SIEMENS HEALTHCARE DIAGNOSTICS INC. (Tarrytown, NY)

In the various examples described herein, test devices are described as having two sensor arrays that are opposite, identical sides contacts, and the heating element is integrated.

This invention relates to the use of a sensor device that allows for multiple tests to run concurrently using a small sample volume.

In the various illustrative embodiments described herein, test devices are described with opposite sensor arrays, the same side contacts, as well as heated elements integrated into the device.

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