US 9,810,705 B2
In-vitro diagnostic analysis method and system
Thomas Meyer, Walchwil (CH); Gottlieb Schacher, Kriens (CH); Rolf Sigrist, Vitznau (CH); and Christian Guzek, Birmensdorf (CH)
Assigned to Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc., Indianapolis, IN (US)
Filed by Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc., Indianapolis, IN (US)
Filed on Aug. 29, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/249,565.
Application 15/249,565 is a continuation of application No. 14/732,132, filed on Jun. 5, 2015, granted, now 9,459,270.
Claims priority of application No. 14171899 (EP), filed on Jun. 11, 2014.
Prior Publication US 2016/0370391 A1, Dec. 22, 2016
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. G01N 35/02 (2006.01); G01N 35/10 (2006.01); G01N 35/00 (2006.01); G01N 33/86 (2006.01)
CPC G01N 35/0092 (2013.01) [G01N 33/86 (2013.01); G01N 35/026 (2013.01); G01N 35/1002 (2013.01); G01N 35/1065 (2013.01); G01N 2035/0094 (2013.01); G01N 2035/00356 (2013.01); G01N 2035/00524 (2013.01); Y10T 436/113332 (2015.01); Y10T 436/114165 (2015.01); Y10T 436/115831 (2015.01); Y10T 436/2575 (2015.01)] 20 Claims
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1. A system for in-vitro diagnostic analysis, the system comprising:
a vessel processing area comprising a first static vessel holder and a second static vessel holder and at least two movable vessel workstations, each movable vessel workstation comprising a vessel gripper;
at least one sample pipette head comprising at least two sample pipetting devices, wherein the at least two pipetting devices each comprise at least one dispensing/aspiration nozzle to pipette test liquids;
at least one reagent pipette head comprising at least three reagent pipetting devices, wherein the at least three pipetting devices each comprise at least one dispensing/aspiration nozzle to pipette reagents; and
a controller programmed to control the at least two movable vessel workstation, the at least one sample pipette head, the at least two sample pipetting devices, the at least one reagent pipette head and the at least three reagent pipetting devices for executing a number of scheduled process operations, wherein the at least two movable vessel workstation, the at least one sample pipette head, and the at least one reagent pipette head are separate from each other.