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Summary for Patent: 6,833,270
Title: Apparatus and method for isolating cells from organs
Abstract:An apparatus and method for extracting cells from organs in which a digestion chamber includes at least one inlet and at least one outlet, and a separator for retaining the organ and permitting the cells and the physiologically compatible medium to exit the outlet. The digestion chamber can also includes at least one agitation member having an interior with at least one void. An agitation member for extracting cells from organs is also disclosed.
Inventor(s): Poo; Ramon E. (Miami, FL), Ricordi; Camillo (Miami, FL)
Assignee: Biorep Technologies, Inc. (Miami, FL) The University of Miami (Miami, FL)
Application Number:09/994,445
Patent Claims:1. A method for extracting cells from an organ, comprising the steps of: providing a physiologically compatible medium with at least one protease; providing a digestion chamber, said chamber having at least one inlet and at least one outlet, and a separator for retaining said organ and permitting said cells and said physiologically compatible medium to exit said outlet; providing at least one agitation member in said digestion chamber, said agitation member comprising a hard, thermally stable material and having an interior with at least one void and an average density of between about 3.0-4.0 cm.sup.3 ; flowing said physiologically compatible medium through said digestion chamber; moving said agitation member within said digestion chamber, whereby said agitation member will agitate said organ to facilitate release of said cells; and collecting said cells.

2. The method of claim 1, wherein the step of moving said agitation member further comprises a step of moving said digestion chamber so as to move said agitation member within said digestion chamber.

3. The method of claim 1, wherein said agitation member comprises non-corrosive metal.

4. The method of claim 1, wherein said agitation member comprises a substantially smooth, continuous exterior surface.

5. The method of claim 1, wherein said agitation member is substantially spherical.

6. The method of claim 5, wherein said agitation member has an interior with one centrally located substantially spherical void.

7. The method of claim 1, wherein said agitation member has a density of about 3.0-4.0 g/cm.sup.3.

8. The method of claim 1, wherein said agitation member has a density of about 3.5 g/cm.sup.3.

9. The method of claim 1, wherein said protease is collagenase.

10. The method of claim 1, wherein said organ is a pancreas and said cells are Islets of Langerhans.

11. The method of claim 1, wherein said physiologically compatible medium is heated prior to entering said digestion chamber.

12. The method of claim 1, wherein said physiologically compatible medium is heated to a temperature selected to maximize the effectiveness of the protease.

13. The method of claim 1, wherein said heating heats said physiologically compatible medium to a temperature between 24.degree. C.-40.degree. C.

14. The method of claim 1, wherein said heating heats said physiologically compatible medium to a temperature of about 37.degree. C.

15. The method of claim 1, wherein said physiologically compatible medium is cooled following exit from said outlet of said digestion chamber.

16. The method of claim 1, wherein said cooling cools said physiologically compatible medium to a temperature between 4.degree. C.-20.degree. C.

17. The method of claim 1, wherein prior to said step of collecting said cells, further comprising a step of detecting said cells in said physiologically compatible medium.

18. The method of claim 1, further comprising a step of removing said physiologically compatible medium containing said cells, and adding additional physiological compatible medium without heating prior to entering said digestion chamber.

Details for Patent 6,833,270

Applicant Tradename Biologic Ingredient Dosage Form BLA Number Approval Date Patent No. Assignee Estimated Patent Expiration Status Orphan Source
Advance Biofactures SANTYL collagenase VIAL 101995 001 1965-06-04   Try a Free Trial Biorep Technologies, Inc. (Miami, FL) The University of Miami (Miami, FL) 2036-04-30 RX search
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