Wiping Or Dabbing Patents (Class 600/572)
  • Publication number: 20140288461
    Abstract: The invention relates to a swab system, comprising a sample tube, which is closed at the front end and open at the rear end, and a swab. The swab has an elongated, tubular swab rod, wherein the swab rod is provided with a sample-gathering means at the front end of the swab rod and a gripping piece at the rear end of the swab rod. The gripping piece closes the rear, open end of the sample tube in an accurately fitting manner and is equipped with a closing cap for covering the gripping piece in a sealed manner. The gripping piece has the internal taper of a Luer connection, wherein the internal taper of the Luer connection has a fluid connection to the tubular swab rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: FRIZ BIOCHEM GESELLSCHAFT FUR BIOANALYTIK MBH
    Inventor: Gerhard Hartwich
  • Patent number: 8827923
    Abstract: A sampling device adapted for transcervical sampling of biological materials from a pregnant patient comprising: an elongate insertion tube (4) having a first end (5) adapted for insertion through the external orifice (external os) of said patient's cervix and a second end (6) including a handle means (7) for manipulating said tube; a measuring means for determining the position of said first end of said tube within said cervix, wherein said first end (5) includes a sampling head (9, 14) adapted to collect biological material including cells, mucus and biological fluids, and wherein said measuring means is adapted to determine the extent of insertion and transcervical position of said first end to optimise the transcervical sampling site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Genetic Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Eduardo Vom, Craig Lewis, Richard Allman, Debbie Mantzaris
  • Publication number: 20140243706
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a sample recovery and collection device comprising a tube, a cap, an insert, and an opening. The cap includes an O-ring and is removably secured to the tube for sealing the tube. The insert includes a first end having a ring that is adhered to the tube and second end opposite the first end. The insert also includes a first leg, a second leg, and a third leg, each coupled to and extending from the ring to the second end. The opening extends from the ring to the second end and the insert defines a diameter. Also disclosed herein is a kit comprising the sample recovery and collection device. Further disclosed herein is a method of collecting a sample from a subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: BASSAM EL-FAHMAWI
  • Publication number: 20140194777
    Abstract: A swab assembly for collecting a specimen from a patient includes an elongated shaft having a proximal end, a distal end, and a notch between its proximal and distal ends; a sheath having a proximal end, a distal end, and a lumen extending between its proximal and distal ends, wherein a portion of the elongated shaft is disposed within the sheath lumen, and the sheath is slidable relative to the elongated shaft; and a collection tip coupled to the distal end of the elongated shaft and configured for obtaining the specimen. The sheath is slidable between a first position in which the shaft notch is disposed within the sheath lumen and wherein the sheath protects the elongated shaft from breaking at the notch, and a second position in which the shaft notch is exposed out of the sheath lumen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: HOLOGIC, INC.
    Inventors: Steven A. Scampini, Ryan P. Oliva
  • Patent number: 8740812
    Abstract: A low pressure sample collection apparatus includes a double-ended cap member having similarly sized plug members extending from opposite sides, a vacuum connection nipple on one side and a shaft connection portion one the opposite, a passage extending through the cap from the nipple to the shaft connection portion, a tubular shaft connected to the shaft connection portion and having a sample collection swab member secured to an outer end thereof, and a container member having one end closed and an opposite end open. The cap member is reversibly plugged into the container either to use the container as a handle or to position the swab within the container for protection. A vacuum source may be connected to the assembly to draw air through the swab. The shaft may have a barrel telescoped thereon for separation of the swab from the shaft without contacting the swab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: The Bode Technology Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Jangbir S. Sangha
  • Patent number: 8734364
    Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to a sampling device adapted for sampling of biological materials from a subject and methods of use or manufacture of such devices, as well as diagnostic methods employing such devices and kits including such devices. The sampling device may comprise: an outer tube; an elongate insertion member having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is distal of the second end, the insertion member being received in and sized to be movable through the outer tube; a coupling portion disposed at the first end of the insertion member; and a sampling portion coupled to the coupling portion and configured to collect the biological materials. The coupling portion is separable from the insertion member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Genetic Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Debbie Mantzaris, Nicola Charlotte Andrews, Denis Greco, David Jonathan Sparling
  • Publication number: 20140128773
    Abstract: The invention relates to trans-epithelial frictionally abrasive tissue sampling devices for performing biopsies and methods of inducing an immune response against a pathogen, wherein epithelial cells containing the pathogen are disrupted with the frictionally abrasive tissue sampling device to introduce the pathogen into the bloodstream of a patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: HISTOLOGICS, LLC
    Inventors: NEAL MARC LONKY, MARTIN L. LONKY
  • Patent number: 8696595
    Abstract: A unitized apparatus for collection and/or drying and/or transport and/or analysis of a specimen is provided having a desiccant chamber that permits variable quantities of desiccant to be loaded into the device and to allow the desiccant to be recharged within the device without contacting or causing damages to the specimen collected thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: The Bode Technology Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Jangbir Sangha
  • Patent number: 8690792
    Abstract: Skin cholesterol is measured by applying an adhesive tape onto a selected area of the skin to adhere the tape to the selected skin area and stripping the tape off the selected skin area to obtain a sample representative of the outer stratum corneum layer of the skin, the sample adhering to the tape so as to have exposed skin constituents. The sample is assayed using a detector reagent that specifically binds to cholesterol and in addition has an indicator component that allows quantitation of the amount of cholesterol present in the exposed skin constituents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Miraculins Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Horsewood, Robert Zawydiwski
  • Publication number: 20140094391
    Abstract: A bio-nano-chip (BNC) technology that works in connection with non-invasive samples, such as saliva, cheek swab or urine samples that can be easily performed by non-specialists, such as security personnel and police officers is disclosed. The microfluidic system for drug testing includes an analyzer or reader having a housing containing a slot for receiving a cartridge, a drug testing cartridge, a processor having a user interface, an optical or energy sensing means, and a means for moving fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: WILLIAM MARSH RICE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: John T. McDevitt, Nicolaos Christodoulides, Pierre N. Floriano, Glennon Simmons
  • Publication number: 20140073988
    Abstract: A cytological cell sample collection, storage, and transport device is disclosed. The device comprises a sheath, a collection assembly, a base, and a containment vial. The collection assembly is slidably coupled to the base to expose a swab head comprising the collection assembly. The containment vial is configured to enclose the sheath and collection assembly within the internal volume defined by the containment vial and the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventor: Kathleen Mary McSherry
  • Publication number: 20140073989
    Abstract: A sampling device adapted for transcervical sampling of biological materials from a pregnant patient comprising: an elongate insertion tube (4) having a first end (5) adapted for insertion through the external orifice (external os) of said patient's cervix and a second end (6) including a handle means (7) for manipulating said tube; a measuring means for determining the position of said first end of said tube within said cervix, wherein said first end (5) includes a sampling head (9, 14) adapted to collect biological material including cells, mucus and biological fluids, and wherein said measuring means is adapted to determine the extent of insertion and transcervical position of said first end to optimise the transcervical sampling site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: GENETIC TECHNOLOGIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Eduardo Vom, Craig Lewis, Richard Allman, Debbie Mantzaris
  • Publication number: 20140066807
    Abstract: A sampling system comprises a mailing package; a cell sampling device comprising a flexible shaft having a handle at one end, wherein the shaft is configured to allow an individual to self collect a cell sample from mucous tissue, and a sample collecting element removably connectable with the other end of the shaft and operable to collect a cell sample from mucous tissue of an individual; and a sealable unit, wherein the unit is configured to store the sample collecting element having a cell sample thereon configured to receive the remaining components of the system for delivery to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: APROVIX AB
    Inventors: Ulf Lundkvist, Berndt Sjoberg, Erik Wilander, Soren Nygren
  • Patent number: 8652067
    Abstract: The invention relates to trans-epithelial frictionally abrasive tissue sampling devices for performing biopsies and methods of inducing an immune response against a pathogen, wherein epithelial cells containing the pathogen are disrupted with the frictionally abrasive tissue sampling device to introduce the pathogen into the bloodstream of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Histologics, LLC
    Inventors: Neal Marc Lonky, Martin L. Lonky
  • Patent number: 8641642
    Abstract: A biological sample collection system is described comprising a biological sample collecting wand and a buffer container with a buffer solution. The biological sample collecting wand includes a handle and a sample collector detachably coupled to the handle. The sample collector include one or more sample protrusions, one or more sample apertures, or a combination thereof, at least the sample collector to removably insert into the buffer container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Oasis Diagnostics Corporation
    Inventors: Jason Giddings, Paul D Slowey
  • Patent number: 8622927
    Abstract: A biopsy device comprises a probe assembly, a holster assembly, a tissue sample holder, and a manually operated rotation mechanism configured to rotate the tissue sample holder. The probe assembly comprises a cutter configured to sever a tissue sample. The tissue sample holder includes a plurality of tissue chambers configured to receive discrete severed tissue samples. The holster assembly comprises the non-motorized, manually operated rotation mechanism configured to allow a user to align consecutive chambers to successively collect discrete severed tissue samples. The tissue sample holder rotation mechanism may comprise a first button, a first lever, a first pawl, a first ratchet, an indexing shaft, and a first gear, which are all configured to, ultimately, rotate a tissue sample holder. The tissue sample holder rotation mechanism may alternately include thumbwheels, a worm gear, or a ratcheting lever, among other things.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Devicor Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Shailendra K. Parihar, Michael R. Ludzack
  • Publication number: 20130338535
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a swab for collecting biological specimens of the type consisting of a rod terminating in a tip covered with fibre with hydrophilic properties to allow absorption of said specimens, wherein said fibre covers said tip in the form of a layer deposited by flocking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: Copan Italia S.p.A.
    Inventor: Daniele Triva
  • Publication number: 20130245495
    Abstract: The invention relates to a flocking swab for biological sampling quantitatively and a method for making the same. One or two ends of the swab shaft form a loop by injection molding process. Flocking fiber is flocked into a layer on the surface of the loop by conventional electrostatic flocking process. By controlling the diameter of the loop frame, the diameter of the cylinder of the loop, and parameters of flocking fibers, a quantitative swab for biological sampling can be made. The swab disclosed in this invention can be used in quantitative sampling, has large sampling volume and securely attached swab tip. Moreover, it is safe and easy to use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventors: Ansheng Li, Yaohua Wu, Shuhua Tan, Zhonghua He, Chaochao Fan
  • Publication number: 20130231588
    Abstract: Provided is a biological tissue collecting tool capable of reducing a variation in the amount of collected biological tissue at the time of collecting the biological tissue from a biological aperture. A biological tissue collecting tool 10 according to the present invention includes: an exterior body 3 having first space formed therein and having a first collection opening 2 formed in a wall thereof, the exterior body 3 having such a shape as to be insertable in a biological aperture; a collecting portion 15 disposed in the first space such that the collecting portion 15 is movable in the first space, the collecting portion 15 being configured to collect a part of biological tissue that protrudes into the first space through the first collection opening 2; and an operating portion 7 connected to the collecting portion 15, the operating portion 7 allowing the collecting portion 15 to be operated from outside of the exterior body 3.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takaomi Fukuhara, Toshifumi Nanjo, Fumihisa Kitawaki
  • Patent number: 8506898
    Abstract: A kit is provided for gathering biological specimens. The kit generally comprises a self-contained specimen gathering device including a protective housing and a preservation solution. Also provided is a method of gathering specimens and a holistic method of deterring crime using the kit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Perez Forensic Strategies, LLC
    Inventor: Vincent I. Perez
  • Patent number: 8491498
    Abstract: A sample collection implement S1 includes a container 1 having an accommodation portion 10 in which a liquid 5 for suspending or diluting a sample is accommodated, a sample collection stick 2 being able to be disposed in the accommodation portion 10, a filter 3 provided inside the container 1, and a movable member 4 that can be moved in a predetermined direction inside the container 1 and has a function of pushing the liquid 5 and causing the liquid to pass through the filter 3, when moved in the predetermined direction. With such a configuration, when the liquid 5 is filtered, it is not necessary to move the filter 3 by directly pushing it and a filter with a low mechanical strength can be used as the filter 3. In addition, it is not necessary to use a centrifugal apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: ARKRAY, Inc.
    Inventors: Koji Okumura, Toshihiko Harada, Kazuya Iketani, Masafumi Koike
  • Patent number: 8475394
    Abstract: A kit and method for collecting, storing and transporting genetic samples from an animal to a storage facility. The kit comprises at least a collection swab, a protective tube, a follicle sample collection card, and an extraction device. The collection swab is housed within a sterile protective package. The collection swab has a shaft connected at one end by a collection head. The collection swab includes a cap and plug, wherein the cap is encircled around the shaft of the collection swab. The protective tube is adapted to receive the collection head of the collection swab. The follicle sample collection card has a protective backing covering an adhesive strip disposed on the follicle sample collection card. The extraction device is provided to pull at least one hair with follicle from the animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Inventor: John Elliot Randal Stivers
  • Patent number: 8439847
    Abstract: A combination exo-endocervical sampling device includes a shaft that includes a first end opposite a second end, and a combination exo-endocervical sampler configured to simultaneously collect endocervical cells and exocervical cells. The combination exo-endocervical sampler is coupled to the second end and includes a pair of opposing wings disposed transverse to the shaft and a brush extending from the wings along a central axis of the shaft. Each of the opposing wings includes a plurality of flexible loops configured to collect exocervical cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel Larkin
  • Publication number: 20130116596
    Abstract: A sample collection tool comprises a collection end configured for collecting a sample. Optionally, the sample is collected from within a body cavity of an animal without causing significant discomfort or injury to the animal. A first handle portion has a first end connected to the collection end and a second end. A second handle portion is connected to the second end of the first handle portion by a breakable connection. The second end of the first handle portion has at least one winglet. The at least one winglet is compliant in a preferential direction. The breakable connection is ruptured at least in part when the at least one winglet is forced in the preferential direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: DNA GENOTEK INC.
    Inventors: H. Chaim Birnboim, Roy Sunstrum, Adele Jackson, Rafal Michal Iwasiow, Romeo Graham, Rod Muir, Mike Sirois, Michael Beach, Ellen Joan MacLean, Rama Nadia Panford-Walsh
  • Publication number: 20130072817
    Abstract: A method for collecting biological specimens using a swab of the type consisting of a rod terminating in a tip covered with fiber with hydrophilic properties to allow absorption of said specimens, wherein said fiber covers said tip in the form of a layer deposited by flocking
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: Copan Italia S.p.A.
    Inventor: Copan Italia S.p.A.
  • Publication number: 20130066233
    Abstract: A device, a kit, and a method of use thereof, for self-administration and collection of cervical cell tissue samples such as for Pap smear testing. The device comprises an insertion tube, within which is carried a movable cervical aligning tool with an aligning probe, and a cellular sampling tool with a cellular adhesion surface. The aligning probe and cellular adhesion surface can be selectively movable relative to the insertion tube to improve accuracy of the testing and user safety.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: GYNECONCEPTS, INC.
    Inventor: Philip Klein
  • Publication number: 20130045477
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are described for nucleic acid analysis of swab samples without the need for purification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: SPARTAN BIOSCIENCE INC.
    Inventors: Chris Harder, Kelly Jackson, Samantha Prevost, Hannah Bernatchez, Paul Lem, Martin Cloake, Ningke Kuang, Colin Davis
  • Publication number: 20120310113
    Abstract: A biological sample collection system is described comprising a biological sample collecting wand and a buffer container with a buffer solution. The biological sample collecting wand includes a handle and a sample collector detachably coupled to the handle. The sample collector include one or more sample protrusions, one or more sample apertures, or a combination thereof, at least the sample collector to removably insert into the buffer container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: Oasis Diagnostics Corporation
    Inventors: Jason Giddings, Paul D. Slowey
  • Patent number: 8323211
    Abstract: A sexually transmitted infection (STI) sampling device includes an elongated shaft that defines a first end separated from a second end, and an absorbent sampler coupled to one of the first and second ends. The absorbent sampler includes an absorbent core disposed on a longitudinal axis of the elongated shaft, and a plurality of fibers extending from the absorbent core. The plurality of fibers is configured to exfoliate and capture cells from a tissue surface of a patient, and the absorbent core is configured to absorb exfoliated cells not captured by the fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventor: Daniel Larkin
  • Publication number: 20120271196
    Abstract: A swab for collecting biological specimens is of the type consisting of a rod terminating in a tip covered with fibers with hydrophilic properties to allow absorption of said specimens, wherein said fibers cover said tip in the form of a layer deposited by flocking
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventor: Daniele Triva
  • Publication number: 20120271127
    Abstract: Biohazard specimen collection containers are provided with an external disposable skin, that is stripped away and discarded after the biohazardous specimen is collected, thus reducing or eliminating objectionable or dangerous residues on the outside surfaces of the container. Further, we teach that the sample collection container with external disposable skin may also serve as an integrated microfluidic biosample processing and analytical device, thereby providing a single entry, disposable assay unit, kit and system for “world-to-result” clinical diagnostic testing. These integrated assay devices are provided with synergic, multiple safe-handling features for protecting healthcare workers who handle them. The modified collection containers and analytical devices find application, for example, in PCR detection of infectious organisms or pathogenic markers collected on a swab.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: Micronics, Inc.
    Inventors: C. Frederick Battrell, Jason Capodanno, John Clemmens, Joan Haab, John Gerdes
  • Patent number: 8273312
    Abstract: A liquid testing assembly for testing a liquid, the assembly comprising a test vessel and a stopper adapted to fit into a free end of the vessel. The stopper substantially hermetically seals the test vessel from the ambient. Further, the assembly includes a support coated with one or more identifying materials for identifying one or more constituents of the liquid. The support is fixed in the stopper and/or the vessel and extends into its interior for a predetermined distance. The liquid testing assembly when assembled is pre-evacuated to a predetermined vacuum sufficient to draw a predetermined volume of liquid to be sampled into the test vessel. The predetermined volume is of such an amount that it wets the one or more identifying materials ensuring identification of one or more constituents present in the liquid. A kit employing the liquid testing assembly is also discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Association for Public Health
    Inventors: Gadi Porat, Joel Stern, Boaz Rimon, Yoram Cohen
  • Patent number: 8251918
    Abstract: A method of simultaneously collecting exocervical and endocervical cells from a female patient, includes providing a combination exo-endocervical sampling device including a sampler having a pair of opposing wings and a prominence extending from the wings. The opposing wings include a sampling surface and the prominence includes a multiplicity of endless looped fiber pairs distributed axially along a distal end section of the prominence. Each looped fiber pair includes a first loop extending transverse from the shaft and a second loop extending transverse from the shaft. The loops define a void space therebetween configured to capture exo-endocervical cells. The method includes placing the sampling device in contact with a cervix of the female patient, collecting exocervical cells with the opposing wings of the sampling device, and simultaneously collecting endocervical cells with the prominence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: Daniel Larkin
  • Patent number: 8241236
    Abstract: A nasal cleaning apparatus is described that includes a grip portion and a cleaning portion. The grip portion may include a handle and one or more gripping members attached to the handle. Such gripping members may facilitate rotation of the grip portion or other handling of the apparatus. The cleaning portion includes a head that is attached to a nasal cleaning cloth. The nasal cleaning cloth is disposed around and attached to the head, and is formed of a flexible, anti-microbial material. An extension member connects the cleaning portion to the grip portion. The nasal cleaning apparatus may be disposable and/or modular to facilitate multiple uses of all or only portions of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Y B Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Mark J. Yardley
  • Patent number: 7993871
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is test device and method for detection of sample analytes in which after sampling has occurred a closure is provided. Such a test device and method can be usefully employed to detect a variety of analytes including microorganisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Charm Sciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard T. Skiffington, Robert S. Salter, John F. Fitchen
  • Publication number: 20110144534
    Abstract: A cell sample collection and transfer device is provided. The device may include a plunger configured to slide to a plurality of positions for controlling an expandable tip. The expandable tip may be operable to collect cell samples from a target site. In one example, the expandable tip may be further operable to transfer the collected cell samples when placed in contact with a receiving surface. In another example, the expandable tip may be removed from the device and placed in a storage container for further processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: CerMed Corporation
    Inventor: Peter GOMBRICH
  • Publication number: 20110087133
    Abstract: Disclosed is a specimen collecting device for collecting cell samples. The specimen collecting device has an extendible swab which can be extended and retracted during use. The extendible swab can also be inserted into the handle so that the samples can be stored, at least temporarily.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Inventors: Victoria Jessica CHING, Nancy SETO
  • Patent number: 7906317
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an apparatus for thin-layer cell smear preparation and in-situ hybridization, comprising at least one positioning device and a sealing device. The positioning device comprises at least one first opening. When the positioning device is set on a carrier device, the wall of the first opening and the carrier device form a cavity. The cavity is used to accommodate a cell suspension. The sealing device is provided on the positioning device for sealing the cavity to form an enclosed space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: King Car Food Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bor-Heng Lee, Chiu-Cho Yan, Ying-Chih Wang, Ching-Yu Lin
  • Publication number: 20110004122
    Abstract: A unitized apparatus for collection and/or drying and/or transport and/or analysis of a specimen is provided having a desiccant chamber that permits variable quantities of desiccant to be loaded into the device and to allow the desiccant to be recharged within the device without contacting or causing damages to the specimen collected thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2010
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Inventor: Jangbit Sangha
  • Publication number: 20100274155
    Abstract: Biohazard specimen collection containers are provided with an external disposable skin, that is stripped away and discarded after the biohazardous specimen is collected, thus reducing or eliminating objectionable or dangerous residues on the outside surfaces of the container. Further, we teach that the sample collection container with external disposable skin may also serve as an integrated microfluidic biosample processing and analytical device, thereby providing a single entry, disposable assay unit, kit and system for “world-to-result” clinical diagnostic testing. These integrated assay devices are provided with synergic, multiple safe-handling features for protecting healthcare workers who handle them. The modified collection containers and analytical devices find application, for example, in PCR detection of infectious organisms or pathogenic markers collected on a swab.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicant: Micronics, Inc.
    Inventors: C. Frederick Battrell, Jason Capodanno, John Clemmens, Joan Haab, John Gerdes
  • Patent number: 7781218
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to methods of identifying and/or comparing humans. More particularly, the present invention is directed to methods of collecting human scent compounds from a subject, extracting the compounds, analyzing the compounds, and correlating the compounds to a unique compound profile for the subject. These unique compound profiles can be used to distinguish one subject from another, or to identify a specific subject based upon a sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: The Florida International University
    Inventors: Kenneth G. Furton, Allison M. Curran
  • Publication number: 20100210968
    Abstract: The invention relates to trans-epithelial frictionally abrasive tissue sampling devices for performing biopsies and methods of inducing an immune response against a pathogen, wherein epithelial cells containing the pathogen are disrupted with the frictionally abrasive tissue sampling device to introduce the pathogen into the bloodstream of a patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2008
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Applicant: HISTOLOGICS LLC
    Inventors: Neal Marc Lonky, Martin L. Lonky
  • Patent number: 7767448
    Abstract: A PAP smear sampling device includes a PAP smear brush having a base with peripheral bristles and a central brush for sampling both cervical and endo cervical areas. A break away handle is provided for supporting the brush from enabling depositing of the brush into a specimen capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Inventor: Peter A. K. Yong
  • Patent number: 7762961
    Abstract: The invention relates to pressure generating units, in particular to pressure generating unit arranged in the hand piece of a vacuum biopsy device in the form of a sirynge (2). In said units, air intake is open by a piston when said piston (5) is in the rear position thereof in the space of a vacuumed cylinder (11) which is switched for generating a superpressure, thereby initiating the outflow of a tissue liquid by the air introduced into the space of the vacuumed cylinder. For this purpose, the space of the vacuumed cylinder is connected to the space of an atmosphere pressure cylinder (12) arranged behind the piston, by means of a connection line (15), and an absorbing element (14) is placed on the piston axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Norbert Heske, Thomas Heske
  • Patent number: 7749173
    Abstract: A combination exo-endocervical sampling device includes a pair of opposing wings disposed transverse to a shaft, and a brush that extends from the wings along a central axis of the shaft. In this regard, each of the opposing wings includes a sampling surface having a staggered array of beads, and the brush includes a multiplicity of looped fibers, where each looped fiber includes a first closed end opposite a second closed end such that the closed ends extend transverse from the central axis of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Inventor: Daniel Larkin
  • Publication number: 20100160830
    Abstract: Coding for a sample carrier having at least a swab shaft and a piece of cotton wool or the like as sample collector, characterized in that said swab shaft (2) has a direct identification (5) in form of a barcode, a RFID-transponder or another technically accepted labelling, or which swab shaft (2) is alternatively firmly connected to a tube-shaped casing (4) carrying said identification (5).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: EPPENDORF AG
    Inventor: Dieter Schmiedl
  • Publication number: 20100092962
    Abstract: A method for predicting the presence of colorectal cancer based on the concentration of DNA in a sample of exfoliated cells collected directly from the surface of the rectal mucosa of a subject. The method consists of quantifying the concentration of DNA in a lysate containing exfoliated cells and correlating the concentration with a range within a statistical model which indicated the likelihood of the presence of colorectal cancer as well as the likely location of the cancer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventors: Alexandre Loktionov, Hugo Geoffrey Gifford Lywood, Colin George Ferrett, Tatiana Bandaletova, Andrew Humphrey Llewelyn, Rupert Charles Gifford Lywood
  • Patent number: 7666148
    Abstract: Apparatus for quick screening for vaginal moisture pH level and for amine associated with such moisture, comprising a manipulable element including a probe insertable into the vagina; a pH indicator on a first side of the element, the indicator characterized as producing a color which corresponds to pH level of vaginal moisture contacting the indicator; and a second indicator on a second side of the element, the second indicator elongated lengthwise of the element and being an amine indicator, the second indicator having an outer surface exposed to vaginal moisture, the surface presenting a sequence of crests for collection of moisture between crests in response to movement of the element in the vagina.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Inventor: James C. Caillouette
  • Publication number: 20100022916
    Abstract: A kit and a method are disclosed for collecting and preparing a biological sample for testing where the sample is to be mixed with a buffer prior to being tested.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Inventor: Javanbakhsh Esfandiari
  • Patent number: 7652190
    Abstract: An integrated wound dressing system and method including a bandage and a self-contained receptacle that stores treatment material for the care and treatment of wounds. The treatment material is easily accessible and can be removed from the receptacle through an exit. The treatment material can then be used to control bleeding and/or clean the wound before dressing. The bandage may include a layer of plastic that acts as an occlusion barrier to reduce heat loss and maintain moisture levels at the wound site. The occlusion barrier also acts to prevent the passage of air into or out of the wound site. The bandage also includes fasteners that act to prevent unintentional unraveling and to secure the bandage during final packaging. These fasteners help facilitate the wrapping of amputations, stumps, and extremities. The integrated wound dressing system provides an all-in-one system for treating and dressing wounds and reduces the time required to do so.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Tactical Medical Solution, Inc.
    Inventor: Ross A. Johnson