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1. (WO2019030502) SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATED SAMPLE PREPARATION AND SAMPLE CONTAINER
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Claims

1. A system for automated sample preparation comprising a vibrating beater for beatingly engaging a sample container alternately on opposite faces thereof in a first direction and sample manipulation means for delivering the sample to the vibrating beater in a second direction different to the first direction.

2. A system for automated sample preparation according to claim 1 , wherein the vibrating beater comprises a pair of spaced apart parallel bars defining a channel therebetween configured to receive a sample preparation container.

3. A system for automated sample preparation according to claim 2, wherein the spacing between the parallel bars is adjustable.

4. A system for automated sample preparation according to any of claims 1 to 3, wherein the vibrating beater further comprises a sample container inlet and a sample container outlet, wherein the sample container inlet and/or sample container outlet defines a funnel to facilitate entry to and/or exit from the vibrating beater by the sample container.

5. A system for automated sample preparation according to any preceding claim, wherein the second direction is substantially perpendicular to the first direction.

6. A system for automated sample preparation according to any preceding claim further comprising sealing means for sealing the sample container as said sample container is beatingly engaged by the vibrating beater.

7. A system for automated sample preparation according to claim 6, wherein the sealing means comprise one or more bars or pads moveable between a first position in which a space is defined between the sample container and the vibrating beater and a second position in which the bars or pads engage the sample container and the vibrating beater.

8. A system for automated sample preparation according to any preceding claim, wherein the sample manipulation means comprise a track or conveyor having sample container engaging portions for engaging the sample container.

9. A system for automated sample preparation according to any preceding claim further comprising a weighing device for weighing the contents of the sample container before the sample container enters the vibrating beater.

10. A system for automated sample preparation according to any preceding claim further comprising an automated filler for filling the sample container before the sample container enters the vibrating beater.

1 1. A system for automated sample preparation according to any preceding claim further comprising a robotic arm or grabber configured to remove the sample container from the vibrating breater.

12. A sample container for immunomagnetic bead separation comprising a container having a base, a sidewall and a removable or openable top, wherein the base has a channel or receptacle for collecting immunomagnetic beads and the sidewall defines a continuous convex or concave internal surface.

13. A sample container according to claim 12, wherein the continuous convex or concave internal surface is provided by a removable insert.