Apparatus Patents (Class 435/283.1)
  • Patent number: 11073519
    Abstract: In a lateral flow test (LFT) device, the liquid conduit element 20 is formed from a substrate 21, 22 or 24 having at least two layers, including a first layer 21b, 22b or 24b not exceeding 75 ?m in thickness formed from a porous material for wicking liquid, and a second layer 21a,22a or 24a of additional thickness formed from a generally non-porous polymer material acting as backing layer. The layered arrangement is incorporated into an LFT device to reduce sample volume requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Global Life Sciences Solutions Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Schenk, Klaus Hochleitner, Suzana Kiel, Marcel Thieme, Wei Sun
  • Patent number: 11065616
    Abstract: Microfluidics has advanced in terms of designs and structures, however, fabrication methods are either time consuming or expensive to produce, in terms of the facilities and equipment needed. A fast and economically viable method is provided to allow, for example, research groups to have access to microfluidic fabrication. Unlike most fabrication methods, a method is provided to fabricate a microfluidic device in one step. In an embodiment, a resolution of 50 micrometers was achieved by using maskless high-resolution digital light projection (MDLP). Bonding and channel fabrication of complex or simple structures can be rapidly incorporated to fabricate the microfluidic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: KING ABDULLAH UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Ulrich Buttner, Yousof Mashraei, Sumeyra Agambayev, Khaled N. Salama
  • Patent number: 11022888
    Abstract: The formation of microporous surfaces through polymer induced phase separation in a photopolymer solvent mixture using photopolymerization via light self-focusing and self-trapping. The self-trapping of light sets fixed regions of brightness and darkness, sustained by the polymerization of light, and then wave guiding within the substrate. Phase separation occurs with the solvent phase separating in the regions of darkness and crosslinking in the regions of brightness. Upon removal of the solvent, precise and uniformly dispersed pores are created in the surface. The pore size and spacing may be tuned by adjusting the weight fraction of the photopolymer solvent mixture as well as through changes in the mask pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Syracuse University
    Inventor: Ian D. Hosein
  • Patent number: 10988794
    Abstract: Methods are provided for performing antibiotic susceptibility testing based on the detection of RNA, such as tmRNA, from microbial cells after exposure to antibiotics. In some embodiments, aliquots are obtained from a sample, one of which contains a selected antibiotic. The aliquots, which include growth media, are incubated under conditions suitable for microbial growth, and the microbial cells in each aliquot are removed and lysed, and the lysate is subjected to reverse transcription and amplification in infer the effect of the selected antibiotic on the microbial cells. In one embodiment, a sample containing microbial cells is incubated in the presence of a selected antibiotic and a stimulus is provided to induce the production of m RNA within the microbial cells. The microbial cells are subsequently lysed without substantial degradation of the m RNA within the lysate, and the m RNA is detected to determine the effect of the antibiotic on the microbial cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: QVELLA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Samad Talebpour, Aye Aye Khine, Tino Alavie, Stephen Wesley Leonard
  • Patent number: 10973247
    Abstract: In a food taste reproduction system, a taste recognition device obtains the taste data obtained by quantifying the food taste. A first terminal converts the taste data into taste reproduction data on a component ratio of taste components for reproducing the food taste by combining a plurality of the taste components, the taste component containing a material providing at least one basic taste. The first terminal transmits the taste reproduction data to the server for storing. A second terminal receives the taste reproduction data via an Internet and outputs the taste reproduction data to a taste reproduction device. The taste reproduction device selects at least two taste components among a plurality of the taste components based on the taste reproduction data, and combines the selected taste components in accordance with the component ratio so as to obtain the taste reproduced material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: DENTSU INC.
    Inventor: Ryosuke Sakaki
  • Patent number: 10947575
    Abstract: Provided are a rapid antimicrobial susceptibility test, based on an analysis of changes in morphology and growth pattern of a microbial cell under different concentrations of various antimicrobial agents, and an automated cell image analysis system therefor. The antimicrobial susceptibility test is rapidly performed based on an analysis of changes in morphology and growth pattern of a microbial cell under different concentrations of various antimicrobial agents, and this makes it possible to obtain highly reliable test results faster by six to seven times than the standard method recommended by Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: QUANTAMATRIX INC.
    Inventors: Yong-Gyun Jung, Eun-Geun Kim, Jung Heon Yoo, Sunghoon Kwon, Jungil Choi, Hee Chan Kim, Jung Chan Lee, Eui Jong Kim, Sang Hoon Song, Sei Ick Joo, Ji Soo Lee
  • Patent number: 10921218
    Abstract: A carrier for holding a biological sample includes a substrate. The substrate is configured to engage a first sample chamber comprising a first opening characterized by a first opening diameter or a second sample chamber comprising a second opening characterized by a second opening diameter that is greater than the first opening diameter. The substrate includes an upper portion, a lower portion, and an intermediate portion disposed between the upper portion and the lower portion. The lower portion is disposed below the upper portion and comprises a bottom surface configured to receive a biological sample. The intermediate portion is characterized by a first substrate diameter and the lower portion is characterized by a second substrate diameter that is less than the first substrate diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Life Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Joel Colburn, Mousumi Rath, Sarah Ghanbari
  • Patent number: 10894806
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for the selective concentration of immunoglobulins or other proteins that contain an Fc domain (target protein), comprising the following steps: a. preparing a solution that contains the target protein; b. incorporating an Fc-binding protein with precisely two binding sites under conditions that allow binding to occur; c. separating the precipitate from the liquid phase; d. undoing the binding of the target protein from the Fc-binding protein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
    Inventors: Dorothee Ambrosius, Michael Dieterle, Philine Dobberthien, Maria-Katharina Wiegeshoff
  • Patent number: 10808009
    Abstract: Methods and compositions related to the selective, specific disruption of multiple ligand-receptor signaling interactions, such as ligand-receptor interactions implicated in disease, are disclosed. These interactions may involve multiple cytokines in a single receptor family or multiple ligand receptor interactions from at least two distinct ligand-receptor families. The compositions may comprise polypeptides having composite sequences that comprise sequence fragments of two or more ligand binding sites. The methods and compositions may involve sequence fragments of two or more ligand binding sites that are arranged to conserve the secondary structure of each of the ligands from which the sequence fragments were taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: BIONIZ, LLC
    Inventors: Yutaka Tagaya, Nazli Azimi
  • Patent number: 10800652
    Abstract: A group of micro-objects in a holding pen in a micro-fluidic device can be selected and moved to a staging area, from which the micro-objects can be exported from the micro-fluidic device. The micro-fluidic device can have a plurality of holding pens, and each holding pen can isolate micro-objects located in the holding pen from micro-objects located in the other holding pens or elsewhere in the micro-fluidic device. The selected group of micro-objects can comprise one or more biological cells, such as a clonal population of cells. Embodiments of the invention can thus select a particular group of clonal cells in a micro-fluidic device, move the clonal cells to a staging area, and export the clonal cells from the micro-fluidic device while maintaining the clonal nature of the exported group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Berkeley Lights, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith J. Breinlinger, Daniele Malleo, Gaetan L. Mathieu, J. Tanner Nevill, Alexander H. Slocum, Mark P. White
  • Patent number: 10760041
    Abstract: The invention discloses a flexible bag for cell cultivation, comprising a cultivation compartment and at least one dialysis compartment, wherein the dialysis compartment(s) is/are delimited from the cultivation compartment by one or more dialysis membranes and is/are fluidically connected to a first and a second port in the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences AB
    Inventors: Karl Liderfelt, Eric Faldt, Andreas Castan
  • Patent number: 10723999
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for in vitro spermatogenesis from male germinal tissue comprising conducting maturation of testicular tissue comprising germ cells in a bioreactor which is made of a biomaterial and comprises at least one cavity wherein the germinal tissue is placed, and recovering elongated spermatids and/or spermatozoa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignees: KALLISTEM, UNIVERSITÉ CLAUDE BERNARD LYON 1, CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (C.N.R.S.), INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE (INRA), ECOLE NORMALE SUPERIEURE DE LYON
    Inventors: Marie-Hélène Perrard, Philippe Durand, Laurent David
  • Patent number: 10655107
    Abstract: Provided are a method capable of evaluating adherent cells under an environment similar to an in vivo environment by a culture method similar to a two-dimensional culture, and applications thereof. An adherent cell culture method uses, as a culture chamber (10), a chamber in which two or more culture spaces each having an equivalent diameter (D) that is 1 to 5 times the diameter of a desired spheroid and each having a height (H) that is 0.3 to 5 times the equivalent diameter are arranged and a surface of each of the culture spaces has a water contact angle of 45 degrees or less. Spheroids of adherent cells are cultured in the respective culture spaces (11) arranged in the culture chamber (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Yoko Ejiri, Satoru Ayano, Masaya Hosoda, Go Tazaki
  • Patent number: 10639597
    Abstract: The present invention provides novel microfluidic substrates and methods that are useful for performing biological, chemical and diagnostic assays. The substrates can include a plurality of electrically addressable, channel bearing fluidic modules integrally arranged such that a continuous channel is provided for flow of immiscible fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Darren Roy Link, Michael Weiner, David Marran, Jonathan M. Rothberg
  • Patent number: 10633625
    Abstract: Described are embodiments for expanding cells in a bioreactor. In one embodiment, methods are provided that distribute cells throughout the bioreactor and attach cells to specific portions of a bioreactor to improve the expansion of the cells in the bioreactor. Embodiments may be implemented on a cell expansion system configured to load, distribute, attach and expand cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Terumo BCT, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Nankervis, Mark E. Jones
  • Patent number: 10625220
    Abstract: The present invention provides novel microfluidic substrates and methods that are useful for performing biological, chemical and diagnostic assays. The substrates can include a plurality of electrically addressable, channel bearing fluidic modules integrally arranged such that a continuous channel is provided for flow of immiscible fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Darren Roy Link, Michael Weiner, David Marran, Jonathan M. Rothberg
  • Patent number: 10620198
    Abstract: The invention concerns a cartridge for performing sample analysis in a portable point of care test device (POCT); a point of care assay device, comprising said cartridge and a reader for accommodating said cartridge, for detecting and/or quantifying an analyte in a sample; and a kit of parts comprising the said components of said point of care assay device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Invitron Limited
    Inventors: Andrew James Woodhead, James Stuart Woodhead
  • Patent number: 10597713
    Abstract: The invention relates to a new method of sequencing a double stranded target polynucleotide. The two strands of the double stranded target polynucleotide are linked by a bridging moiety. The two strands of the target polynucleotide are separated using a polynucleotide binding protein and the target polynucleotide is sequenced using a transmembrane pore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Oxford Nanopore Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Clive Gavin Brown, James Anthony Clarke, Graham Hall, Gavin Harper, Andrew John Heron, James White
  • Patent number: 10585091
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods, compositions, and devices for the identification and quantification of analytes, such as nucleic acids, proteins, cells or other biological samples. The methods, compositions, and devices are suited for accurate, portable analysis of small amounts of analyte.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignees: The University of Chicago, California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Rustem F. Ismagilov, Stephanie McCalla, Travis Schlappi, Toan Huynh, Justin Rolando, Weishan Liu, Shencheng Ge, Jason E. Kreutz
  • Patent number: 10557165
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a method for detecting target nucleic acid includes the following steps. (A) A reaction field is formed by placing a reaction mixture on an electrode, and the reaction mixture contains the sample, a primer set, an amplification enzyme, 4 mM to 30 mM of magnesium ion, and a redox probe. The redox probe has an oxidation reduction potential, which generates an electric signal of which amplitude increases. (B) The reaction field is maintained under an amplification reaction condition. (C) The electric signal is detected with the electrode. (D) Existence or quantity of the target nucleic acid is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Koji Hashimoto, Keiko Ito, Mika Inada
  • Patent number: 10544450
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for the duplication of nucleic acids by means of a polymerase chain reaction, in the case of which a cycle consisting of the steps of denaturing, annealing and elongation is repeatedly performed. In one embodiment, the yield (g) of specimens of a nucleic acid to be duplicated, at the end of at least one passage of the cycle, is less than 80 percent of the specimens of the nucleic acid present at the beginning of said passage and, in the case of at least one passage of the cycle, the reaction time (tA) is less than one second. In addition, in a further embodiment, the number (k) of passages of the cycle of the polymerase chain reaction is greater than 45 and/or in at least one of the passage the cycle time tc is less than 20 seconds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: GNA Biosolutions GmbH
    Inventors: Federico Buersgens, Joachim Stehr, Lars Ullerich
  • Patent number: 10486156
    Abstract: Methods and systems for processing fluids utilizing a digital microfluidic device and transferring droplets from the digital microfluidic device to a downstream analyzer are described herein. Methods and systems in accordance with the present teachings can allow for the withdrawal of fluid from a digital microfluidic device, and can in some aspects enable the integration of a digital microfluidic device as a direct, in-line sample processing platform from which a droplet can be transferred to a downstream analyzer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignees: DH Technologies Development Pte. Ltd., University of Toronto
    Inventors: John Lawrence Campbell, Kihwan Choi, Yves LeBlanc, Chang Liu, Aaron Wheeler
  • Patent number: 10464020
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a hydrogen peroxide vapor decomposition and detoxification system including a hydrogen peroxide vapor suction unit which sucks hydrogen peroxide vapor in a target space to be sterilized, a hydrogen peroxide vapor decomposition and detoxification unit which decomposes the sucked hydrogen peroxide vapor, a vapor discharge unit which discharges decomposition products of the hydrogen peroxide vapor, and a control unit which controls an amount of vapor suction of the vapor suction unit, decomposition and detoxification of the hydrogen peroxide vapor decomposition and detoxification unit, and the vapor discharge unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: KOREA INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Kang Bong Lee, Yeong Cheon Kim, Yun Sik Nam, Jin Oh Jeon, Jong Ho Park
  • Patent number: 10448672
    Abstract: A vaporizer, including a removable panel; and a main body assembly such that the removable panel is removably attached to the main body assembly, wherein the main body assembly is further comprised of; a crucible/pan assembly such that a material to be vaporized is located within the crucible/pan assembly, an induction heater such that the induction heater is located adjacent to the crucible/pan assembly for induction heating of the crucible/pan assembly which in turn vaporizes the material to be vaporized located within the crucible/pan assembly, a removable battery assembly located adjacent to the induction heater, an electronics assembly operatively connected to the battery and the induction heater, and an interchangeable mouthpiece assembly operatively attached to the crucible/pan assembly for allowing vapors from the material to be vaporized to be inhaled by an end user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventor: Richard Smayda
  • Patent number: 10434513
    Abstract: A method and microfluidic device are provided for containing a droplet having an outer surface at a predetermined location. The microfluidic device includes a plate having an upper surface and a central region communicating with the upper surface. The central region is adapted for receiving a droplet of fluid thereon. The central region includes an outer periphery that defines a first fluid constraint configured for discouraging fluid on the central region from flowing therepast. A second fluid constraint extends about the first fluid constraint. The second fluid constraint is configured for discouraging fluid flowing therepast. A third fluid constraint extends about the second fluid constraint. The third fluid constraint configured for discouraging fluid flowing therepast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
    Inventors: David J. Beebe, David J. Guckenberger, Jr., Scott M. Berry, Hannah M. Pezzi
  • Patent number: 10415098
    Abstract: The present invention relates to nucleic acids and methods for detecting pathogens and beneficial microorganisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventors: Nicola Di Maiuta, Konrad Egli, Joachim Glaubitz, Simon Urwyler
  • Patent number: 10261077
    Abstract: A subtractive corrective assay device and methodology, whereby ail required binding and label detection reagents are initially located within the detection zone. Application of a magnetic field is used to selectively remove bound label from the detection zone by means of paramagnetic particles. The relationship between measured label concentration before and after the application of a magnetic field within the detection zone is used to accurately measure analyte concentration within the sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: LUMIRADX UK LTD
    Inventors: Phillip Lowe, Steven Alexander Keatch, Brian McGuigan
  • Patent number: 10252907
    Abstract: A group of micro-objects in a holding pen in a micro-fluidic device can be selected and moved to a staging area, from which the micro-objects can be exported from the micro-fluidic device. The micro-fluidic device can have a plurality of holding pens, and each holding pen can isolate micro-objects located in the holding pen from micro-objects located in the other holding pens or elsewhere in the micro-fluidic device. The selected group of micro-objects can comprise one or more biological cells, such as a clonal population of cells. Embodiments of the invention can thus select a particular group of clonal cells in a micro-fluidic device, move the clonal cells to a staging area, and export the clonal cells from the micro-fluidic device while maintaining the clonal nature of the exported group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Berkeley Lights, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith J. Breinlinger, Daniele Malleo, Gaetan L. Mathieu, J. Tanner Nevill, Alexander H. Slocum, Mark P. White
  • Patent number: 10233505
    Abstract: The present invention is concerned with PCR-based detection methods and kits for the identification, differentiation, and quantification of different bacterial strains (e.g., Gram-negative bacterial strains), and also association of two or more PCR-positive genes to a single genome. The methods generally comprise carrying out PCR reactions using at least a first PCR primer set and/or probe for at least one target nucleic acid; and a second PCR primer set and/or probe for at least a second target nucleic acid. Positive PCR reaction products are then detected to determine test samples containing positive PCR reaction products for both the first and second target nucleic acids. This information can be used to calculate the gene association rate to determine whether the sample contains, for example, Shiga toxin-producing E. coli of the O-type serogroup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Jianfa Bai, Xuming Liu, Gary Anderson
  • Patent number: 10221440
    Abstract: The invention relates to medicine and to veterinary medicine, and specifically to means for determining the sensitivity of various microorganisms, including bacteria and fungi, to antimicrobial substances. The method for determining the sensitivity of microorganisms to antimicrobial substances comprises taking biological material, incubating microorganisms contained therein on a nutrient medium, introducing an antimicrobial substance to be investigated into the nutrient medium and subsequently assessing the result. A dense, rich nutrient medium is used for cultivating the microorganisms. The antimicrobial substance being investigated is introduced into the nutrient medium prior to cultivation of the microorganisms in a concentration close to the maximum concentration achievable at the location at which the biological material is taken. The sensitivity of the microorganisms to the antimicrobial substance is assessed after the appearance of visible growth of microorganisms in a control culture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventors: Viktor Veniaminovich Tets, Georgy Viktorovich Tets
  • Patent number: 10220389
    Abstract: A microfluidic device comprises an inlet port for liquid, and a capillary channel in fluid connection to the inlet port for receiving liquid from the inlet port, the channel having a defined volume. At least one dissolvable valve is provided comprising a dissolvable membrane having a first side oriented towards the capillary channel, and a capillary connected to the second side of the dissolvable membrane such that when the membrane is dissolved by the liquid, liquid is transported through the valve to the second side of the membrane by capillary action. A method of controlling a flow of liquid uses such a microfluidic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: CAPITAINER AB
    Inventors: Göran Stemme, Gabriel Lenk, Olof Beck, Niclas Roxhed
  • Patent number: 10213967
    Abstract: A fabricating device of a three-dimensional (3-D) scaffold comprises a bubble generator, a bubble mixing channel, a coagulating solution channel and a bubble collector. The bubble generator includes a gas channel and a gel solution channel crossing the gas channel. The bubble mixing channel is connected with a first outlet of the bubble generator. The coagulating solution channel is connected with the bubble mixing channel. The bubble collector is connected with a second outlet of the bubble mixing channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Academia Sinica
    Inventors: Keng-Hui Lin, Yi-Hsuan Lee
  • Patent number: 10161927
    Abstract: Among others, the present invention provides apparatus for detecting a disease, comprising a system delivery biological subject and a probing and detecting device, wherein the probing and detecting device includes a first micro-device and a first substrate supporting the first micro-device, the first micro-device contacts a biologic material to be detected and is capable of measuring at the microscopic level an electric, magnetic, electromagnetic, thermal, optical, acoustical, biological, chemical, physical, or mechanical property of the biologic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: AnPac Bio-Medical Science Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chris C Yu, He Yu, Xuedong Du
  • Patent number: 10163629
    Abstract: Systems and methods for processing films on the surface of a substrate are described. The systems possess aerosol generators which form droplets from a condensed matter (liquid or solid) of one or more precursors. A carrier gas is flowed through the condensed matter and push the droplets toward a substrate placed in a substrate processing region. An inline pump connected with the aerosol generator can also be used to push the droplets towards the substrate. A direct current (DC) electric field is applied between two conducting plates configured to pass the droplets in-between. The size of the droplets is desirably reduced by application of the DC electric field. After passing through the DC electric field, the droplets pass into the substrate processing region and chemically react with the substrate to deposit or etch films.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Ranga Rao Arnepalli, Nilesh Chimanrao Bagul, Prerna Sonthalia Goradia, Robert Jan Visser
  • Patent number: 10130945
    Abstract: Cell tubes that can be used both for pathology collection and subsequent cell processing include a tube with a cell bed at a lower portion of the tube. The tube can include a base member that can be detachable from the tube body. The tubes can be used to form cell (cytology) blocks that incorporate the cell bed. The cell bed can be an inert cell bed of paraffin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Wake Forest University Health Sciences
    Inventors: Shaozhou Ken Tian, Kim R. Geisinger
  • Patent number: 10101349
    Abstract: A test management system is presented. The system comprises an analyzer to perform tests a sample according to a first set of instructions, a manager module connected to the analyzer, and a first order interface connected to the manager module. The manager module directs activity of the analyzer according to a second set of instructions. The first order interface receives an order for a first analytical test and a second analytical test and transmits the order to the manager module. If the order is for the first analytical test, the test manager module forwards the order directly to the analyzer and the sample is analyzed by the analyzer according to the first set of instructions. If the order is for the second analytical test, the manager module handles the order according to the second set of instructions and generates and transmits secondary test requests to the analyzer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Sascha Martin Antoni, Martin Burri, Werner Doeppen, Bernhard Eckert, Elke Faatz, Barbara Upmeier, Andreas Woeste, Dieter Roessler, Elena Pfaffenrot
  • Patent number: 10068200
    Abstract: Embodiments of business systems and data processing systems and related methods, apparatus, compositions, systems, and articles of manufacture useful for providing mass spectrographic analysis services are disclosed. In embodiments, MS analysis services may be provided to customers without exposing proprietary information of the customer to the service provider or others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventors: Matthew Paul Greving, Trent R. Northen
  • Patent number: 10066203
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of mammalian cell culture, and provides methods and compositions for cell attachment to, cultivation on and detachment from a solid substrate surface containing from at least about 0.5% N, a sum of O and N of greater than or equal to 17.2% and a contact angle of at least about 13.9 degrees, lacking a feeder cell layer and lacking an adlayer. In one embodiment of the present invention, the cells are treated with a compound capable of inhibiting Rho kinase activity. In another embodiment, the cells are treated with a compound capable of inhibiting Rho activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignees: Janssen Biotech Inc., Nunc A/S
    Inventors: Benjamin Fryer, Shelley Nelson, Villy Nielsen, Tina Kristensen Marwood, Thomas Brevig
  • Patent number: 10040070
    Abstract: A reaction container 10 of the PCR device 1 has a tubular ring channel 20 formed by a substrate 11, a channel forming plate 12, and a cover plate 13. The ring channel 20 comprises an electrode pair 21 disposed, in a diametrical direction of an inner surface of one side wall of the ring channel 20, to face each other with a horizontal gap interposed therebetween, and is vertically erected. The gap length of the electrode pair 21 is across the entire width within a cross-section of the ring channel 20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Fluid Incorporated
    Inventor: Shuzo Hirahara
  • Patent number: 10023870
    Abstract: A DNA aptamer was obtained which has an affinity for His-tag, and contains a nucleotide sequence selected from SEQ ID No. 1 and SEQ ID No. 2, which has clear applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: UNIWERSYTET JAGIELLONSKI
    Inventors: Filip Bartnicki, Ewa Kowalska, Katarzyna Pels, Wojciech Strzalka
  • Patent number: 9938519
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and systems for the isolation of DNA on a microfluidic device and the subsequent analysis of the DNA on the microfluidic device. More specifically, embodiments of the present invention relate to methods and systems for the isolation of DNA from patient samples on a microfluidic device and use of the DNA for performing amplification reactions, such as PCR, and detection, such as thermal melt analysis, on the microfluidic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Canon U.S. Life Sciences, Inc.
    Inventor: Michele R. Stone
  • Patent number: 9932634
    Abstract: Methods are provided for fast nucleic acid amplification in which concentrations of primers and polymerase are increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: University of Utah Research Foundation
    Inventors: Carl T. Wittwer, Steven Jared Farrar
  • Patent number: 9920351
    Abstract: A testing method is disclosed. The testing method includes: providing a mixture solution of a gelling agent and a microbe to a gelling device; solidifying the mixture solution to form a solid thin film in which the microbe is immobilized; supplying a bioactive agent to the solid thin film and allowing the bioactive agent to diffuse into the solid thin film; and imaging the individual responses of the single microbial cells to the bioactive agent, and determining the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of the bioactive agent based on the analysis of the images to obtain AST results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: QUANTAMATRIX INC.
    Inventors: Sunghoon Kwon, Yong-Gyun Jung, Jung Il Choi, Hun Jong Na
  • Patent number: 9909172
    Abstract: Techniques, systems, and devices are disclosed for non-thermal cycling of polymerase chain reaction (PCR). In one aspect, a method for cycling PCR includes receiving an electrolytic fluid including ions, primers, polymerase enzymes, nucleotides, and a double-stranded nucleic acid in a fluid chamber having a first electrode and a second electrode, applying an electric field across the first and the second electrodes to generate a first pH level of the electrolytic fluid to denature the double-stranded nucleic acid to at least partial single strands, and applying a second electric field across the first and second electrodes to produce a second pH level of the electrolytic fluid, in which the second pH level enables binding of a polymerase enzyme and a primer with a corresponding segment of the single strands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Inanc Ortac, Sadik C. Esener
  • Patent number: 9897619
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and apparatus for determining a concentration of a glycopeptide antibiotic containing a phenol moiety such as Vancomycin in a complex sample matrix by extracting the glycopeptide antibiotic from a metered portion of the complex sample matrix by exposing said metered portion to an extraction material having an affinity with the glycopeptide antibiotic; and exposing the extraction material to a metered portion of an eluent for releasing the glycopeptide antibiotic from the extraction material; and by determining a concentration of the glycopeptide antibiotic by adding a Gibbs reagent (2,6 dichloroquinone-4chloroimide) to the metered portion of the complex sample matrix or the eluent; activating the Gibbs reagent and, after the reaction between the activated Gibbs reagent and the antibiotic has stabilized; detecting the reaction product of the activated Gibbs reagent and the antibiotic in said eluent; and determining the concentration of the antibiotic in the complex sample matrix from the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignees: Sphere Medical Limited, UCL Business Plc
    Inventors: Natascha Kappeler, Rachel Anne McKendry, Russell Keay, David Pettigrew, Steven Andrew Fowler, Daren Joseph Caruana
  • Patent number: 9869612
    Abstract: The present invention provides a substrate collecting device that includes a first stage on which a sheet is placed with a plurality of substrates facing downward, an sampler which carries out a predetermined operation on some of the substrates, which are disposed at predetermined positions, from above the first stage thereby to cause the substrates to come off from the sheet and fall, an optical system and a collector disposed below the first stage, and a second stage, which integrally moves the optical system and the collector in a horizontal direction. The second stage is capable of positioning the optical system and the collector at two positions at which the optical system or the collector is disposed substantially vertically below a predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Nobuhiko Morimoto
  • Patent number: 9835619
    Abstract: Acceleration and automation of immunohistochemical staining are achieved as follows: an automatic electric field immunohistochemical staining apparatus is configured to provided with a sample mounting unit, a solution supply unit, an electric field stifling unit, and a washing unit; the sample mounting unit on which a glass substrate with a tissue specimen fixed thereto is mounted and the electric field stirring unit that includes an upper electrode are operated in coordination to activate an antigen in the tissue specimen; the sample mounting unit and the solution supply unit containing various solutions are operated in coordination to supply a primary-antibody-containing solution to the tissue specimen; the sample mounting unit and the electric field stirring unit are operated in coordination to perform an antigen-antibody reaction of the antigen in the tissue specimen and a primary antibody; and the electric field stirring unit and the washing unit are operated in coordination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignees: Governor of Akita Prefecture, Akita University
    Inventors: Yoichi Akagami, Masami Kagaya, Ryuta Nakamura, Hiroshi Ikeda, Yoshihiro Minamiya, Hiroshi Nanjo
  • Patent number: 9719123
    Abstract: Disclosed is a urine sample analyzer for analyzing particles contained in a urine sample and outputting analytical results. The analyzer includes a flow cell that accepts a measurement specimen, the measurement specimen comprising a urine sample mixed with a reagent, a light irradiation unit positioned to irradiate the flowing measurement specimen with light, a light detector that detects light from individual particles in the flowing measurement specimen, and a data processor that receives signal from the light detector, processes the signal to obtain parameter information corresponding to a length of a cell cluster, and classifies fungi in the measurement specimen into groups by using the parameter information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: SYSMEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shota Tateyama, Masanori Kawano, Masatsugu Ozasa
  • Patent number: 9708600
    Abstract: Collection devices and kits for biological sample collection include a biologic sample collection device having a hydrophilic swab matrix that includes a modified polycaprolactone (PCL). Methods of production and use thereof are also described herein. The biologic sample collection devices, kits and methods described herein are used to collect a biologic sample (e.g., blood, buccal cells, etc.) and to enable extraction of nucleic acids (e.g., DNA) from that biologic sample so that the nucleic acids can be analyzed (e.g., sequencing and subsequent analyzes of DNA).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: DIOMICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeff Morhet, Thomas Kindt, Franco Ferrari, Vasana Maneeratana, Frederic Zenhausern, Sean Grandfield, Beverly L. Wolgast
  • Patent number: 9669358
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for cross flow process reactors are disclosed. A disclosed example includes a process chamber having an inlet and an outlet to allow a flow of fluid to flow therethrough and a plurality of trays disposed within the process chamber, and containing bulk material to treat the fluid. The example apparatus also includes a flow director to divide the flow into a plurality of partial flow streams, where each partial flow stream is to be directed towards at least one tray of the plurality of trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Dürr Systems AG
    Inventors: Antoine Bose, Erhard Rieder