US 11,052,397 B2
Device and a method for collecting and transferring samples of biological material
Daniele Triva, Bovezzo (IT)
Assigned to Copan Italia S.p.A., Brescia (IT)
Filed by Copan Italia S.p.A., Brescia (IT)
Filed on Jan. 16, 2019, as Appl. No. 16/249,736.
Application 16/249,736 is a continuation of application No. 13/926,230, filed on Jun. 25, 2013, granted, now 10,220,390.
Claims priority of application No. MI2012A001120 (IT), filed on Jun. 26, 2012.
Prior Publication US 2019/0143318 A1, May 16, 2019
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. B01L 3/00 (2006.01); G01N 1/28 (2006.01); A61B 10/00 (2006.01); G01N 1/02 (2006.01)
CPC B01L 3/5055 (2013.01) [G01N 1/2813 (2013.01); A61B 10/0096 (2013.01); B01L 2200/141 (2013.01); B01L 2300/0816 (2013.01); G01N 2001/028 (2013.01); G01N 2001/2826 (2013.01); Y10T 436/2525 (2015.01)] 16 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A device for collecting, transferring and/or conserving samples of biological material, wherein the device comprises:
a support body having at least a housing seating for a conserving element for samples of biological material, which conserving element is a card for conserving samples of biological material, said housing seating being configured for enabling removably housing said card for conserving samples of biological material and comprising opposing sidewalls and comprising an opposing upper wall and lower wall, the sidewalls, the upper wall and the lower wall together defining a receptacle sized to receive said card, said upper wall comprising an opening therein through which at least a conserving portion of said card is maintained accessible for depositing a sample of biological material when the card is housed in said housing seating;
an operating portion, irremovably engaged to the support body, configured to rotate with respect to the support body and movable by rotation between at least a first closed position in which the operating portion is arranged in proximity of said housing seating and at least an open position in which the operating portion is arranged in a distanced position from said housing seating, said operating portion being provided with an engaging portion;
a sampling element, the sampling element being provided with:
a collecting portion suitable for collecting samples of biological material, and with
a coupling portion, the sampling element being selectively and removably couplable to said engaging portion at the coupling portion; and
wherein said engaging portion of the operating portion is configured for selectively and removably engaging the sampling element for samples of biological material, to said operating portion and to said support body, wherein the engaging portion is configured to carry, when the coupling portion is coupled to the engaging portion, the sampling element in rotation with the operating portion and wherein the engaging portion is configured to allow a complete removal and a whole disconnection of the sampling element from the operating portion and the support body.