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1. (WO2000026096) MULTI-TIER VIAL PLATE
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What is Claimed:
1. An apparatus for holding vials comprising:
a material of construction having a density greater than the density of water;
a base plate having a bottom, a perimeter, and a plurality of protrusions spaced to form compartments for holding vials; and
the bottom of the base plate having a plurality of openings allowing the passage of fluids through the bottom of the base plate, wherein there is an opening below every compartment.
2. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein the perimeter portion of the base plate is raised and includes a top having slots.
3. The apparatus of claim 2 further comprising at least one spacer having a top with slots for attachment, a bottom, and tabs on the bottom for attachment to the slots of the base plate, the at least one spacer covering the perimeter of the base plate.
4. The apparatus of claim 3 further comprising a cover having a bottom with lugs on the bottom of the cover for attachment to one of the slots of the base plate and the slots of the at least one spacer, the cover covering the entirety of one of the base plate and spacer.
5. The apparatus of claim 4 wherein the cover is curved and contains a liner made of a rubber material.
6. The apparatus of claim 5 wherein the rubber material is at least one member selected from the group consisting of silicone, natural rubber, butyl rubber, polyisoprene, and polytetrafluoroethylene.
7. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein the openings in the base plate define channels inside the perimeter of the base plate.
8. The apparatus of claim 7 wherein the channels are parallel in relation to each other.

9. The apparatus of claim 7 wherein the channels are perpendicular to each other.
10. The apparatus of claim 7 wherein the channels form a criss-cross pattern in relation to each other.
11. An apparatus for holding vials comprising:
a base plate having a top, a bottom, a plurality of protrusions spaced to form compartments for holding vials, and a raised perimeter portion including a top with slots;
the bottom of the base plate having a plurality of openings in the form of channels below every compartment, the channels allowing the passage of fluids through the bottom of the base plate and being disposed both inside the perimeter of the base plate and one of parallel with, perpendicular to, and criss-crossing each other;
a first spacer having a top with slots and a bottom with tabs, the tabs of the first spacer engaging the slots on the perimeter portion of the base plate to attach the first spacer to the base;
a second spacer having a top with slots and a bottom with tabs, the tabs of the second spacer engaging the slots on the top of the first spacer to attach the second spacer to the first spacer; and
a cover having a bottom with lugs engaging the slots on the top of the second spacer to attach the cover to the second spacer, the cover being curved and containing a liner made of a rubber material of at least one member selected from the group consisting of silicone, natural rubber, butyl rubber, polyisoprene, and
polytetrafluoroethylene.