Including Bibulous Or Absorbent Layer Patents (Class 435/287.7)
  • Patent number: 10681516
    Abstract: Electronic test devices and methods include data transfer capabilities. In one implementation, an assay device includes wireless communication capabilities to send assay result decisions and/or values to a separate processing and display device such as a smartphone. In another implementation, light sources are modulated both for performing an assay and encoding and transmitting a result of an assay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Z-INTEGRATED DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Benedict L. Zin, Andy Sturman, Albert R. Nazareth
  • Patent number: 10670576
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a device for measuring impedance in organotypic tissue comprising at least one recording chamber with a liquid permeable membrane supporting the organotypic tissue, at least one bottom electrode and at least one top electrode, wherein the liquid permeable membrane divides the recording chamber into a top chamber and a bottom chamber, wherein at least the bottom chamber contains culture medium for the organotypic tissue, and the bottom electrode(s) is/are located in the bottom chamber and the top electrode(s) is/are located in the top chamber, and wherein the organotypic tissue is located between the bottom electrode(s) and the top electrode(s). The present invention also refers to the use of the device according to the present invention for measuring impedance in organotypic tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Universität Leipzig
    Inventors: Andrea Robitzki, Andrée Rothermel, Heinz-Georg Jahnke, Ina Sternberger, Frank Striggow, Till Mack
  • Patent number: 9500646
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cartridge for sensor for detecting the concentrations of one or more components in a sample. The cartridge for sensor for detecting one or more components in a sample of the present invention not only enables quantitative measurement of one or more components in a sample by one time sample injection but also facilitates mass-production with low cost owing to the simple structure and easiness in preparation and carry. Therefore, the cartridge of the present invention can be effectively used as the biosensor cartridge for field measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventors: Kyujeong Song, Seung Hyun Jung, Moon Hee Choi, In Seok Jeong, Junhee Han, Geun Sig Cha
  • Patent number: 9376703
    Abstract: A method for detecting a xerophilic microorganism is provided. The method comprises providing a sample to be tested, an aqueous diluent comprising about 1.0 to about 10.2 weight percent glycerol, and a thin film culture device comprising a cold water-reconstitutable medium to facilitate the growth of a microorganism. The method further comprises mixing the sample with the aqueous diluent to form an inoculum, contacting a predefined amount of the inoculum with the reconstitutable medium to form an inoculated thin film culture device, incubating the inoculated thin film culture device for a period of time, and detecting a presence or an absence of colony of a microorganism. Kits for detecting a xerophilic microorganism according to the method are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Sailaja Chandrapati, Tera M. Nordby
  • Patent number: 9297724
    Abstract: Disclosed are collection devices, kits, and methods for collecting and transporting one or more samples. A collection device of the present invention includes a central panel including a detachable sample strip. The sample strip has a sampling area for applying a sample on each side of the sample strip. The collection device includes two flaps, each capable of covering a portion of the sample strip that includes a sampling area. Consequently, a user is not exposed to a first sample when applying a second sample. Additionally, the sample strip can be detached without uncovering the sample strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Sekisui Diagnostics LLC
    Inventors: Fon-Chiu Mia Chen, Melanie Fadul, Hong Law, Edward Lee, Ann Marie Nanale, Jeffery White
  • Patent number: 9261439
    Abstract: A system for depositing cells on an analysis plate, the cells being contained in a cell suspension including a fixing agent and the cells, included, for receiving the suspension, a chamber (5) which is positioned above the analysis plate and whose base is open and extends opposite a cell depositing zone of the plate and a material for absorbing the fixing agent placed around the chamber and the depositing zone of the plate. The chamber is mounted so as to be able to be moved between a first position in abutment against the analysis plate in order to allow the cells to be deposited on the depositing zone of the plate via decantation and a second position remote from this analysis plate in order to place the chamber in a fluid relationship with the absorption material in order to allow this material to absorb the fixing agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: NOVACYT
    Inventor: Eric Roger Louis Peltier
  • Patent number: 9102909
    Abstract: The assembly comprises a filtration unit and a gel growth medium cassette, the unit and the cassette being adapted to cooperate in order to occupy a nested position in which a membrane covers the gel growth medium, the unit and the cassette each being equipped with an intermediate stop, it being possible for at least one of the two stops to move clear so as to allow the unit to move from an intermediate position, in which the membrane is spaced away from the said gel growth medium, into the nested position. The method comprises selecting such an assembly, of engaging the unit on the cassette until the intermediate stop of the unit comes into contact with the intermediate stop of the cassette, and the step of moving clear the stop able to move clear so as to allow the unit to move from the intermediate position into the nested position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: EMD Millipore Corporation
    Inventors: Stephane Olivier, Mathieu Arrault
  • Patent number: 9068217
    Abstract: The present invention provides a device for detecting aerobic bacteria, anaerobic bacteria and fungi in a targeted material which comprises of a plurality sided slide, and a vial, wherein a first side of said plurality sided slide is coated with a first predetermined medium for aerobic bacteria growth and a second side of said plurality sided slide is coated with a second predetermined medium for fungal (mold and yeast) growth, and wherein at the bottom of said vial a third predetermined medium is embedded to determine a level of presence of anaerobic bacteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Inventor: Saeed Mir Heidari
  • Patent number: 9057046
    Abstract: The invention features devices for capturing and culturing cells (e.g., microorganisms, cells containing microorganisms, or cells from eukaryotic cell cultures) and methods of using these devices. One device is a cassette containing growth media that may be employed in an automated rapid enumeration system. The cassette has, for example, been enhanced with features for controlling surface flatness, optical imaging, controlled dehydration of semi solid nutrient media, controlled air and particle exchange, and automated handling. Another device of the invention is a filtration funnel that may used to concentrate cells in a sample onto a membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Rapid Micro Biosystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Browne, Don Straus, Chad Mace
  • 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: 9028771
    Abstract: The invention provides a modified form of saturation assay, which is based on the measurement of a free or unbound labelled reagent fraction (such that there is an increase in signal in the presence of analyte) and employs trapping zones to concentrate said unbound or free labelled fraction to avoid loss of sensitivity. Preferably, the assay is a membrane assay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Platform Diagnostics Limited
    Inventors: Douglas Robert Evans, Gerald John Allen, Carolyn Jennifer Ruddell
  • 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20150079669
    Abstract: A hydrogel is dried by a critical point drying technique. The hydrogel may include indicator molecules embedded therein and may be part of a hydrogel-based device, such as, for example, an analyte sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Senseonics, Incorporated
    Inventors: Philip Huffstetler, Aneta Modzelewska
  • 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: 8962341
    Abstract: An assay system designed to detect a protein biomarker in urine that is diagnostic for interstitial cystitis (IC). The presence of a 9 amino acid glycopeptide, antiproliferative factor (APF), in urine is unique to patients with IC. Urine samples from patients who exhibit symptoms consistent with IC are added to the assay system. Binding of APF to the cytoskeletal associated protein 4 (CKAP4) is positive for the presence of APF in urine and diagnostic for IC. The diagnostic system is a significant and surprising advance in diagnosis of IC and has commercial applications relevant to women and men who suffer from symptoms consistent with IC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignees: The Commonwealth Medical College, University of Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: David Alan Zacharias, Sonia Lobo Planey
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150044714
    Abstract: A device and method for determining the presence or absence, or the level of, sPLA2 activity in a fluid sample. The device includes an absorbent matrix that defines a flow path for a fluid sample, a first region of the absorbent matrix for applying a fluid sample, where one of the components selected from a bioactive sPLA2 substrate and a label is dried onto or within the first region of the absorbent matrix, a second region of the absorbent matrix downstream of, and in fluid communication with, the first region for detecting an aggregated reaction product, where the other component not present in the first region is dried onto or within the second region of the absorbent matrix.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Philadelphia Health & Education Corporation d/b/a Drexel University College of Medicine
    Inventors: Timothy J. Cunningham, Katherine Marie Kollins Callaghan, Lihua Yao
  • Patent number: 8945943
    Abstract: A general methodology for the development of highly sensitive and selective sensors that can achieve portable, low-cost and quantitative detection of a broad range of targets using only a personal glucose meter (PGM) is disclosed. The method uses recognition molecules that are specific for a target agent, enzymes that can convert an enzyme substrate into glucose, and PGM. Also provided are sensors, which can include a solid support to which is attached a recognition molecule that permits detection of a target agent, wherein the recognition molecule specifically binds to the target agent in the presence of the target agent but not significantly to other agents as well as an enzyme that can catalyze the conversion of a substance into glucose, wherein the enzyme is attached directly or indirectly to the recognition molecule, and wherein in the presence of the target agent the enzyme can convert the substance into glucose. The disclosed sensors can be part of a lateral flow device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
    Inventors: Yi Lu, Yu Xiang
  • 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: 8940525
    Abstract: Disclosed is a simple device for a membrane assay using the lateral flow immunoassay method, whereby a subject to be detected can be detected at a high sensitivity, provided with, as a label drying pad, a substrate which has a higher tensile strength than glass fiber and can well release a label. The present invention provides a simple membrane assay device, comprising: a supporting board, a sample supply part, a label containing a labeling component which labels a subject to be detected, a development part formed with a detection part which includes a trapping reagent for detecting or quantifying the subject to be detected, and an absorption part, wherein a non-woven fabric which includes fibers having a fiber diameter of 0.05 to 10 ?m is used in the labeling component part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Denko Seiken Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takanori Hirose, Koichi Inano, Hideharu Simizu
  • 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: 8940246
    Abstract: A system for diagnostic testing may include a meter for performing a diagnostic test on a sample applied to a test media, the meter having a housing and an interface for receiving a signal representing coding information, and a container configured to contain test media compatible with the meter, the container having a coding element associated therewith. Additionally, the system may provide a mechanism for removing the meter from an interconnected test container and reattaching it to a new container using on-container coding methods that can recalibrate the meter for the new container of test strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Nipro Diagnostics, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary T. Neel, Brent E. Modzelewski, George R. Rounds, Carlos Oti, Allan Javier Caban, Jeffrey Akins
  • 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: 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20150004594
    Abstract: The present invention provides a semi-quantitative lateral flow assay device and method for generating semi-quantitative data from a lateral flow assay. The device comprises a thin, porous hydrophilic substrate wherein the substrate includes a star-shaped or other geometry taken in plan view having a liquid sample-receiving central region and multiple arms that extend or radiate out from the central region. Each arm includes a reaction zone formed by the presence of an analyte-capturing agent wherein the reaction zone of each arm is located at a different distance from the central region such that the analyte in the sample is captured accumulates in different quantities at at least some of the reaction zones of the arms in a manner that can be analyzed to yield semi-quantitative data from lateral flow assays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Scott S. Sibbett
  • 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: 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
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140349870
    Abstract: A chemo-mechano-chemical (C1-M-C2) system includes a base supporting an actuatable structure, said structure comprising a functionalized portion and being embedded in an environmentally responsive gel capable of volume change in response to an environmental stimulus; a first fluid layer disposed over the base and in contact with the actuatable structure, said first fluid layer comprising the environmentally responsive gel; and a second fluid layer in contact with the actuatable structure, wherein the layers are positioned such that the functionalized portion is in contact with the second layer in a first relaxed state and in contact with the first layer in a second actuated state and wherein the functionalized portion interacts with at least one of the layers to provide a chemical or physical response.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: PRESIDENT AND FELLOWS OF HARVARD COLLEGE
    Inventors: Joanna AIZENBERG, Ximin HE, Michael AIZENBERG
  • Patent number: 8889424
    Abstract: A device and method for performing a point of care diagnostic test for detecting and quantifying at least one analyte in a biological sample (e.g., a body fluid). A device may include an immunoassay apparatus and a holder with an adjustable variable angle stage for positioning the immunoassay apparatus relative to a light source and a detector device so as to optimize the angle of incidence and angle of radiation to optimize an elastic light scattering signal from the immunoassay apparatus. The elastic light scattering signal may be used to quantify the amount of the analyte(s) of interest present in the sample. The device is based upon elastic light scattering, so the variation in the angle of incidence and angle of reflection are optimized to maximize signal generation due to elastic light scattering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventors: Joel R. L. Ehrenkranz, Pamela J. Turbeville, Jeong-Yeol Yoon, David J. You
  • Patent number: 8883086
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are an apparatus and method for measuring biomedical data and a measurement strip. The apparatus includes a plurality of detection units arranged within a strip reception area on a plane and spaced apart from each other, a measurement type determination unit for determining whether reactive portions are present in areas of the measurement strip corresponding to the plurality of detection units based on detection results obtained by the detection units and determining a type of measurement based on results of the determination, a biomedical data measurement unit for activating part or all of the detection units according to the type of measurement determined by the measurement type determination unit, and measuring the biomedical data using the activated detection units, and an output unit for outputting the measured biomedical data to an outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Infopia Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Byeong-Woo Bae, Sung-Dong Lee, Byung-Hoon Kho, Ji-Eon Ryu, Jin-Kyeong Kim, Hyou-Arm Joung
  • Patent number: 8877142
    Abstract: There is provided an assay device comprising a lid and a base, said base comprising, a sample addition zone, a reaction zone and an absorbing zone, said components being in fluid connection and being part of a fluid passage leading from the sample addition zone to the absorbing zone, wherein: (a) a sample addition well is integrated in the lid, (b) the absorbing zone consists of an area on an non-porous substrate, having substantially perpendicular projections, said projections defining a volume, which together with the volume of the fluid passage defines the sample volume subjected to the assay, and (c) at least one filter is between the sample addition well and the sample addition zone. There is further provided methods for handling samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson AB
    Inventors: Per Ove Öhman, Ib Mendel-Hartvig
  • Patent number: 8877515
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide a measurement kit for developing a first developing solution and a second developing solution from different directions to suppress background noise, and an immunochromatography kit. The present invention provides a measurement kit, which comprises a first developing member for supplying a first developing solution and a second developing member for supplying a second developing solution, wherein the developing direction of the first developing solution is allowed to intersect with the developing direction of the second developing solution, so that development is carried out by developing the first and second developing solutions in different developing directions, and a water absorbent portion is established on the downstream of each of the developing directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Chiku, Junichi Katada, Hideyuki Karaki, Hiroki Terada
  • Patent number: 8877450
    Abstract: Systems include test cells with sorbent material in a T-shape and defining a first flow path for a solution and a second flow path for a sample, and a test line or test site with immobilized antigens or antibodies or other ligand binding molecules located at the junction of the T. A housing houses the sorbent material and defines a first hole adjacent an end of the first flow path for receiving the solution and a second hole adjacent an end of the second flow path for receiving the sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Chembio Diagnostic Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Javanbakhsh Esfandiari
  • Publication number: 20140323322
    Abstract: A chemical sensor comprising: a hydrogel layer, comprising one or more molecular recognition agents and a 2DPC self-assembling array; and a mirror layer. A method for analyzing a sample or bodily fluid, comprising: obtaining a sample or bodily fluid; placing an amount of the sample or bodily fluid onto a chemical sensor, comprising: a hydrogel layer, comprising a molecular recognition agent and a 2DPC self-assembling array; a tethering hydrogel layer; a mirror layer; and a membrane filter layer, allowing the bodily fluid to interact with the hydrogel layer; and allowing ambient or artificial light to pass through the hydrogel layer onto the mirror layer and observing a change in diffraction versus a control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Sanford A. Asher
  • Publication number: 20140322749
    Abstract: Provided is a method for measuring a color change of an oxidation-reduction indicator, which method is applicable to measurement of the cariogenic bacterial count and the like. A color change of an oxidation-reduction indicator is measured by a method for measuring a color change of an oxidation-reduction indicator, the method comprising reacting a test reagent with a test sample and measuring a color change, wherein the test reagent contains an oxidation-reduction indicator, an oxidation-reduction promoter, and a halogen salt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: ARKRAY, INC.
    Inventors: Eiji Nishinaga, Naho Suzuki, Takashi Hama, Isao Fukuta
  • Publication number: 20140315285
    Abstract: A lignocellulosic detection device includes a lignocellulosic substrate and at least one detection reagent absorbed/coated to lignocellulosic tissue of the lignocellulosic substrate. A liquid specimen is in contact with the lignocellulosic substrate so as to be absorbed to the lignocellulosic tissue of the lignocellulosic substrate by capillary action and react with the detection reagent to achieve specimen detection. The lignocellulosic detection device of the present invention is provided with inherent advantages of the lignocellulosic substrate such as natural material, low cost, easy manipulation and capillary effect and results in a good preventive diagnosis platform. Also, users may achieve preventive disease diagnosis without spending additional time and/or money.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Chen-Meng KUAN, Hsi-Kai WANG, Kuan-Hung CHEN, Robert S. LANGER, Chao-Min CHENG
  • Patent number: 8865454
    Abstract: The invention relates to a flow through system for quantifying a target component in a liquid. The flow through system comprises a flow-through device comprising a flow path comprising a marker section, a capture section downstream to said marker section, and at least two quantification sections. The marker section comprises a non-immobilized marker. The capture section comprises a capture zone with an immobilized capture agent, and the at least two quantification sections comprise a pre-capture quantification section placed downstream to the marker section and up stream to the capture section, and a post-capture quantification section placed downstream to the capture section. The system further comprises a quantification unit for each of said quantification sections. The quantification unit(s) being arranged to quantify marker containing components and/or particles passing through said respective quantification sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Scandinavian Micro Biodevices APS
    Inventor: Jacques Jonsmann
  • Publication number: 20140303019
    Abstract: A microfluidic sensor includes a microchannel that includes a reaction site with a reagent and a sample inlet. A liquid substance is received at the sample inlet and travels by capillary action to the reaction site. A temperature sensor measures a temperature as a result of a reaction between the reagent and a chemical in the liquid substance. A controller is communicatively connected to the temperature sensor, receives the temperature measured by the temperature sensor, and derives a concentration of the chemical in the liquid substance from the temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Chung Hoon Lee, Benyamin Davaji
  • Patent number: 8845978
    Abstract: A detection kit comprises a plurality of swabs, each of the plurality of swabs having the form of a stick, being bundled together in a single test kit for detection of a plurality of chemical compounds. A user opens a detection kit, swabs a surface or surfaces with the bundled sticks, collecting chemical constituents to be tested on detection surfaces of each of the plurality of sticks. Liquids, mists, vapors and powders may be tested in one method, utilizing one or more dry reagents on the detection surfaces. The sticks may comprise a volume of fluid, releasably contained within the sticks, such that when activated, a fluid, such as a reagent or solvent, is wicked by a wicking tip to the detection surface of the stick. For example, a mechanism is provided that is capable of breaking a vial or ampoule containing the fluid, when activated by a twisting motion or compression. Adhesive may be present on one or more of the detection surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Field Forensics, Inc.
    Inventor: Craig Richard Johnson
  • Publication number: 20140287439
    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: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Min-Gon Kim, Hyou-Arm Joung, Jun-Hyoung Ahn, Ho-Jun Suk
  • Patent number: 8841082
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for determining one or more cellularly bound analytes in a liquid sample, said method being carried out using a device comprising: at least one feeding zone (5) for applying the liquid sample; a porous membrane (2) that is suitable for letting cellular components penetrate therethrough and includes at least one indicator zone on the membrane, said indicator zone being able to interact with the cellularly bound analyte and containing at least one binding element against the cellularly bound analyte; and at least one absorption area (3) on the membrane, which absorbs the liquid after the liquid has passed the indicator zones. The at least one indicator zone lies between the feeding zone (5) and the absorption area (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Medion Diagnostics AG
    Inventors: Peter Schwind, Iwan Aebischer
  • Patent number: 8835182
    Abstract: The present invention provides an immunochromatographic device, which contains the following (a) and (b): (a) a first device part holding a first insoluble carrier used for developing a complex formed with an analyte and a labeling substance comprising a metal labeled with a first binding substance that can bind to the analyte and capturing the analyte and the labeling substance at a reaction portion containing a second binding substance that can bind to the analyte, and (b) a second device part holding a second insoluble carrier used for developing a liquid and a third insoluble carrier used for absorbing a liquid, in such a way that the first insoluble carrier does not come into contact with the second insoluble carrier and the third insoluble carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Junichi Katada, Hideyuki Karaki, Takayoshi Oyamada