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20130040376APPARATUS FOR AND METHOD OF PROCESSING BIOLOGICAL SAMPLES - The present invention provides systems, devices, apparatuses and methods for automated bioprocessing. Examples of protocols and bioprocessing procedures suitable for the present invention include but are not limited to: immunoprecipitation, chromatin immunoprecipitation, recombinant protein isolation, nucleic acid separation and isolation, protein labeling, separation and isolation, cell separation and isolation, food safety analysis and automatic bead based separation. In some embodiments, the invention provides automated systems, automated devices, automated cartridges and automated methods of western blot processing. Other embodiments include automated systems, automated devices, automated cartridges and automated methods for separation, preparation and purification of nucleic acids, such as DNA or RNA or fragments thereof, including plasmid DNA, genomic DNA, bacterial DNA, viral DNA and any other DNA, and for automated systems, automated devices, automated cartridges and automated methods for processing, separation and purification of proteins, peptides and the like.02-14-2013
20130040375ASSAY SYSTEMS FOR GENETIC ANALYSIS - The present invention provides assay systems and methods for detection of copy number variation at one or more loci and polymorphism detection at one or more loci in a mixed sample from an individual.02-14-2013
20090215157METHODS FOR PATHOGEN DETECTION - The present disclosure relates to methods, systems, devices, and microfluidic chips that may be used for the detection of pathogens.08-27-2009
20090258414SYSTEM FOR FLUORESCENCE MONITORING - The present invention is directed to devices for performing PCR and monitoring the reaction of a sample comprising a nucleic acid and a fluorescent dye. Illustrative devices comprise a heat exchange component for heating and cooling the sample, a control device for repeatedly operating the heat exchange component to subject the sample to thermal cycling, an excitation source for optically exciting the sample to cause the sample to fluoresce, a photodetector for detecting temperature-dependent fluorescence levels from the sample, and a processor configured to record and process emissions from the fluorescent dye.10-15-2009
20120184025NUCLEIC ACID ANALYZER - A nucleic acid analyzer includes a nucleic acid purification kit yielding a nucleic acid solution by isolating and purifying nucleic acid from a specimen; a nucleic acid analysis chip having a rotation axis positioned at a center thereof, with reaction containers at an outer portion than the rotation axis, and feeding the acid to the containers through centrifugal force; a specimen-introducing part on which the kit is placed; an analysis chip holder at the specimen-introducing part and supporting the chip; a purification treatment unit injecting the nucleic acid solution containing the nucleic acid into the chip; a centrifugal liquid feed unit feeding the nucleic acid solution to the containers by rotating the chip about the rotation axis; an analysis unit analyzing reaction products in the containers; and a transport part transporting the specimen-introducing part to the purification treatment unit, the centrifugal liquid feed unit, and the analysis unit.07-19-2012
20100151561Automatic Microfluidic Processor - In a microfluidic processor with integrated active elements for handling process media, the active elements act by changes in their volume, swelling degree, material composition, their strength and/or viscosity. The procedures to be performed are defined already by the constructive configuration of the microfluidic processor by an appropriate logic connection of the individual active elements defined in their function, by the sequence of the temporal activation of the individual elements, and with respect to their processing speed and their precision. The process is enabled by action of a substantially non-directional collectively acting environmental parameter, in particular, the presence of a solvent or environmental temperature or both.06-17-2010
20110195491DEVICES AND SYSTEMS FOR BIOMARKER DETECTION - Devices and systems for biomarker detection. In at least one embodiment of a device for analyzing the presence or absence of a diagnostic marker to be detected in a body fluid, the device comprises a container, wherein the container houses a sample reservoir having a sample input port in fluid connection with at least one detector array, wherein the detector array comprises at least one detector comprising a reaction chamber comprising an immobilized capture molecule, a stabilizing agent contained within the sample reservoir, the stabilizing agent useful to completely or substantially prevent degradation or inactivation of a diagnostic marker, and a reagent contained within the detector array, the reagent capable of undergoing a colorimetric reaction or displaying an optically detectable signal and capable of reacting with the diagnostic marker.08-11-2011
20130078711SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING MICROFLUIDIC DEVICES - A microfluidic valve system is disclosed that includes a matrix, a hydrophilic acceptor region a hydrophilic transfer region, and a hydrophobic gap between the acceptor region and the transfer region.03-28-2013
20100075407ULTRA-SENSITIVE DETECTION OF MOLECULES ON SINGLE MOLECULE ARRAYS - The present invention relates to systems and methods for detecting analyte molecules or particles in a fluid sample and in some cases, determining a measure of the concentration of the molecules or particles in the fluid sample. Methods of the present invention may comprise immobilizing a plurality of analyte molecules or particles to form a plurality of complexes, releasing at least a portion of some of the plurality of complexes, determining at least a portion of the plurality of complexes released, and determining a measure of the concentration of the analyte molecules or particles in a fluid sample.03-25-2010
20120244607Disc-Like Assay Chip - The present invention provides a disc-like assay chip, and more specifically, the present invention provides an assay chip which can effectively clean a cleaned object existing in a fluid loop, and can be appropriately applied to a detection method of a reaction system using a step of necessarily cleaning the cleaned object, such as an immunofluorescent antibody method, and applied to a detection method using an enzymatic reaction (especially, an ELISA method). The present invention further provides a disc-like assay chip which is mounted on a centrifugal device such as a rotational disc and can perform detection or quantitation on a target substance through optical measurement after a specimen and a reagent react by use of a centrifugal force generated by rotation of the centrifugal device.09-27-2012
20130084628MICROWAVE ACCELERATED ASSAYS - The present invention provides for increasing fluorescence detection in surface assay systems while increasing kinetics of a bioreaction therein by providing low-power microwaves to irradiate metallic materials within the system in an amount sufficient to increase heat thereby affecting the kinetics of a bioreaction therein.04-04-2013
20130084629Nucleic Acid Analysis Reaction Cell and Nucleic Acid Analyzer - A nucleic acid analysis reaction cell and a nucleic acid analyzer are provided, in which a uniform flow rate is realised, so that a portion where a flow rate is low is removed and washing time for reagent removal is shortened.04-04-2013
20130040378IMMUNOASSAY CUVETTES - The present invention is directed immunoassay cuvettes that comprise diffusely bound and non-diffusely bound reagents for carrying out an immunoassay. The reaction and detection are carried out in the immunoassay cuvette. The immunoassay cuvette comprises a transparent front wall, a back wall, side walls, a bottom, and a top opening. The back wall of the cuvette has a substantially planar surface made of a non-porous material and comprises a capture zone having reagents non-diffusedly bound and a signal reagent zone having reagents diffusedly bound.02-14-2013
20130040377PCR DEVICE INCLUDING TWO HEATING BLOCKS - According to the present invention, a PCR device including two heating blocks which is used for nucleic acid amplification reactions is disclosed. Using the PCR device of the present invention, nucleic acid amplification reactions can be efficiently performed.02-14-2013
20130210125MICROFLUIDIC CARTRIDGE FOR PROCESSING AND DETECTING NUCLEIC ACIDS - A microfluidic cartridge, configured to facilitate processing and detection of nucleic acids, comprising: a top layer comprising a set of cartridge-aligning indentations, a set of sample port-reagent port pairs, a shared fluid port, a vent region, a heating region, and a set of Detection chambers; an intermediate substrate, coupled to the top layer comprising a waste chamber; an elastomeric layer, partially situated on the intermediate substrate; and a set of fluidic pathways, each formed by at least a portion of the top layer and a portion of the elastomeric layer, wherein each fluidic pathway is fluidically coupled to a sample port-reagent port pair, the shared fluid port, and a Detection chamber, comprises a turnabout portion passing through the heating region, and is configured to be occluded upon deformation of the elastomeric layer, to transfer a waste fluid to the waste chamber, and to pass through the vent region.08-15-2013
20090275116Metallic PCR frames - The present invention is represented by a two part PCR well plate. Part one, the outer shell, is constructed from a thin metal.. Part two, the tubes, are thermoformed in an array of 96/384 or formed individually and inserted or welded into each tube cell location. The use of a rigid metal frame for the PCR array virtually eliminates all warping problems associated with temperature cycling.11-05-2009
20120208263DEVICE FOR MONITORING A PLURALITY OF DISCRETE FLUORESCENCE SIGNALS - The present invention relates to a device and detector for monitoring a plurality of discrete fluorescence signals, in particular for DNA sequencing by use of fluorescently labeled nucleotides. The particular detector (08-16-2012
20100323432SAMPLE PROCESSING DEVICE FOR MICROCHIP - A sample processing device for a microchip, including: a sample vessel for packing a sample therein; and a reaction vessel which is continuous with the sample vessel through a channel, and to which the sample is sequentially delivered to be packed and mixed therein, in which the sample is repeatedly delivered between the sample vessel and the reaction vessel through the channel so that the sample is stirred and mixed.12-23-2010
20090155891APPARATUS FOR DETECTING NUCLEIC ACID AMPLIFICATION PRODUCT IN REAL TIME - There is provided an apparatus for detecting a nucleic acid amplification product in real time, which is capable of effectively excluding or reducing apparatus error factors without using a second fluorescence signal used for correction. A plurality of wells 06-18-2009
20100041126METHODS FOR DIAGNOSING AND TREATING PROSTATE CANCER - Devices and methods for diagnosing and treating prostate cancer are disclosed. In practicing the method, a subject's body-fluid sample is assayed for GPC3 protein, and the GPC3 level observed is used in determining whether the subject has an elevated GPC3 level associated with prostate cancer. Patients with such elevated levels may be treated, in accordance with the present disclosure, with a variety of GPC3-related immunotherapy agents.02-18-2010
20100041127PREPARATION AND USE OF A REACTIVE SOLID SUPPORT SURFACE - A method of preparing a protein-resistant reactive solid support surface is disclosed. The method comprises the steps of providing a solid support having a hydrogel coating with a plurality of binding elements, coupling a protein resistant compound to the hydrogel via a first fraction of the binding elements, and coupling at least one binding agent to the hydrogel via a second fraction of the binding elements, whereby the protein resistant compound and the at least one binding agent are co-immobilized to the hydrogel. Also the use of the reactive surface in analysis, such as immunogenicity assays, is disclosed.02-18-2010
20130029407CELL ANALYZER - Provided is a cell concentration and purification device, having: a function of continuously concentrating cells; a function of then subsequently disposing the cells continuously in a specific region of a channel; a function of simultaneously recognizing, based on an image, the shape and fluorescence emission of each single cell; and a function of recognizing the cells and then separating and purifying the same based on the data relating to the shape and fluorescence emission thereof.01-31-2013
20130029408INTEGRATED SYSTEM FOR SAMPLING AND ANALYSIS - There is disclosed a device for determination of a sample from a dielectric fluid medium for a bio-specific assay device, comprising: a sampling device and a biosensor, wherein the sampling device concentrates a sample from dielectric medium by electrically focusing the sample on to a capture element and wherein said biosensor is fluidically linked to said capture element thus providing sampling and determination in a unitary device.01-31-2013
20130029409METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATIC STAINING OF TISSUE SAMPLES - The present invention concerns an apparatus for staining tissue samples, said apparatus including a reagent section or reagent containers; at least one staining section or tissue samples, a robotic head or robotic element that may move reagent to a predetermined tissue sample, said robotic element being moveable above the reagent and the staining sections, a control element that may manage a staining process, a 2-D optical sensor to detect two-dimensional image data of a relevant property and that can feed the captured image data to the control element. By providing the robotic element with a 2-D optical sensor, a common image processor may be provided having multiple functions. By using a 2-D optical image processing system, the control system of the apparatus may easily be adapted to read various types of data presentations, just as actual images for sections of the apparatus may be identified in order to assess the condition of the apparatus. The optical sensor may be used to automatically identify the slides and the reagent containers present in the apparatus, just as the optical sensor may be used for checking if a slide is misplaced at or absent from a slide position, etc.01-31-2013
20090123994Lockable Signalling Column - The invention relates to a signalling column with levels which are assembled by means of a relative pivoting limited in amplitude and interconnected by means of axially-extending conductors. The body of a level (A) has a locking bar (05-14-2009
20130052723LENS ASSEMBLY FOR BIOLOGICAL TESTING - The invention relates to an optical detection system for a thermal cycling device including at least one light source, a light detection device for detecting light received from a plurality of biological samples, and a lens having first and second surfaces formed on the lens, the second surface substantially opposed to the first surface. The first surface may be configured to collimate light and the second surface may be configured to direct light into each of the plurality of biological samples.02-28-2013
20130089920MICROFLUIDIC FLOW CELL - A microfluidic flow cell having a body with a fluid transport channel disposed therein, the fluid transport channel having a proximal end and a distal end defining a fluid flow path, a fluid inlet port disposed at the proximal end of the fluid transport channel at a central portion of the body and an outlet port disposed at the distal end of the fluid transport channel at an outer portion of the body, and a plurality sample wells disposed in the fluid transport channel substantially perpendicular to the fluid flow path in the fluid transport channel. The microfluidic flow cell may have hundreds or thousands of individual, sub-microliter sample wells. The microfluidic flow cell can be filled by applying a flowable liquid to the inlet port and spinning the flow cell to cause fluid to flow into fluid transport channel.04-11-2013
20130089921DEVICE FOR DETECTING PROPERTIES OF CHEMICAL AND/OR BIOLOGICAL FLUIDS - The present invention relates to a device for investigating, measuring and/or detecting properties of chemical and/or biological fluids as well as to a device for performing these procedures and a system comprising a holder for holding at least one of said devices. A device for detecting properties of chemical and/or biological fluids may comprise a tubular structure with a cavity for accommodating the fluid, the tubular structure comprising a magnetizable and/or magnetic material, wherein the tubular structure comprises a segment that is transparent to light of wavelength 200 nm to 2000 nm.04-11-2013
20090042281COMPOUND PROFILING DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND RELATED METHODS - High throughput compound profiling systems, and related devices and sub-systems that can be used to perform various compound profiling processes are provided. These systems typically include work perimeters that are organized for optimum efficiency and processing accuracy. Further, these systems are readily adaptable for performing a wide array of assays, as many different system components are easily incorporated or interchangeable in a particular system. System components that are provided by the invention include cell culture dissociators, which can be used, e.g., to effect cell wetting, dissociation, and/or agitation applications. In some embodiments, these cell culture dissociators are included as components of automated cell culture passaging stations. Dispensing devices that permit on-the-fly fluid temperature regulation are also provided. In addition, various compound profiling methods, cell dissociation methods, uniform cell concentration dispensing methods, among other processes, are also provided.02-12-2009
20110003371DIAGNOSTIC DEVICES - The present invention relates to analytical methods, platforms, and devices for the rapid and efficient immunochromatic determination of one or more components in fluid samples. The devices are especially useful for identifying analytes in small volumes of whole blood samples utilizing one membrane principally for separating particles such as red blood cells from plasma and a second membrane as the site for reactions to identify the analytes.01-06-2011
20090305394DNA CHIP FOR DIAGNOSIS OF CORNEAL DYSTROPHY - The present invention relates to oligonucleotides for diagnosis of corneal dystrophy. More particularly, the present invention relates to oligonucleotides for detecting mutation of BIGH3 gene for diagnosis or corneal dystrophy including Avellino corneal dystrophy, which must be precisely diagnosed before vision correction surgery, and a DNA chip for diagnosis of corneal dystrophy, which has the oligonucleotides fixed thereon. According to the present invention, conventional microscopic diagnosis of corneal dystrophy can be replaced with a precise genetic method, which prevents a patient with corneal dystrophy from losing eyesight by eyesight correction surgery after erroneous diagnosis.12-10-2009
20130071915MICROWELL STRUCTURES FOR CHEMICALLY-SENSITIVE SENSOR ARRAYS - Methods and apparatus relating to FET arrays for monitoring chemical and/or biological reactions such as nucleic acid sequencing-by-synthesis reactions. Some methods provided herein relate to improving signal (and also signal to noise ratio) from released hydrogen ions during nucleic acid sequencing reactions.03-21-2013
20130059367ULTRASENSITIVE BIOSENSORS - The present invention is a biosensor apparatus that includes a substrate, a source on one side of the substrate, a drain spaced from the source, a conducting channel between the source and the drain, an insulator region, and receptors on a gate region for receiving target material. The receptors are contacted for changing current flow between the source and the drain. The source and the drain are relatively wide compared to length between the source and the drain through the conducting channel.03-07-2013
20130059366Integrated Droplet Actuator for Gel; Electrophoresis and Molecular Analysis - The invention is directed to a droplet actuator device and methods for integrating gel electrophoresis analysis with pre or post-analytical sample handling as well as other molecular analysis processes. Using digital microfluidics technology, the droplet actuator device and methods of the invention provide the ability to perform gel electrophoresis and liquid handling operations on a single integrated device. The integrated liquid handling operations may be used to prepare and deliver samples to the electrophoresis gel, capture and subsequently process products of the electrophoresis gel or perform additional assays on the same sample materials which are analyzed by gel electrophoresis. In one embodiment, one or more molecular assays, such as nucleic acid (e.g., DNA) quantification by real-time PCR, and one or more sample processing operations such as sample dilution is performed on a droplet actuator integrated with an electrophoresis gel. In one embodiment, an electrophoresis gel may be integrated on the top substrate of the droplet actuator.03-07-2013
20120115214PORTABLE HIGH GAIN FLUORESCENCE DETECTION SYSTEM - An instrument for fluorometric assays in liquid samples is disclosed. The instrument may include multiple optical channels for monitoring a first fluorophore associated with a target analyte and a second fluorophore associated with a control. The disclosed instrument finds utility in any number of applications, including microfluidic molecular biological assays based on PCR amplification of target nucleic acids and fluorometric assays in general.05-10-2012
20120115213SYSTEMS FOR BIOAGENT IDENTIFICATION - The present invention provides systems and methods for analysis of samples, particularly biological and environmental sample to detect biomolecules of interest contained therein. A variety of system components are described herein, including, but not limited to, components for sample handling, mixing of materials, sample processing, transfer of materials, and analysis of materials. The invention further provides mechanisms for combining and integrating the different components and for housing, moving, and storing system components or the system as a whole. The systems may include any one or more or all of these components. The system finds particular use when employed for analysis of nucleic acid molecule using mass spectrometry, however, the invention is not limited such specific uses.05-10-2012
20120115212Assay Tube - A non-instrumented biochemical assay device, such as a device for the processing of clinical specimens for molecular diagnostic applications. In one embodiment, an assay device comprises a lid which covers a reagent tube, which is disposed on a base. The platform utilizes chemical heating and optional temperature modulation by phase change material to prepare the sample and to amplify the target nucleic acid using Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification. The device features a simple indicator for a positive reaction, for example turbidity or fluorescence.05-10-2012
20100086993CELL DETECTING SYSTEM AND QUANTUM DOT MEASURING SYSTEM - A cell detecting system is herein disclosed, wherein a complex is formed with a first bioactive ligand coupling to a quantum dot and recognizing and coupling to a first receptor of a cell and a second bioactive ligand coupling to a magnetic bead and recognizing and coupling to a second receptor of the cell. The magnet is configured for attracting the complex. A quantum dot measuring system configured for measuring the fluorescence of the complex includes an excitation light source, an optical system, a detecting sensor and a data capturing unit, wherein the detecting sensor includes a photomultiplier tube measuring florescence of the quantum dot excited by the excitation light source. The present invention achieves the goal of specific cell detection with high sensitivity without performing cell incubation. A quantum dot measuring system is also herein disclosed.04-08-2010
20130164829Specific Gene Polymorphisms in Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Prevention and Treatment - A method for detecting a predisposition to breast cancer in a subject is provided, The method comprises detecting in a biological sample from the subject one or more polymorphisms in the sequence of CD44 gene, The presence of one or more polymorphisms in the sequence of CD44 gene indicates that the subject has a predisposition for developing breast cancer.06-27-2013
20090130746MICROCHANNEL SURFACE COATING - The present invention relates to a method for improving the efficiency of biochemical reactions in channels of microfluidic devices. More specifically, the present invention relates to the use of chitosan or a chitosan derivative for coating channel surfaces to reduce non-specific adsorption of reagents to microfluidic channels. This reduction of non-specific adsorption improves the efficiency and reproducibility of the reaction, e.g., amplification reactions, such as PCR, and reduces cross-contamination.05-21-2009
20090042280FLUIDIC CARTRIDGES FOR ELECTROCHEMICAL DETECTION OF DNA - A flow cell cartridge for the detection of differences in nucleic acid sequences is disclosed. The flow cell cartridge has an electrode array and two openings, in which one opening is for the entry and exit of sample, and the other opening is for the control of the entry and exit of sample through the exertion of negative and positive pressure. The entire flow cell cartridge can be moved from sample to sample to allow different samples to be drawn into the cartridge into contact with an electrochemical electrode array, thus allowing reactions to occur in the chamber itself.02-12-2009
20110300621Process head positioning - A method is disclosed for mechanically aligning a process device and a rack which comprises mechanical engagement of positioning elements on the process device and positioning elements on the consumable.12-08-2011
20110300620Combo-tip Rack - The invention relates to a three-part rack for holding re-usable pipette tips. The rack comprises an upper, a lower and an insert rack. The rack is optimized for holding first and second types of pipette tips, and comprises contamination protection.12-08-2011
20110294200VIRTUAL SEPARATION OF BOUND AND FREE LABEL IN A LIGAND ASSAY FOR PERFORMING IMMUNOASSAYS OF BIOLOGICAL FLUIDS, INCLUDING WHOLE BLOOD - Detection and characterization of immunologically detected substances are performed electronically on human and animal biological fluids such as whole blood, serum, plasma, urine, milk, pleural and peritoneal fluids, and semen, which fluids are contained in a thin chamber forming a quiescent fluid sample, which chamber has at least two parallel planar walls, at least one of which is transparent.12-01-2011
20110294199APPARATUS FOR POINT-OF-CARE DETECTION OF NUCLEIC ACID IN A SAMPLE - Provided herein are methods and apparatus for detecting a target nucleic acid in a sample and related methods and apparatus for diagnosing a condition in an individual. The condition is associated with presence of nucleic acid produced by certain pathogens in the individual.12-01-2011
20100035336Cartridge Retaining Mechanism for Nucleic Acid Extracting Apparatus - A cartridge retaining mechanism equipped in a nucleic acid extracting apparatus for extracting a nucleic acid, the cartridge retaining mechanism comprising: a cartridge having a cylindrical shape with a bottom, and the bottom is shaped in a funnel shape; a nucleic acid-adsorbing solid carrier that traps a nucleic acid, and the nucleic acid-adsorbing solid carrier is disposed at the bottom of the cartridge; and a cartridge retaining member that retains the cartridge, wherein the cartridge retaining member comprises: a supporting part that supports the cartridge; and a pressure-proof retaining part that is attached to an open end of the cartridge, and wherein the pressure-proof retaining part has a nozzle receiving opening, onto which a pressure nozzle of the nucleic acid extracting apparatus is pressed, and wherein the cartridge is retained between the supporting part and the pressure-proof retaining part upon pressing the pressure nozzle onto the nozzle receiving opening.02-11-2010
20100028986REACTION CONTAINER PLATE AND REACTION TREATMENT APPARATUS - Disclosed herein is a reaction container plate which prevents the entry of foreign matter from the outside and the pollution of an outside environment. A reaction container plate (02-04-2010
20090258415Fluid Manipulation Assembly - Microfluidic assemblies, systems, and methods are provided for manipulating fluid samples. Assemblies include an elastically deformable cover layer and a less elastically deformable substrate. The methods include deforming the substrate through the cover layer so that when the cover layer rebounds a new communication results in the assembly between the cover layer and the substrate and/or so that a new barrier wall is formed. Systems for carrying out the methods are also provided.10-15-2009
20090148932USING COULOMB FORCES TO STUDY CHARATERISTICS OF FLUIDS AND BIOLOGICAL SAMPLES - A LoC (Lab on a Chip) is described to analyze surface properties of fluid drops. Substrates with cavities near the edge are filled with fluids that have a contact angle greater than 90°. The surfaces of two different drops can be brought in contact with one another by using Coulomb forces. Several experiments can be carried out while the drops are in contact: the concentration of the fluid in each drop can be altered, tangential and normal forces can be applied to the contact surface, voltage differences across and current flow through the contact surface can be monitored. MEMS pumps can be used to mix reagents or buffers with the fluid to determine the protein concentration or to extract DNA from whole cells, respectively. Substrates holding optical components can be used to align fibers with either lasers or receivers. The alignment is automatic and controlled by a control unit.06-11-2009
20100267124BIO-ANALYSIS SYSTEM - To improve operability from collection through to gene analysis, and enable the detection of microorganisms in a short time with good accuracy. Provided is an analysis device 10-21-2010
20090023201NUCLEIC ACID DETECTING CASSETTE AND NUCLEIC ACID DETECTING APPARATUS - In a nucleic acid detecting cassette in which a heating treatment chamber and a liquid delivery channel are constituted of a stationary member and flexible members, the heating treatment chamber is held by convex heating sections from both sides, whereby the heat treatment chamber and the liquid delivery channel are spatially separated from each other. Thus, it is possible to automatically execute a consistent process including nucleic acid amplification and other required treatments of the object sample as well as detection of a target nucleic acid.01-22-2009
20100120132Bioassays by direct optical detection of nanoparticles - Embodiments of the invention relate to detecting biological molecules with ultra-sensitivity and convenience. The embodiments are especially directed to utilizing nanoparticles as tags and identifying the tags using dark-field microscopy. The probes containing the nanoparticles can be used in solution or attached to a substrate.05-13-2010
20120034685ASSAY SYSTEMS FOR DETERMINATION OF SOURCE CONTRIBUTION IN A SAMPLE - The present invention provides assay systems and methods for detection of copy number variation at one or more loci and polymorphism detection at one or more loci in a mixed sample from an individual.02-09-2012
20120034684MAGNETIC IMMUNOSENSOR WITH TRENCH CONFIGURATION AND METHOD OF USE - The present invention provides apparatus and methods for the rapid determination of analytes in liquid samples by immunoassays incorporating magnetic capture of beads on a sensor capable of being used in the point-of-care diagnostic field.02-09-2012
20120142085SYSTEMS FOR RAPID IDENTIFICATION OF PATHOGENS IN HUMANS AND ANIMALS - The present invention provides methods of: identifying pathogens in biological samples from humans and animals, resolving a plurality of etiologic agents present in samples obtained from humans and animals, determining detailed genetic information about such pathogens or etiologic agents, and rapid detection and identification of bioagents from environmental, clinical or other samples.06-07-2012
20090263891DEVICE FOR ANALYZING SAMPLES INCLUDING A GAS EVOLVING MEANS - The invention relates to a device for analyzing one or more samples for the presence, amount or identity of one or more target molecules in the samples, comprising one or more capture sites whereby the device comprises a gas evolving means. The gas evolved by the gas evolving means moves unbound target molecules away from the capture site and therefore helps to increase the efficacy of the analysis.10-22-2009
20130217103Droplet Operations Platform - The invention relates to a droplet actuator device and methods for integrated sample preparation and analysis of a biological sample. A droplet actuator device is provided for conducting droplet operations. The droplet actuator device may include a bottom substrate and a top substrate separated from each other to form a gap therebetween; an arrangement of droplet operations electrodes arranged on one or both of the bottom and/or top substrates for conducting droplet operations thereon; a reagent storage layer comprising one or more compartments bound to the top substrate; and one or more openings arranged to provide a fluidic path from the one or more compartments into the gap, upon breach of a breachable seal separating the one or more compartments and openings.08-22-2013
20110201099Assay Cartridges and Methods of Using the Same - Assay cartridges are described that have a detection chamber, preferably having integrated electrodes, and other fluidic components which may include sample chambers, waste chambers, conduits, vents, bubble traps, reagent chambers, dry reagent pill zones and the like. In certain embodiments, these cartridges are adapted to receive and analyze a sample collected on an applicator stick. Also described are kits including such cartridges and a cartridge reader configured to analyze an assay conducted using an assay cartridge.08-18-2011
20120295341THERMAL TREATMENT APPARATUS AND FLUID TREATMENT METHOD WITH FLUIDIC DEVICE - A thermal treatment apparatus includes a fluidic device including at least one channel, a first temperature-changing unit that changes the temperature of a fluid in part of the channel, and a second temperature-changing unit that changes the temperature of the fluid in another part of the channel. The temperature changes by the first and second temperature-changing units cause at least any one of the expansion and contraction of the fluid in the respective parts of the channel, and the at least any one of the expansion and contraction of the fluid due to the first temperature-changing unit is offset by the at least any one of the expansion and contraction of the fluid due to the second temperature-changing unit.11-22-2012
20090137029Multi-Chambered Receptacles - A receptacle having a plurality of interconnected chambers arranged to permit multiple process steps or processes to be performed independently or simultaneously. The receptacles are manufactured to separate liquid from dried reagents and to maintain the stability of the dried reagents. An immiscible liquid, such as an oil, is included to control loading of process materials, facilitate mixing and reconstitution of dried reagents, limit evaporation, control heating of reaction materials, concentrate solid support materials to prevent clogging of fluid connections, provide minimum volumes for fluid transfers, and to prevent process materials from sticking to chamber surfaces. The receptacles can be adapted for use in systems having a processing instrument that includes an actuator system for selectively moving fluid substances between chambers and a detector. The actuator system can be arranged to concentrate an analyte present in a sample. The detector can be used to detect an optical signal emitted by the contents of the receptacle.05-28-2009
20080206848NUCLEIC ACID ANALYSIS DEVICE BY OPTICAL DETECTION USING DISK - There is provided a method or structure of carrying out optical measurement for the change of the state of the reactive sample solution at two or more measurement points of the channel simultaneously and continuously in a flow system reaction in which the reactive proceeds according to the elapsed time for movement. A sample containing nucleic acids is made to flow to a channel of which a temperature control means controlling the temperature of the passing area so that the temperature changes in the repetitive pattern, and the change in the state of the sample containing nucleic acids flowing on the channel is detected by optical detection means at two or more places of the channel. The channel can be placed in the analysis area on the disk driven by rotation, and information of the reactive sample solution in the channel can be detected simultaneously and continuously by optical detection means which is installed facing the disk for nucleic acid analysis. The constitution of the structure allows providing compact device for nucleic acid analysis is provided with a flow system reaction tube of the sample containing nucleic acids and an optical detection means.08-28-2008
20080206852SAMPLE PROCESSING APPARATUS - The present invention provides a sample processing apparatus and a sample container. In a sample processing apparatus, only after a locking member provided on a sample container engages with a sample container receiving portion, the locking member is released. Thereby, a sample fluid is transferred from the sample container to the sample processing apparatus so that various analysis processes can be performed.08-28-2008
20100099175Two-Stage nucleic acid amplification using an amplification oligomer - This invention provides methods, compositions and systems to detect a nucleic acid of interest in a two-stage amplification. The two-stage amplification begins with a first non-enzymatic accumulation of an amplification oligomer that is the target substrate for a second nucleic acid amplification or assay. Two or more amplification oligomers can be used to allow multiplexed amplifications of two or more nucleic acids of interest with deconvolution based on unique detection signals or unique signal locations.04-22-2010
20100099176Systems for genome selection - Systems, methods, compositions and apparatus relating to genome selection are disclosed.04-22-2010
20080199946Biochip - The present invention relates to a biochip for nucleic acid hybridization. The biochip of the present invention comprises a hybridization chamber which is in the form of a cavity, a porous matrix pressed in the hybridization chamber; and at least one first circulation hole and at least one second circulation hole which are communicated with the hybridization chamber so that the reaction solution flows in the at least one first circulation hole and flows out the at least one second circulation hole through the pores of the porous matrix. The hybridization reaction area is increased by flowing the reaction solution through the pores of the membrane, which enable the reaction sensitivity to be increased. The diffusion distance for the reaction molecules is decreased due to the limited inside space of the membrane, and thereby the hybridization time is shortened.08-21-2008
20090280559GENETIC SEQUENCER INCORPORATING FLUORESCENCE MICROSCOPY - A fluorescence microscopy sequencer comprises a fluid transport subsystem in which reagents are pumped through a series of multi-port valves to a mixer or one or more flow cells, or directly into the flow cell(s). The one or more multi-port valves can be mounted upon a fluids manifold having syringe tubes mounted on the opposite side. Mounted on a movable support, the manifold may be brought into and out of fluid communication with a storage block comprising the plurality of reagents. In another embodiment, the sequencer comprises a beamsplitter indexer that facilitates the quick and reliable switching of filter cubes through use of a stepper motor. In yet another embodiment, a motion control system is provided in which an inertial reference is interposed between and directly coupled to a first and second axis of control, thereby minimizing any low structural resonant frequencies and enabling high performance (high frequency response) motion control.11-12-2009
20130217104MICROFLUIDIC CHIP FEATURES FOR OPTICAL AND THERMAL ISOLATION - A microfluidic chip includes microfluidic channels, elements for thermally and optically isolating the microfluidic channels, and elements for enhancing the detection of optical signal emitted from the microfluidic channels. The thermal and optical isolation elements may comprise barrier channels interposed between adjacently-arranged pairs of microfluidic channels for preventing thermal and optical cross-talk between the adjacent microfluidic channels. The isolation element may alternatively comprise reflective film embedded in the microfluidic chip between the adjacent microfluidic channels. The signal enhancement elements comprise structures disposed adjacent to the microfluidic channels that reflect light passing through or emitted from the microfluidic channel in a direction toward a detector. The structures may comprise channels or a faceted surface that redirects the light by total internal reflection or reflective film material embedded in the microfluidic chip.08-22-2013
20120288924CARTRIDGE FOR CONDUCTING A CHEMICAL REACTION - A cartridge for conducting a chemical reaction includes a body having at least one flow path formed therein. The cartridge also includes a reaction vessel extending from the body for holding a reaction mixture for chemical reaction and optical detection. The vessel comprises a rigid frame defining the side walls of a reaction chamber. The frame includes at least one channel connecting the flow path to the chamber. The vessel also includes flexible films or sheets attached to opposite sides of the rigid frame to form opposing major walls of the chamber. In addition, at least two of the side walls are optically transmissive and angularly offset from each to permit real-time optical detection of analyte in the reaction chamber.11-15-2012
20120288923Instrument and Method for Automatically Heat-Sealing a Microplate - A heating device for heating a thermally fixable sealing cover disposed over the microplate adjacent the wells, a cooling device for actively cooling the microplate and a controller set up to control activity of the heating and cooling devices in a manner to heat the sealing cover so as to thermally fix it to the microplate and to actively cool the microplate so as to keep a temperature of the samples below a predefined temperature when heating the sealing cover. It further relates to a method for automatically sealing a microplate in which the thermally fusible sealing cover is disposed over the microplate, the sealing cover is heated to thermally fix it to the microplate and the microplate is actively cooled in a manner that a temperature of the liquid reaction mixtures is kept below a predefined temperature when heating the sealing cover.11-15-2012
20080233634NUCLEIC ACID DETECTION DEVICE - A nucleic acid detection device is provided with a closed channel formed of a first channel portion, through which a washing reagent storage section for storing a washing reagent for washing a detection section for nucleic acid detection communicates with the detection section, and a second channel portion through which a pretreatment section for nucleic acid treatment communicates with the detection section. The closed channel is connected with a gas inlet/outlet path for communication with the outside. The gas inlet/outlet path is blocked by a sealing mechanism before nucleic acid detection. In storing a pretreatment reagent and the washing reagent frozen, the gas inlet/outlet path is kept open and connected to the channel. Thus, there is provided a nucleic acid detection device having a structure for preventing leakage of nucleic acid samples to the outside and which can be stored for a long period of time with the reagents therein.09-25-2008
20120040445GAS-FREE FLUID CHAMBER - A Gas-free Fluid chamber for PCR. The present invention relates to a device with a fluid chamber suitable for performing a polymerized chain reaction for gas-free filling. Such devices may be used in the field of e.g. molecular diagnostics.02-16-2012
20080293128SENSOR OF PYROPHOSPHATE AND SNP TYPING SENSOR USING THE SAME - A sensor of pyrophosphate which can detect pyrophosphate conveniently with high sensitivity in a method for measuring pyrophosphate in SNP typing utilizing a primer extension reaction is provided.11-27-2008
20080293129Fluid Handling Unit and Fluid Handling Apparatus Using Same - A fluid handling unit 11-27-2008
20080305537Microchips and its Manufacturing Methods Thereof - A microchip is provided with a lower substrate configured as the lower portion of the microchip, an intermediate section formed on the top of the lower substrate, and an upper substrate formed on the top of the intermediate section, wherein the lower substrate, the intermediate section, and the upper substrate are made of light-transmissive and cured resin.12-11-2008
20080280353Hybrid nucleic acid assembly - A detection device comprised of a hybrid nucleic acid assembly. The device further comprises a nucleic acid polymer, a first nanoparticle conjugated to the nucleic acid polymer, a second nanoparticle conjugated with the nucleic acid polymer, a means for introducing energy into the first nanoparticle, means for detecting energy from the second nanoparticle, and means for determining a physical property of the nucleic acid polymer, wherein the means of introducing energy into the first nanoparticle is a source of mechanical energy.11-13-2008
20080220509Nucleic Acid Amplifier - Disclosed herein is a nucleic acid amplifier for carrying out a nucleic acid amplification reaction, the amplifier including at least: a plurality of wells configured to carry out the nucleic acid amplification reaction; a heating unit provided for every well; optical means capable of irradiating excitation light of a specified wavelength to all of the wells; and a fluorescence detection unit provided for every well.09-11-2008
20090004729REACTION DEVICE - A reaction device including: a plurality of reaction areas; and a plurality of heating parts configured to be each provided for a respective one of the reaction areas, wherein each of the heating parts includes: a heat source; a scan line for selecting the heating part; a data line that transmits heating amount information used for heating to the heat source; a writer that acquires the heating amount information transmitted from the data line; a holder that stores the heating amount information also after the scan line is turned to a non-selected state; and a heat generation controller that controls heat generation of the heat source based on the heating amount information.01-01-2009
20080206853SIGNAL ENHANCEMENT SYSTEM WITH MULTIPLE LABELED-MOIETIES - Dipstick tests for detecting analyte are described. In a preferred embodiment, a multiple biotinylated antibody capable of binding analyte is bound to an anti-biotin antibody labeled with colloidal gold and wicked up the dipstick with test solution thought to contain analyte. Complex formed between analyte, biotinylated anti-analyte antibody, and colloidal gold labeled anti-biotin antibody is captured at a capture zone of the dipstick. Presence of colloidal gold label at the capture zone indicates the presence of analyte in the test solution. The sensitivity of analyte detection using such methods is an order of magnitude higher than for comparable methods in which biotinylated anti-analyte antibody bound to analyte is wicked up the dipstick in a first step, and a colloidal gold labeled anti-biotin antibody is wicked up the dipstick in a separate step. Kits for performing the tests of the invention are also described.08-28-2008
20100273247SEMI-QUANTITATIVE IMMUNOLOGICAL DETECTION DEVICE WITH DIFFERENTIAL ANTIBODIES OR SUBSTRATES - A semi-quantitative immunological detection device with differential antibodies and substrates is provided. The semi-quantitative immunological detection device with differential antibodies, includes: a sample injecting portion through which a sample is injected; and a reaction portion where a plurality of reacting materials reacting with an MUT (material under test) contained in the sample with different sensitivities to generate marker materials are disposed in the same space. Accordingly, a diagnosis result can be visually identified with user's eyes, and the diagnosis result similar to that of a quantitative assay apparatus can be provided.10-28-2010
20110269222Immunoassay Device with Improved Sample Closure - An apparatus and method for sealing a fluid sample collection device, comprising: loading a fluid sample collection device with a fluid sample, said device comprising a housing having at least one substantially planar surface that includes an orifice in fluid communication with an internal fluid sample holding chamber which terminates at an internal capillary stop; and slidably moving a sealing element over at least a portion of said substantially planar surface in a way that displaces any excess fluid sample away from the orifice, seals the fluid sample within said holding chamber, and inhibits the fluid sample from prematurely breaking through the internal capillary stop.11-03-2011
20100248349ANIMAL BLOOD CELL MEASURING APPARATUS - An animal blood cell measuring apparatus comprising: a specimen preparation section for preparing a measurement specimen from blood of an animal; a characteristic information obtaining section for obtaining characteristic information indicating a characteristic of the measurement specimen, from the measurement specimen prepared by the specimen preparation section; and a controller configured for performing operations comprising: (a) classifying aggregate reticulocytes contained in the blood from other blood cells, based on the characteristic information obtained by the characteristic information obtaining section; and (b) outputting information regarding a number of the classified aggregate reticulocytes.09-30-2010
20100248348TARGET NUCLEIC ACID MEASURING APPARATUS - The present invention relates to calculation of an amount equivalent to an initial template amount in a test sample by fitting a theoretical expression to an amount equivalent to an amplification amount of target nucleic acid for each thermal cycle number, wherein the theoretical expression includes an environmental coefficient as an exponent parameter and a parameter of the amount equivalent to the initial template amount, and includes at least one parameter among an amount equivalent to a saturation amount upon the target nucleic acid amplification, a reaction acceleration coefficient, and a reaction inhibition coefficient.09-30-2010
20100144021Bio-driver apparatus for detecting a nucleic acid - A cleavable signal element applicable to quantitative and qualitative assay devices, using a cleavable technique specifically responsive to a complementary double strand or single strand of nucleic acids, and a nucleic acid hybridization assay method and device using the cleavable signal element are provided. Using the cleavable technique responsive to the complementary double strand or single strand of nucleic acids, detection sensitivity to a target nucleic acid can be increased, and diagnosis and detection reliability can be improved twice through in-situ determinations. Through simultaneous single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) detection and expression profile determination, more accurate diagnosis for many diseases can be achieved. The assay device can be easily modified to be suitable for detection with general laser-based detection systems such as CD-ROM readers. Information read from the assay device is digitized as software and transmitted to and received by doctors and patients through a computer network or wirelessly, which enables construction of remote diagnosis systems.06-10-2010
20090298161Surface Treatment - A biosensor comprising surface treated with a method for producing a monolayer of molecules on a surface, the method comprising loading a stamp with seed molecules, transferring seed molecules from the stamp to the surface, wherein transferring comprises transferring a fraction of the seed molecules loaded on the stamp to the surface and adsorbing the seed molecules to the stamp and adsorbing the seed molecules to the surface, the adsorption of the seed molecules to the stamp being stronger than the adsorption of the seed molecules to the surface, self-completing amplification of the seed molecules via an amplifying reaction to produce the monolayer on a flat surface, wherein self-completing amplification comprises producing a homogeneous area, wherein the homogeneous area comprises a monolayer of molecules on the surface, and wherein the monolayer of molecules on the surface has no diffusive component that can relocate and destroy amplification accuracy.12-03-2009
20090186403Biochip cartridge - The present invention provides a biochip cartridge wherein an elastic body is used for a substrate member in order to stabilize the feeding of blood or solution and whereby it is possible to avoid the risk of accidental contact of the operator with solutions due to mishandling.07-23-2009
20130217106BIOCHEMICAL ANALYSIS APPARATUS AND ROTARY VALVE - An analysis apparatus for performing biochemical analysis of a sample using nanopores comprises: a sensor device that supports plural nanopores, reservoirs holding material for performing the analysis; a fluidics system; and plural containers for receiving respective samples, all arranged in a cartridge that is removably attachable to an electronics unit arranged to generate drive signals to perform signal processing circuit to generate output data representing the results of the analysis. The fluidics system supplies samples selectively from the containers to the sensor device using a rotary valve.08-22-2013
20090325277Thermal Device, System, and Method, for Fluid Processing Device - A device, system, and method are provided for thermally treating a fluid processing device. According to various embodiments, a system is provided that can include a thermal device and a fluid processing device holder. The thermal device can include a first block having a thermal conductivity greater than 0.5 Watt per centimeter Kelvin (W/cm·K), a second block having a thermal conductivity greater than 0.5 W/cm·K, and a heat-pump device disposed between the first block and the second block. The heat-pump device can transfer thermal energy from at least one of the first block and the second block to the other of the first block and the second block. The fluid processing device holder can hold a fluid processing device in a heat-transfer position with respect to the first block and the second block. The fluid processing device can be a microfluidic device.12-31-2009
20090087901Analytical Test Element and Method for Blood Analyses - An analytical test element for blood analyses is provided having an application site and a microfluidic channel structure in fluid communication with the application site. The channel structure comprises at least first and second analytical channels for receiving first and second portions of a blood sample applied to the application site. The first analytical channel comprises a first analytical site to determine the total haemoglobin value (Hb) of the blood sample. The second analytical channel comprises a second analytical site to determine a glycohaemoglobin value (HbA1c) of the blood sample.04-02-2009
20090191616Biosensor structure and fabricating method thereof - A biosensor structure and a method for fabricating the same are described. The biosensor structure for detecting at least a single cell includes a substrate with an insulating surface, a conductive layer and a plurality of capture molecules. The conductive layer is disposed on the substrate, and has a first pattern and a second pattern separated from each other. The first pattern includes a plurality of first finger configurations, and the second pattern includes a plurality of second finger configurations, so as to form interdigitated array. The capture molecules are immobilized on the conductive layer, such that the cell that is bound specifically to the capture molecules on two adjacent first and second finger configurations is detected. The biosensor structure is feasible for real-time (<3 min), specific, and quantitative targeted cell detection down to a single cell.07-30-2009
20110223653Method and apparatuses for sorting objects in forensic DNA analysis and medical diagnostics - The present invention relates to an apparatus and method of sorting objects and identifying the objects in a forensics sample, including using holographic optical trapping to sort objects from contaminants, and performing (single cell) PCR-based STR analysis on the objects to determine their identification. In addition, the chip used as a support for sorting the objects can also be used for performing single cell PCR-based STR analysis. In another embodiment, a microfluidics chip is used to stream the sample and sort the objects, before single cell PCR-based STR analysis is performed. The chip used for sorting utilizing HOT in the absence or presence of microfluidic streaming and sorting can also be the same as that used for the single cell PCR-based STR analysis.09-15-2011
20090053799TRAPPING MAGNETIC SORTING SYSTEM FOR TARGET SPECIES - A system for sorting and trapping magnetic target species includes a microfluidic trapping module designed to receive and then temporarily hold magnetic particles in place within the module. The magnetic particles flowing into the module are trapped there while the other sample components (non-magnetic) continuously flow through and out of the station, thereby separating and concentrating the species captured on the magnetic particles. The magnetic particles and/or their payloads may be released and separately collected at an outlet after the sample passes through the trapping module.02-26-2009
20090017528Nucleic Acid Hybridization Device - The present invention relates to a hybridization device coupled by means of vibration to shorten the time needed for hybridization. This hybridization device of the present invention comprises an oscillation generating unit; a spacer attached to the top of the oscillation generating unit, which wraps around to form a tank, and the tank is loaded with a transmission solution; a loading plate having a loading face was paved with at least one nucleic acid probe, and the flip side of the loading face is a transmission face, which covers on top of the spacer to form a closed space, and is attached with the transmission solution. The vibration generated by the oscillation generating unit can be propagated to the loading plate through the transmission solution to promote the effective mixing of the nucleic acid to be analyzed and the probe, further to shorten the time needed for nucleic acid hybridization and to increase the detection sensitivity.01-15-2009
20090117646DEVICE, KIT AND METHOD FOR PULSING BIOLOGICAL SAMPLES WITH AN AGENT AND STABILISING THE SAMPLE SO PULSED - A device and kit for pulsing a biological sample with a pulsing agent is disclosed. The biological sample so pulsed is subsequently stabilized and the device or kit provides a control reaction. Applications for the described device and kit are found in the field of medical diagnostics, particularly immunology.05-07-2009
20090197326Biological Analysis Arrangement and Approach Therefor - Characteristics of a chemical or biological sample are detected using an approach involving light detection. According to an example embodiment of the present invention, an assaying arrangement including a light detector is adapted to detect light from a sample, such as a biological material. A signal corresponding to the detected light is used to characterize the sample, for example, by detecting a light-related property thereof. In one implementation, the assaying arrangement includes integrated circuitry having a light detector and a programmable processor, with the light detector generating a signal corresponding to the light and sending the signal to the processor. The processor provides an output corresponding to the signal and indicative of a characteristic of the sample.08-06-2009
20090221059Integrated apparatus for performing nucleic acid extraction and diagnostic testing on multiple biological samples - The technology described herein generally relates to systems for extracting polynucleotides from multiple samples, particularly from biological samples, and additionally to systems that subsequently amplify and detect the extracted polynucleotides. The technology more particularly relates to microfluidic systems that carry out PCR on multiple samples of nucleotides of interest within microfluidic channels, and detect those nucleotides.09-03-2009
20090209028Sensing Chip - There is provided a sensing chip capable of measuring a refractive index by utilizing a long-range surface plasmon polariton, accurately measuring an accumulative refractive index in a wide range, and more easily enabling sealing for measurement. The present invention relates to the sensing chip which has a thin metal film or a strip-like metal grown on an underlayer, and has a dielectric that limits a refractive index and a dielectric buffer layer on an upper surface and a lower surface of the thin metal film or the strip-like metal. The dielectric buffer layer is attached onto the thin metal film or the strip-like metal. The thin metal film or the strip-like metal and the buffer layer are sandwiched between two dielectric layers. A hole is made in a surface of the upper dielectric layer to serve as a measurement groove.08-20-2009
20090117645Biochips and methods of fabricating the same - Biochips for analyzing components of a biological sample using probes and methods of fabricating the same are provided. In some embodiments, a biochip includes a substrate, a plurality of probes immobilized on a top surface of the substrate, and a capping layer formed on a bottom surface of the substrate.05-07-2009
20090221060NUCLEIC ACID ANALYZER - It is an object of the present invention to prevent condensation occurring when reaction solutions in sealed vessels are heated in a nucleic acid analyzer for performing sequential processing in which individual reaction vessels are sequentially fed to a nucleic acid amplification unit in a given cycle. This invention relates to a nucleic acid analyzer including a vessel mounting rack capable of holding the plurality of reaction vessels, wherein the reaction vessel mounted on the vessel mounting rack is heated by an adjacent noncontact heat source and air circulation from the heat source to a reaction vessel upper portion, and a temperature of the reaction vessel upper portion is kept higher than a temperature of a reaction vessel lower portion. With this invention, condensation possibly occurring on the inner wall of the sealed vessel upper portion due to heating during nucleic acid amplification can be prevented, and more accurate nucleic acid analysis is enabled.09-03-2009
20090239290SINGLE-TUBE, READY-TO-USE ASSAY KITS, AND METHODS USING SAME - An assay kit is provided that includes assay reagents stored in a single-tube container, and a data storage medium containing information about the contents of the container. Methods are provided for using the data provided with the kit to direct instruments and/or processes, for example, to control an instrument to perform amplification and/or sequencing reactions.09-24-2009
20090317897REACTION VESSEL, REACTION MEASURING DEVICE, AND LIQUID ROTATING TREATMENT DEVICE - An object is to provide a reaction vessel, a reaction measuring device, and a liquid rotating treatment device wherein temperature control of a liquid stored within the vessel can be performed with a high accuracy and faithful responsiveness. The construction is such that a vessel has: a storage chamber in which a liquid is storable, that has an opening part, and a reaction chamber that is communicated with the storage chamber and is formed thinner or narrower than the storage chamber, and the vessel is installable on a rotatable rotating body provided externally, and is formed such that when the vessel is installed on the rotating body, a rotation axis of the rotating body passes through the vessel, and the reaction chamber is positioned farther away from the rotation axis than the storage chamber.12-24-2009
20090275117SLIP COVER FOR HEATED PLATEN ASSEMBLY - A heated platen assembly for use in a biological testing device is disclosed having a heated platen defining a plurality of optical openings configured to permit radiation to pass through the heated platen, a light transmissive slip cover configured to cover at least one of the plurality of optical openings, and means for retaining the slip cover over the at least one of the plurality of optical openings.11-05-2009
20100178691Systems, Methods, and Apparatus for Single Molecule Sequencing - An embodiment generally relates to a system for analysis of an analyte. The system can include a transparent substrate. The system also includes an excitation light source configured to induce an evanescent wave excitation of a fluorescently labeled molecule near the access to the transparent substrate and a detector for detecting the fluorescently labeled molecule.07-15-2010
20130122576DEVICE FOR AUTOMATICALLY ANALYZING NUCLEIC ACID - An apparatus for automatically analyzing a nucleic acid includes: a sample preprocessing device including a plurality of chambers in which reagents mixed with a sample are accommodated according to sample preprocessing process order for extracting a nucleic acid from the sample; and a nucleic amplifying and detecting device connected with the sample preprocessing device to receive the nucleic acid extracted from the sample.05-16-2013
20110177586DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRESSURE-DRIVEN PLUG TRANSPORT - The present invention provides microfabricated substrates and methods of conducting reactions within these substrates. The reactions occur in plugs transported in the flow of a carrier-fluid.07-21-2011
20110177585RAPID DETECTION NANOSENSORS FOR BIOLOGICAL PATHOGENS - An apparatus for the rapid detection of multiple pathogens using a FRET-based phenomenon. A volume of fluid, possibly containing pathogens, is passed through an intake and combined with an assay solution of quantum dot/antibody-antigen/quencher complexes that dissociate and recombine with the pathogens into quantum dot/antibody-pathogen complexes. The quantum dot/antibody-antigen/quencher and quantum dot/antibody-pathogen complexes are captured on a detection filter which is illuminated by a light source. The quantum dot/antibody-pathogen complexes, but not the quantum dot/antibody-antigen/quencher complexes, fluoresce when excited by the light from the light source and the fluorescence is picked up by a photodetector, indicating the presence of the pathogens.07-21-2011
20100184202Thermal Reaction Device and Method for Using the Same - An M×N matrix microfluidic device for performing a matrix of reactions, the device having a plurality of reaction cells in communication with one of either a sample inlet or a reagent inlet through a via formed within an elastomeric block of the device. Methods provided include a method for forming vias in parallel in an elastomeric layer of an elastomeric block of a microfluidic device, the method comprising using patterned photoresist masks and etching reagents to etch away regions or portions of an elastomeric layer of the elastomeric block.07-22-2010
20100173394Droplet-based assay system - Systems, including apparatus and methods, for performing assays. These systems may involve separating sample components by partitioning them into droplets or other partitions, amplifying or otherwise reacting the components within the droplets, detecting the amplified components, or characteristics thereof, and/or analyzing the resulting data, among others.07-08-2010
20090298160Reaction vessel and reaction controller - The invention relates to a reaction vessel and a reaction controller, wherein temperature control of a liquid stored within the vessel can be performed with a high accuracy and faithful responsiveness. The reaction container and the reaction controller comprise one or a plurality of reaction chambers in which liquid is storable, and a wall that surrounds the reaction chamber, and the entirety or a part of the wall is formed by a temperature raising and lowering body that can raise or lower the temperature thereof according to a signal from an instructing part provided outside.12-03-2009
20100216226Device, system, and method for controllably reducing inflammatory mediators in a subject - Devices, systems, and methods are provided for controlling an inflammatory response in a subject. Devices, systems, and methods are provided that alter the functional structure of one or more inflammatory mediators in the peripheral blood of the subject. The device or system is useful in a method for treating an inflammatory disease or condition in the subject.08-26-2010
20100221816REACTION KIT - Disclosed is a reaction kit for preventing the entry of foreign matter into a reaction plate from the outside and the pollution of a surrounding environment. The reaction kit includes: a reaction plate (09-02-2010
20100240122Spotter provided with spot pattern encryption function and detection device coping with spot pattern encryption - Plural probes spotted on a probe immobilization substrate are arranged such that the probes cannot be specified by a third party easily. When the plural probes are spotted on the probe immobilization substrate, a position where each probe is spotted is changed for each probe immobilization substrate to be prepared, whereby types of probes to be arranged in respective spot addresses are encrypted. The preset invention provides a spotter, a dispensing device to be used for the spotter, a probe immobilization substrate that is prepared using the spotter, and a detection device that decodes encrypted positions where the respective probes are spotted.09-23-2010
20100216227Rotatable Sample Disk and Method of Loading a Sample Disk - A rotatable sample disk configured for samples of biological material. The sample disk may include a fill chamber for storing a first biological material, a plurality of first sample chambers positioned in the sample disk farther from the rotational axis of the sample disk than the fill chamber, a plurality of second sample chambers, and a plurality of circumferential fill channels. Each of the second sample chambers may be configured to permit fluid communication with a respective first sample chamber. The plurality of circumferential fill conduits may be configured to permit transfer of the first biological material from the fill chamber to the plurality of first sample chambers upon a first rotation of the sample disk about the rotational axis. Methods of loading a plurality of sample chambers in a sample disk are also provided.08-26-2010
20100227383GENE DETECTION AND DETERMINATION APPARATUS, GENE REACTOR, AND INCUBATOR - A genetic detection and determination apparatus which detects or determines genetic information, provided with a reaction container having a reaction vessel, including: a container set portion on which the reaction container is set; a moving mechanism which moves the container set portion along a track; a reaction vessel dividing portion which divides the reaction vessel into a plurality of reaction chambers by deforming the reaction vessel; a heating and cooling portion which heats and cools the reaction container; and a measuring portion which is movable above the container set portion in parallel to an upper surface of the reaction container provided on the container set portion and which measures a reaction within each of the reaction chambers.09-09-2010
20100227384Portable Genomic Analyzer - An apparatus for identifying a target portion of a sample. In some embodiments, the sample can be substantially purified and/or amplified in a test chamber. In some embodiments, the sample can be provided in an amount so that amplification is not necessary. The apparatus generally comprises a test chamber having an input region for receiving a sample and an analysis region. A sample chamber can be defined by at least a portion of the test chamber. A separation mechanism can separate a target portion of the sample from the sample and an analysis chamber can aid in analyzing at least the target portion of the sample.09-09-2010
20100240123Apparatus, System and Method for Purifying Nucleic Acids - Methods and devices for isolating nucleic acids from a mixture containing such nucleic acids and extraneous matter are provided. In one embodiment, the method of the invention comprises passing the mixture through a glass frit under conditions effective to separate the nucleic acids from the extraneous matter. In a more specific embodiment, the glass frit is a sintered glass frit.09-23-2010
20100240121Electrospun nanofibrous membrane assembly for use in capturing chemical and/or biological analytes - A membrane assembly adapted for use in capturing an analyte of interest, the membrane assembly comprising in one embodiment (a) an electrospun nanofibrous membrane, the electrospun nanofibrous membrane comprising a random mat of electrospun nanofibers, at least some of the electrospun nanofibers including one or more types of functional groups; and (b) at least one molecular recognition element immobilized on the random mat via a functional group, the molecular recognition element being adapted to selectively bind the analyte of interest. The membrane assembly may be incorporated into a sensor.09-23-2010
20130217105APPARATUS FOR MEASURING VOLUME OF A FLUID - An apparatus for transfer of a liquid using a diaphragm that separates a working fluid volume from a working air volume and can controllably induce a change pressure to draw or expel a target fluid into a tube. The apparatus is particularly suitable for automated processing of nucleic acids and other samples includes a disposable container comprising a tray and a flexible barrier. The barrier is configured to seal with a top edge of the tray, providing a closed, aseptic work area within the sealed tray. A pipette head and/or other sample manipulation device can be attached to the inside of the barrier under the diaphraghm, and the barrier can include an interface for a robotic arm or other device. When the barrier is sealed over the tray, the barrier separates the contents of the tray from the robot or other manipulation device.08-22-2013
20110236964DNA Sequencing System - An apparatus for detecting labeled beads is provided. The apparatus can include: one or more irradiation sources disposed for irradiating the one or more detection zones with radiation; at least one detector disposed for collecting charges corresponding to light signals emitted from labeled beads in the one or more detection zones, which have been excited by the radiation; and a system coupled to the at least one detector for effecting time delay integration of the charges by accumulating the charges before reading the charges at the output of the at least one detector.09-29-2011
20100136669MICROCHIP WITH ACCESSIBLE FRONT SIDE - The invention relates to a microchip assembly (06-03-2010
20100197001GENE DETECTION FIELD-EFFECT DEVICE AND METHOD OF ANALYZING GENE POLYMORPHISM THEREWITH - A gene detection field-effect device provided with an insulation film (08-05-2010
20130137165GENE ANALYSIS DEVICE - A gene analysis device including an illumination optical system radiating exciting light onto a sample solution; a microfluidic device for forming a bio-reaction space of the sample solution and including at least one micro-chamber in which a reflection pattern is formed; and a detection optical system for detecting a fluorescence signal generated by a bio-reaction in the micro-chamber and comprising a photodetector.05-30-2013
20130137166SYSTEM AND METHOD INCLUDING ANALYTICAL UNITS - Systems and methods for processing and analyzing samples are disclosed. The system may process samples, such as biological fluids, using assay cartridges which can be processed at different processing locations. In some cases, the system can be used for PCR processing. The different processing locations may include a preparation location where samples can be prepared and an analysis location where samples can be analyzed. To assist with the preparation of samples, the system may also include a number of processing stations which may include processing lanes. During the analysis of samples, in some cases, thermal cycler modules and an appropriate optical detection system can be used to detect the presence or absence of certain nucleic acid sequences in the samples. The system can be used to accurately and rapidly process samples.05-30-2013
20090111170Nucleic acid processing methods, kits and devices - Biological samples containing nucleic acids, RNA and DNA, are freed from bound proteins by incubation with a chaotropic agent such as a guanidium salt, and the mixture is readied for further processing by dilution of such agent to a concentration below 0.05 M without physical isolation of RNA and DNA from one another or from other components of the reaction mixture. Methods include such preparation and further processing, such as amplification and detection, which may be performed in a single container. Chaotropic agent may be supplied as a dried reagent adhered to a container. Kits may include such reagents, alone or with amplification reagents.04-30-2009
20100297744Multi-Channel Bioreactor with the Immobillization of Optical Sensing Membrane - The present invention relates to a multi-channel microbioreactor. More specifically, the present invention relates to a multi-channel microbioreactor having a number of wells in which an optical sensing membrane comprising a fluorescent dye and a bioconjugate, or a sensor material including a biomolecule conjugated to a fluorescent dye and a bioconjugate is formed. The multi-channel microbioreactor according to the present invention can be used for an in-situ optical detection of dissolved oxygen, carbon dioxide, pH, monosaccharides, polysaccharides, organic acids, alcohols, cholesterol, choline and xanthine, etc.11-25-2010
20100297745FLOW-THROUGH METHOD OF FUNCTIONALIZING INNER SURFACES OF A MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE - The present invention refers to a flow-through method of functionalizing an inner surface of a microfluidic device. The method can comprise transporting a silanizing solution through the microfluidic device to silanize the inner surface of the microfluidic device. The method can further comprise reacting the silanized surface with an oxidized polysaccharide to bind the oxidized polysaccharide to the silanized surface by transporting the oxidized polysaccharide through the microfluidic device. The present invention also refers to a microfluidic device which has been subjected to a flow-through method of the present invention so that at least a part of the inner surface or the entire inner surface of the microfluidic device is functionalized.11-25-2010
20110117637ZERO-MODE WAVEGUIDES WITH NON-REFLECTING WALLS - The application relates to improved optical containment structures, methods of manufacture and use, and systems for employing same. The optical containment structures generally comprise zero-mode waveguide structures having non-reflective walls. The non-reflective walls allow the preparation of optical containment regions in which the optical containment dimensions can be decoupled from the solution containment dimensions. The application also relates to methods for producing islands of functionality within nanoscale apertures.05-19-2011
20110117636LATERAL FLOW IMMUNOASSAY DEVICE WITH A MORE RAPID AND ACCURATE TEST RESULT - The present invention provides a lateral flow immunoassay device for qualitative or quantitative analysis of an analyte of interest in a whole blood sample with a more rapid and accurate result. This device includes a sample receiving pad, a conjugate pad, a flow delaying pad and a wicking membrane in this order. A polycation is provided within and bound to the sample receiving pad in order to separate the red blood cell from the whole blood sample. A relation between average pore size (P05-19-2011
20110151549Device For Carrying Out An Individual Immunoassay In A Fully Automatic Manner - The invention relates to a device for carrying out an individual immunoassay in a fully automatic manner in order to detect the presence of a biologically active substance in a sample, and to the use of one such device. The invention also relates to a sample strip which, in order to carry out an individual immunoassay for the detection of a biologically active substance in a sample using the above-mentioned device, comprises a plurality of cavities for providing the reagents required for the assay. The sample strip is sealed with a film carrying a code specific to the assay.06-23-2011
20100297746STANDING WAVE FIBERS FOR THE DETECTION OF NUCLEIC ACIDS - The present invention provides a standing wave fiber assembly for the collection and detection of a biological target in a complex biological fluid, including: an oscillator; and an elongated fiber coupled to the oscillator, wherein the elongated fiber is selectively exposed to a fluid potentially containing the biological target, and wherein the resonated elongated fiber attracts the biological target, and wherein a change in a response of the resonated elongated fiber indicates the presence of the biological target. The assembly also includes a top cover plate including one or more electrical connections and a port through which the fluid is introduced. The assembly further includes a bottom cover plate including a well in which the fluid is contained. Optionally, the elongated fiber includes one or more probes homogenously functionalized along its length that bind targeted biological materials.11-25-2010
20130143311Immunoassay Analyzer and Immunoassay Method - The present invention provides an immunoassay analyzer capable of discriminating between normal coloring due to a specific immunoreaction and abnormal coloring due to a cause other than the specific immunoreaction in a measurement region of a sample analysis tool. An immunoassay analyzer 06-06-2013
20110111487MEHTOD AND APPARATUS FOR ASSAY BASED ON LIGHT DIFFRACTION - The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for detecting analytes in a medium, and more particularly the present invention relates to an assay based on light diffraction which appears or changes upon the binding of analytes to their specific receptors laid out in patterns on a substrate, which has high sensitivity due to the appropriate choice of such patterns. The present invention is based on the principle that the pattern of recognition elements, which gives rise to the diffraction of the incident light in a diffraction-based assay, can be chosen in such a way so as to facilitate detection, and to enhance the signal to be detected compared to known gratings such as parallel straight lines. In one aspect the substrate itself has a surface topography designed to enhance the diffraction pattern signals. In another aspect the substrate is a diffractive optic element having the analyte-specific receptors affixed to the optic element. In another aspect the diffractive optic element is used as a master stamp for producing patterns of analyte-specific receptors which give the signal enhancements.05-12-2011
20110008878TARGET NUCLEIC ACID MEASURING APPARATUS - The present invention relates to calculation of an initial template amount in a test sample by fitting a theoretical expression to detection intensity of target nucleic acid corresponding to thermal cycle number, wherein the theoretical expression includes an environmental coefficient as an exponent parameter, a parameter of the initial template amount in the test sample, and terms for internal standard correction and baseline correction of the detection intensity of the amplification amount of the target nucleic acid, and includes at least one parameter among a saturation amount upon the target nucleic acid amplification, a reaction acceleration coefficient, and a reaction inhibition coefficient.01-13-2011
20110014686Method and apparatus for imaging target components in a biological sample using permanent magnets - A system for enumeration of cells in fluids by image cytometry is described for assessment of target populations such as leukocyte subsets in different bodily fluids or bacterial contamination in environmental samples, food products and bodily fluids. Briefly, fluorescently labeled target cells are linked to magnetic particles or beads. In one embodiment, a small, permanent magnet is inserted directly into the chamber containing the labeled cells. The magnets are coated with PDMS silicone rubber to provide a smooth and even surface which allows imaging on a single focal plane. The magnet is removed from the sample and illuminated with fluorescent light emitted by the target cells captured by a CCD camera. In another embodiment, a floater having a permanent magnet allows the target cells to line up along a single imaging plane within the sample solution. Image analysis can be performed with a novel algorithm to provide a count of the cells on the surface, reflecting the target cell concentration of the original sample.01-20-2011
20100178690BIOMOLECULE DETECTION APPARATUS AND BIOMOLECULE MEASUREMENT SYSTEM - The present invention relates to a biomolecule detection apparatus and a biomolecule measurement system. A biomolecule detection apparatus according to an aspect of the invention may include: an upper disc having a fluid inlet in a thickness direction through which a fluid is introduced to the inside; a lower disc laminated to the upper disc and having a fluid outlet in a thickness direction through which the fluid exits to the outside; detection units provided on each of the upper disc and the lower disc and including spherical microbeads having surfaces coated with materials used to capture biomolecules; and via holes provided along the edge of each of the upper disc and the lower disc so that the fluid flows between the upper disc and the lower disc.07-15-2010
20110020918Microfluidic Assay Devices And Methods - A microfluidic device adapted to perform many simultaneous binding assays including but not limited to immunological experiments, such as ELISA assays, with minimal cross-talk between primary and secondary antibodies.01-27-2011
20100159575QUANTITATIVE SAMPLER OF PATHOGENS IN EXHALED AIR - A quantitative sampler of pathogens in exhaled air is provided. The quantitative sampler includes an air inputting pipe for a sampled individual to blow exhaled air; a check valve unit for preventing the exhaled air from reversely flowing; an aerosol filtering unit having an aerosol filtering material for collecting aerosol particles in the exhaled air; and an air flow meter for measuring if total accumulated volume of the exhaled air reaches a predetermined sampling volume defined as a concentration denominator of exhaled pathogens. The quantitative sampler can be used to collect the aerosol particles, and then moves the aerosol filtering material out of the aerosol filtering unit followed by separating genetic substances in the aerosol particles from the aerosol filter, so that a real-time qPCR can be reacted by using the genetic substances for obtaining a quantitative concentration of the exhaled pathogens.06-24-2010
20120034686DEVICES AND METHODS FOR DUAL EXCITATION RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY - Spectroscopic analysis systems and methods for analyzing samples are disclosed. An analysis system may contain an electromagnetic radiation source to provide radiation, a spectroscopic analysis chamber to perform a coherent Raman spectroscopy (e.g., stimulated Raman or coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy), and a radiation detector to detect radiation based on the spectroscopy. The chamber may have a resonant cavity to contain a sample for analysis, at least one window to the cavity to transmit the first radiation into the cavity and to transmit a second radiation out, a plurality of reflectors affixed to a housing of the cavity to reflect radiation of a predetermined frequency, the plurality of reflectors separated by a distance that is sufficient to resonate the radiation. The spectroscopic analysis system may be coupled with a nucleic acid sequencing system to receive a single nucleic acid derivative in solution and identify the derivative to sequence the nucleic acid.02-09-2012
20110212511SYSTEM FOR DETECTING BIOMOLECULE WITH HIGH SENSITIVITY USING MICRO-CANTILEVER - Provided is a protein detection system using a micro-cantilever and based on immune responses, wherein the micro-cantilever shows significantly improved sensitivity to allow detection of a trace amount of biomolecule. To the micro-cantilever, sandwich immunoassay is applied, and the sandwich immunoassay uses a polyclonal antibody or silica nanoparticles having a monoclonal antibody bound thereto, so that variations in the output signals of the cantilever are amplified and the detection sensitivity is significantly improved. The system enables detection of disease specific antigen at several femtomolar levels, and makes it possible to detect a trace amount of protein related to diseases, particularly to cancers, with ease.09-01-2011
20100197000MEMBRANE ARRAY AND ANALYTICAL DEVICE - A membrane array used to detect one or more analytes from a small sample of fluid with high sensitivity is provided. The membrane array can be employed in various analytical devices and is especially useful for identifying analytes from whole blood with minimal or negligible background interference.08-05-2010
20100068797Method for the visual detection of specific antibodies by the use of lateral flow assays - This disclosure teaches a method and composition for detecting the presence of class specific antibodies reactive with analytes such as bacteria, allergens, autoimmune antigens, viral proteins, haptens, and carbohydrates by lateral flow techniques. In one embodiment of the disclosure, a test sample is added to the test strip, which then migrates to the site of the immobilized allergens, thereby forming a first antibody IgE-allergen complex. A chase release buffer is added upstream to or from the site of the labeled anti-IgE antibodies, which is itself upstream from the sample site. The anti-IgE antibodies migrate downstream to the site of immobilized first complex, thereby forming a second complex indicating the presence of class specific IgE antibodies in the test specimen. In another embodiment of the disclosure, a liquid form of the labeled anti-IgE antibodies can be added to the test strip after the first complex has been formed.03-18-2010
20100055771MICRO VALVE APPARATUS USING MICRO BEAD AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - A micro (thin film type) valve apparatus for controlling fluid flow and its rate using microbead and a method for controlling the apparatus are provided. The microbead is moved by the magnetic forge generated by upper and lower electromagnets disposed on the top and bottom surface of the body or by the electric field generated by upper and lower electrode plates disposed on the top and bottom surface of the body, thereby interconnecting or blocking flow channels in the body. The micro valve apparatus and the method for controlling the same are suitable for thin film type diagnostic assay devices, such as lab-on-chips, protein chips, or DNA chips, for detecting small quantities of analytes in fluids, and more suitable for interconnecting or blocking channels formed in thin disc type apparatus, including general CD-ROMs, DVDs, bioCDs, and bio DVDs.03-04-2010
20100055769BIOTECHNOLOGICAL DEVICE INCLUDING A STRUCTURED HYDROGEL PERMEATION LAYER - The present invention relates to a biotechnological device including a responsive hydrogel permeation layer with an intrinsic structural gradient.03-04-2010
20110151550System For Multi Color Real Time PCR - The invention is directed to a system for performing multi-color real time PCR, comprising a flexible real time PCR instrument and a specific composition or reaction mixture for performing multiplex PCR: In particular, the present invention is directed to a composition or reaction mixture which comprises at least 3, preferably 4-5 and most preferably exactly 4 pairs of FRET hybridization probes. Each pair of said hybridization probes consists of a FRET donor probe carrying a FRET donor moiety and a FRET acceptor probe carrying a FRET acceptor moiety having an emission maximum between 550 and 710 nm.06-23-2011
20090215159DEVICE FOR HANDLING AND ANALYSIS OF A BIOLOGICAL SAMPLE - An apparatus for detection of an analyte of interest in a solid, semi-solid, or liquid biological sample, using a lateral flow assay test strip, is described. The apparatus minimizes sample handling and manipulation upon introduction of the sample into a sample-receiving chamber and transfer of the sample to a test chamber containing the assay strip.08-27-2009
20090215158Micro Flow Channel Chip - A micro flow channel chip of the present invention has multiple grooves formed on a substrate to be connected with each other in parallel or in series and capillaries, chemically-modified in a manner different from each other, laid in the multiple grooves, wherein detected data can be obtained by supplying a fluid to the capillaries laid in the multiple grooves. The micro flow channel chip enables multiple items of chemical and biochemical functions to be measured simultaneously. The micro flow channel chip enables multiple items of chemical and biochemical functions to be measured simultaneously using micro flow channels formed on the substrate.08-27-2009
20100068798Intelligent multifunctional medical device apparatus and components - The multifunctional medical device contains system on chip (SoC) computation functionality to organize several functional modules consisting of analytical, diagnostic and therapeutic tasks in the microfluidic assembly. Micro-valves, micro-tubes, micro-wires and gates organize the chambers of the flexible modules which hold multiple chemical and biological agents for combination on demand.03-18-2010
20100068799ORGANIC SUBSTANCE DETECTING DEVICE AND ITS MANUFACTURE METHOD - A plurality of gold fine particles are discretely dispersed on and fixed to a principal surface of a substrate. Each of molecular probes is bonded to the gold fine particle at one end of the molecular probe. The molecular probe fixes a target capture portion at a tip thereof. The target capture portion has behavior of being specifically bonded to an organic molecule.03-18-2010
20110059520Deoxyribonucleic acid measuring apparatus and method of measuring deoxyribonucleic acid - With an insulated gate field effect transistor in which deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) probes are immobilized on a gold electrode, extension reaction on the gold electrode is performed with DNA polymerase to directly measure an increased amount of a phosphate group caused by the extension reaction, that is, negative charge, by means of a current change between a source and a drain of the insulated gate field effect transistor. Thus, presence/absence of hybridization of target DNAs with the DNA probes, and presence/absence of the extension reaction are detected. Optimum immobilization density of the DNA probes on the gold electrode is set at 4×1003-10-2011
20120034687PROTECTION OF BIOANALYTICAL SAMPLE CHAMBERS - An apparatus for performing bioanalytic processing and analysis, a bioanalytical reaction device, and a cartridge thereof are provided. The cartridge contains a housing and at least one sample chamber in a platform for storing biological samples, which the bioanalytical reaction device can process and analyze. The platform is movably connected to the housing such that the platform is movable between a stowed position, in which the sample chamber is protected by the housing, and an extended position, in which the sample chamber is outside of the housing. The bioanalytical reaction device includes an actuation device for moving the platform between the stowed and extended positions.02-09-2012
20100304471ASSAY - The present invention relates to test devices, and in particular devices capable of detecting the presence or absence of an analyte in a sample, such as a liquid sample. Also provided are methods of using such devices for quantitative or qualitative measurement of one or more analytes in a liquid sample.12-02-2010
20100304470MICROFLUIDIC CHIP - A microfluidic chip including a substrate and at least a channel set is provided. The substrate has a surface, and the channel set is formed in the substrate and includes a channel, at a least a filler fillister, and at least a well fillister. The filler fillister and the well fillister are all connected to the channel, and the channel passes through the well fillister. The depth of the well fillister relative to the surface is longer than the depth of the channel relative to the surface. Hence, the well fillister can hinder the fluid flow in the channel and be used as a valve.12-02-2010
20080248561Molecular characterization with carbon nanotube control - There is provided a first reservoir containing a liquid solution including a molecule to be characterized and a second reservoir for containing a liquid solution including a molecule that has been characterized. A solid state support structure is provided including an aperture having a molecular entrance providing a fluidic connection to the first reservoir and a molecular exit providing a fluidic connection to the second reservoir. One carbon nanotube is provided having a longitudinal sidewall disposed as a molecular contacting surface at the aperture. A voltage source is connected in series with the carbon nanotube for electrically biasing the carbon nanotube, and an electrical current monitor is connected in series with the carbon nanotube for monitoring changes in electrical current through the nanotube corresponding to translocation of a molecule through the aperture.10-09-2008
20110159579THERMAL CYCLING REACTION BLOCK AND CONTINUOUS REAL-TIME MONITORING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - Disclosed is real-time monitoring apparatus comprising a thermal cycling reaction block having heating block which is formed of a hollow part and divided by an insulating layer, and a capillary tube through which a sample is flowed in and/or out and which is wound on the heating block so that the different temperatures are transferred and thus reaction cycle is repeatedly performed; a light source; a band pass filter; a condensing lens; a beam splitter; a reflecting mirror which is rotatably connected with a motor so as to transfer the excitation light reflected from the beam splitter to the capillary tube and reflect the fluorescence generated from the sample in the capillary tube; and a fluorescence detecting part.06-30-2011
20110212510Polarization-enhanced detector with gold nanorods for detecting nanoscale rotational motion and method therefor - A nanoscale motion detector attaches a gold nanorod (09-01-2011
20090325278Reaction System for Performing in the Amplification of Nucleic Acids - A method of carrying out an amplification reaction, said method comprising supplying to a well in a disposable unit (a) a sample which contains or is suspected of containing a target nucleic acid sequence (b) primers, nucleotides and enzymes required to effect said amplification reaction and (c) a buffer system, and subjecting the unit to thermal cycling conditions such that any target nucleic acid present within the sample is amplified; wherein the disposable unit comprises a thermally conducting layer and a facing layer having one or more reagent wells of up to 1000 microns in depth defined therebetween; and the reaction mixture comprises at least one of the following: A) a buffer system wherein the pH is above 8.3; B) a detergent; and/or C) a blocking agent. Apparatus for effecting the method as well as disposable units for use in the method are described. The method is particularly suitable for rapid PCR reactions.12-31-2009
20090317899Handling Kit for Analyzing a Liquid Sample by Nucleic Acid Amplification - The invention refers to a handling kit for analyzing a liquid sample, especially by nucleic acid amplification, comprising a disposable sample holding and processing device (12-24-2009
20090317898Apparatus for Determining Gene Polymorphism - In a preferred embodiment, a gene polymorphism diagnosing reaction vessel at least having a plurality of probe arrangement parts each individually holding a probe that emits fluorescence in accordance with each of a plurality of polymorphic sites is used. A controller (12-24-2009
20090275118Bacteria Detecting Instrument, Bacteria Detecting Method, and Bacteria Detecting Kit - A micro array instrument is used in which an oligonucleotide based on a species- or genus-specific nucleotide sequence of subject bacteria is immobilized on a surface of a substrate. By confirming whether the oligonucleotide immobilized on the substrate has hybridized with a probe prepared from a test sample, bacteria contained in the test sample can be detected and identified easily, quickly, and accurately.11-05-2009
20120202276Modified Proteins and Methods of Making and Using Same - Methods, compositions, systems, apparatuses and kits comprising modified proteins, particularly modified nucleic acid-binding proteins with altered buffering properties are provided. For example, in some embodiments, methods of forming modified proteins including one or more amino acid modifications to achieve desired pKa values are described. Furthermore, the invention provides methods for using such modified proteins in ion-producing reactions, such as ion-based nucleic acid sequencing reactions.08-09-2012
20080268528Automated analyzer for use in performing nucleic Acid-based amplification reactions - An automated analyzer for performing multiple diagnostic assays simultaneously includes multiple stations, or modules, in which discrete aspects of the assay are performed on fluid samples contained in reaction receptacles. The analyzer includes stations for automatically preparing a specimen sample, incubating the sample at prescribed temperatures for prescribed periods, performing an analyte isolation procedure, and ascertaining the presence of a target analyte. An automated receptacle transporting system moves the reaction receptacles from one station to the next. The analyzer further includes devices for carrying a plurality of specimen tubes and disposable pipette tips in a machine-accessible manner, a device for agitating containers of target capture reagents comprising suspensions of solid support material and for presenting the containers for machine access thereto, and a device for holding containers of reagents in a temperature controlled environment and presenting the containers for machine access thereto. A method for performing an automated diagnostic assay includes an automated process for isolating and amplifying a target analyte. The process is performed by automatically moving each of a plurality of reaction receptacles containing a solid support material and a fluid sample between stations for incubating the contents of the reaction receptacle and for separating the target analyte bound to the solid support from the fluid sample. An amplification reagent is added to the separated analyte after the analyte separation step and before a final incubation step.10-30-2008
20080206851Methods and compositions for RNA synthesis - In some embodiments, the present disclosure relates to new phosphoramidite compositions, that have Silyl-containing carbonate or thiocarbonate or ether as 5′-hydroxyl protecting groups useful fo the syntheis of RNA, and in particular for the synthesis of long sequences of RNA (e.g., >50 mer). In some embodiments, there are provided methods for simultaneous oxidation of the internucleoside phosphate triester linkages and removal of the 5′-hydroxyl-protecting group, making this process a new 2-step RNA synthesis, that involves the use of peroxyanions in combination with fluoride anions.08-28-2008
20100311152Real-Time Amplification and Monitoring System Incorporating Vector-Based Algorithm for Analyzing Polynucleotide-Containing Samples - System for analyzing a polynucleotide-containing sample using real-time amplification and monitoring. The system includes a computer or processing device with software for performing a vector analysis of growth curves. The vector analysis advantageously simplifies polynucleotide quantitation by circumventing the need to establish thresholds used for calculating initiation of the growth phase, or to calculate derivatives.12-09-2010
20080254530ISOLATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF A SINGLE MITOCHONDRION - A system for identifying mitochondrial heteroplasmy within eukaryotic cells is provided. This system includes means for isolating and capturing a single mitochondrion from at least one eukaryotic cell, wherein the means for isolating and capturing a single mitochondrion further includes optical tweezers or a similar optical technology; means for analyzing the isolated and captured mitochondrion, wherein the means for analyzing the isolated and captured mitochondrion further includes a DNA amplification system and a sequencing system for amplifying and sequencing DNA extracted from the mitochondrion; means for identifying at least one mitochondrial heteroplasmy of interest; and means for using the DNA amplification and DNA sequencing systems to determine the presence or absence of the mitochondrial heteroplasmy within the eukaryotic cell from which the mitochondrion was obtained.10-16-2008
20110020921Nucleic acid amplification reaction station for disposable test devices - An instrument for conducting nucleic acid amplification reactions in a disposable test device. The test device includes a first reaction chamber containing a first nucleic acid amplification reagent (e.g., primers and nucleotides) and a second reaction chamber either containing, or in fluid communication, with a second nucleic acid amplification reagent (e.g., an amplification enzyme such as RT). The instrument includes a support structure receiving the test device. A temperature control system maintains the first reaction chamber at a first elevated temperature but simultaneously maintains the second nucleic acid amplification reagent at a second temperature lower than the first temperature so as to preserve the second nucleic acid amplification reagent. An actuator operates on a fluid conduit in the test device to place the first and second reaction chambers in fluid communication with each other after a reaction has occurred in the first reaction chamber at the first temperature. A pneumatic system is also provided that assists in fluid transfer of a reaction solution from the first chamber to the second chamber.01-27-2011
20110020919AUTOMATED LIQUID HANDLING DEVICE AND ASSOCIATED ASSAY UNIT - The present invention provides a novel system for efficiently and accurately analyzing targets in samples and for preparing samples for analysis with various analytical methods. A version of the present invention comprises a multi-function probe, configured for pipetting liquids directly, with a pipet tip, or with an assay unit described herein. Another version of the present invention includes an apparatus for conducting an immunoassay or selective adsorption separation comprising an assay unit and a multi-function probe. Another version of the present invention includes a multi-function probe and assay unit for use with an automated Cartesian robot. Other versions include one- or two-dimensional arrays comprising multi-function probes connected to syringe barrels for use with assay units.01-27-2011
20110020920MICROFABRICATED INTEGRATED DNA ANALYSIS SYSTEM - Methods and apparatus for genome analysis are provided. A microfabricated structure including a microfluidic distribution channel is configured to distribute microreactor elements having copies of a sequencing template into a plurality of microfabricated thermal cycling chambers. A microreactor element may include a microcarrier element carrying the multiple copies of the sequencing template. The microcarrier element may comprise a microsphere. An autovalve at an exit port of a thermal cycling chamber, an optical scanner, or a timing arrangement may be used to ensure that only one microsphere will flow into one thermal cycling chamber wherein thermal cycling extension fragments are produced. The extension products are captured, purified, and concentrated in an integrated oligonucleotide gel capture chamber. A microfabricated component separation apparatus is used to analyze the purified extension fragments. The microfabricated structure may be used in a process for performing sequencing and other genetic analysis of DNA or RNA.01-27-2011
20110136216DIAGNOSTIC KIT FOR RESPIRATORY DISEASE - The present invention relates to a diagnostic kit for a respiratory disease that enables a preprocessing process with respect to a sample to be performed within a diagnostic kit when diagnosing respiratory disease using the diagnostic kit, and thereby enables all the operations starting from collecting the sample to verifying a diagnosis result to be automatically performed within the diagnostic kit. The diagnostic kit for a respiratory disease may perform a field diagnosis at anywhere without being restricted to a specific location, and even a general user may also easily obtain an accurate diagnosis result.06-09-2011
20100311153METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PROCESSING A BIOLOGICAL FLUID FOR ANALYTE DETERMINATION - The present invention refers to a method of processing a biological fluid which comprises cellular components by heat treatment. The method is particularly useful for preparing biological samples for analyte detection. Further, the invention refers to a processed biological fluid comprising substantially quantitatively disintegrated cellular components.12-09-2010
20110256618Nucleic acid sequencing methods and systems - Sequencing methods that use an exonuclease that comprises template dependent nucleobase binding activity are provided. Related compositions and sequencing systems are also provided.10-20-2011
20100203622Method for Determining the Phenotype of Cells - The present invention provides a system, a device, and a kit for comparing the phenotypic state of a first unknown sample material with a sample material of a known phenotypic state. The present invention also provides a method of using the system, device and kit.08-12-2010
20090176298Polymer Compound For Medical Material, And Biochip Substrate Using The Polymer Compound - A main object of the invention is to provide a polymer compound for medicine which has an excellent capability of fixing a biologically active substance and has such chemical/physical stability that the compound is less dissolved or deteriorated in a washing step, in particular, which can be suitably applied to a plastic substrate surface.07-09-2009
20090176299Species Specific DNA Detection - The present invention relates to methods and compositions for the identification of species-specific material in pharmaceutical products. In particular, the present invention relates to methods for the identification of species-specific DNA in a population of a different species or following contact (e.g., growth) with cells of a different species.07-09-2009
20120309079DETECTION OF EARLY STAGES AND LATE STAGES HPV INFECTION - Embodiments of the invention provide methods, monoclonal antibodies, polyclonal antibodies, assays, and kits for detecting HPV infection and HPV related cancer diagnosis, including infection by various HPV genotypes, early and/or late stage HPV-associated or HPV-specific cancers. Various specific or pan monoclonal antibodies recognizing specific epitope for specific HPV protein or HPV type, or common epitope for various HPV proteins or HPV types are obtained. The invention also provides one or more solid surface to coat the testing cell lysate. Also, the anti-HPV antibody can be coated on the solid surface of the invention to capture HPV proteins and detect HPV infection.12-06-2012
20110189763KIT AND METHOD FOR EVALUATING DETECTION PROPERTIES IN AMPLIFICATION REACTIONS - The invention relates to a kit comprising, (a) a first group of containers, comprising two or more containers with human genomic DNA, wherein the human genomic DNA in each of the two or more containers is of different human origin and the amount of DNA in the container is defined, (b) a second group of containers, comprising two or more containers with human genomic DNA, wherein the concentration of the DNA varies between the containers and the concentration of the DNA in the container is defined and (c) a third group of containers, comprising two or more containers with human genomic DNA, wherein the human genomic DNA in each container is a mixture of genomic DNA and is from at least two different individuals. The invention also relates to an evaluation tool and methods of use of the kit.08-04-2011
20100028983MICROWAVE ACCELERATED ASSAYS - The present invention provides for increasing fluorescence detection in surface assay systems while increasing kinetics of a bioreaction therein by providing low-power microwaves to irradiate metallic materials within the system in an amount sufficient to increase heat thereby affecting the kinetics of a bioreaction therein.02-04-2010
20100028984DEVICES AND METHODS FOR BIOCHIP MULTIPLEXING - The invention is directed to a method of analyzing a plurality of biochips. In particular, the method includes inserting a first biochip in to a first station of an analysis device, inserting a second biochip into a second station of the analysis device, wherein each of the first and second biochips comprise a substrate that includes an array of detection electrodes, each including a different capture binding ligand, a different target analyte, and a label, and a plurality of electrical contacts, detecting current as an indication of the presence of the labels on the first biochip and detecting current as an indication of the presence of the labels on the second biochip.02-04-2010
20100055770HIGH-DENSITY MULTIWELL-PLATE - A high-density multiwell-plate for performing thermocycled amplification reactions of polynucleotides in liquid samples comprising a plurality of reaction wells is disclosed. In order to provide a better thermal insulation, the plate comprises a rigid well-forming structure placed above a bottom layer, wherein substantially horizontal well-covering areas cover the liquid sample comprised in the wells, and a substantially plane cover placed above the well-forming structure providing a thermal insulating air distance between the well-covering areas and the cover.03-04-2010
20110306120ASSAY DEVICE AND METHODS - The present invention relates to the use of amphipathic polymers to enhance lateral flow and reagent mixing on assay devices. More specifically, the invention relates to use of an amphipathic polymer in assay methods including a device for determining the concentration of lipids in blood serum or plasma.12-15-2011
20110306119SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING THE AMPLIFICATION AND DISSOCIATION BEHAVIOR OF DNA MOLECULES - The present invention relates to systems and methods for monitoring the amplification of DNA molecules and the dissociation behavior of the DNA molecules. The present invention in one embodiment provides a system that includes a microfluidic channel comprising a PCR processing zone and an HRTm analysis zone; and an image sensor having a first image sensor region having a first field of view and a second image sensor region having a second field of view, wherein the second field of view is different than the first field of view, wherein at least a portion of the PCR processing zone is within the first field of view; and at least a portion of the HRTm analysis zone is within the second field of view.12-15-2011
20110306118Consumable hardware coding system - An analytical system is disclosed which recognizes different types of consumables with an identical footprint based on a unique surface geometry of each consumable. The analytical system comprises stackers into which said consumables can be loaded either automatically or by the user. The stacker for one specific type of consumable recognizes said type of consumable based on its unique surface geometry.12-15-2011
20100009432CONDUCTIVE CARBON NANOTUBES DOTTED WITH METAL AND METHOD FOR FABRICATING A BIOSENSOR USING THE SAME - Conductive carbon nanotubes (CNTs) obtained by dotting carboxylated CNTs with metal nanocrystals by chemical functional groups, are described, as well as a method for fabricating a pattern or film of the conductive CNTs which involves repeatedly depositing conductive CNTs on a substrate to achieve high surface density. A biosensor is described, in which bioreceptors that bind to target biomolecules are selectively attached to conductive CNTs or a conductive CNT pattern or film. By use of the conductive biosensor, various target biomaterials that bind or react with the bioreceptors can be precisely measured directly or by electrochemical signals at large amounts in one step. Additionally, the biosensor can be used for an electrical detection method capable of providing precise measurement results even with a small amount of source material.01-14-2010
20120040447MAGNETIC IMMUNODIAGNOSTIC METHOD FOR THE DEMONSTRATION OF ANTIBODY/ANTIGEN COMPLEXES ESPECIALLY OF BLOOD GROUPS - The invention relates to a magnetic immunodiagnostic method for the demonstration of antibody-antigen complexes. One such method involves the research and/or identification of antibodies or antigens, preferably anti-antigen antibodies or antigens of a blood group, and comprises a suspension of magnetic particles coated with antigens that can be carried by cells such as erythrocytes. The invention also relates to a device and a kit for carrying out one such method.02-16-2012
20120040446PARTICLE AGGLUTINATION IN A TIP - An apparatus and a related method for performing particle agglutination reactions in at least one disposable probe tip are disclosed. The at least one probe tip includes a sample cavity for sample acquisition, at least one flanking cavity for the capture of particles by centrifugation or other means, a transition zone for the mixing of the sample with reagents for agglutination and a detection zone for the optical detection of particle agglutination. A mechanism may be attached to the probe tip for the controlled movement of fluids through the internal volume of the probe tip. The probe tip is particularly useful for the automation of high-throughput agglutination-type assays.02-16-2012
20090291487Thermocycling Device - The invention relates to a thermocycler module for heating and/or cooling of a thermocycling device comprising a thermal switch, a heating block and a heat sink. The thermal switch comprises a thermoconducting liquid, e.g. a magnetic fluid or a liquid metal, and a stimulating unit, e.g. a magnetic unit or a Lorentz-force unit, for moving the thermoconducting liquid. The movement of the thermoconducting liquid provides, in an on-state of the thermal switch, a thermal connection between the heating block and the heat sink.11-26-2009
20110318820Immobilized Buffer Particles and Uses Thereof - The disclosure relates to novel particle compositions and methods of making said compositions having applications in nucleic acid analysis, as well as apparatuses and systems for the same.12-29-2011
20110318821BIOAGENT DETECTION METHODS - The present invention relates the use of broad range primer (e.g., as broad range capture olignucleotides) immobilized in a SCODA method gel to allow, for example, selective concentration of target nucleic acids. Such concentrated target nucleic acids may, for example, be: i) eluted from the gel and analyzed (e.g., by broad range primer methods); ii) subject to in situ (e.g., in gel) PCR methods; and/or iii) analyzed in the gel (e.g., by fluorescent detection methods).12-29-2011
20120003727Immunoassay Device for Detecting Antibodies and Antigens - A fourth generation immunoassay device includes first, second, third, and fourth sorbent or bibulous materials defining first, second, third and fourth horizontal flow paths. The first and second flow paths are for migration of first and second conjugates while the third and fourth flow paths are for the migration of a liquid sample. A first test area for detecting the presence of one or more different antibodies is located at the juncture of the first and third flow paths, and a second test area for detecting the presence of one or more different antigens is located at the juncture of the second and fourth flow paths. A housing is optionally provided for the sorbent materials with an opening for receiving a sample, one or more openings for receiving buffer solution or a conjugate-buffer subcomplex. The housing may also have viewing windows above the detection areas.01-05-2012
20120009666METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ANTIGEN RETRIEVAL PROCESS - The invention provides a method for antigen retrieval of a formaldehyde-fixed tissue sample comprising incubating a formaldehyde-fixed tissue sample in a first antigen retrieval solution at a temperature of greater than 90° C., transferring the tissue sample to a second antigen retrieval solution, and incubating the tissue sample in the second antigen retrieval solution at a temperature of greater than 90° C. The invention also provides a kit and sample delivery device for carrying out the method.01-12-2012
20120009665METHODS OF PRODUCING MULTI-LAYERED MICROFLUIDIC DEVICES - Microfluidic devices are prepared by providing a substrate material having a solid adhesive thin sheet, printing solid ink on the substrate using a conventional printer, selectively etching the substrate using a wax masking layer to obtain a desired pattern, removing the masking layer from the substrate, aligning and bonding together the pattern of the substrate to a pattern of a second substrate to form a layer of substrates, and curing the layer of substrates to result in a three-dimensional microfluidic device.01-12-2012
20080206854Reactors (medical devices) in which chemical, biochemical, biological reactions - activations take place and their final products are used - Reactors (medical devices), which contains one or more independent of each other solutions and has two or more openings with corresponding indented hollow caps and/or pump and/or needle on the other opening as delivery system. The caps contain within them sensitive or incompatible enzymes, chemical, biological, or synthetic substances in powder or tablet form. Indicative of these caps is the fact that when impressed or twisted the protective seal within is broken, releasing their content into the solution or solutions contained within the vial in the order where the desired reactions will take place and the final products will be used by the user for pharmaceutical, cosmetic, nutritional, diagnostic, and other purposes.08-28-2008
20110165665APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR DETECTING DNA IN BIOLOGICAL SAMPLES - Apparatus and methods are described for detecting target DNA in a biological sample using capture probes and electrically-assisted hybridization. The reaction cell is formed with an attachment surface of aluminum oxide for better thermal and physical properties, and the aluminum oxide surface is coated with anti-DIG antibody to provide a convenient attachment layer for the capture probes allowing their correct orientation, while the capture probes are formed with a DIG-label so that they attach to the surface of the cell through an anti-DIG/DIG linkage.07-07-2011
20120058548DETECTION OF BIOTARGETS USING BIORECEPTOR FUNCTIONALIZED NANOPARTICLES - A system for determining a presence of biomolecule targets includes a vessel holding a sample solution suspected of containing the biomolecule targets and a plurality of probes including bioreceptor functionalized metal nanoparticles including a plurality of metal atoms. The biomolecule targets when present in the sample solution bind to the plurality of probes. A separation device is for separating the plurality of probes into a first group of probes having the biomolecule targets bound thereto and a second group of probes not having the biomolecule targets bound thereto. A reagent is introduced via a port for breaking down the metal nanoparticles in the first group or second group of probes, wherein at least one signal moiety solution is formed. A device measures a parameter of the signal moiety solution.03-08-2012
20120058547METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR NUCLEIC ACID DETECTION USING ELECTROCONDUCTIVE OR ELECTROCHEMICALLY ACTIVE LABELS - A method for electrochemically or electrically detecting nucleic acids, utilizes electrochemically active or electrically conductive reporter materials. An electric voltage is applied and electric signals are measured to the electrodes that are suitable for detecting or quantifying the nucleic acid(s) in a sample. This technique is suitable for point-of-use applications, e.g. detecting bioanalytes in remote locations. A microchip, device, kit used adapted to be used for this method is also disclosed.03-08-2012
20090148933INTEGRATED NUCLEIC ACID ASSAYS - Integrated microfluidic cartridges for nucleic acid extraction, amplification, and detection from clinical samples are disclosed. The devices are single-entry, sanitary, and disposable. The devices enable simplex or multiplex nucleic acid target detection, as for example: assay panels for multiple infectious agents, or assay panels for cancerous cell types. Methods for use of microfluidic cartridges in a fully automated, pneumatically controlled apparatus are also disclosed.06-11-2009
20120156766SAMPLE ANALYZING CHIP AND MEASUREMENT SYSTEM USING SAME - Temperature of a sensor chip itself rises with the supply of power owing to temperature dependence of the sensor chip as its basic characteristics. When a chemiluminescence reagent is added at the point of time at which the temperature rise reaches a steady state and a sensor chip photodiode dark current becomes constant, a drastic shift occurs in the sensor chip temperature. Remarkable dispersion occurs at this time in the sensor chip photodiode dark current Variance (unstability) of the sensor chip photodiode dark current can be decreased by reducing the temperature fluctuation of the sensor chip to minimum by using an exothermal effect of a thermal diffusion medium.06-21-2012
20120064614DEVICE FOR PREPARING AND/OR TREATING A BIOLOGICAL SAMPLE - The invention relates to a device for preparing and/or treating a biological sample including an assembly (03-15-2012
20120252109REAGENT CARTRIDGE FOR AN ASSEMBLY FOR SELECTIVELY PERFORMING A CLINCIAL CHEMICAL TEST OR AN ELISA TEST, USE OF SAID REAGENT CARTRIDGE AND ASSEMBLY - The invention relates to a reagent cartridge 10-04-2012
20100093069Reagent Delivery System - A delivery apparatus for selectively delivering one or more liquid reagents into a reaction or test chamber (04-15-2010
20100093068SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR NUCLEIC ACID SEQUENCING OF SINGLE MOLECULES BY POLYMERASE SYNTHESIS - This invention relates to improved methods for sequencing and genotyping nucleic acid in a single molecule configuration. The method involves single molecule detection of fluorescent labeled PPi moieties released from NTPs as a polymerase extension product is created.04-15-2010
20120164717Identity profiling of cell surface markers - An apparatus and method of characterizing cells having surface markers includes the use of functionalized probes, the probes having absorption spectra characteristic of a probe geometry. The probes are functionalized with biomolecules (biomarkers) capable of binding to the surface markers, and cells having a particular combination of probes having specific bound biomarkers are measured using a spectrum analyzer. A plurality of surface markers may be simultaneously measured using the spectral properties of the probes to differentiate the cells. The relative abundance of a plurality of surface markers may be determined simultaneously. Functionalized probes with several different aspect ratios were used in an experiment to demonstrate the use of functionalized probes for characterizing cancer cells. The functionalized gold nanorod probes when attached to magnetic particles may be used as a dual contrast agent for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and optical imaging and as a targeted drug delivery system.06-28-2012
20090130745Integrated Apparatus for Performing Nucleic Acid Extraction and Diagnostic Testing on Multiple Biological Samples - The technology described herein generally relates to systems for extracting polynucleotides from multiple samples, particularly from biological samples, and additionally to systems that subsequently amplify and detect the extracted polynucleotides. The technology more particularly relates to microfluidic systems that carry out PCR on multiple samples of nucleotides of interest within microfluidic channels, and detect those nucleotides.05-21-2009
20110183409SEALED CHIP PACKAGE - The invention provides environmental packages, instruments, and methods for sealing, protecting, and providing analysis chips for processing and analysis. The analysis chips are bonded directly or indirectly to chip carriers which are held within the chambers of an environmental packaging strip. The chambers are sealed with a sealing film such that the chip carriers can be extracted using a piercing tool and an extraction tool.07-28-2011
20100210009OPTICAL MICROLABELS: SHAPES AND REFLECTORS - Labels and methods of producing labels for use in clinical, analytical and pharmaceutical development assays are provided. Labels may comprise shape-encoded particles which may be coupled to ligands such as DNA, RNA and antibodies, where different shapes are used to identify which ligand(s) are present. Labels may also comprise reflectors, including retroreflectors and retroreflectors susceptible to analyte-dependent assembly for efficient homogeneous assays.08-19-2010
20120214224Flow based clinical analysis - Values of clinical properties are normally measured by taking a sample from a patient, mixing an aliquot with a reagent, placing the mixture into a selected instrument, and measuring a property. If another property is required, another measurement sequence must be created. This can be efficient on a large scale, for example in a centralized laboratory, but is inefficient on a small scale. It is shown that by using measurement systems based on manipulation of flowing streams, clinical assays can be performed by a hand held device. This flow based system allows complex assays to be performed in remote locations with automated portable instruments that can be flexible enough to conduct a wide variety of assays.08-23-2012
20120135511PORTABLE HIGH GAIN FLUORESCENCE DETECTION SYSTEM - Disclosed is a compact, microprocessor-controlled instrument for fluorometric assays in liquid samples, the instrument having a floating stage with docking bay for receiving a microfluidic cartridge and a scanning detector head with on-board embedded microprocessor for controlling source LEDs, emission signal amplification and filtering in an isolated, low noise, high gain environment within the detector head. Multiple optical channels may be incorporated in the scanning head. In a preferred configuration, the assay is validated using dual channel optics for monitoring a first fluorophore associated with a target analyte and a second fluorophore associated with a control. Applications include molecular biological assays based on PCR amplification of target nucleic acids and fluorometric assays in general, many of which require temperature control during detection. Sensitivity and resistance to bubble interference during scanning are shown to be improved by use of a heating block with reflective mirror face in intimate contact with a thermo-optical window enclosing the liquid sample.05-31-2012
20120135510Electrokinetic Device for Capturing Assayable Agents in a Dielectric Fluid - Electrokinetic devices and methods are described with the purpose of collecting assayable agents from a dielectric fluid medium. Electrokinetic flow may be induced by the use of plasma generation at high voltage electrodes and consequent transport of charged particles in an electric voltage gradient. In one embodiment, the agents are directed electrokinetically to the sample collection assay device with no intermediate transfer steps. The agents are directed by creation of an electrokinetic potential well, which will effect their capture on to an assay device. Environmental agents such as biowarfare agents, pathogens, allergens or pollutants are collected autonomously on to the assay device, without any human intervention. The dielectric fluid medium, such as air, is sampled by electrokinetic propulsion with no moving parts or optionally, by transporting the dielectric fluid by a fan, pump or by breath. A further embodiment for collection of pathogen samples entails breathing into a tube where the sample is exposed to an electric plasma in the neighborhood of a high voltage electrode or electrodes, further transported by the breath through a potential well created at a sample collection device, where charge particles are electroprecipitated. The dielectric fluid medium may further include non-conductive liquids, such as oils. Oils may be sampled for the presence of contaminants, contaminating organisms or bio-degrading organisms.05-31-2012
20100197002Systems for genome selection - Systems, methods, compositions and apparatus relating to genome selection are disclosed.08-05-2010
20120220023ANALYSIS DEVICE WITH TRANSDUCER STIFFENING ELEMENTS - Disclosed herein is an analysis device for use with an external testing apparatus to detect the presence of an analyte in a test sample. The device comprises a transducer formed of a layer of pyroelectric or piezoelectric material sandwiched between first and second electrode layers, the transducer being arranged to produce an electrical voltage across the electrode layers in response to heating or straining of the pyroelectric or piezoelectric material layer. The device also comprises first and second stiffening elements for the transducer, the transducer being sandwiched between the stiffening elements. Each of the stiffening elements defines a planar surface for maintaining the transducer in a flat condition. Each of the stiffening elements exposes a portion of a respective electrode layer of the transducer for electrically connecting the transducer to the external text apparatus. The exposed portions are laterally offset from each other such that the exposed portions are each supported across the whole of their area by the stiffening element on the opposite side of the transducer. It has been found that such an arrangement may reduce noise caused by environmental effects.08-30-2012
20100173393MICROFLUIDIC VALVE AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME - The present technology provides for a microfluidic substrate configured to carry out PCR on a number of polynucleotide-containing samples in parallel. The substrate can be a single-layer substrate in a microfluidic cartridge. Also provided are a method of making a microfluidic cartridge comprising such a substrate. Still further disclosed are a microfluidic valve suitable for use in isolating a PCR chamber in a microfluidic substrate, and a method of making such a valve.07-08-2010
20100173396AMPEROMETRIC IMMUNOSENSOR - An electrochemical immunosensor system with reduced interference, comprising: a first immunosensor that generates an electrochemical signal based on the formation of a sandwich between an immobilized antibody, a target analyte and a labeled antibody, wherein a portion of the signal arises from non-specific binding of the labeled antibody in the region of the first immunosensor, and 07-08-2010
20100173395MICROFLUIDIC DEVICES FOR FLUID MANIPULATION AND ANALYSIS - The present invention relates to microfluidic devices and methods for manipulating and analyzing fluid samples. The disclosed microfluidic devices utilize a plurality of microfluidic channels, inlets, valves, filter, pumps, liquid barriers and other elements arranged in various configurations to manipulate the flow of a fluid sample in order to prepare such sample for analysis.07-08-2010
20100173397Dual Path Immunoassay Device - The systems of the invention include test cells with a first sorbent material defining a first flow path for a solution, a second sorbent material defining a second flow path distinct from the first flow path for a sample, and a test line or test site with immobilized antigens or antibodies or other ligand binding molecules such as aptamers, nucleic acids, etc. located at the junction of the first and second sorbent materials. The first and second sorbent strips touch each other at the test site location.07-08-2010
20120077260RESERVOIR-BUFFERED MIXERS AND REMOTE VALVE SWITCHING FOR MICROFLUIDIC DEVICES - The present invention relates generally to the control of fluid flow rate and direction on a microfluidic device. In particular, the present invention provides an integrated valveless microfluidic device, where directional fluid control is controlled using off-chip remote valve switching and fluid flow rate changes are controlled using on-chip flow-rate changing fluid reservoirs. The present invention provides methods and systems for directional fluid control and control of fluid flow rate in an integrated microfluidic device which enables processes with different flow rates to be performed on one device without the need of on-chip valves.03-29-2012
20120077259EPISTEM GENEDRIVE - We describe a thermal cycler comprising a Peltier-type thermoelectric element used for cooling a sample block, and a non-Peltier-type heating device for heating the sample block. The cycler also includes a heat sink connected to the Peltier-type element by a heat pipe, which permits thermal energy to transfer from the Peltier-type element to the heat sink. This configuration operates more efficiently than conventional thermal cyclers which use Peltier-type elements for heating and cooling, and allows a more rapid cycling time as well as operation in a wider range of ambient temperatures. Certain embodiments utilise the Peltier-type element as a thermal gate to reduce thermal loss during heating when the Peltier-type element is switched off.03-29-2012
20120171759INTEGRATED APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING NUCLEIC ACID EXTRACTION AND DIAGNOSTIC TESTING ON MULTIPLE BIOLOGICAL SAMPLES - The technology described herein generally relates to systems for extracting polynucleotides from multiple samples, particularly from biological samples, and additionally to systems that subsequently amplify and detect the extracted polynucleotides. The technology more particularly relates to microfluidic systems that carry out PCR on multiple samples of nucleotides of interest within microfluidic channels, and detect those nucleotides.07-05-2012
20120171758Device for extracting nucleic acid from a sample - The present invention provides a cartridge for analyzing a fluid sample. The cartridge provides for the efficient separation of cells or viruses in the sample from the remaining sample fluid, lysis of the cells or viruses to release the analyte (e.g., nucleic acid) therefrom, and optionally chemical reaction and/or detection of the analyte. The cartridge is useful in a variety of diagnostic, life science research, environmental, or forensic applications for determining the presence or absence of one or more analytes in a sample.07-05-2012
20100028985Reaction Vessel, Reaction Vessel Processing Apparatus and Diagnostic Apparatus - A reaction vessel suitable for automating of various measurements is provided. In a preferred embodiment, on the same side of plate-like substrate (02-04-2010
20100047901SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ELECTRONIC SENSING OF BIOMOLECULES - A nanoelectronic device is combined with a cellular membrane component to provide a sensor for biomolecules or to provide information about the structure of the membrane. The nanoelectronic device may comprise a network of randomly-oriented nanotubes, or other nanostructure, arranged on a substrate with adjacent electrodes so as to operate as a field-effect transistor sensor or as a capacitive sensor. A cellular membrane is disposed over the nanostructure element.02-25-2010
20110104794APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING BIOCHEMICAL PROCESSING USING CONTAINER HAVING WELLS - A biochemical processing apparatus includes a thermal cycle section, a processing section for performing a processing not requiring heating or cooling, and a cooling section. These sections are arranged in that order and opposed to a container with a plurality of wells.05-05-2011
20090061505APPARATUS FOR SELECTIVE EXCITATION OF MICROPARTICLES - Nucleic acid microparticles are sequenced by performing a sequencing reaction on the microparticles using one or more selectively exciting the microparticles in an excitation pattern, optically imaging the microparticles at a resolution insufficient to resolve individual microparticles, and processing the optical images of the microparticles using information on the excitation pattern to determine the presence or absence of the optical signature, which indicates the sequence information of the nucleic acid. An apparatus for optical excitation of the microparticles comprises an optical fiber delivering a first laser beam, and an interference pattern generation module coupled to the optical fiber. The interference pattern generation module splits the first laser beam into second and third laser beams and generates the excitation pattern for selectively exciting the microparticles by interference between the second and third laser beams.03-05-2009
20080206850Methods and compositions for DNA synthesis - In some embodiments, the present disclosure relates to new phosphoramidite compositions, that have Silyl-containing carbonate or thiocarbonate or ether as 5′-hydroxyl protecting groups useful of the synthesis of DNA, and in particular for the synthesis of long sequences of DNA (e.g., >50 mer). In some embodiments, there are provided methods for simultaneous oxidation of the internucleoside phosphate triester linkages and removal of the 5′-hydroxyl-protecting group, making this process a new 2-step DNA synthesis, that involves the use of peroxyanions in combination with fluoride anions.08-28-2008
20100291667OPTICAL DETECTOR - 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.11-18-2010
20100291668Apparatus for Performing Amplicon Rescue Multiplex PCR - The present disclosure is a cassette for PCR amplification and detection of DNA amplicons, the cassette having a cassette pipette which may be moved vertically and horizontally within the cassette, at least one reagent chamber, and at least one detector, such as a microarray, for the detection of DNA amplified during the PCR amplification steps.11-18-2010
20100291666Molecular diagnostics system and methods - The present invention relates to automated devices and methods for the extraction of nucleic acids from cells, the amplification of segments of nucleic acid and the detection of nucleic acids, all in a convenient and portable manner. The invention is particularly suited for use in point-of-care medical diagnostic testing.11-18-2010
20120258524Annealing Curve Analysis In PCR - The present invention is directed to devices for performing PCR and monitoring the reaction of a sample comprising a nucleic acid and a fluorescent dye. Illustrative devices comprise a heat exchange component for heating and cooling the sample, a control device for repeatedly operating the heat exchange component to subject the sample to thermal cycling, an excitation source for optically exciting the sample to cause the sample to fluoresce, a photodetector for detecting temperature-dependent fluorescence levels from the sample, and a processor configured to record and process emissions from the fluorescent dye.10-11-2012
20120083028DEVICE FOR FECAL OCCULT BLOOD TEST - A devise for fecal occult blood test comprises a first and a second casings, a sampling portion extending from the first casing, a specimen processing portion, at least a testing portion and a packing cylindrical member. The packing cylindrical member is coupled between the first and second casings when unused and dismantled therefrom when used. After sampling via a specimen collecting portion of the sampling portion, the specimen collecting portion is drawn into the first casing to reduce the device size. The first and second casings are fixedly coupled together in a specimen processing position thereof to mix specimens with a liquid of the specimen processing portion into a testing liquid, and then in a specimen testing position thereof to disperse onto the testing portions for testing and directly display test results. The present invention advantages high accuracy, rather hygiene, significant size reduction, real-time testing-result display and convenient use.04-05-2012
20120264203HEAT FLOW POLYMERASE CHAIN REACTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Methods and systems for polymerase chain reactions (PCR) that are capable of detecting amplified DNA during or after the PCR process. The methods and systems may utilize DSC or DTA analysis techniques.10-18-2012
20120264202SYSTEM FOR PERFORMING POLYMERASE CHAIN REACTION NUCLEIC ACID AMPLIFICATION - A printed circuit structure containing a fluidic chamber configured to receive an aqueous solution containing a sample to be analyzed and fluorophore for polymerase chain reaction analysis. The printed circuit structure also contains a heating element that provides for temperature cycling of the fluidic chamber to support polymerase chain reaction analysis.10-18-2012
20120329143Chilled Reagent Container and Nucleic Acid Analyzer - A chilled reagent container comprises a reagent vessel containing part for containing therein a plurality of reagent vessels, a container lid including a container lid hole through which the reagent vessels contained by the reagent vessel containing part are accessible, and12-27-2012
20120231532OPTICAL SCANNING SYSTEM - An optical scanning system including a switchable light source, a detector, a substrate and a plurality of optical sensing sites, as well as methods and kits for use thereof are provided. The substrate is coupled to and in optical communication with the switchable light source and the detector. Additionally, the substrate includes a plurality of substantially parallel excitation waveguides, and a plurality of substantially parallel collection waveguides, the excitation waveguides and collection waveguides crossing to form a two-dimensional array of intersection regions where an excitation waveguide and a collection waveguide cross and provide optical communication with the intersection region at each crossing. The plurality of optical sensing sites are each in optical communication with an intersection region.09-13-2012
20120231531BIOCHEMICAL DETECTION UNIT AND BIOCHEMICAL DEVICE HAVING THE SAME - A biochemical detection unit for detecting a sample and a biochemical device having the biochemical detection unit and a releasing unit are provided. The biochemical detection unit includes a photoconductor plate, a receptor, and a resistance sensing component. The receptor specifically binds to the sample so that the illumination projected on the photoconductor plate will change to vary the resistance value of the photoconductor of the photoconductor plate.09-13-2012
20120322139ANALYSIS DEVICE - Disclosed is an analysis device which can analyze substances with low blood concentration with high precision without having to make the device larger. The analysis device is composed of: a specimen disk equipped with specimen containers; a reagent disk equipped with reagent containers; a first disk equipped with first containers where purification of the subject component to be measured in the specimen is carried out; a second disk equipped with second containers where purification of the sample purified in the first container is carried out; and a mass spectrometry unit which measures the specimen purified in the second container.12-20-2012
20110045579BIOSENSOR - Provided is a biosensor with precision, high accuracy, and high sensitivity capable of increasing measurement accuracy while allowing measurements to be performed anywhere at any time by anyone, and allowing measurement with a small amount of specimen. In a biosensor including a specimen application portion (02-24-2011
20120270305SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND APPARATUSES TO IMAGE A SAMPLE FOR BIOLOGICAL OR CHEMICAL ANALYSIS - A fluidic device holder configured to orient a fluidic device. The device holder includes a support structure configured to receive a fluidic device. The support structure includes a base surface that faces in a direction along the Z-axis and is configured to have the fluidic device positioned thereon. The device holder also includes a plurality of reference surfaces facing in respective directions along an XY-plane. The device holder also includes an alignment assembly having an actuator and a movable locator arm that is operatively coupled to the actuator. The locator arm has an engagement end. The actuator moves the locator arm between retracted and biased positions to move the engagement end away from and toward the reference surfaces. The locator arm is configured to hold the fluidic device against the reference surfaces when the locator arm is in the biased position.10-25-2012
20120270306METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RAPIDLY COUNTING AND IDENTIFYING BIOLOGICAL PARTICLES IN A FLOW STREAM - A method for increasing the throughput and/or the precision of a flow cytometer, or a hematology analyzer employing a flow cytometer, and for further reducing the complexity of such a cytometer or analyzer. The system and method includes utilizing the technique of laser rastering in combination with a lysis-free single-dilution method.10-25-2012
20090186402Detection instrument with the use of polynucleotides mapped on barley chromosome - As the results of mass sequencing of cDNA clones originating in barley varieties “07-23-2009
20120329142INTEGRATED NUCLEIC ACID ASSAYS - Integrated microfluidic cartridges for nucleic acid extraction, amplification, and detection from clinical samples are disclosed. The devices are single-entry, sanitary, and disposable. The devices enable simplex or multiplex nucleic acid target detection, as for example: assay panels for multiple infectious agents, or assay panels for cancerous cell types. Methods for use of microfluidic cartridges in a fully automated, pneumatically controlled apparatus are also disclosed.12-27-2012
20120088294METHOD FOR SINGLE NUCLEOTIDE POLYMORPHISM AND MUTATION DETECTION USING REAL TIME POLYMERASE CHAIN REACTION MICROARRAY - A method and apparatus for real-time, simultaneous, qualitative measurement of one or more single nucleotide polymorphisms in one or more target nucleic acids is provided. This method involves combining a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique with an evanescent wave technique.04-12-2012
20110300622Apparatus and Method for Transporting Sample Well Trays - An apparatus for transporting sample well trays with respect to a heating device is provided. The apparatus includes a sample well tray holder, a rotational actuator, and a biasing mechanism. The sample well tray holder includes a plate in which a sample well tray may be positioned. The sample well tray holder is configured to rotate about a first rotational axis. The rotational actuator is configured to rotate the sample well tray holder about the first rotational axis. The biasing mechanism is configured to urge the sample well tray holder in a generally upward direction along the first rotational axis.12-08-2011
20090325276INTEGRATED MICROFLUIDIC ASSAY DEVICES AND METHODS - Combinations of microfluidic diagnostic testing modules for simultaneous evaluations of serological and molecular biological targets are provided, and include panel testing for both antibodies (or antigens) and nucleic acid targets in one single-use device. These improvements are directed to evaluating the overall progress and activity of a pathogenic process in real time, at the point of care, not merely the presence or absence of a particular diagnostic marker, which can often be incomplete or misleading.12-31-2009
20120100600APPARATUS FOR POLYNUCLEOTIDE DETECTION AND QUANTITATION - An apparatus for expression profiling analysis, subjecting biological materials to polynucleotide extraction, amplification and analysis. The apparatus include an amplification device which permits the amplification of polynucleotides and an analysis device which quantifies the amount of the amplified polynucleotide products. The amplification device of the apparatus may further permit polynucleotide extraction to prepare the template for amplification, or sequence identification of a quantified polynucleotide product. A fraction collector may be included in the apparatus to collect a qualified polynucleotide product before its sequence is identified. The analysis device may further permit data generation, or alternatively, data can be generated by a separate data generation device provided with the apparatus. The devices within the apparatus are connected by connecting means which permit the transfer of a fluid or a signal for amplification and analysis.04-26-2012
20120288925OPTICAL TRAPPING PARTICLES, ANGULAR OPTICAL TRAP SYSTEMS, METHODS OF MAKING, AND METHODS OF USE - The present invention relates to an optical trapping particle including a birefringent crystalline particle having a body and a length extending between a first end and a second end, said particle comprising an optic axis perpendicular to the length of the body, wherein the length of the body is greater than the largest width dimension of the first or second ends. The present invention also relates to an optical trapping particle including an optically isotropic particle having a body and a length extending between a first end and a second end, said particle having an asymmetric cross-section, wherein the length of the body is from about 10 nanometers to about 10 micrometers and is greater than the largest width dimension of the first or second ends. Angular optical trap systems including the optical trapping particles, methods of making, and methods of use are also disclosed.11-15-2012
20100167386IMMUNOSENSOR SYSTEM FOR BLOOD WITH REDUCED INTERFERENCE - An electrochemical immunosensor system with reduced interference, comprising: a first immunosensor that generates an electrochemical signal based on the formation of a sandwich between an immobilized antibody, a target analyte and a labeled antibody, wherein a portion of the signal arises from non-specific binding of the labeled antibody in the region of the first immunosensor, and 07-01-2010
20130011913IMMUNOASSAYS, METHODS FOR CARRYING OUT IMMUNOASSAYS, IMMUNOASSAY KITS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING IMMUNOASSAY KITS - The invention relates to immunoassays, methods for carrying out immunoassays, immunoassay kits and methods for manufacturing immunoassay kits. In particular, the invention has relevance to capillary (especially microcapillary) immunoassay technology.01-10-2013
20130011912PORTABLE HIGH GAIN FLUORESCENCE DETECTION SYSTEM - An instrument for fluorometric assays in liquid samples is disclosed. The instrument may include multiple optical channels for monitoring a first fluorophore associated with a target analyte and a second fluorophore associated with a control. The disclosed instrument finds utility in any number of applications, including microfluidic molecular biological assays based on PCR amplification of target nucleic acids and fluorometric assays in general.01-10-2013
20100129898REAGENT DELIVERY SYSTEM - A delivery apparatus for selectively delivering one or more liquid reagents into a reaction or test chamber (05-27-2010
20130023038Apparatus and Methods For Processing Biological Samples and a Reservoir Therefor - An apparatus for processing at least one biological sample accommodated on at least one carrier member (01-24-2013
20130023039HIGH MULTIPLEX ARRAYS AND SYSTEMS - Apparatus, systems and methods for use in analyzing discrete reactions at ultra high multiplex with reduced optical noise, and increased system flexibility. Apparatus include substrates having integrated optical components that increase multiplex capability by one or more of increasing density of reaction regions, improving transmission of light to or collection of light from discrete reactions regions. Integrated optical components include reflective optical elements which re-direct illumination light and light emitted from the discrete regions to more efficiently collect emitted light. Particularly preferred applications include single molecule reaction analysis, such as polymerase mediated template dependent nucleic acid synthesis and sequence determination.01-24-2013
20130023040METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR SELECTIVELY PROCESSING EGGS HAVING IDENTIFIED CHARACTERISTICS - Methods and apparatus for processing eggs based upon a characteristic such as gender are provided. Material is extracted from each of a plurality of live eggs, the extracted material is assayed to identify eggs having the characteristic, and then eggs identified as having the characteristic are processed accordingly.01-24-2013
20080227186Active, micro-well thermal control subsystem - Devices and systems for active thermal control of sample holding devices for bDNA testing, polymerase chain reaction testing, chemiluminescent immuno-assay testing, and so forth. The thermal control subsystem includes a fluidic circuit, first and second heater assemblies, a centrifugal pump, and a heat exchange device. The first and second heater assemblies include a heat removal device and a controllable thermo-electric device. One or both of the heater assemblies can include a heat spreader. A controller actively controls the pump, the heat removal device, and the thermo-electric devices, to thermally-control sample-containing vessels retained in the holding device.09-18-2008
20080227185Diagnostic System for Carrying Out a Nucleic Acid Sequence Amplification and Detection Process - An integrated lab-on-a-chip diagnostic system for carrying out a sample preparation process on a fluid sample containing cells and/or particles, the system comprising: (a) an inlet for a fluid sample; (b) a lysis unit for lysis of cells and/or particles contained in the fluid sample; (c) a nucleic acid extraction unit for extraction of nucleic acids from the cells and/or particles contained in the fluid sample; (d) a reservoir containing a lysis fluid; (e) a reservoir containing an eluent for removing nucleic acids collected in the nucleic acid extraction unit; wherein the sample inlet is in fluid communication with the lysis unit, an optional valve being present to control the flow of fluid therebetween; wherein the lysis unit is in fluid communication with the nucleic acid extraction unit, an optional valve being present to control the flow of fluid therebetween; wherein the reservoir containing the lysis fluid is in fluid communication with the lysis unit, an optional valve being present to control the flow of fluid therebetween; and wherein the reservoir containing the eluent is in fluid communication with the nucleic acid extraction unit, an optional valve being present to control the flow of fluid therebetween.09-18-2008
20080220510DEVICE FOR DILUTING A FLUID AND DETECTING ANALYTES WITHIN A DILUTED FLUID - The present invention provides a device for processing, sampling, and diluting a fluid and for detecting an analyte within the processed, sampled, and diluted fluid. In the device for processing, sampling, and diluting a fluid, an amount of fluid to be processed, sampled, and diluted is accepted by a compressible porous membrane; a portion of the membrane saturated with the fluid is isolated thereby defining a predetermined sample volume of fluid; and the predetermined fluid volume sample is then released from the isolated membrane with a specified quantity of a fluid diluent to provide a diluted fluid sample. Analytes within the diluted fluid sample are detected by test strips in fluid contact with the diluted fluid sample.09-11-2008
20130177970METHODS AND COMPOSITIONS FOR DETECTING THE ACTIVATION STATE OF MULTIPLE PROTEINS IN SINGLE CELLS - The invention provides methods and compositions for simultaneously detecting the activation state of a plurality of proteins in single cells using flow cytometry. The invention further provides methods and compositions of screening for bioactive agents capable of coordinately modulating the activity of a plurality of proteins in single cells. The methods and compositions can be used to determine the protein activation profile of a cell for predicting or diagnosing a disease state, and for monitoring treatment of a disease state.07-11-2013
20130177971NON-CONTACT HEATING TYPE OF GENE AMPLIFICATION SYSTEM - Disclosed is a non-contact heating type gene amplification system. The non-contact heating type gene amplification system includes separate light sources for each step of a polymerase chain reaction in order to perform a high-speed temperature cycle by moving a rotation unit, in which a plurality of sample chambers are formed, to places at which the sample chambers are controlled at the temperatures corresponding to each step.07-11-2013
20130115686METHOD OF MANUFACTURING MICRO CHAMBER PLATE WITH BUILT-IN SAMPLE AND ANALYTIC MICRO CHAMBER PLATE, ANALYTIC MICRO CHAMBER PLATE AND APPARATUS SET FOR MANUFACTURING ANALYTIC MICRO CHAMBER PLATE WITH BUILT-IN SAMPLE - The present invention relates to a micro chamber plate, and more particularly, to an analytic micro chamber plate in which a plurality of reaction solutions including a primer or probe selectively reacting with a nucleic acid react with each other without cross-contamination to measure and analyze a fluorescence level in real-time so as to analyze biological sample solution including a large amount of nucleic acids. Also, the present invention relates to a method of manufacturing the analytic chamber plate. Also, the present invention relates to a method of manufacturing a micro chamber plate with a built-in sample used for manufacturing the analytic chamber plate. Also, the present invention relates to an apparatus set for manufacturing the micro chamber plate with a built-in sample.05-09-2013
20130115685POINT-OF-CARE FLUIDIC SYSTEMS AND USES THEREOF - This invention is in the field of medical devices. Specifically, the present invention provides portable medical devices that allow real-time detection of analytes from a biological fluid. The methods and devices are particularly useful for providing point-of-care testing for a variety of medical applications.05-09-2013
20130102064RT-PCR CHIP WITH OPTICAL DETECTION - An apparatus (04-25-2013
20130102063SMALL MOLECULES AND PROTEIN ANALYSIS DEVICES BASED ON MOLECULAR IMPRINTED POLYMERS - Devices, methods and kits for rapid and simple determination of target molecules, including small molecules, polypeptides, proteins, cells and infectious disease agents in liquid samples that are capable of real-time measurement of these entities in fluid samples that are highly selective, highly sensitive, simple to operate, low cost, and portable. The devices, methods and kits also provide, in at least some embodiments, the use of MIPs in a flow through or lateral flow device.04-25-2013
20130130364MICRODEVICE FOR PATHOGEN DETECTION - There is provided a microdevice for biomaterial detection, including a passive micromixer to mix a biomaterial, a first probe, and a second probe; a magnetic separation chamber connected with the passive micromixer; and a capillary electrophoresis channel connected with the magnetic separation chamber.05-23-2013
20130130363SUBSTRATES, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ANALYZING MATERIALS - Substrates, systems and methods for analyzing materials that include waveguide arrays disposed upon or within the substrate such that evanescent fields emanating from the waveguides illuminate materials disposed upon or proximal to the surface of the substrate, permitting analysis of such materials. The substrates, systems and methods are used in a variety of analytical operations, including, inter alia, nucleic acid analysis, including hybridization and sequencing analyses, cellular analyses and other molecular analyses.05-23-2013
20130130367Method And Device For Combined Detection Of Viral And Bacterial Infections - A lateral flow assay detects and differentiates between viral and bacterial infections. A combined point of care diagnostic device tests markers for viral infection and markers for bacterial infection, to effectively assist in the rapid differentiation of viral and bacterial infections. In one preferred embodiment, the bacterial marker is CRP. In another preferred embodiment, the viral marker is MxA. In some embodiments, it is unnecessary to lyse the cells in the sample prior to applying it to the device.05-23-2013
20130130366IN SITU HEAT INDUCED ANTIGEN RECOVERY AND STAINING APPARATUS AND METHOD - An automated in situ heat induced antigen recovery and staining method and apparatus for treating a plurality of microscope slides. The process of heat induced antigen recovery and the process of staining the biological sample on the microscope slide are conducted in the same apparatus, wherein the microscope slides do not need to be physically removed from one apparatus to another. Each treatment step occurs within the same reaction compartment. The reaction conditions of each reaction compartment for treating a slide can preferably be controlled independently, including the individualized application of reagents to each slide and the individualized treatment of each slide.05-23-2013
20130130365DEVICES - A method of analysis, instrument for analysis and device for use in such an instrument are provided, which perform a number of processes need to reach a useful result in the context of a wide variety of samples. The sequence of those processes being optimised. A device, instrument using the device and method of use are also provided which offer reliable performance of a heating based process, with minimal condensation and/or sample loss issues.05-23-2013
20130143309DIAGNOSTIC INSTRUMENT AND FLOW PROCESS - A diagnostic instrument having a cellular analysis system capable of running standardized immune monitoring panels. The system could include an automated and integrated specimen sampling method through a continuous flow process. The instrument could include a probe washer station, scheduler, cassette autoloader, bar coding system, and/or containment area common interface. An improved optimization test is proposed for instrument and flow cytometer quality assurance. The proposed method analyzes population separation for measuring instrument performance and/or sample quality. Such a method may also use population separation for measuring sample and/or run quality.06-06-2013
20130143308SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FLUORESCENCE DETECTION WITH A MOVABLE DETECTION MODULE - A fluorescence detection apparatus for analyzing samples located in a plurality of wells in a thermal cycler and methods of use are provided. In one embodiment, the apparatus includes a support structure attachable to the thermal cycler and a detection module movably mountable on the support structure. The detection module includes one or more channels, each having an excitation light generator and an emission light detector both disposed within the detection module. When the support structure is attached to the thermal cycler and the detection module is mounted on the support structure, the detection module is movable so as to be positioned in optical communication with different ones of the plurality of wells. The detection module is removable from the support structure to allow easy replacement.06-06-2013
20130143310OPTICAL INSTRUMENT COMPRISING MULTI-NOTCH BEAM SPLITTER - An instrument is provided that can monitor nucleic acid sequence amplification reactions, for example, PCR amplification of DNA and DNA fragments. The instrument includes a multi-notch filter disposed along one or both of an excitation beam path and an emission beam path. Methods are also provided for monitoring nucleic acid sequence amplifications using an instrument that includes a multi-notch filter disposed along a beam path.06-06-2013
20080206849Assay Device & Method - There is disclosed a lateral flow assay device and method of producing the same. The device, which is for identifying carbohydrate antigens in a biological sample comprises a substrate having, a) a sample receiving zone, b) an extraction zone for receiving the sample from said sample receiving zone and which extraction zone comprises immobilised or otherwise absorbed therein at least one or more reactants and reagents which when combined react to form an extraction reagent for a desired antigen in said sample, said sample to be added to said sample receiving zone optionally comprising the remaining reactant required to form said extraction reagent if not present in said extraction zone, c) optionally a neutralising agent capable of bringing the pH of the resulting sample to within the operational pH range of the assay and, d) a detection zone for a labelled specific binding or capture reagent for said antigen to be detected.08-28-2008
20110223652PIEZOELECTRIC-BASED NANOPORE DEVICE FOR THE ACTIVE CONTROL OF THE MOTION OF POLYMERS THROUGH THE SAME - Apparatus, system, and methods are provided for utilizing piezoelectric material for controlling a polymer through a nanopore. A reservoir is formed filled with conductive fluid. A membrane is formed that separates the reservoir. A nanopore is formed through the membrane. The membrane comprises electrical conductive layers, piezoelectric layers, and insulating layers. The piezoelectric layers are operative to control a size of the nanopore for clamping/releasing a polymer as well as to control the thickness of part of the membrane when a voltage is applied to the piezoelectric layers. Combinations of clamping/releasing the polymer and changing the thickness of part of the membrane can move a polymer through the nanopore at any electrically controlled speed and also stretch or break a polymer in the nanopore.09-15-2011
20130149775DEVICE FOR RAPID DETECTION OF INFECTIOUS AGENTS - A portable system for real time detection of the presence of an infectious agent in a biological sample employs a reagent which detects the presence of a specific infectious agent in the sample, and emits a detectable signal when the reagent reacts with the sample and detects the presence of the infectious agent. A test cartridge has a reaction chamber for receiving the sample and the reagent. The reaction chamber has a predetermined internal geometry and at least one inner surface. Introducing the sample and the reagent into the test cartridge mixes the sample and the reagent. A testing unit receives the test cartridge, and includes a sensor for detecting an emitted detectable signal. The detection of the emitted detectable signal is indicative of the presence of the infectious agent in the sample.06-13-2013
20110275144DEVICES AND METHODS FOR DUAL EXCITATION RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY - Spectroscopic analysis systems and methods for analyzing samples are disclosed. An analysis system may contain an electromagnetic radiation source to provide radiation, a spectroscopic analysis chamber to perform a coherent Raman spectroscopy (e.g., stimulated Raman or coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy), and a radiation detector to detect radiation based on the spectroscopy. The chamber may have a resonant cavity to contain a sample for analysis, at least one window to the cavity to transmit the first radiation into the cavity and to transmit a second radiation out, a plurality of reflectors affixed to a housing of the cavity to reflect radiation of a predetermined frequency, the plurality of reflectors separated by a distance that is sufficient to resonate the radiation. The spectroscopic analysis system may be coupled with a nucleic acid sequencing system to receive a single nucleic acid derivative in solution and identify the derivative to sequence the nucleic acid.11-10-2011
20080233635Methods and Apparatus for High Purity X-Chromosome Bearing and Y-Chromosome Bearing Populations Of Spermatozoa - Isolated non-naturally occurring populations of spermatozoa (09-25-2008
20100317094 MILK ANALYSIS MICROFLUIDIC APPARATUS FOR DETECTING MASTITIS IN A MILK SAMPLE - A milk analysis apparatus for detecting mastitis in a milk sample by isolating somatic cells in the form of a pellet using centrifugal sedimentation is described. The apparatus comprises a vessel for holding the milk sample, and a centrifuge for rotating the vessel. The vessel includes an inlet for facilitating charging milk into a body portion of the vessel; and a trap for capturing somatic cells suspended in the milk sample. The somatic cells are biased towards the trap upon rotation of the vessel.12-16-2010
20100317093FLEXIBLE POUCH AND CARTRIDGE WITH FLUIDIC CIRCUITS - Flexible pouch and flexible cartridge devices for fluid sample processing, related methods of making and using, related manufacturing systems and related instrumentation systems are described. Flexible pouches provide broad advantage in a wide variety of fields by overcoming the need for complex instrumentation, dedicated devices, and relatively high cost in conventional fluid sample devices. Flexible cartridge devices are particularly advantageous in control of fluid handling, rapid adaptation to a number of configurations by the end user, multiple uses for a single configuration, and in cost and ease of manufacture.12-16-2010
20130157348DEVICE FOR DETECTING NUCLEIC ACIDS - The invention relates to a device that allows a target nucleic acid to be detected in a homogeneous batch using two different detection formats. The device comprises at least two heatable sample blocks and a reaction cartridge which contains a base (06-20-2013
20130157349Self-Contained Biological Analysis - Devices, containers, and methods are provided for performing biological analysis in a closed environment. Illustrative biological analyses include nucleic acid amplification and detection and immuno-PCR.06-20-2013
20120282684AUTOMATED ANALYZER FOR CLINICAL LABORATORY - A laboratory automation system that is capable of carrying out clinical chemistry assays, immunoassays, amplification of nucleic acid assays, and any combination of the foregoing, said laboratory automation system employing at least one of micro-well plates and deep multi-well plates as reaction vessels. The use of micro-well plates as reaction vessels enables the laboratory automation system to assume a variety of arrangements, i.e., the laboratory automation system can comprise a variety of functional modules that can be arranged in various ways. In order to effectively carry out immunoassays by means of micro-well plates, a technique known as inverse magnetic particle processing can be used to transfer the product(s) of immunoassays from one micro-well of a micro-well plate to another.11-08-2012
20120282683SAMPLE ANALYSIS DEVICE - Disclosed is a sample analysis device provided with: a first sample processing portion which is disposed in a first layer and performs some of a plurality of processes on a sample in a container; a second sample processing portion which is disposed in a second layer located above or under the first layer and performs at least some other processes among the plurality of processes on the sample in the container, the some of the plurality of processes having been performed on the sample; and a container transfer portion which transfers the container, which contains the sample on which the some of the processes have been performed, from the first layer to the second layer.11-08-2012
20120282682MICRO-CHANNEL STRUCTURE METHOD AND APPARATUS - A method is provided of forming a micro-channel structure for use in a biosensing device. A master structure is provided having a first configuration of micro-channels with respective first fluid flow characteristics. One or more regions of material are deposited onto the master structure using a fluidjet process so as to modify the first configuration into a second configuration having respective second fluid flow characteristics, different from the first. Functional biosensing devices formed using the method are also described.11-08-2012
20120282681Rapid Identification of Organisms in Bodily Fluids - There is provided a device that retains a collected sample for on-demand testing of a small portion of the collected sample while the rest of the sample remains for optional additional analysis. The on-demand test provides relatively immediate information about aspects of the sample, e.g. presence of microbes, chemistry, nutritional condition, presence of contaminants.11-08-2012
20130157347Method of Analyzing Cardiovascular Disorders and Uses Thereof - Compositions, systems, and methods comprising circulating endothelial cells (CECs) are provided. The compositions described herein utilize isolated CECs, including compositions in a form that allows analysis of the CECs. The systems described herein utilize isolated CECs and an analytical tool or an output from an analytical tool. The methods described herein are related to the use of isolated CECs and analytical tools for providing information, to a health care provider or the CEC donor, that is relevant to the cardiovascular health of the CEC donor. Thus, the compositions, systems and methods described herein involve both a transformation (e.g., non-isolated CECs to isolated CECs, or isolated CECs to analyzed CECs) and a machine (e.g., isolation tools and analytical tools).06-20-2013
20130183750ULTRA-SENSITIVE PORTABLE CAPILLARY SENSOR - A portable, lightweight, rugged, easy-to-operate biosensor useful for rapidly detecting cells, viruses, antibodies, and other proteins. A capillary tube has a capture antibody immobilized on its interior surface. The specific capture antibody is selected based upon a desired target analyte to be detected. A sample potentially containing the target antigen is introduced into the capillary tube. Thereafter, a second antibody labeled with a fluorescent dye is introduced. Upon excitation by electromagnetic energy, typically supplied by a laser, the fluorescence of the sample is captured and analyzed. The apparatus is extremely compact and rugged making it ideal for field use. In addition, accurate results may be obtained by relatively unskilled operators directly from a self-contained readout. Optionally, an external device (e.g., a computer) may be connected to the apparatus via an optional interface. The analysis time provided by the biosensor system of the invention is shorter than has heretofore been possible.07-18-2013
20130122577KIT INCLUDING SEQUENCE SPECIFIC BINDING PROTEIN AND METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING NUCLEOTIDE SEQUENCE OF TARGET NUCLEIC ACID - Provided are kits for determining a nucleotide sequence of a target nucleic acid, the kit including at least one sequence specific binding protein and a detectable tag. In accordance with a kit for determining a nucleotide sequence of a target nucleic acid according to one exemplary embodiment and a method and device for determining a nucleotide sequence of a target nucleic acid, the nucleotide sequence of the target nucleic acid may be more efficiently determined.05-16-2013
20110312079LOC WITH DIGITAL MEMORY TO STORE EPIDEMIOLOGICAL UPDATES - A lab-on-a-chip (LOC) device for analyzing a sample fluid, the LOC device having a sample inlet for receiving the sample, a microsystems technology (MST) layer with functional sections for processing and analyzing the sample, and, CMOS circuitry with digital memory for storing epidemiological data, and configured to download epidemiological data updates from an external source.12-22-2011
20110312078MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE FOR DETECTING TARGET NUCLEIC ACID SEQUENCES IN MITOCHONDRIAL DNA - A microfluidic device for detecting mitochondrial DNA in a sample, the microfluidic device having an inlet for receiving a sample of biological material having cells with mitochondria containing mitochondrial DNA, a lysis section for lysing the mitochondria to release the mitochondrial DNA, probes for hybridization with target nucleic acid sequences in the mitochondrial DNA to form probe-target hybrids, and, a photosensor for detecting the probe-target hybrids.12-22-2011
20110312077LOC DEVICE FOR ELECTROCHEMILUMINESCENT DETECTION OF TARGET NUCLEIC ACID SEQUENCES IN A FLUID WITH CALIBRATION CHAMBER CONTAINING PROBES DESIGNED TO BE NON-COMPLEMENTARY WITH ANY NUCLEIC ACID SEQUENCES IN THE FLUID - A lab-on-a-chip (LOC) device for detecting target nucleic acid sequences in a fluid, the LOC device having hybridization chambers containing electrochemiluminescent (ECL) probes for detecting the target nucleic acid sequences, each of the probes having an ECL luminophore for emitting photons when in an excited state, a functional moiety for quenching photon emission from the ECL luminophore by resonant energy transfer, at least one calibration chamber containing ECL probes designed to be non-complementary to any nucleic acid sequence in the fluid, and, electrodes for receiving an electrical pulse to excite the ECL luminophores.12-22-2011
20110312076MICROFLUIDIC TEST MODULE WITH FLEXIBLE MEMBRANE FOR INTERNAL MICROENVIRONMENT PRESSURE-RELIEF - A microfluidic test module having an outer casing for hand held portability, and, a microfluidic device mounted within the outer casing for processing a biological sample, the outer casing providing a microenvironment adjacent the microfluidic device, wherein, the outer casing has a membrane seal of flexible material between the microenvironment and atmosphere for reducing pressure changes in the microenvironment resulting from atmospheric pressure fluctuations.12-22-2011
20110312075LOC DEVICE WITH PARALLEL INCUBATION AND PARALLEL DNA AND RNA AMPLIFICATION FUNCTIONALITY - A lab-on-a-chip (LOC) device for genetic analysis of a biological sample, the LOC device having an inlet for receiving the sample containing genetic material including DNA and RNA, a supporting substrate, a plurality of reagent reservoirs, a first incubation section, the first incubation section being in fluid communication with one of the reagent reservoirs containing enzymes for enzymatic reaction with the genetic material, a second incubation section, the second incubation section being in fluid communication with one of the reagent reservoirs containing enzymes for enzymatic reaction with the genetic material in parallel with the first incubation section, a first nucleic acid amplification section downstream of the first incubation section for amplifying at least some of the genetic material, and, a second nucleic acid amplification section downstream of the second incubation section for amplifying at least some of the genetic material in parallel with the first nucleic acid amplification section, wherein, the first incubation section, the second incubation section, the first nucleic acid amplification section and the second nucleic acid amplification section are all supported on the supporting substrate.12-22-2011
20110312074MICROFLUIDIC TEST MODULE WITH SAMPLE RECEPTACLE - A test module having a receptacle for receiving an unprocessed biological sample through an opening, a cover movable between open and closed positions, the cover exposing the opening when in the open position and closing the opening when in the closed position, and, a microfluidic device for processing the biological sample, the microfluidic device having a sample inlet, wherein, the receptacle is configured for fluid communication with the sample inlet such that the biological sample flows to the sample inlet by capillary action.12-22-2011
20110312073MICROFLUIDIC TEST MODULE INCORPORATING SURFACE MICRO-MACHINED CHIPS AND INTERCONNECTING CAP - A test module having a casing for hand held portability, a receptacle for receiving a sample fluid, and, a microfluidic device in fluid communication with the inlet, the microfluidic device having a plurality of lab-on-a-chip (LOC) devices and a cap in engagement with each of the plurality of LOC devices, wherein, the cap is configured to establish fluid communication between at least two of the LOC devices.12-22-2011
20110312072MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE WITH SURFACE MICRO-MACHINED CHIPS AND INTERCONNECTING CAP - A microfluidic device for diagnostic analysis of a sample fluid, the microfluidic device having a plurality of lab-on-a-chip (LOC) devices each having a supporting substrate and a microsystems technology (MST) layer for processing the sample fluid, and, a cap interconnecting the plurality of LOC devices, the cap having a cap channel for establishing fluid communication between the MST layers on at least two of the LOC devices.12-22-2011
20110312071MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE WITH LARGE CHANNELS FOR CELL TRANSPORT AND SMALL CHANNELS SUITABLE FOR BIOCHEMICAL PROCESSES - A microfluidic device for molecular diagnostic analysis of a biological sample containing cells, the microfluidic device having a supporting substrate, a plurality of microsystems technology (MST) channels each with a cross-sectional area between 1 square micron and 400 square microns for biochemical processing of constituents within the biological sample, and, a plurality of cell transport channels, each with a cross-sectional area greater than 400 square microns for receiving the biological sample and transporting cells within the biological sample to predetermined sites in the MST channels.12-22-2011
20130189768APPARATUS FOR POLYNUCLEOTIDE DETECTION AND QUANTITATION - An apparatus for expression profiling analysis, subjecting biological materials to polynucleotide extraction, amplification and analysis. The apparatus include an amplification device which permits the amplification of polynucleotides and an analysis device which quantifies the amount of the amplified polynucleotide products. The amplification device of the apparatus may further permit polynucleotide extraction to prepare the template for amplification, or sequence identification of a quantified polynucleotide product. A fraction collector may be included in the apparatus to collect a qualified polynucleotide product before its sequence is identified. The analysis device may further permit data generation, or alternatively, data can be generated by a separate data generation device provided with the apparatus. The devices within the apparatus are connected by connecting means which permit the transfer of a fluid or a signal for amplification and analysis.07-25-2013
20120028344IMMUNODIAGNOSTIC TEST CARDS HAVING INDICATING INDICIA - An immunodiagnostic test card includes a plurality of transparent chambers wherein each chamber includes a quantity of testing material that combines with a patient sample, when mixed, to produce an agglutination reaction. A plurality of indicia are disposed to aid in the manufacture and determining the usability of the cards prior to test and also in objectively grading the agglutination reactions that are formed or lack of agglutination.02-02-2012
20090253194DNA ANALYSIS APPARATUS - Accurate and sensitive sequencing in pyrosequencing is achieved by allowing complementary strand synthesis reaction to proceed homogeneously and completely in a short time while performing luminescence reaction for a sufficiently long time. DNA as a sequencing target is immobilized on the surface of a solid supporter. Nucleic acid substrates are injected from a dispenser to the supporter site where complementary strand synthesis is in turn performed rapidly and completely in a short time under a small reaction volume. Next, the supporter together with the product thereon is moved into a luminescence reaction solution where luminescence reaction is in turn performed. Thus, a DNA complementary strand synthesis reaction site and a luminescence reaction site are completely separated. The-supporter surface is also washed by dipping the supporter in the luminescence reaction solution that contains a luminescence reagent and an enzyme that degrades redundant nucleic acid substrates.10-08-2009
20130203158Monitoring Method and Apparatus - A device for remote management of patients suffering from heart failure and hypertension can measure one or more biomarker. The device aids in monitoring the efficacy and safety of treatment in such patients.08-08-2013
20120077261DEVICE FOR A MEMBRANE ASSAY - 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 μm is used in the labeling component part.03-29-2012
20120094368SPLIT SPIN CENTRIFUGATION OF TEST ELEMENTS - High-throughput centrifugation of batches of samples is achieved by dividing a single centrifugation run of a batch of samples into two or more staggered, discrete spins with fewer samples and in which the availability of centrifuge slots for loading or unloading of samples and the subsequent delivery of experimental results can be enhanced. The methodology is particularly useful in situations where multiple samples need to be processed rapidly, for example, as part of a STAT blood typing program in urgent care facilities prior to blood transfusion.04-19-2012
20130210124DETERMINATION OF CANCER PREDISPOSITION - Disclosed herein are systems and methods for using demethylation of genomic DNA for diagnosing, predicting, and/or monitoring the status or outcome of a neoplasm or a cancer in a subject.08-15-2013
20130210126MICROFLUIDIC CARTRIDGE FOR PROCESSING AND DETECTING NUCLEIC ACIDS - A microfluidic cartridge, configured to facilitate processing and detection of nucleic acids, comprising: a top layer comprising a set of cartridge-aligning indentations, a set of sample port-reagent port pairs, a shared fluid port, a vent region, a heating region, and a set of Detection chambers; an intermediate substrate, coupled to the top layer comprising a waste chamber; an elastomeric layer, partially situated on the intermediate substrate; and a set of fluidic pathways, each formed by at least a portion of the top layer and a portion of the elastomeric layer, wherein each fluidic pathway is fluidically coupled to a sample port-reagent port pair, the shared fluid port, and a Detection chamber, comprises a turnabout portion passing through the heating region, and is configured to be occluded upon deformation of the elastomeric layer, to transfer a waste fluid to the waste chamber, and to pass through the vent region.08-15-2013
20130210127SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING AND DETECTING NUCLEIC ACIDS - A system and method for processing and detecting nucleic acids from a set of biological samples, comprising: a capture plate and a capture plate module configured to facilitate binding of nucleic acids within the set of biological samples to magnetic beads; a molecular diagnostic module configured to receive nucleic acids bound to magnetic beads, isolate nucleic acids, and analyze nucleic acids, comprising a cartridge receiving module, a heating/cooling subsystem and a magnet configured to facilitate isolation of nucleic acids, a valve actuation subsystem configured to control fluid flow through a microfluidic cartridge for processing nucleic acids, and an optical subsystem for analysis of nucleic acids; a fluid handling system configured to deliver samples and reagents to components of the system to facilitate molecular diagnostic protocols; and an assay strip configured to combine nucleic acid samples with molecular diagnostic reagents for analysis of nucleic acids.08-15-2013
20130210128METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR MEASURING ANALYTES - Methods and apparatus relating to FET arrays for monitoring chemical and/or biological reactions such as nucleic acid sequencing-by-synthesis reactions. Some methods provided herein relate to improving signal (and also signal to noise ratio) from released hydrogen ions during nucleic acid sequencing reactions.08-15-2013
20130210129Unitary Biochip Providing Sample-in to Results-out Processing and Methods of Manufacture - A biochip for the integration of all steps in a complex process from the insertion of a sample to the generation of a result, performed without operator intervention includes microfluidic and macrofluidic features that are acted on by instrument subsystems in a series of scripted processing steps. Methods for fabricating these complex biochips of high feature density by injection molding are also provided.08-15-2013

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