Aushon Biosystems of Billerica, Mass., has received US Patent No. 7,585,463, "Apparatus and method for dispensing fluid, semi-solid and solid samples." The patent describes microarrayers for depositing minute droplets of biological or chemical fluid samples in ordered arrays onto substrates. It also describes tissue arrayers for the collection and deposition of solid and semi-solid tissue samples in ordered arrays. Fluidics robots for the autonomous collection, dispensing and processing of biological or chemical fluid samples are also claimed.