Patent Number: 7,787,681

Title: Systems and methods for robotic transport

Abstract: Systems and methods for robotic transport are disclosed herein. In some embodiments, robotic systems for transporting biological samples include: a plurality of capillary vessels, in which each capillary vessel can contain a biological sample from a population; a receptacle that can contain the plurality of capillary vessels; a centrifuge; a first robotic device that can transport the receptacle between an input module and the centrifuge; a second robotic device that can transport the receptacle between the centrifuge and a sample harvest location; a cutting device that can cut each of the plurality of capillary vessels; a multi-well plate having a plurality of wells arranged in an array; and a third robotic device that can transfer at least one portion of each of the plurality of biological samples from each of the plurality of capillary vessels to a corresponding well in the array.

Inventors: Zhang; Jian (New York, NY), Salerno; Alessio (Montreal, CA), Simaan; Nabil (New York, NY), Yao; Y. Lawrence (New York, NY), Randers-Pehrson; Gerhard (Ossining, NY), Garty; Guy (Dobbs Ferry, NY), Dutta; Aparajita (Waltham, MA), Brenner; David J. (New York, NY)

Assignee: The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York

International Classification: G06K 9/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/31/12018