(19)
(11)EP 2 420 814 A3

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION

(88)Date of publication A3:
04.09.2013 Bulletin 2013/36

(43)Date of publication A2:
22.02.2012 Bulletin 2012/08

(21)Application number: 11002712.5

(22)Date of filing:  28.04.2003
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
G01N 21/00(2006.01)
G01N 33/00(2006.01)
G01N 33/48(2006.01)
G01N 31/00(2006.01)
G01N 15/06(2006.01)
B01L 3/02(2006.01)
(84)Designated Contracting States:
AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HU IE IT LI LU MC NL PT RO SE SI SK TR

(30)Priority: 26.04.2002 US 375679 P

(62)Application number of the earlier application in accordance with Art. 76 EPC:
03726474.4 / 1499872

(71)Applicant: Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.
Tucson AZ 85737 (US)

(72)Inventors:
  • Lemme, Charles, Dr.
    Oro Valley, AZ 85704 (US)
  • Bryant, David
    Raleigh, NC 27613 (US)
  • Campbell, Devon C.
    Lexington, MA 02421 (US)
  • Ghusson, Andrew
    Tucson, AZ 85737 (US)
  • Reinhardt, Kurt
    Tucson, AZ 85750 (US)
  • Richards, William
    Tucson, AZ 85737 (US)
  • Rizzo, Vincent
    Tucson, AZ 85737 (US)
  • Showalter, Wayne
    Tucson, AZ 85718 (US)

(74)Representative: Prinz & Partner 
Patentanwälte Rundfunkplatz 2
80335 München
80335 München (DE)

  


(54)Automatic slide processing apparatus and method for processing slides


(57) Apparatus and methods are provided for automatically processing tissue samples located on slides, in particular for staining, washing or treating multiple samples mounted on slides. The automatic slide processing apparatus includes a slide support (1033), a reagent support (1300), a nozzle support (1100) and a reagent dispenser (1302). The slide support (1033) is operatively fixed in a given position, while the nozzle support (1100) and reagent support (1300) are selectively and independently movable relative to the slide support (1033).In this manner the reagent, wash and staining solutions are brought to the stationary slides.







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