07390458 is referenced by 103 patents and cites 111 patents.

Briefly, the present invention provides a system and method for high throughput processing using sample holders. The system has a plurality of work perimeters, with a rotational robot preferably associated with each work perimeter. At least one transfer station area is provided between adjacent work perimeters to facilitate robotic transfer of sample holders from one work perimeter to another area. Each work perimeter typically includes a plurality of defined station locations, with each station location positioned to be accessible by the robot associated with that area. In addition, each station location is typically configured to receive a device, such as an automated instrument or a holding nest. Device components are arranged at selected station locations according to specific application requirements to provide a flexible, robust, reliable, and accurate high throughput processing system.

Title
High throughput processing system and method of using
Application Number
9/981313
Publication Number
7390458 (B2)
Application Date
October 15, 2001
Publication Date
June 24, 2008
Inventor
Mark Richard Weselak
San Diego
CA, US
Daniel G Sipes
Bethel Island
CA, US
Andrew J Meyer
San Diego
CA, US
James Kevin Mainquist
San Diego
CA, US
Scott Allan Lesley
San Diego
CA, US
Robert Charles Downs
La Jolla
CA, US
Jeremy S Caldwell
Del Mar
CA, US
Kristina Marie Burow
Cardiff
CA, US
Agent
Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation
Timothy L Smith
Assignee
IRM
BM
IPC
B01L 3/02
B25J 15/00
G01N 33/50
G01N 21/01
G01N 35/10
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