Fluid dispenser

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 6192945
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09483606

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A method and apparatus for an automated biological reaction system is provided. In the processing of a biological reaction system, there is a need for consistently placing an amount of fluid on a slide. In order to accomplish this, several methods are used including a consistency pulse and a volume adjust means. Moreover, in order to reliably operate an automated biological reaction system, the dispenser must be reliable, easy to assemble and accurate. Among other things, in order to accomplish this, the dispense chamber is substantially in line with the reservoir chamber, the reservoir chamber piston is removed, and the flow of fluid through the dispenser is simplified. Further, in order to operate the automated biological reaction system more reliably, the system is designed in modular pieces with higher functions performed by a host device and the execution of the staining operations performed by remote devices. Also, to reliably catalog data which is used by the automated biological reaction system, data is loaded to a memory device, which in turn is used by the operator to update the operator's databases. The generation of the sequence of steps for the automated biological reaction device based on data loaded by the operator, including checks to determine the ability to complete the run, is provided.

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VENTANA MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.TUCSON, AZ189

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Druyor-Sanchez, Bobbi Tucson, AZ 9 394
Ford, Anthony Tucson, AZ 15 536
Heilman, Bronwen Tucson, AZ 9 409
McDaniel, Darin Tucson, AZ 13 501
McGraw, Brian Tucson, AZ 8 289
Mead, Stephen Tucson, AZ 16 482
Richards, William Tucson, AZ 44 1245
Showalter, Wayne Tucson, AZ 30 958

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