Including Multiple, Stacked Layers Patents (Class 435/287.8)
  • Patent number: 10373800
    Abstract: A support for an electron microscope sample includes a body defining a void for receiving a first micro-electronic device, and a first gasket positioned about the first surface. The first gasket further defines an arm extending at an angle away from a horizontal extending through the first micro-electronic device. In operation, the first micro-electronic device is installed onto the first gasket and the arm engages an outer facing side of the first micro-electronic device to grip the first micro-electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: PROTOCHIPS, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Stephen Gardiner, Franklin Stampley Walden, II, John Damiano, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9997330
    Abstract: A support for an electron microscope sample includes a body defining a void for receiving a first micro-electronic device, and a first gasket positioned about the first surface. The first gasket further defines an arm extending at an angle away from a horizontal extending through the first micro-electronic device. In operation, the first micro-electronic device is installed onto the first gasket and the arm engages an outer facing side of the first micro-electronic device to grip the first micro-electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Protochips, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Stephen Gardiner, Franklin Stampley Walden, II, John Damiano, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9591268
    Abstract: Imagers and alignment methods for use by imagers imaging deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) fragments on a flow cell are disclosed. The imagers capture intensity values at DNA fragment bead locations in tiles with each tile having a reference location in the flow cell. Flow cells may be aligned by obtaining a dark field image of each tile during a first imaging session, identifying dark field constellations of bead locations within two separate tiles during the first imaging session, identifying corresponding constellations during a second imaging session, altering the reference location of at least one tile during the second imaging session to correct for a linear offset in the corresponding constellations, and applying at least one correction factor for reading out intensity values from the imager for the bead locations in the flow cell to correct for an angular offset determined from offsets in the corresponding constellations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: QIAGEN Waltham, Inc.
    Inventors: David Ray Stoops, Phillip Alan Veatch, Steven Jeffrey Gordon
  • Patent number: 9554095
    Abstract: Imagers and alignment methods for use by imagers imaging deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) fragments on a flow cell are disclosed. The imagers capture intensity values at DNA fragment bead locations in tiles with each tile having a reference location in the flow cell. Flow cells may be aligned by obtaining a dark field image of each tile during a first imaging session, identifying dark field constellations of bead locations within two separate tiles during the first imaging session, identifying corresponding constellations during a second imaging session, altering the reference location of at least one tile during the second imaging session to correct for a linear offset in the corresponding constellations, and applying at least one correction factor for reading out intensity values from the imager for the bead locations in the flow cell to correct for an angular offset determined from offsets in the corresponding constellations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: QIAGEN Waltham, Inc.
    Inventors: David Ray Stoops, Phillip Alan Veatch, Steven Jeffrey Gordon
  • Patent number: 9110053
    Abstract: A dried blood-spotting device includes a carrier card having a window therethrough along with a punchable glass fiber paper disposed in the window for a uniform absorption of a blood droplet sample into a homogeneous circular sport. The glass fiber paper is configured for enabling improved analysis for small molecules by liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry of punched specimens of the sample absorbed glass fiber paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Agilent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Susan L. Cohen, Wilford C. Downs, William C. Hudson, Paul Boguszewski
  • Patent number: 9028756
    Abstract: A specimen analyzing method and a specimen analyzing apparatus capable of measuring interference substances before analyzing a specimen. The method comprises a step for sucking the specimen stored in a specimen container (150) and sampling it in a first container (153), a step for optically measuring the specimen in the first container, a step for sampling the specimen in a second container (154) and preparing a specimen for measurement by mixing the specimen with a reagent in the second container, and a step for analyzing the specimen for measurement according to the results of the optical measurement of the specimen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Sysmex Corporation
    Inventors: Norimasa Yamamoto, Takashi Yamato, Naohiko Matsuo, Satoshi Iguchi
  • Patent number: 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: 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20150072404
    Abstract: The invention is related to an examining test paper which comprises an upper substrate, a lower substrate, an upper insulation sheet, a lower insulation sheet and a separator. Each of the upper and lower substrates comprises surface, a notch, a connection area, a reaction area, and an electrode layer. The notch is recessed on a proximal end. The connection area is adjacent to the notch. The reaction area and the electrode layer are defined on the surface. The upper and lower insulation sheets are respectively connected to the upper and lower substrates, and each comprises an upper surface, a lower surface, and a permeation portion. The separator is connected to the upper and lower insulation sheets and comprises two permeation portions corresponding to the permeation portions of the upper and lower insulation sheets, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Chun-Tung (Jack) CHEN
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150056606
    Abstract: A tissue tester for providing an indication of the presence of disease including a first paper tissue sheet; and a filter patch treated with a color changing indicator affixed to the first paper tissue sheet. The tester may also consist of a single sheet of filter paper treated with a solution of turmeric and alcohol. The color indicator changes from yellow to brown when disease is indicated in respiratory secretions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Linda Marie Petter
  • Patent number: 8956880
    Abstract: The present invention concerns methods for detecting the presence of a micro-organism in a fluid, gaseous and solid samples, together with apparatus for use in same. The invention comprises the use of a plurality of hollow fibers to filter the fluid and the capture of the micro-organisms on the membrane by means of a specific binding pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: MICAP PLC
    Inventors: Elizabeth Ann Keenan, Michael S. Brennand
  • 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: 8945911
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an optical detector at least including: a first substrate in which a plurality of wells are formed; a second substrate in which a heating section is provided to heat the wells; a third substrate in which a plurality of photoirradiation sections are provided in alignment with the wells; and a fourth substrate in which a plurality of photodetection sections are provided in alignment with the wells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yuji Segawa, Tasuku Yotoriyama, Shinichi Kai
  • 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: 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: 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: 8932544
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and a device for feeding and/or discharging fluids in microreactor arrays through one or several fluid ducts that extend into each individual microreactor and can be individually controlled and regulated, in order to control, regulate, influence, and/or verify processes. The fed or discharged amounts of fluid are introduced into or discharged from the volume of the reaction liquid during a continuous shaking process and are evenly mixed as a result of the shaking process. The continuous shaking process causes sufficient mass transfer and thorough mixing of the reaction partners or fluids while the reaction is not limited or restricted by the mass transfer conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: m2p-labs GmbH
    Inventors: Carsten Mueller, Ingo Klammer, Frank Kensy, Jochen Buechs, Mirko Hofmann, Andreas Buchenauer, Uwe Schnakenberg, Wilfried Mokwa
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150005193
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are “equipment-free” flow-through assay devices based on patterned porous media, methods of making same, and methods of using same. The porous, hydrophilic media are patterned with hydrophobic barriers for performing assays on liquids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Scott Thomas Phillips, Gregory Gerald Lewis, Jessica Sloane Robbins
  • 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: 8900851
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, and in particular breast cancer. Specifically, in some embodiments the invention relates to methods of diagnosing cancer, and in particular breast cancer, using an antibody specific for a gene product that localizes selectively to the endoplasmic reticulum of the cancer cell(s). In some embodiments, the invention relates to methods of treating cancer, and in particular breast cancer, by administering a composition comprising an RNA interference sequence (e.g., shRNA, RNAi and/or siRNA molecule) characterized by an ability to inhibit an mRNA molecule, which mRNA molecule is encoded by the C43 gene (SEQ ID NO: 1). The invention additionally relates to methods for detecting cancer cells by detecting reduced methylation of the C43 promoter, and methods for reducing cancer metastasis by using demethylation inhibitors that result in increased methylation of the C43 promoter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: The Research Foundation for the State University of New York
    Inventor: Jian Cao
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8850689
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a switchable particle-based display is provided, which includes steps of: providing a substrate having a grid structure thereon to define a plurality of cells; providing a template having a plurality of template ribs thereon to define a plurality of compartments corresponding to the plurality of cells; filling a plurality of display particles into the plurality of compartments on the template; transferring the plurality of display particles from the plurality of compartments on the template to the plurality of cells; and removing the template and mounting an opposite substrate over the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Delta Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Jau-Shiu Chen, Rong-Chang Liang
  • Patent number: 8852920
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a micro-chamber plate and a manufacturing method of the same, more precisely a micro-chamber plate facilitating real-time measurement and analysis of fluorescence obtained from the reaction of multiple reaction solutions containing primers or probes selectively binding to each corresponding gene without cross-contamination in order to analyze biological samples containing numbers of genes and a manufacturing method of the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Bioneer Corporation
    Inventors: Han Oh Park, Gu-Young Song
  • Patent number: 8828716
    Abstract: Removable cartridges are used on automated flow-through systems for the purpose of extracting and purifying genetic material from complex matrices. Different types of cartridges are paired with specific automated protocols to concentrate, extract, and purifying pathogenic or human genetic material. Their flow-through nature allows large quantities sample to be processed. Matrices may be filtered using size exclusion and/or affinity filters to concentrate the pathogen of interest. Lysed material is ultimately passed through a filter to remove the insoluble material before the soluble genetic material is delivered past a silica-like membrane that binds the genetic material, where it is washed, dried, and eluted. Cartridges are inserted into the housing areas of flow-through automated instruments, which are equipped with sensors to ensure proper placement and usage of the cartridges. Properly inserted cartridges create fluid- and air-tight seals with the flow lines of an automated instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security LLC.
    Inventor: John Frederick Regan
  • Patent number: 8822211
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device and a method for concentrating pathogenic germs potentially present in blood products or derivatives and for detecting said germs comprising the following steps: (a) subjecting a sample of said blood product to a blood cell aggregating treatment, (b) eliminating the aggregates formed at step (a) by passing the treated sample over a first filter allowing through the contaminating germs but not the cell aggregates, (c) selectively lyzing the residual cells of the filtrate obtained at step (b), (d) recuperating the contaminating germs by passing the lysate of step (c) over a second filter to detect the contaminating germs possibly trapped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Becton Dickinson Infusion Therapy Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Hermet, Isabelle Besson-Faure, Sebastien Ribault, Yann Godfrin, Anne Monnot des Angles
  • Publication number: 20140206559
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods, compositions and kits related to a novel in vitro assay for a high-capacity and high-throughput method for measuring the ability of cancer cells to migrate in a three-dimensional cellular assay. The three-dimensional cellular invasion assay provides a method for determining and quantitating the metastatic potential and invasive capacity of a cancer cell. Other aspects of the invention further relate to the use of the in vitro assay to screen for agents and compounds capable of inhibiting intravasation, and thereby modulating the metastatic potential of cancer cells. The methods, compositions and three-dimensional assay provide a highly sensitive assay system capable of mimicking the in vivo cellular and molecular interactions required for successful completion of intravasation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: PRESIDENT AND FELLOWS OF HARVARD COLLEGE
    Inventors: George M. Whitesides, Ratmir Derda, Renee Fuller, Frederique T. Deiss
  • Patent number: 8747747
    Abstract: A reader for mechanical actuation of fluids within a test cartridge. The instrument interface including multiple independently-controlled plungers aligned to respective fluidic pouches on a test cartridge that is inserted into a testing apparatus embodying the instrument interface. The plungers include tips for applying mechanical force to the respective fluidic pouches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Abbott Point of Care Inc.
    Inventor: Seth Hunter
  • Patent number: 8747773
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to portable detection apparatus, comprising one or more detector regions adapted to visually indicate the presence or amount of an analyte in a beverage. The detection apparatus is shaped substantially the same as a consumer product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Maryse Thomas
  • Patent number: 8741630
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods of detecting a target analyte in a biological sample using composite microsphere arrays having first and second assay locations. Preferred target analytes include nucleic acid, and more specifically, nucleic acid having one or more single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Illumina, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Dickinson, Kenneth D. Coblentz, Edward Carlson
  • Patent number: 8721990
    Abstract: Disclosed is an assay device for the determination of the presence and/or extent if an analyte in a liquid sample over an extended concentration range comprising a first assay and a second assay, wherein the first assay for an analyte comprises a first flow-path having a sole detection zone capable of immobilizing a labelled binding reagent and the second assay for said analyte comprises a second flow-path having a sole detection zone capable of immobilizing a labelled binding reagent, wherein the presence of labelled binding reagent at the detection zones provides an indication of the presence and/or extent of analyte in said liquid sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Alere Switzerland GmbH
    Inventors: Balbir Raj, Saji Eapen, Ezra Linley
  • Patent number: 8716028
    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: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventors: Amy Tseng, Brian V. Jenkins, Robert M. Mack
  • Patent number: 8709792
    Abstract: A method and device for detecting analytes in a test sample. Embodiments include methods for quantitatively detecting analytes within a range of concentrations. In an embodiment the method includes a lateral flow test strip with multiple test areas for capturing a labeled receptor to provide a detectable signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Charm Sciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. Saul, Mark E. Tess, Robert J. Markovsky
  • Patent number: 8685745
    Abstract: A multilayered optical sensing patch, for the measurement of conditions, such as pH, oxygen level, etc, within containers, is provided. The multilayered optical sensing patch of the present invention is comprised of a heat sealable polymer substrate layer, and a polymeric sensing membrane later attached thereto. The polymer sensing membrane layer is formed of a porous polymer support membrane, and an optical sensing composition (comprising a reactive indicator) covalently bonded thereto. The heat sealable polymer substrate layer is capable of being securely bonded to the inner layer of bioreactor bags, as well as the porous polymer support substrate layer. Further, the porous polymer support membrane layer provides a firm supporting structure for the polymeric sensing layer, thereby protecting the optical sensing composition disposed therein from degradation/damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Polestar Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Kane
  • Patent number: 8647589
    Abstract: An object of the invention is to provide various flow cells and a method for manufacturing the same, in which formation of a groove on a substrate and formation of components such as an electrode, auxiliary parts such as a pump are not necessary. The inventive flow cells are capable of realize complicated chemical analysis or synthesis or the like. A channel of a porous member provided on a sample-incompatible substrate is formed; the porous member is composed of an air non-contact region having a network structure and an air contact region covering the air non-contact region and having a lower pore density than the air non-contact region; in which a capillary force to be generated within the porous member is a drive force for pumping a liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation
    Inventors: Tsutomu Horiuchi, Toru Miura, Yuzuru Iwasaki, Jyunichi Takahashi, Katsuyoshi Hayashi, Tsuneyuki Haga, Michiko Seyama, Serge Camou
  • Patent number: 8642320
    Abstract: A bodily fluid analyzer including a dry test strip impregnated with a reagent providing a non-precipitating reaction to exclude non-desired analytes. The reagent complexes the non-desired analytes so they remain in solution but cannot participate in the test reaction. Red blood cells are removed from the detection area by slowing their vertical movement and stopping flow when the detection membrane is saturated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Polymer Technology Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory M. Lawrence, Meredith Knight
  • Patent number: 8632730
    Abstract: In one aspect, a diagnostic test system includes a receptacle, optical detectors, and a logic circuit. Each of the optical detectors has a corresponding view in the receptacle and produces an electrical signal at a respective detector output in response to light from the corresponding view. The logic circuit includes logic inputs that are respectively coupled to the detector outputs and that produce an output logic signal corresponding to a logical combination of signals received at the logic inputs. In another aspect, respective detection signals are produced in response to light received from respective ones of multiple views of the test strip, and at least one output logic signal corresponding to a respective logical combination of the detection signals is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Alverix, Inc.
    Inventors: John F. Petrilla, Daniel B. Roitman
  • Patent number: 8632969
    Abstract: A method and a device for detecting nucleic acid are disclosed, wherein impurities in a sample can be easily removed. The method comprises injecting a sample containing an adsorption medium with nucleic adsorbed thereon into a chamber; washing the sample; heating the sample to denature the nucleic acid; cooling down; and detecting nucleic acid by using the biomolecule detection device. The device includes: a source and a drain region; a gate electrode layer; a chamber formed over the semiconductor substrate including the gate electrode layer; and a heating means, wherein a gate adsorption layer to which a nucleic acid is adsorbed is formed on the gate electrode layer. A single-stranded nucleic acid is adsorbed to the gate adsorption layer, and a channel is formed between the source and the drain region. The current in the channel provides a basis to detect a gene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeo Young Shim, Jung Im Han, Won Seok Chung
  • Patent number: 8609043
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the use of a container, made of an inorganic additive containing plastic material, for reducing physical/chemical interaction between the container and an oil, fat and/or wax containing formulation contained therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: M & P Patent Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Claudia Mattern
  • Patent number: 8609044
    Abstract: A micro vial assembly for performing microwave-assisted chemical reactions on small reaction mixture volumes is disclosed, wherein a reaction vessel (10) is sealed through a diaphragm (30) that is capped over an open end of the reaction vessel. The reaction vessel mouths in an end plane of a sleeve (20) surrounding the reaction vessel, the diaphragm being clamped for sealing the open end of the vessel by means of a cap (40) which is secured to the sleeve. The sleeve provides a radial extension of the reaction vessel in order to bridge the radial distance between a wall of the reaction vessel and other components in a system for performing microwave-assisted chemical reactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Biotage AB
    Inventors: Johan Ulin, Per-Gunnar Eriksson, Fredrik Ekdahl
  • Patent number: 8563239
    Abstract: It is intended to provide a solid support capable of immobilizing nucleic acid molecules in a high proportion, and with a high bond strength to nucleic acid molecules. The solid support comprises a substrate and, provided thereon, an electrostatic layer for electrostatically attracting nucleic acid molecules and functional groups capable of covalently binding to nucleic acid molecules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Toyo Kohan Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Okamura, Michifumi Tanga, Hirofumi Yamano, Mitsuyoshi Ohba
  • Patent number: 8557195
    Abstract: A sensor substrate includes a base and fibrous projections on an upper surface of the base. The fibrous projections have fixed ends fixed to the upper surface of the base and free ends opposite to the fixed ends, respectively. The fibrous projections provide a fixed end-side region including the fixed ends and a free end-side region including the free ends. The total surface area at which the fibrous projections in the fixed end-side region is larger than that in the free end-side region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Masaya Nakatani, Makoto Takahashi, Takuya Oka
  • Patent number: 8551765
    Abstract: It is intended to provide a solid support capable of immobilizing nucleic acid molecules in a high proportion, and with a high bond strength to nucleic acid molecules. The solid support comprises a substrate and, provided thereon, an electrostatic layer for electrostatically attracting nucleic acid molecules and functional groups capable of covalently binding to nucleic acid molecules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Toyo Kohan Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Okamura, Michifumi Tanga, Hirofumi Yamano, Mitsuyoshi Ohba
  • Patent number: 8545760
    Abstract: A specimen analyzing method and a specimen analyzing apparatus capable of measuring interference substances before analyzing a specimen. The method comprises a step for sucking the specimen stored in a specimen container (150) and sampling it in a first container (153), a step for optically measuring the specimen in the first container, a step for sampling the specimen in a second container (154) and preparing a specimen for measurement by mixing the specimen with a reagent in the second container, and a step for analyzing the specimen for measurement according to the results of the optical measurement of the specimen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Sysmex Corporation
    Inventors: Norimasa Yamamoto, Takashi Yamato, Naohiko Matsuo, Satoshi Iguchi
  • Patent number: 8518342
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to the field of analysis, for example biological analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Biomerieux
    Inventors: David Mosticone, Pascal Montes, Jean-Claude Raymond, Bruno Colin, Cecile Paris
  • Publication number: 20130217042
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a test strip for determining and/or quantifying a property of a sample, such as the concentration of an analyte, the pH, the viscosity, or the specific gravity of a fluid specimen. More particularly, the present invention relates to an improved test strip and scale for determining and/or quantifying a property of a sample, such as the concentration of an analyte, the pH, the viscosity, or the specific gravity of a fluid specimen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: Akers Biosciences, Inc.
    Inventor: Akers Biosciences, Inc.