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High performance hybrid magnetic structure for biotechnology applications

United States Patent

December 12, 2006
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The present disclosure provides a high performance hybrid magnetic structure made from a combination of permanent magnets and ferromagnetic pole materials which are assembled in a predetermined array. The hybrid magnetic structure provides for separation and other biotechnology applications involving holding, manipulation, or separation of magnetic or magnetizable molecular structures and targets. Also disclosed are: a method of assembling the hybrid magnetic plates, a high throughput protocol featuring the hybrid magnetic structure, and other embodiments of the ferromagnetic pole shape, attachment and adapter interfaces for adapting the use of the hybrid magnetic structure for use with liquid handling and other robots for use in high throughput processes.
Humphries; David E. (El Cerrito, CA), Pollard; Martin J. (El Cerrito, CA), Elkin; Christopher J. (San Ramon, CA)
The Regents of the University of California (Oakland, CA)
11/ 248,934
October 11, 2005
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENTAL SUPPORT This invention was made during work supported by U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC03-76SF00098, now DE-AC02-05CH11231. The government has certain rights in this invention.