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1. (WO2013123216) CENTRIFUGE

Pub. No.:    WO/2013/123216    International Application No.:    PCT/US2013/026175
Publication Date: Fri Aug 23 01:59:59 CEST 2013 International Filing Date: Fri Feb 15 00:59:59 CET 2013
IPC: B04B 1/02
B04B 5/04
B04B 7/08
B04B 11/04
Inventors: NASH, John, E.
FISHER, William, T.
EVANS, Douglas, G.
Centrifuges are useful to, among other things, remove red blood cells from whole blood and retain platelets and other factors in a reduced volume of plasma. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) and or platelet poor plasma (PPP) can be obtained rapidly and is ready for immediate injection into the host. Embodiments may include valves, operated manually or automatically, to open ports that discharge the excess red blood cells and the excess plasma into separate receivers while retaining the platelets and other factors in the centrifuge chamber. High speeds used allow simple and small embodiments to be used at the patients side during surgical procedures. The embodiments can also be used for the separation of liquids or slurries in other fields such as, for example, the separation of pigments or lubricants.