06045759 is referenced by 74 patents and cites 17 patents.

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.

Title
Fluid dispenser
Application Number
909335
Publication Number
6045759
Application Date
December 19, 1997
Publication Date
April 4, 2000
Inventor
Bronwen Heilman
Tucson
AZ, US
Bobbi Druyor Sanchez
Mesa
AZ, US
William Richards
Tucson
AZ, US
Stephen Mead
Tucson
AZ, US
Darin McDaniel
Tucson
AZ, US
Anthony Ford
Tucson
AZ, US
Agent
McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff
Assignee
Ventana Medical Systems
AZ, US
IPC
G01N 35/10
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