Did Serco’s Patent Officers supply perfume bottle spray head for Novichok dispersion device?

BREAKING! Novichok victim Dawn Sturgess ‘sprayed nerve gas onto both wrists’

“Novichok victim’s boyfriend claims she ‘sprayed nerve agent disguised in perfume bottle’ on both wrists

SOPHIE WILLIAMS – The Evening Standard July 18, 2018

The boyfriend of Novichok victim Dawn Sturgess claims that the nerve agent that killed her was in a perfume bottle which she then sprayed onto her wrists.

A murder probe was launched following the death of 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess who was exposed to the same nerve agent used in an attack against former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

Charlie Rowley, the boyfriend of Ms Sturgess, also collapsed after being exposed to the nerve agent and is still seriously ill in hospital.

His brother told the MailOnline that he had spoken with Mr Rowley and he recalled “that Dawn sprayed the perfume on both her wrists.”

“He also mentioned that he vaguely recollects there being an odd ammonia-type smell from the perfume.”

Mr Rowley said his brother does not remember where they picked up the bottle of perfume as his memory has been affected by the incident.

He is currently only able to speak in small sentences, his brother said.

Mr Rowley said: “When I spoke to him yesterday he was shouting ‘they’ve killed my girlfriend, they’ve killed my girlfriend.”

Following the death of Ms Sturgess, Prime Minister Theresa May said she was “appalled and shocked” by her death.

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the head of UK counter terror policing, described Ms Sturgess’s death as “shocking and tragic news” and said the force’s thoughts were with the families of both victims.

He added: “This terrible news has only served to strengthen our resolve to identify and bring to justice the person or persons responsible for what I can only describe as an outrageous, reckless and barbaric act.”

Dr Christine Blanshard, from Salisbury District Hospital where Ms Sturgess was treated, described her death as “desperately sad” and sent her condolences to the family.

He added: “The staff here at Salisbury District Hospital worked tirelessly to save Dawn.

What is Novichok?

“Our staff are talented, dedicated and professional and I know today they will be hurting too. They did everything they could.”

According to Public Health England, the risk to the public remains relatively low however locals have been urged not to pick up any strange items such as needles, syringes or unusual containers.”

“Ing Wen Precision Ent Co Ltd’s Perfume bottle spray head assembly 2012-07-10 US8215571B2 Grant A perfume bottle spray head assembly is disclosed to include a nozzle head, a lock cap, a receptacle, a plug, a dip tube, an outer cap and a rotary shut-off control plate. The nozzle head has passage means defined therein to facilitate mixing of liquid perfume with compressed air for enabling well-mixed liquid perfume and compressed air mixture to be sprayed out in a mist. The rotary shut-off control plate is operable to rotate the plug in the receptacle between a close position to shut off the liquid perfume passage and an open position to open the liquid perfume passage. “

“RESPIRA THERAPEUTICS Inc’s Powder dispersion devices and methods 2013-12-26 US20130340754A1 Application Abstract A dry powder inhaler may include a powder storage, an inlet channel, a dispersion chamber, and an outlet channel. A geometry of the inhaler may be such that a flow profile is generated within the dispersion chamber that causes an actuator to oscillate, enabling the actuator when oscillating to deaggregate powdered medicament within the dispersion chamber to be aerosolized and entrained by the air and delivered to a patient through the outlet channel.

The powder dispersion devices and methods in accordance with the present disclosure may be applicable in many scenarios. For example, APIs (Active Pharmaceuticals Ingredients), or active agents, that may be used with any of the mechanisms described within the context of the present disclosure may include .. Examples of nerve agents may include G series such as Tabun (GA), Sarin (GB), Soman (GD), Cyclosarin (GF), GV series such as Novichok agents, GV (nerve agent), V series such as VE, VG, VM, and the like. … As mentioned above, the example bead 302 disposed within the example chamber 104 may oscillate in a manner similar to that described in U.S. application Ser. No. 13/469,963, filed 11 May 2012, entitled “Bead-Containing Dry Powder Inhaler.” However, in accordance with the present disclosure, the bead 302 may not include a pre-coated powder on its surface. Rather, powder may be separately introduced into the chamber 104 from a receptacle such as dose containment or dosing chamber, or other temporary holding compartment or region, or from another dry powder inhaler, as described further below. With this configuration, the powder may be initially placed into a dose containment chamber. When a patient inhales from a mouthpiece, air may be drawn through the dose containment chamber which moves the powder into the chamber 104, where it encounters the bead 302 oscillating primarily along the longitudinal axis L (see e.g., FIG. 3).”

“Serco Awarded $95 Million Patent Classification Contract with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office November 30, 2015 RESTON, VA – November 30, 2015 – Serco Inc., a provider of professional, technology, and management services, announced today the Company has been awarded a patent classification services contract with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Serco will provide initial patent classification and reclassification services to support USPTO’s core mission of examining, granting, and disseminating patents and trademarks. The recompete contract has a one-year base period with four one-year option periods, and is valued at $95 million over the five-year period, if all options and award terms are exercised.”

“Serco Inc. Capabilities Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) Software Support Develop, demonstrate, implement and transition technologies to improve software/hardware development, fielding and sustainment support for chemical/biological detection and reconnaissance systems, individual and collective protection systems, decontamination systems, and information management systems for the Warfighter and First Responder, Homeland Defense and civil support activities.”

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