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Patent: 4,978,505

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Summary for Patent: 4,978,505
Title: Automated system for micropropagation and culturing organic material
Abstract:An automated system for growing plant material includes an first length of membrane material having a plurality of open growing chambers and a second length of membrane material having a plurality of growing chambers filled with the plant material. A media preparation unit mixes stock solutions for dispensing into the growing chambers by a fill unit. A scanner unit determines that a sufficient amount of media has been dispensed within each chamber. A sterilization unit sterilizes the chambers which then pass to a cooling and storage unit until ready for planting with plant material. The second length of plant-filled growing chambers are housed in a plant culture room where the plant material is permitted to grow. A scanner determines the extent of growth of the plant material. Upon the material reaching a predetermined growth, the growing chambers pass to a surface sterilization unit. A cutting unit opens the chambers and the plant material is removed. The material is passed through a cutting unit where the material is cut into pieces. Each piece of material is then planted into a media-filled chamber from the cooling and storing unit. A heat sealer closes the open end of the newly plant-filled growing chambers. The newly plant-filled growing chambers are then transported back to the culture room. A tractor feed apparatus transports the lengths of growing chambers throughout the automated system and a control system controls the operation of each of the units and tractor feed apparatus.
Inventor(s): Kertz; Malcolm G. (Sealy, TX)
Assignee: Agristar, Inc. (Conroe, TX)
Application Number:07/278,681
Patent Claims:see list of patent claims

Details for Patent 4,978,505

Applicant Tradename Biologic Ingredient Dosage Form BLA Number Approval Date Patent No. Assignee Estimated Patent Expiration Status Orphan Source
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. ZOSTAVAX zoster vaccine live INJECTION, POWDER, LYOPHILIZED, FOR SUSPENSION 125123 001 2006-05-25   Start Trial Agristar, Inc. (Conroe, TX) 2007-12-18 search
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. ZOSTAVAX zoster vaccine live INJECTION, POWDER, LYOPHILIZED, FOR SUSPENSION 125123 1 2006-05-25   Start Trial Agristar, Inc. (Conroe, TX) 2007-12-18 search
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