US 10,376,656 B2
Side-angle decapping of pre-filled syringe
Robert J. Dyer, Concord, MA (US); and Andrew Coats, Somerville, MA (US)
Assigned to Portal Instruments, Inc., Cambridge, MA (US)
Filed by Portal Instruments, Inc., Cambridge, MA (US)
Filed on May 18, 2017, as Appl. No. 15/598,653.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/337,967, filed on May 18, 2016.
Prior Publication US 2017/0333633 A1, Nov. 23, 2017
Int. Cl. A61M 5/24 (2006.01); A61M 5/36 (2006.01); A61M 5/32 (2006.01); A61M 5/30 (2006.01)
CPC A61M 5/36 (2013.01) [A61M 5/24 (2013.01); A61M 5/2466 (2013.01); A61M 5/30 (2013.01); A61M 5/3204 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
9. An injector cartridge comprising:
a first section;
a second section slidably coupled to the first section permitting sliding of the second section in a sliding direction relative to the first section;
wherein the injector cartridge is configured to receive an elongated liquid-filled capsule having a first end and a second end opposite the first end, such that the capsule is pivotably coupled at the first end to the second section and mechanically biased to align the capsule with the sliding direction, and having an opening at the second end; and
wherein the injector cartridge is configured such that sliding the second section relative to the first section causes the injector cartridge to transform from a first configuration to a second configuration, and then sliding the first section relative to the second section causes the injector cartridge to transform from the second configuration to a third configuration different than the first configuration, and
in the first configuration of the injector cartridge, the injector cartridge causes the capsule to be angularly offset in direction from the sliding direction, and the second end of the capsule to be engaged in the first section of the housing such that the opening at the second end of the capsule is closed,
in the second configuration of the injector cartridge, the injector cartridge causes the capsule to be aligned with the sliding direction and the second end of the capsule to be free of the first section, and
in the third configuration of the injector cartridge, the injector cartridge causes the capsule to be aligned with the sliding direction and the second end of the capsule to be engaged in the first section such that the opening at the second end of the capsule permits transfer of fluid from the capsule.