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Integrated Biomanufacturing System for Fiber-Reinforced Tissue Composites
TS-047830 — An automated technique and system which combines electrospinning, additive manufacturing, and cell dispensing for generating high-quality tissue constructs with high physiological relevance.
Recent advances in biofabrication introduced by additive manufacturing/3D printing (AM/3DP) have significantly improved the overall architecture control in tissue engineered constructs. These constructs have a wide variety of important research and clinical applications including, but not limited …
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Zhang, Xu; Herderick, Edward; Niu, Ye "Ye"; Zhao, Yi
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

ReScribe: Transcription factors for reprogramming of diseased musculoskeletal related cells
TS-046978 — Transcription factors that can upregulate desired genes in diseased tissue to reprogram diseased cells, thereby reversing the disease and creating healthy non-diseased phenotype genes. These transcription factors would be especially useful in musculoskeletal diseases such as back pain and osteoarthritis.
Musculoskeletal diseases including osteoarthritis and chronic low back pain, are debilitating, painful, and often difficult to treat. Intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration, as an example, is strongly associated with low back pain, a leading cause of disability worldwide. According to the American…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Walter, Devina; Gallego Perez, Daniel; Higuita Castro, Natalia; Hoyland, Judith; Khan, Safdar; Tang, Shirley "Shirley Nina"; Walter, Benjamin
  • Licensing Officer: Aanstoos, Megan

Apoprotein manufacturing and methods for protein purification
TS-046794 — Methods of purifying proteins that can be used in various applications such as drug delivery and detoxification of byproducts of hemolysis.
Novel protein and apoprotein purification strategies are valuable tools with a wide variety of medical and research applications. While there are existing techniques for protein and apoprotein purification, some of these have flaws such as the use of harsh denaturants, highly flammable solvents, l…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Susin Pires, Ivan; Belcher, Donald; Palmer, Andre
  • Licensing Officer: Aanstoos, Megan

Therapeutic uses of the apohemoglobin-haptoglobin complex
TS-046454 — Original, synthetic complexes used to detoxify hemoglobin, heme, and free iron in patients suffering from hemolysis. The use of these complexes would allow effective treatment of various states of hemolysis and would mitigate the numerous side effects associated with the condition. Complexes could also be used as a drug carrier for targeting CD163+ macrophages and monocytes.
Hemolysis is a burgeoning health condition that results from various pathophysioloigical conditions. It is characterized by the rupture of red blood cells, which release toxic, cell-free hemoglobin into the bloodstream. The cell-free hemoglobin further break down into heme and apoglobin, which cau…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Susin Pires, Ivan; Palmer, Andre
  • Licensing Officer: Aanstoos, Megan

Biomimetic vitreous substitute with ocular drug delivery
TS-044490 — Methods and compositions for an antioxidant releasing hydrogel vitreous substitute
The vitreous humor is a fragile, transparent tissue between the lens and the retina of the eye that maintains the shape of the eye, acts as a shock absorber, and enables nutrient diffusion to ocular tissues. The vitreous also plays a key role in oxygen homeostasis. Over time, the vitreous degrades…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Swindle-Reilly, Katelyn; Reilly, Matthew; Tram, Nguyen "Archie"
  • Licensing Officer: Flammang, Ann Marie

DNA-cage erasable labels for fluorescence-based imaging
TS-043819 — Compositions and methods for analyzing multiple biomarkers without damaging tissue.
Histopathology is a cornerstone of tissue analysis used to diagnose many clinical conditions. Many of these diagnoses are based on identifying the presence of specific biomarkers, which can be indicated by colored labels. Currently, only 1-2 markers can be analyzed per slide, reducing accuracy and…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Winter, Jessica; Jergens, Elizabeth; Lee, Kil Ho "Kilho"
  • Licensing Officer: Dahlman, Jason "Jay"

Cold responsive nanoparticles for overcoming cancer drug resistance
TS-043509 — A cold-responsive nanoparticle that quickly disassembles upon ice cooling leading to intracellular burst release of a chemotherapeutic drug in seconds
Stimuli-responsive nanoparticles (NPs) hold great promise for controlling drug release inside cancer cells. An obstacle to the effectiveness of this approach to chemotherapeutic drug delivery is the rapid expulsion of the delivered drug catalyzed by efflux pumps in the cell's plasma membrane. …
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: He, Xiaoming "Shawn"; Wang, Hai
  • Licensing Officer: Norris, Francis "Frank"

A Bi-layered Capsule for Sustainable Delivery of Protein Therapeutics
TS-042858 — A biodegradable drug delivery system for the treatment of disease, especially ophthalmic diseases including age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The device will be injected and can control drug release for at least 6 months following the initial injection.
Retinal diseases can be extremely difficult to monitor once procedures have been initiated. AMD is the fourth most common causes of blindness and requires monthly injections to manage the effects of the disease and prevent permanent blindness. However, receiving recurrent injections can potentiall…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Jiang, Pengfei; Coutinho da Silva, Marco; Lannutti, John; Ohr, Matthew; Swindle-Reilly, Katelyn
  • Licensing Officer: Flammang, Ann Marie

Multi-Functional Cancer Drug Delivery Nanodevice for Precision Medicine
TS-041485 — Using the scaffolded DNA origami molecular self-assembly process, a manufactured DNA nanostructure can be created that circumvents MDR1/MRP-1 protein efflux pump-mediated multi-drug resistance in cancer cells to deliver clinically significant concentrations of chemotherapeutics.
The majority of human cancers remain incurable, in many cases this is due to innate or developed multi-drug resistance (MDR). Current therapeutics used in treatment are inadequate in light of such resistance, and more robust approaches must be found to circumvent these responses and deliver therap…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Castro, Carlos; Byrd, John; Halley, Patrick; Lucas, Christopher
  • Licensing Officer: Ezzell, Janel

Separation of Small Hydrophobic Ligands from Proteins via Tangential Flow Filtration
TS-040370 — Novel strategy to separate hydrophobic ligands from proteins through the use of Tangential Flow Filtration in which efficiency, safety, and scalability are improved. Enhanced production of proteins in this native state holds promise both for improved research and biomedical applications.
Successfully isolating proteins in their non-liganded state (i.e. apoprotein form) allows for an in-depth study of proteins from a research perspective. From an application standpoint apoproteins hold tremendous promise as both potential therapeutics and as drug delivery vehicles given their natur…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Susin Pires, Ivan; Belcher, Donald; Palmer, Andre
  • Licensing Officer: Aanstoos, Megan

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