06562298 is referenced by 13 patents and cites 187 patents.

The embodiments disclosed relate to determination of an item of interest in a sample. One embodiment relates to a structure which comprises a process path. The process path comprises a process lane including a process step performance lane where a process step is performed, and a process step avoidance lane where the process step is avoided. A first prime mover is operatively connected with the process path for moving a container holding the sample along the process path. A first pipetting system is operatively associated with the process path for introducing the sample to the container. A second pipetting system is operatively associated with the process path for introducing a reagent to the container. A device is operatively connected with the process path and is selectively engagable with the container for mixing the sample and the reagent in the container. A second prime mover is operatively connected with the process path for selectively positioning the container in a selected one of the process step performance lane and the process step avoidance lane. A reader is operatively connected with the process path for determining the item of interest in the sample based upon a reaction between the sample and the reagent.

Title
Structure for determination of item of interest in a sample
Application Number
9/298711
Publication Number
6562298 (B1)
Application Date
April 23, 1999
Publication Date
May 13, 2003
Inventor
Julius J Toth
Mundelein
IL, US
Neal T Sleszynski
Kenosha
WI, US
Jack F Ramsey
Grayslake
IL, US
David W Murray
Allen
TX, US
Adrian John Murray
Arlington Heights
IL, US
James E Mitchell
Windham
NH, US
Jimmy D McCoy
Keller
TX, US
Robert P Luoma II
Highland Village
TX, US
James T Holen
Mundelein
IL, US
Robert C Gray
Gurnee
IL, US
Cass J Grandone
Southlake
TX, US
Gregory E Gardner
Euless
TX, US
Charles M Galitz
Kenosha
WI, US
Patrick P Fritchie
Southlake
TX, US
Richard C East Jr
Dallas
TX, US
Chadwick M Dunn
McHenry
IL, US
Richard D Button
Richardson
TX, US
Grady Barnes III
Grayslake
IL, US
David C Arnquist
The Colony
TX, US
Agent
David L Weinstein
US
Assignee
Abbott Laboratories
IL, US
IPC
G01N 35/04
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