Terumo has been granted a patent for a method and system for configuring settings of a cell expansion system. The invention allows users to configure display settings, system settings, and settings associated with protocols for loading, growing, and harvesting cells. A diagram view is displayed on a user interface, enabling users to visualize and configure the settings for task configuration. The configured settings can be stored and retrieved for subsequent execution or modification of the protocol. GlobalData’s report on Terumo gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Configuring settings for cell expansion system with graphical interface

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Terumo Corp

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11773363B2) describes a method for configuring a protocol for cell expansion. The method involves receiving an indication to configure a process for cell expansion through a user interface on a display device. In response, a diagram view of a cell expansion system is displayed on the user interface. The diagram view includes depicting the first space of a bioreactor and the first direction of a first fluid flow in the first space using visual indicators.

The bioreactor in the cell expansion system can be a hollow fiber membrane, and the system itself can be a closed cell expansion system. The first space in the bioreactor can be either an intracapillary space or an extracapillary space. Additionally, the method includes depicting a second space of the bioreactor and a second direction of a second fluid flow in the second space using visual indicators.

The method also involves receiving touch events on the user interface and mapping the location of the touch event to a graphical user interface (GUI) element displayed on the interface. If the GUI element is associated with a menu of options, the menu of options is displayed. If the GUI element is associated with a numeric value, a data entry pad is displayed to receive a value for a setting of the cell expansion process.

The patent also describes a display device for configuring a protocol for cell expansion. The display device includes a processor, a display, and memory. The processor executes computer-executable instructions to receive indications for configuring the cell expansion process and display the diagram view of the cell expansion system on the user interface.

Furthermore, the patent discloses a cell expansion system that includes a bioreactor, at least one processor, a display device, and memory. The display device displays a user interface and includes a rocker setting GUI element that determines the position and movement of the bioreactor during the cell expansion process. The system controls the position and movement of the bioreactor based on the setting selection of the rocker setting GUI element.

Overall, this patent presents a method, display device, and cell expansion system that provide a user-friendly interface for configuring and controlling the cell expansion process. The visual indicators and touch-based interactions enhance the user experience and facilitate efficient cell expansion.

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