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Novel Ergonomic Scalpel Handle
TS-051663 — Alleviate and prevent occupational stresses using this novel scalpel design.
A highly unfortunate outcome of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic is the over 400,000 American deaths that have unexpectedly overloaded medical autopsy services across the United States. With this heightened need for autopsy services previously unseen occupational hazards relating to repetitive motion…
  • College: College of Medicine (COM)
  • Inventors: Sachire, Jennifer
  • Licensing Officer: He, Panqing

Development of a live attenuated vaccine for leishmaniasis using CRISPR technology
TS-051167 — Methods of production and use of modified Leishmania species and compositions of live, attenuated organisms, immunogenic compositions, vaccines, and pharmaceutical compositions.
Leishmaniasis is a neglected tropical disease caused by infection with protozoans of the 15 genus Leishmania that is transmitted by infected sand flies. Worldwide, an estimated 1 billion people are at risk of infection in tropical and subtropical countries, with up to 1.7 million new cases in 98 c…
  • College: College of Medicine (COM)
  • Inventors: Satoskar, Abhay
  • Licensing Officer: Davis, Stewart

Novel acellular vaccine for protection against Bordetella infection
TS-050524 — Despite high vaccine coverage, whooping cough caused by Bordetella pertussis remains one of the most common vaccine-preventable diseases worldwide. Introduction of whole-cell pertussis (wP) vaccines in the 1940s and acellular pertussis (aP) vaccines in 1990s reduced mortality due to pertussis. Des…
  • College: College of Medicine (COM)
  • Inventors: Deora, Rajendar; Mishra, Meenu; Sukumar, Neelima
  • Licensing Officer: He, Panqing

SARS-CoV-2 Diagnostic Assay with Sensors of Immune Activation
TS-050296 — A sequencing-based diagnostic assay for SARS-CoV-2 with sensors of immune activation and the viral microbiota.
Diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection, which is responsible for COVID-19 disease, is typically performed by molecular analysis of upper respiratory sampling (e.g. nasal swab). Transcriptional-mediated amplification (TMA) and quantitative (real-time) polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) using one or more v…
  • College: College of Medicine (COM)
  • Inventors: Jones, Daniel; Avenarius, Matthew; Tu, Huolin
  • Licensing Officer: Davis, Stewart

Targeting circular PCMTD1 in leukemias with p53 mutations
TS-049827 — circPCMTD1 is a novel target in p53 mutated leukemias.
Despite recent progress in understanding acute myeloid leukemia (AML) biology and the use of intensive treatments, the long-term overall survival of non-pediatric AML patients is only 30-40% in young patients (<60 years) and less than 10% in elderly AML patients (>60 years). This highlights …
  • College: College of Medicine (COM)
  • Inventors: Garzon, Ramiro; Papaioannou, Dimitrios
  • Licensing Officer: He, Panqing

Inhibition of DGAT for the treatment of cancer
TS-049730 — Dysregulated fat metabolism is an established hallmark of cancer cells. However, the disruption of lipid homeostasis in cancer cells remains an elusive target for therapy. Tumor cells acquire abundant fats for rapid cell growth, but how they avoid toxicity from such loading is unknown. An answer t…
  • College: College of Medicine (COM)
  • Inventors: Guo, Deliang
  • Licensing Officer: He, Panqing

An improved base editor (iABE-NG) for correcting genetic diseases such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy
TS-049505 — An engineered base editor (iABE-NG) that uses an SpCas9 variant, a shortened adenine deaminase domain with eliminated RNA off-target activity, and an intein split for packaging into an adeno-associated virus (AAV), resulting in gene mutation correction.
There are thousands of monogenic diseases that are lacking effective therapeutic treatments. The main bottleneck in developing effective treatment is the ability to effectively edit gene while controlling for the myriad of off-target effects that come with targeting the genome. Duchenne Muscular D…
  • College: College of Medicine (COM)
  • Inventors: Han, Renzhi; Gao, Yandi; Xu, Li
  • Licensing Officer: Davis, Stewart

Live vaccine candidate for Chagas disease
TS-044084 — Trypanosoma cruzi is a protozoan parasite that causes Chagas disease, a PRV-eligible disease that is the leading cause of heart failure in Latin America. Due to migration of infected hosts from endemic regions, Chagas disease is also a growing public health concern in the USA and other migrant des…
  • College: College of Medicine (COM)
  • Inventors: McGwire, Bradford
  • Licensing Officer: He, Panqing

Live vaccine candidate for Chagas disease
TS-044084 — Trypanosoma cruzi is a protozoan parasite that causes Chagas disease, a PRV-eligible disease that is the leading cause of heart failure in Latin America. Due to migration of infected hosts from endemic regions, Chagas disease is also a growing public health concern in the USA and other migrant des…
  • College: College of Medicine (COM)
  • Inventors: McGwire, Bradford
  • Licensing Officer: He, Panqing

Translational Activators of the Glutamate Transporter EAAT2 to Treat Neurological and Psychiatric Diseases
TS-043938 — Small molecule technology with novel translational activation mechanism.
Glutamate is a major neurotransmitter in the mammalian central nervous system (CNS) and essential for normal brain function including cognition, memory, and learning. However, the extracellular concentration of glutamate must remain below excitotoxic levels (~ 1 μM) to avoid overstimulation of
  • College: College of Medicine (COM)
  • Inventors: Lin, Chien-Liang
  • Licensing Officer: Dahlman, Jason "Jay"

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