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Funnel for localizing biological cell placement and arrangement

United States Patent

March 6, 2018
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The present disclosure relates to a funnel apparatus for channeling cells onto a plurality of distinct, closely spaced regions of a seeding surface. The funnel apparatus has a body portion having an upper surface and a lower surface. The body portion forms a plurality of flow paths, at least one of which is shaped to have a decreasing cross-sectional area from the upper surface to the lower surface. The flow paths are formed at the lower surface to enable cells deposited into the flow paths at the upper surface of the funnel apparatus to be channeled into a plurality of distinct, closely spaced regions on the seeding surface positioned adjacent the lower surface.
Soscia; David (Livermore, CA), Benett; William J. (Livermore, CA), Mukerjee; Erik V. (Dublin, CA)
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (Livermore, CA)
14/ 824,857
August 12, 2015
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT RIGHTS The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC52-07NA27344 between the U.S. Department of Energy and Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, for the operation of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.