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1. (WO2019005827) FILTRATION DEVICE WITH REMOVABLE PROTECTIVE MEMBER
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What is claimed is:

1. A cell filtration assembly comprising:

a filter support member including a sample well;

a filter membrane extending across the sample well;

the filter support member and/or the filter membrane configured to be sectioned; and

a protective element disposed over at least a portion of the filter support member, the protective element configured to protect the filter support member from tissue processing reagents during processing of the cells captured from the biological sample.

2. The cell filtration assembly of claim 1, wherein the protective element is adapted to be removed prior to sectioning.

3. The cell filtration assembly of any one of claims 1 or 2, wherein the protective element comprises a removable shell.

4. The cell filtration assembly of claim 1, wherein the protective element is adapted to be sectioned while disposed over at least a portion of the filter support member.

5. The cell filtration assembly of any one of claims 1 or 4, wherein the protective element comprises a polymeric coating.

6. The cell filtration assembly of claim 4, wherein the protective element comprises Parylene.

7. The cell filtration assembly of any one of claims 1 to 6, wherein the filter support member comprises a wax.

8. A cell filtration assembly adapted to capture cells from a biological sample, the cell filtration assembly comprising:

a sectionable base member;

a sample well defined within the sectionable base member;

a porous surface defining a lower portion of the sample well, the porous surface adapted to capture cells from the biological sample while permitting fluids to pass therethrough during centrifugation; and

a protective polymeric coating disposed over at least a portion of the sectionable base member;

wherein the protective polymeric coating protects the sectionable base member against tissue processing reagents; and

wherein the protective polymer coating is sectionable.

9. The cell filtration assembly of claim 8, wherein the protective polymer coating comprises Parylene.

10. The cell filtration assembly of any one of claims 8 or 9, wherein the sectionable base member comprises paraffin.

1 1. The cell filtration assembly of any one of claims 8 to 10, wherein the porous surface has an average pore size of about 0.1 to 50 micrometers.

12. A cell filtration assembly adapted to capture cells from a biological sample, the cell filtration assembly comprising:

a sectionable base member;

a sample well defined within the sectionable base member;

a porous surface defining a lower portion of the sample well, the porous surface adapted to capture cells from the biological sample while permitting fluids to pass therethrough during centrifugation; and

a protective shell disposed over at least a portion of the sectionable base member;

wherein the protective shell protects the sectionable base member against tissue processing reagents; and

wherein the protective shell is removable prior to sectioning the sectionable base member.

13. The cell filtration assembly of claim 12, further comprising a protective cap that protects at least some portions of the sectionable base member that are not protected by the protective shell.

14. The cell filtration assembly of any one of claims 12 or 13, further comprising a protective membrane that is securable to a lower surface of the sectionable base member to protect the lower surface of the sectionable base member against tissue processing reagents.

15. The cell filtration assembly of any one of claims 12 to 14, wherein the sectionable base member comprises paraffin.