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Kristina Marie Burow, Jeremy S Caldwell, Robert Charles Downs, Scott Allan Lesley, James Kevin Mainquist, Andrew J Meyer, Daniel G Sipes, Mark Richard Weselak: High throughput processing system and method of using. IRM, Timothy L Smith, Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation, June 24, 2008: US07390458 (103 worldwide citation)

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 ...


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Robert Charles Downs, Mark Richard Weselak: Gripper mechanism. IRM, Timothy L Smith, Christopher C Sappenfield, Quine Intellectual Property Law Group P C, July 15, 2003: US06592324 (44 worldwide citation)

A gripper apparatus for grasping an object such as a specimen holder. The gripper apparatus comprises two arms. In one embodiment the arms are pivotable, and in a second embodiment, each arm includes a pivotable member. The arms are moveably coupled to each other and are structured to grasp the obje ...


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Robert Charles Downs, Mark Richard Weselak, James Kevin Mainquist: Gripping mechanisms, apparatus, and methods. IRM, Timothy L Smith, Christopher C Sappenfield, Quine Intellectual Property Law Group P C, August 23, 2005: US06932557 (16 worldwide citation)

The present invention provides grasping mechanisms, gripper apparatus/systems, and related methods. Grasping mechanisms that include stops, support surfaces, and height adjusting surfaces to determine three translational axis positions of a grasped object are provided. In addition, grasping mechanis ...


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James Kevin Mainquist, Robert Charles Downs, Mark Richard Weselak, Andrew J Meyer, Kristina Marie Burow, Daniel G Sipes, Jeremy Caldwell: Specimen plate lid and method of using. IRM, Timothy L Smith, March 18, 2003: US06534014 (15 worldwide citation)

The specimen plate lid is generally a block, with a cover portion and a side portion. An alignment protrusion extends from the side portion and cooperates with an alignment member of the specimen plate to assist in manually or roboticly guiding the lid onto the specimen plate. An underside surface o ...


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Robert Charles Downs, Mark Richard Weselak, James Kevin Mainquist: Gripping mechanisms, apparatus and methods. IRM, Timothy L Smith Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation, September 9, 2008: US07422411 (13 worldwide citation)

The present invention provides grasping mechanisms, gripper apparatus/systems, and related methods. Grasping mechanisms that include stops, support surfaces, and height adjusting surfaces to determine three translational axis positions of a grasped object are provided. In addition, grasping mechanis ...


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Robert Charles Downs, Mark Richard Weselak: Apparatus and method for preparing fluid mixtures. IRM, Timothy L Smith, Christopher C Sappenfield, Quine Intellectual Property Law Group P C, December 9, 2003: US06659142 (4 worldwide citation)

A system and method for preparing and dispensing fluid mixtures is provided. Fluid wells are positioned below a plurality of fluid dispensing devices, such as syringes configured to dispense fluid into the individual fluid wells. The fluid dispensing devices are configured to be positionable relativ ...


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Robert Charles Downs, Mark Richard Weselak, James Kevin Mainquist: Gripping mechanisms, apparatus, and methods. Irm, Quine Intellectual Property Law Group PC, May 6, 2004: US20040086368-A1

The present invention provides grasping mechanisms, gripper apparatus/systems, and related methods. Grasping mechanisms that include stops, support surfaces, and height adjusting surfaces to determine three translational axis positions of a grasped object are provided. In addition, grasping mechanis ...


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Robert Charles Downs, Mark Richard Weselak, James Kevin Mainquist: Gripping mechanisms, apparatus and methods. Irm, Quine Intellectual Property Law Group PC, January 4, 2007: US20070005182-A1

The present invention provides grasping mechanisms, gripper apparatus/systems, and related methods. Grasping mechanisms that include stops, support surfaces, and height adjusting surfaces to determine three translational axis positions of a grasped object are provided. In addition, grasping mechanis ...


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Robert Charles Downs, Mark Richard Weselak: Gripper mechanism. Timothy L Smith, Genomics Institute Of The, August 29, 2002: US20020117380-A1

A gripper apparatus for grasping an object such as a specimen holder. The gripper apparatus comprises two arms. In one embodiment the arms are pivotable, and in a second embodiment, each arm includes a pivotable member. The arms are moveably coupled to each other and are structured to grasp the obje ...


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Robert Charles Downs, Scott Allan Lesley, James Kevin Mainquist, Andrew J Meyer, Christopher M Shaw, Mark Richard Weselak, Marc Nasoff: Automated centrifuge and method of using same. Quine Intellectual Property Law Group PC, May 15, 2003: US20030091473-A1

An automated centrifuge comprising a rotor having a plurality of cavities located in the rotor. A tube is structured to be insertable into any one of the cavities and a controller is configured to insert the tube into the cavity. The cavities located in the rotor are grouped in clusters, and the cav ...