US 9,808,568 B2
Apparatus and method for separating and concentrating a component of a fluid
Patrick S. O'Connell, Jr., Warsaw, IN (US)
Assigned to Biomet Biologics, LLC, Warsaw, IN (US)
Filed by Biomet Biologics, LLC, Warsaw, IN (US)
Filed on Jul. 20, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/803,440.
Application 14/803,440 is a continuation of application No. 13/434,245, filed on Mar. 29, 2012, granted, now 9,120,095.
Prior Publication US 2016/0015884 A1, Jan. 21, 2016
Int. Cl. A61M 1/36 (2006.01); B01D 15/26 (2006.01); B01D 21/26 (2006.01); G01N 33/49 (2006.01); A61M 39/08 (2006.01); A61M 39/24 (2006.01); B01L 3/00 (2006.01)
CPC A61M 1/3693 (2013.01) [A61M 1/3687 (2013.01); A61M 39/08 (2013.01); A61M 39/24 (2013.01); B01D 15/26 (2013.01); B01D 21/262 (2013.01); B01L 3/502 (2013.01); B01L 3/5021 (2013.01); B01L 3/50215 (2013.01); G01N 33/491 (2013.01); B01L 2200/026 (2013.01); B01L 2300/046 (2013.01); B01L 2300/047 (2013.01); B01L 2300/0681 (2013.01); B01L 2400/0605 (2013.01)] 15 Claims
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1. A method to separate and concentrate a component of a whole material, comprising:
placing a whole material in a separation section of an integrated separation and concentration container;
applying a first force to the integrated separation and concentration container to cause separation of the whole material such that at least a portion of the whole material moves towards a first terminal end of the integrated separation and concentration container;
withdrawing the component from a buoy separation volume of a buoy system within the separation section;
placing the withdrawn component into a concentration section of the integrated separation and concentration container;
mixing the component in the concentration section with an activating/concentrating material; and
applying a second force to the integrated separation and concentration container to remove at least a portion of the component from the mixture of the activating/concentrating material.