Heat and air flow control for assay carrier

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 5246665
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07709728

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A carousel for carrying and positioning a plurality of assays and a plurality of reagent packs in an immunoassay testing apparatus is designed to direct warmed or heated air in a predetermined and controlled manner for maintaining the assays and reagent packs within a specified, controlled temperature range.

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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
ABBOTT LABORATORIESABBOTT PARK, IL, US948

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Dunn, Chadwick M Vernon Hills, IL 13 543
Grandone, Cass J Lake Forest, IL 12 907
Ludington, Kris T Brewster, NY 1 104
Tyranski, James T Oakwood Hills, IL 6 518

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