(19)
(11)EP 2 333 561 A3

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION

(88)Date of publication A3:
11.06.2014 Bulletin 2014/24

(43)Date of publication A2:
15.06.2011 Bulletin 2011/24

(21)Application number: 11075041.1

(22)Date of filing:  10.03.2006
(51)Int. Cl.: 
G01N 35/02  (2006.01)
G01N 21/64  (2006.01)
G01N 21/76  (2006.01)
G01N 35/10  (2006.01)
G01N 35/04  (2006.01)
B01L 7/00  (2006.01)
G01N 35/00  (2006.01)
C12Q 1/68  (2006.01)
(84)Designated Contracting States:
AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC NL PL PT RO SE SI SK TR

(30)Priority: 10.03.2005 US 659874 P

(62)Application number of the earlier application in accordance with Art. 76 EPC:
06737943.8 / 1861721

(71)Applicant: Gen-Probe Incorporated
San Diego, CA 92121 (US)

(72)Inventors:
  • Knight, Byron J.
    San Diego, CA 92115 (US)
  • Haito, Li
    San Diego, CA 92130 (US)

(74)Representative: Lloyd, John Scott et al
Maschio & Soames IP Limited 20 Carlton Crescent
Southampton, SO15 2ET
Southampton, SO15 2ET (GB)

  


(54)System for performing multi-formatted assays


(57) A system for detecting two or more different optical signals emitted from each of a plurality of reaction receptacles, wherein the reaction receptacles are disposed in a fixed arrangement with respect to each other, said system comprising: a plurality of optical sensors, each of said optical sensors being configured to detect one of the two or more optical signals and being associated with one of the reaction receptacles so that each reaction receptacle has associated therewith one optical sensor for each optical signal to be detected, whereby said optical sensors associated with each of the plurality of reaction receptacles are arranged in a configuration that enables each optical sensor to detect the associated optical signal emitted from the associated reaction receptacle; and a transport mechanism constructed and arranged to effect relative movement between the plurality of reaction receptacles and the optical sensors to sequentially place each reaction receptacle into a signal-detecting position with respect to one of its associated optical sensors, wherein (1) said plurality of optical sensors are arranged so that only one of the plurality of reaction receptacles at a time can be in a signal-detecting position with respect to one of its associated optical sensors, and (2) optical sensors configured to detect each of the two or more optical signals are arranged in groups so that each of the reaction receptacles is placed in a signal-detecting position with respect to an associated optical sensor configured to detect one optical signal before any of the reaction receptacles is placed in signal-detecting position with respect to an associated optical sensor configured to detect a different optical signal.