Chicago Ridge, IL, United States
Chicago Ridge, IL, United States

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A microfilter having a hydrophilic surface and suited for size-based capture and analysis of cells, such as circulating cancer cells, from whole blood and other human fluids is disclosed. The filter material is photo-definable, allowing the formation of precision pores by UV lithography. Exemplary embodiments provide a device that combines a microfilter with 3D nanotopography in culture scaffolds that mimic the 3D in vivo environment to better facilitate growth of captured cells.


Patent
Creatv MicroTech Inc. | Date: 2010-05-04

A method of detecting target cells and pathogens in a test sample concentrates to target cells in solution by filtering or capturing the target cells on a solid support. The target cells are tagged with a fluorescent dye and dispersed in a solution or suspension. The resulting solution or suspension are introduced to a fluorometer to specifically identify and quantitate the target cells. The target cells can be lysed or whole when introduced to the fluorometer.


A new sensitive cell biomarker of solid tumors is identified in blood. This biomarker can be used to determine presence of carcinomas, rapid determination of treatment response, early detection of cancer, early detection of cancer recurrence, and may be used to determine therapy.


A microfilter comprising a polymer layer formed from epoxy-based photo-definable dry film, and a plurality of apertures each extending through the polymer layer. A microfilter comprising two or more polymer layers formed from epoxy-based photo-definable dry film, and a plurality of apertures or open areas each extending through the polymer layer. A method of forming a microfilter is also disclosed. The method includes providing a first layer of epoxy-based photo-definable dry film disposed on a substrate, exposing the first layer to energy through a mask to form a pattern, defined by the mask, in the first layer of dry film, forming, from the exposed first layer of dry film, a polymer layer having a plurality of apertures extending therethrough, the plurality of apertures having a distribution defined by the pattern, and removing the polymer layer from the substrate. Unique filter holder designs and methods appropriate to hold microfilters to collect the rare cells and allow performing assays in the filter holder are provided. The invention also describes the use of the microfilter and filter holder to collect rare cells from body fluids and perform assays. Rare cells collected on the microfilter in accordance with embodiments of the present invention can be used for medical and biological research applications.


Patent
Creatv MicroTech Inc. | Date: 2014-03-13

A preservative reagent for urine is disclosed that increases the stability of cells, such as tumor cells, in urine for a period of several weeks. The preservative reagent comprises polyethylene glycol (PEG), ethanol, paraformaldehyde (PFA), and ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), and optionally pH stabilizing reagents.


Cytokeratin (CK)+/CD45/DAPI+ cells in the blood of cancer patients have been considered by most as circulating tumor cells (CTCs). Different methods of isolating CTCs results in a wide range of numbers and subgroups of CTCs from same patient. As a result, the clinical significance of the number of CTCs becomes cloudy. Provided herein is methodology to categorize CTCs into morphologically distinct subpopulations, and to use one of the subpopulations in methods for predicting overall survival of a patient having cancer.


Patent
Creatv MicroTech Inc. | Date: 2010-01-21

Micro- and nanofilters have a wide range of applications in many fields, including medical diagnostics, drug delivery, medical implants, and hemodialysis. Some issues that limit commercial application of current nanofilters in medicine are low pore density, non-uniform pore size, and the use of materials that are not biocompatible. A method is described to fabricate high porosity polymer and diamond micro- and nanofilters producing smooth, uniform and straight pores of high aspect ratio. Pore size, density, and shape can be predetermined with a high degree of precision by masks and controlled etch. The method combines energetic neutral atom beam lithography and a mask. This technology allows etching polymeric materials in a clean, well-controlled, and charge-free environment, making it very suitable for fabricating nanofilters and other components for biomedical applications.


Trademark
Creatv MicroTech Inc. | Date: 2012-06-01

Medical apparatus and diagnostics, namely, microfilters to collect cells from body fluids, bone marrow, ascities, pleural sputum, spinal fluid, cervical pap smears.


Trademark
Creatv MicroTech Inc. | Date: 2012-02-21

Luminometers, fluorometers and spectrofluorometers for research, commercial and industrial use in the fields of chemistry, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage manufacturing, environmental testing and chemical processing; luminometers, fluorometers and spectrofluorometers for laboratory and scientific use in the field of medical diagnostics. Luminometers, fluorometers and spectrofluorometers for medical diagnostic use.


A microfilter comprising a polymer layer formed from photo-definable dry film, and a plurality of apertures each extending through the polymer layer. A microfilter comprising two or more polymer layers formed from photo-definable dry film, and a plurality of apertures or open areas each extending through the polymer layer. Methods of forming apertures in one or more layers of photo-definable dry film are also disclosed. Filter holder designs and methods appropriate to hold microfilters to collect the rare cells and to perform of assays in the filter holder are provided. Microfiltration chip designs and methods appropriate to collect the rare cells and to perform assays in the microfluidic chips are provided. The invention also describes the use of the microfilter, filter holder and microfilter chips to collect rare cells from body fluids and perform assays, and these rare cells can be used for medical and biological research applications.

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