Patent Number: 7,610,943

Title: Systems and methods for dispensing portions of viscous material

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for dispensing portions of viscous material, such as the viscous materials used to form crystals of membrane proteins or soluble proteins. A liquid under pressure is used to divide the viscous materials into portions. The divided viscous material portions can optionally be deposited into are receptacle.

Inventors: Nollert; Peter (Bainbridge Island, WA), Muntianu; Alexandrina (Bellevue, WA), Haushalter; Robert C. (Los Gatos, CA), Hopkins, Jr.; Dean Allyn (San Jose, CA)

Assignee: Emerald Biosystems, Inc.

International Classification: B65B 1/04 (20060101); B67D 5/60 (20060101); G01N 21/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 1/03/02017