Thermo Fisher Scientific has patented a bioreactor control system that utilizes sensors, electronic cards, and a controller to monitor and adjust operating conditions. The system generates signals, processes them, and modifies conditions accordingly. This innovation enhances bioreactor efficiency and productivity. GlobalData’s report on Thermo Fisher Scientific 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 Thermo Fisher Scientific, Nanoemulsion cosmetics was a key innovation area identified from patents. Thermo Fisher Scientific's grant share as of January 2024 was 56%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Bioreactor control system with sensor, electronic card, and controller

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11886176B2) outlines a process for controlling a bioreactor through a series of steps. The process involves generating signals indicative of the bioreactor's operating conditions at sensors near the bioreactor, processing these signals through electronic cards, and ultimately modifying the bioreactor's operation based on control signals generated by a bioreactor controller. The patent also details the aggregation of multiple signals, including converting analog signals to digital, and transmitting these signals to the bioreactor controller for further processing.

Furthermore, the patent specifies various operating conditions that can be monitored and controlled within the bioreactor, such as pH, dissolved oxygen, pressure, temperature, foam level, and more. The process also includes the use of cables to transmit signals between sensors, electronic cards, and the bioreactor controller, ensuring efficient communication and control. Additionally, the patent describes the display of a graphic user interface connected to the bioreactor controller, allowing users to monitor and modify the bioreactor's operation through user inputs. Overall, the patent provides a comprehensive framework for effectively controlling and monitoring bioreactor operations through signal processing, aggregation, and user interface interaction.

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