US Patent No: 6,471,660

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Method and apparatus for measuring factors in mammary fluids

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Provided are methods for non-invasively obtaining mammary fluid from a subject. The method further provides methods for measuring the risk of a mammary disease by measuring a biological factor in the mammary fluid. Further provided is an apparatus useful in obtaining a mammary fluid from the mammary gland of a subject.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITYDETROIT, MI341

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Covington, Chandice Clinton Township, MI 5 57

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EPI-SCI, LLC (7)
7,630,759 Method and system for detecting electrophysiological changes in pre-cancerous and cancerous breast tissue and epithelium 4 2003
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NEOMATRIX, LLC (3)
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ATOSSA GENETICS, INC. (2)
6,887,210 Devices and methods for obtaining mammary fluid samples for evaluating breast diseases, including cancer 18 2001
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NOEMATRIX, LLC (1)
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