Ventana Medical Systems

Tucson, AZ, United States

Ventana Medical Systems

Tucson, AZ, United States

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Methods, systems, and apparatuses for automatically identifying glandular regions and tubule regions in a breast tissue sample are provided. An image of breast tissue is analyzed to detect nuclei and lumen candidates, identify tumor nuclei and true lumen from the candidates, and group tumor nuclei with neighboring tumor nuclei and lumina to define tubule glandular regions and non-tubule glandular regions of the image. Learnt supervised classifiers, such as random forest classifiers, can be applied to identify and classify the tumor nuclei and true lumina. Graph-cut methods can be applied to group the tumor nuclei and lumina and to define the tubule glandular regions and non-tubule glandular regions. The analysis can be applied to whole slide images and can resolve tubule areas with multiple layers of nuclei.


Patent
Genentech, Spring Bioscience Corporation and Ventana Medical Systems | Date: 2017-05-17

The invention provides programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1 ) antibodies and methods of using the same.


The subject disclosure presents systems and computer-implemented methods for assessing a risk of cancer recurrence in a patient based on a holistic integration of large amounts of prognostic information for said patient into a single comparative prognostic dataset. A risk classification system may be trained using the large amounts of information from a cohort of training slides from several patients, along with survival data for said patients. For example, a machine-learning-based binary classifier in the risk classification system may be trained using a set of granular image features computed from a plurality of slides corresponding to several cancer patients whose survival information is known and input into the system. The trained classifier may be used to classify image features from one or more test patients into a low-risk or high-risk group.


Patent
Ventana Medical Systems | Date: 2017-03-08

Process and reagent system for removing hematoxylin precipitate, and in particular automated processes for the removal of hematoxylin precipitate from automated staining equipment utilizing said reagent system.


Patent
Ventana Medical Systems | Date: 2017-05-17

An apparatus and method for selecting and dispensing coverglasses over specimens on slides for the purpose of viewing specimens through a microscope. The selecting device contains suctioning mechanisms for picking up a coverglass from a stack of coverglasses. It also contains the ability to shape the coverglass to assist in separating and laying down of the coverglasses with a reduction in the creation of bubbles in the fluid.


Patent
Providence Health & Services Oregon D B A and Ventana Medical Systems | Date: 2017-04-05

Systems and methods for automatic FOV selection in immunoscore computation that involve reading images for individual markers from an unmixed multiplex slide or single stain slides, and computing the tissue region mask from the individual marker image. The heat map of each marker is determined by applying the low pass filter on the individual marker image channel and selecting the top K highest intensity regions from the heat map as the candidate FOVs for each marker. The candidate FOVs from the individual marker images are merged together in the same coordinate system by either adding all of the FOVs together or by only adding the FOVs from the selected marker images depending on the users choice, and registering all the individual marker images to a common coordinate system and transferring the FOVs back to the original images.


Methods, systems, and apparatuses for automatically identifying glandular regions and tubule regions in a breast tissue sample are provided. An image of breast tissue is analyzed to detect nuclei and lumen candidates, identify tumor nuclei and true lumen from the candidates, and group tumor nuclei with neighboring tumor nuclei and lumina to define tubule glandular regions and non-tubule glandular regions of the image. Learnt supervised classifiers, such as random forest classifiers, can be applied to identify and classify the tumor nuclei and true lumina. Graph-cut methods can be applied to group the tumor nuclei and lumina and to define the tubule glandular regions and non-tubule glandular regions. The analysis can be applied to whole slide images and can resolve tubule areas with multiple layers of nuclei.


Patent
Ventana Medical Systems | Date: 2017-06-14

The present disclosure relates to an image analysis system for identifying objects belonging to a particular objet class in a digital image (102-108) of a biological sample, the system comprising a processor and memory, the memory comprising interpretable instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform a method comprising: - analyzing (602) the digital image for automatically or semi-automatically identifying objects in the digital image; - analyzing (604) the digital image for identifying, for each object, a first object feature value (202, 702) of a first object feature of said object; - analyzing (606) the digital image for computing one or more first context feature values (204, 704), each first context feature value being a derivative of the first object feature values or of other object feature values of a plurality of the objects in the digital image or being a derivative of a plurality of pixels of the digital image; - inputting (608) both the first object feature value of each of the objects in the digital image and the first context feature value of said digital image into a first classifier (210, 710); and - executing (610) the first classifier, the first classifier thereby using the first object feature value of each object and the one or more first context feature values as input for automatically determining, for said object, a first likelihood (216, 714) of said object of being a member of the object class.


Patent
Ventana Medical Systems | Date: 2017-06-14

Single-stranded oligonucleotide probes, systems, kits and methods for chromosome enumeration, gene copy enumeration, or tissue diagnostics. The probes are particularly suited for detecting gene amplification, deletion, or rearrangement in tissue samples in a single, dual, or multiplexed assay. The probes exhibit improved performance compared to industry leading dual-stranded probes; particularly in terms of the rate of hybridization and the ability to achieve specific hybridization without blocking DNA.


Patent
Ventana Medical Systems | Date: 2017-03-10

The present disclosure relates to use of high-concentration aldehyde-based fixatives to fix tissue samples. Aldehyde concentrations are selected that significantly increase rate of diffusion of the fixative solution into the tissue. When combined in the cold-temperature step of a two-temperature fixation, a substantial improvement in the preservation of post-translationally modified proteins is achieved.

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