents. In some embodiments, the multiple control zone capture agents capture a plurality of binders within one control zone. Test results are determined by comparison of the control zone signal to a test zone signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Charm Sciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. Saul, Robert J. Markovsky, David W. Douglas
  • Patent number: 9046515
    Abstract: A main object of the invention is to provide a polymer compound for medicine which has an excellent capability of fixing a biologically active substance and has such chemical/physical stability that the compound is less dissolved or deteriorated in a washing step, in particular, which can be suitably applied to a plastic substrate surface. The invention provides a polymer compound for medical material which is a polymer comprising repeating units derived from an ethylenically unsaturated polymerizable monomer (a) having a functional group for fixing a biologically active substance, wherein the polymer has a reactive functional group on at least one terminal side thereof, and a biochip substrate wherein a layer containing the polymer compound is formed on a substrate surface, thereby attaining the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: SUMITOMO BAKELITE COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Takayuki Matsumoto, Sumio Shibahara, Sohei Funaoka, Daisuke Masuda
  • 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: 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: 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: 8999723
    Abstract: A reliable, low cost device for determining when dangerous levels of hydrogen gas have been generated in a transformer is disclosed. The hydrogen indicator is defined by a module assembly that threads into either the headspace or into the oil-filled body of a transformer. The module has an open interior that contains a film that incorporates a hydrogen-sensitive chemochromic indicator. The indicator film is visible through a lens. When the film has been exposed to hydrogen, chemical changes in the chemochromic indicator cause the film to change color—the color change is immediately visible through the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Serveron Corporation
    Inventor: Steven Mahoney
  • Patent number: 8999728
    Abstract: The invention comprises a device for detecting an analyte in a liquid sample deposited on a first portion of the device for transport to a second portion of the device that is in fluid contact with the first portion. In specific embodiments, the device is a pregnancy test device, which detects human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) as an indicator of pregnancy. Devices with improved clinical sensitivity are provided which are capable of detecting all clinically relevant hCG isoforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Church & Dwight Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Albert R. Nazareth, Shang Li
  • 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: 8992855
    Abstract: A liquid specimen collecting and testing device has two chambers, a first for collecting a liquid specimen and a second for exposing a measured volume preliminary screening aliquot of the specimen to preliminary screening test strips. The first chamber has a catch basin of defined volume which is less than the sample volume. The basin is simultaneously sealed from the rest of the first chamber, thus separating and apportioning the measured volume preliminary screening aliquot from the collected volume. Simultaneously, an opening made leading from the basin to the second chamber initiating the preliminary screening test. Thus intermingling of a preliminary screening aliquot and a remainder aliquot is avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: James Lin
  • Publication number: 20150087000
    Abstract: Oral, topical and injectable contraceptives, which are based on sperm protein 22 kDa (SP22) polypeptides and antibodies and infertility diagnostics and kits are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: GARY R. KLINEFELTER
  • 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: 8987001
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an oxygen indicator in which the presence or absence of oxygen is made visible by a color change, and to the use of such oxygen indicator for monitoring parenteral and enteral dosage forms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: B. Braun Melsungen AG
    Inventors: Volker Krueger, Rolf Beck
  • Patent number: 8980572
    Abstract: A method for generating and localizing a signal in a solid phase substrate detection system comprises applying a solution of target material to a substrate; binding the target with a specific affinity molecule having an attached label, the label comprising multiple signal precursor molecules; applying a carrier to the substrate, and treating the label to convert the signal precursor molecules to signal generating molecules. The carrier comprises solvent for the label and thickener for localizing the signal. The carrier may include developer that converts signal precursor molecules to signal generating molecules. Developer is not necessary if the signal precursor molecules are converted to signal generating molecules by e.g. temperature change, pH change, sonication, light irradiation, microwave heating. A test device for detecting target in a fluid sample, and a kit of parts for determining the presence of target in a fluid sample are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Supernova Diagnostics, Inc.
    Inventors: Ling Wai Wong, Pui Yee Cangel Chan, Wing Cheung Mak, King Keung Sin, Reinhard Renneberg
  • Patent number: 8968677
    Abstract: An improved apparatus and method for dispersion of a labeling conjugate in a diagnostic assay, the result being a one-step assay. By eliminating a conjugate pad as in conventional lateral diagnostic devices, and forming a frazil ice pellicle (FIP), rehydration and flow are improved resulting in better reproducibility, improved sensitivity, and reduced costs of individual assay devices. The formation of a frazil ice film formed on a super cooled surface of a sample receiving means simplifies assay assembly. Lyophilization of the FIP improves the release of a sample/analyte/label matrix into a macro channel as in a direct flow assay, while at the same time allowing reagents to mix and flow, thereby optimizing the assay performance. The reagents of the conjugate and the formation of the FIP stabilize the conjugate proteins and provide extended shelf life to the diagnostic assay device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Quantum Design International, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald T. LaBorde, Nicholas J. Neild
  • Patent number: 8956859
    Abstract: A host antigen-specific antibody testing system and method. The a ternary complex of the antigen, a ligand-bound anti-host IgM, and a non-host anti-antigen IgG detector conjugate selectively form a quaternary complex with host antibodies, wherein the host antibodies and IgG compete for the antigen, and the IgM binds the host antibodies. The quaternary complex is retained by an immobilized IgM ligand binding agent, and any residual ternary is retained by a later encountered immobilized anti-non-host IgG. If sufficient host antibodies have a high affinity for the antigen, the complex is detected at the quaternary complex detection region based on the presence of the detector, and if there are insufficient high affinity host antibodies, the ternary complex migrates past the quaternary complex detection region and is retained and detected at a control region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Aviex Technologies LLC
    Inventor: David G. Bermudes
  • Publication number: 20150044761
    Abstract: A food safety detection device includes a xylem fiber substrate, which is configured with a sampling portion and a reaction portion. The reaction portion includes at least one chemical reagent. The sampling portion absorbs a test sample. The test sample moves on the xylem fiber substrate to the reaction portion and reacts with the chemical reagent. A manufacturing method for the food safety detection device is also disclosed. The food safety detection device is advantageous for easy operation, safety and rapid analysis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Chen-Meng KUAN, Roger L. YORK, Robert S. LANGER, Chao-Min CHENG
  • Patent number: 8945939
    Abstract: The invention is directed towards methods and compositions for identifying the amount of hydrofluoric acid in a buffered oxide etching composition. In buffered oxide etching compositions it is very difficult to measure the amount of hydrofluoric acid because it has varying equilibriums and it is toxic so it hard to handle and sample. When used to manufacture microchips however, incorrect amounts of hydrofluoric acid will ruin those chips. The invention utilizes a unique method of spectrographically measuring the hydrofluoric acid when in contact with added chromogenic agents to obtain exact measurements that are accurate, immediate, and safe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Amy M. Tseng, Brian V. Jenkins, Robert Mack
  • Patent number: 8940237
    Abstract: An optic light guide test sensor comprises a light guide, a reagent-coated membrane, and a mesh layer. The reagent-coated membrane and the mesh layer are attached to the light guide at an output end of the light guide. The light guide test sensor is adapted to be used to test the level of an analyte in a biological fluid sample when used with a readhead. A method of manufacturing the light guide test sensor involves providing a plurality of light guides, providing a strip of reagent-coated membrane, and providing a strip of mesh layer. The reagent-coated membrane and mesh layer are attached to the light guides by ultrasonic welding. The reagent-coated membrane and mesh layer may also be attached to the light guides by adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Bayer HealthCare LLC
    Inventors: Jeffery S. Reynolds, Steven C. Charlton, Sung-Kwon Jung, Suny J. George
  • Patent number: 8940527
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for fluid sample collection and analyte testing, including a sample receiving member and at least one membrane test strip, and optionally a sample retention member, fingerprint acquisition pad, and/or fluid collector. It also provides a fluid collection apparatus having an absorbent material, compression element, and closure element, and optionally a lid that allows the apparatus to be used in conjunction with a fluid container. Also provided are methods of collecting, testing, and retaining a fluid sample and verifying the identity of one or more individuals associated with the sample, such as the test subject, test administrator, and/or witnesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Lamina Equities Corp.
    Inventor: Raouf A. Guirguis
  • Patent number: 8940234
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting the presence of biomolecules in a sample using biosensors that incorporate resonators which have functionalized surfaces for reacting with target biomolecules. In one embodiment, a device includes a piezoelectric resonator having a functionalized surface configured to react with target molecules, thereby changing the mass and/or charge of the resonator which consequently changes the frequency response of the resonator. The resonator's frequency response after exposure to a sample is compared to a reference, such as the frequency response before exposure to the sample, a stored baseline frequency response or a control resonator's frequency response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Yuegang Zhang, Andrew A. Berlin, Qing Ma, Li-Peng Wang, Valluri Rao, Mineo Yamakawa
  • Patent number: 8932537
    Abstract: A portable tester to detect one or more analytes from explosives, drugs, or household chemicals, comprising: a plurality of chemical disposable, detachable reagent reservoirs storing reagents to induce a series of color reactions, wherein developed color depends on sequences of applied reagents to respective pads on a support base, reaction times and temperatures on said pad to create one or more color bar codes for a specific analyte. The tester comprises a piezoelectric dispenser coupled to each respective reservoir to dispense a mist of reagent onto respective test pads to increase sensitivity and reduce reaction heat and time; wherein piezoelectric dispenser is processor controlled to control dispensing time and volume in each step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Chemspectra, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Haas, Douglas Haas
  • Patent number: 8932874
    Abstract: The invention is directed towards methods and compositions for identifying the amount of ammonium acid in a buffered oxide etching composition. In buffered oxide etching compositions it is very difficult to measure the amount of ammonium acid because it has varying equilibriums and it is toxic so it hard to handle and sample. When used to manufacture microchips however, incorrect amounts of ammonium acid will ruin those chips. The invention utilizes a unique method of spectrographically measuring the ammonium acid when in contact with added chromogenic agents to obtain exact measurements that are accurate, immediate, and safe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventors: Amy M. Tseng, Brian V. Jenkins, Robert M. Mack
  • Patent number: 8933291
    Abstract: A dehydration sensor having a stable, printable, buffered-ink composition that enables one to miniaturize the detection zone and permits both buffer and indicator dye to be applied in the same area of a detection zone, without need for a conventional, large buffer pad region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Ning Wei, Xuedong Song, Ronnie L. Phillips
  • Patent number: 8932234
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for the collection of biological samples. In at least one exemplary embodiment, a device comprises a collection medium having top and bottom surfaces and a predetermined size and shape, the top surface comprising a position marker and at least one binding site operable to bind a biological sample, a protective facing substantially impermeable to the biological sample, the protective facing coupled to the top surface of the collection medium and having a size and shape substantially similar to the predetermined size and shape of the collection medium. The protective facing being sized and shaped to define a first void positioned to allow for the transfer of the biological sample through the protective facing and onto the at least one binding site of the collection medium, and a second void positioned to expose the position marker for alignment of the collection medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Bioanalytical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott R. Peters, James M. Hampsch
  • Patent number: 8927262
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a diagnostic test kit for detecting luteinizing hormone (LH) in a biological sample at a concentration relative to a threshold concentration of LH. The device can include a release medium formed of a first material and including a labeled conjugate with a detectable label and a first binding member reactive with a first epitope of LH and a capture medium formed of a second, different material, in fluid communication with the release medium. The capture medium includes a result site having immobilized thereon a capture component capable of directly or indirectly binding LH that is bound to the labeled conjugate. The device is calibrated such that color development at the result site occurs only when the LH concentration of the liquid sample is greater than the threshold concentration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Church & Dwight Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Albert R. Nazareth, Timothy Snowden, Mary Beth Boyle
  • Patent number: 8920725
    Abstract: The present invention is an improved apparatus for sample analysis. The apparatus employs an assay component containing a membrane having one or a plurality of analyte-specific binding agents attached thereto, a means for absorbing liquid, and a piston means for drawing analytes through said membrane into said means for absorbing liquid. The apparatus is configured to be portable and provide a detector for detecting binding of an analyte to an analyte-specific binding agent, a plurality of data acquisition components, and a computer for integrating, analyzing and storing the detected analyte specific binding and acquired data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Montecito Bio-Sciences, Ltd.
    Inventors: Edward W. Withrow, III, Jorn Gorlach
  • Patent number: 8920719
    Abstract: Provided is a strip-assembled immunochromatographic disc, containing: a base, a lid engaged with the base and a draining piece disposed between the strips on the base and the lid, wherein a sampling opening is disposed on the lid directly facing to the draining piece, and the said sampling opening intercommunicates to a draining groove provided on the inner side of the lid which is formed by a plurality of draining channels; several strip stages are provided on the base with their location and number corresponding to those of the draining channels provided on the lid, and the edge of the draining piece laps to the sample pads of the strips carried on the stage adjacent to one end of the sampling opening. Also provided is a method of performing multiplexed immnochromatographic detection using the strip disc to accomplish the detection of multiple target analytes in one sample in an assay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Institute of Microbiology and Epidemiology, Acadamy of Military Medical Sciences
    Inventors: Lei Zhou, Zongmin Du, Ruifu Yang, Huijie Huang
  • Patent number: 8916110
    Abstract: A device and a process are proposed for separating constituents of a sample fluid, wherein the sample fluid is supplied by capillary force to a receiving region (7) for metering, stopping or delaying the sample fluid and the sample fluid is pre-treated with a soluble chemical (13) in the receiving region (7) before the sample fluid is supplied to a separating device (5) for separating off constituents of the sample fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim Microparts GmbH
    Inventors: Tobias Rodenfels, Gert Blankenstein
  • Patent number: 8911681
    Abstract: A wetness indicator material may be used on a substrate to form a wetness sensor. The sensor may show either the presence or absence of an aqueous-based fluid or water-containing medium, such as vaginal fluid or urine in a personal hygiene article. The wetness sensor may be incorporated into the article. The wetness indicator material includes a standard colorant that does not change color when wetted. The standard colorant increases the range of hues exhibited by the wetness indicator material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Xuedong Song, Karen Meloy Goeders, Ning Wei
  • Publication number: 20140356252
    Abstract: A biomedical testing sheet comprises: a substrate with calligraphy paper material, wherein the substrate comprises a wax pattern layer, which is a part of a surface of the substrate coated by a waxy material, and penetrated and diffused by the waxy material, and the wax pattern layer comprises one or more carrying units for carrying one or more droplets of liquids to be measured. The lotus effect substantially prevents diffusion of the liquids and reagents on the carrying units, and reduces the required amount of liquids to be measured and the amount of agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: National Tsing Hua University
    Inventors: Chen-Meng Kuan, Chao-Min Cheng, Kuan-Hung Chen
  • Patent number: 8900850
    Abstract: The invention provides reagents and methods for lateral flow assays and quantitative capture or determination of components, including cells, in a sample. In one aspect, reagents and methods for diagnostic assay are provided. In one embodiment an assay for determining T cell numbers, particularly a CD2+ CD4+ T cell assay is provided. A manufacturing method for producing rapid diagnostic assays in a decentralized manner is also described. The method generates net economic advantages over conventional diagnostic manufacturing practices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventors: Michael J. Lane, Brian D. Faldasz, Jerrie Gavalchin
  • Patent number: 8900881
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a quantitative assay device and a method for the determination of an analyte, based on a test strip, which contains a porous test membrane allowing for capillary flow of the analyte and complexes of the analyte, a porous upstream membrane in fluid connection with the test membrane and a porous downstream membrane in fluid connection with the test membrane, wherein the test membrane contains two bands having deposited on there high and low concentrations of different calibrator agents and a test band capable of reacting with conjugated analyte complexes giving rise to a measurable signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Jin Po Lee