AgaMatrix Inc.

Salem, NH, United States

AgaMatrix Inc.

Salem, NH, United States

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Patent
AgaMatrix Inc. | Date: 2017-02-17

A method for monitoring a select analyte in a sample in an electrochemical system. The method includes applying to the electrochemical system a time-varying potential superimposed on a DC potential to generate a signal; and discerning from the signal a contribution from the select analyte by resolving an estimation equation based on a Faradaic signal component and a nonfaradaic signal component.


Patent
AgaMatrix Inc. | Date: 2017-04-03

A test strip with an incorporated optical waveguide and deflectors punched through the optical waveguide allows light to exit through a layer of the test strip and be detected by a photo detector. Using light and a photodetector, these uniquely coded strips are identified. The waveguide can be constructed by sandwiching two layers of the test strip around a light transmissible layer. This configuration allows light to be transmitted through the test strip and out the other end, as well as allowing some light to escape the deflector. This light is detected by a photodetector mounted in the analyte test meter. The deflectors may be placed in patterns such that detection of this light indicates certain characteristics of the strip, such as non-counterfeit, regional identification, type of analyte tested, and coding information.


Patent
AgaMatrix Inc. | Date: 2016-02-08

A method and apparatus for electrochemical detection of analyte in a sample makes use of a binding interaction and relies on the discovery that asymmetric distribution of a redox enzyme between two electrodes that occurs when a redox enzyme-containing reagent is immobilized at the surface of one electrode can be detected as a chemical potential gradient arising from an asymmetry in the distribution of oxidized or reduced redox substrate. This chemical potential gradient can be detected potentiometrically by observing the potential difference between the electrodes in an open circuit, or amperometrically by observing the current flow between the electrodes when the circuit is closed. In both cases, the observation of asymmetry can be done without the application of an external potential or current to the electrodes.


Patent
AgaMatrix Inc. | Date: 2016-01-05

The presence of oxygen or red blood cells in a sample applied to an electrochemical test strip that makes use of a reduced mediator is corrected for by an additive correction factor that is determined as a function of the temperature of the sample and a measurement that reflects the oxygen carrying capacity of the sample. The measured oxygen carrying capacity can also be used to determine hematocrit and to distinguish between blood samples and control solutions applied to a test strip.


Determination of an analyte in solution when partial fill is detected. A sample is introduced to an electrochemical test strip and a constant potential difference, V_(app), applied between the electrodes; the applied potential is switched off at time t_(switch) after the first application of potential and before any second application of potential. An analyte-dependent current measurement is made between the electrodes during first or second applications of potential, by:(a) measuring a first value representative of the current between the electrodes just prior to time t_(switch) or an extrapolated value of this current to a measurement time, t_(meas);(b) measuring voltage change after the applied potential is switched off, and determining the double layer capacitance of test strip; and(c) comparing the determined double layer capacitance to a reference value. A double layer capacitance less than the reference value indicates that the test strip is only partially filled.


Patent
AgaMatrix Inc. | Date: 2016-08-24

The device is a multi-cell test device, comprising:a plurality of coplanar electrochemical cells, comprising, in sequence:(a) a common first substrate (1101) having a layer of conductive material applied to a first surface thereof;(b) a common electrically-resistive middle layer (1104); and(c) a common second substrate (1102) having a layer of conductive material applied to a first surface thereof, the first surface of the first substrate and the first surface of the second substrate being adhered to the electrically resistive middle layer. Each electrochemical cell comprises:a sample-receiving end,a connector end having a plurality of connectors, anda sample space passing through the electrically resistive middle layer, bounded on opposing sides by a portion of the conductive material of the first and second substrates forming an unpatterned first electrode, and being connected with the sample-receiving end of the device.


Patent
AgaMatrix Inc. | Date: 2016-03-14

Correction for initial variation in thickness of a polymer layer and for changes in the coating thickness that occur after implantation of a biosensor and therefore provides substantial increase in the accuracy and lifetime of implantable sensors is done using a factor derived from the decay of potential.


Electrochemical test cells are made with precision and accuracy by adhering an electrically resistive sheet having a bound opening to a first electrically conductive sheet. A notching opening is then punched through the electrically resistive sheet and the first electrically conductive sheet. The notching opening intersects the first bound opening in the electrically resistive sheet, and transforms the first bound opening into a notch in the electrically resistive sheet. A second electrically conductive sheet is punched to have a notching opening corresponding to that of first electrically conductive sheet, and this is adhered to the other side of the electrically resistive sheet such that the notching openings are aligned. This structure is cleaved from surrounding material to form an electrochemical cell that has a sample space for receiving a sample defined by the first and second conductive sheets and the notch in the electrically resistive sheet.


Patent
AgaMatrix Inc. | Date: 2016-01-05

The present invention provides a method and apparatus for creating test strips that may be identified based on differences in electrical conduction or resistance between contact point on the test strip. This is achieved by creating a base test strip with contact points that may be connected to other contact points by an electrical connection. These base test strips may be modified to create a difference in electrical conductivity between contact points, or a contact point may be eliminated. This modification can be used to distinguish different types of test strips based on electrical signature. Additionally, the base test strip may be created such that multiple modifications are possible to distinguish numerous characteristics of test strips.


A method is provided for determining analyte concentrations, for example glucose concentrations, that utilizes a dynamic determination of the appropriate time for making a glucose measurement, for example when a current versus time curve substantially conforms to a Cottrell decay, or when the current is established in a plateau region. Dynamic determination of the time to take the measurement allows each strip to operate in the shortest appropriate time frame, thereby avoiding using an average measurement time that may be longer than necessary for some strips and too short for others.

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