BICO Group has been granted a patent for an apparatus that detects cells or particles in a fluid container. The device includes a dispenser to dispense cells or particles into a defined sub-volume of fluid, with a detection apparatus performing detection in the sub-volume or sub-volumes below in a time-coordinated manner. GlobalData’s report on BICO Group gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on BICO Group, was a key innovation area identified from patents. BICO Group's grant share as of April 2024 was 38%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Apparatus for detecting cells or particles in fluid container

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: BICO Group AB

The granted patent (Publication Number: US11946853B2) describes an apparatus designed for detecting cells or particles in a fluid container. The apparatus includes a dispenser that dispenses cells or particles into a specific sub-volume of the fluid in the container. A detection apparatus is positioned relative to the container and focused on the defined sub-volume directly below the surface of the fluid. This detection apparatus is coordinated with the dispenser to perform detection in the sub-volume or in sub-volumes below it, ensuring the timely sensing of cells or particles entering the fluid.

The apparatus is particularly suited for detecting cells or particles in liquid environments, with the defined sub-volume being smaller than the entry opening of the fluid container. The detection apparatus can capture images of the sub-volume and sub-volumes below it, with a depth of less than 5mm from the fluid's surface. Additionally, the apparatus can sequentially perform detections in sub-volumes of increasing or decreasing depth. The patent also details the use of transparent fluid containers with adjusted contact angles to maintain a flat fluid surface, enhancing detection accuracy. Furthermore, the apparatus can be used with multiple fluid containers, each equipped with positioning mechanisms for precise detection of cells or particles upon entry into the fluid.

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