Patents Assigned to Texas Tech University System
  • Publication number: 20190157771
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for a 24-GHz phased array for indoor smart radar comprising at least 6 horizontally placed antenna elements as a vertically placed 5-element series-fed microstrip patch array. The beam of the phased array can be continuously steered on the H-plane to different directions through a novel vector control array. Each element can adjust the phase and amplitude of the corresponding element of the horizontally placed linear array. The phased array system of the present invention may be fabricated on a single printed circuit board (PCB), and PIN diodes are used to realize beam steering by modulating the decomposed received signal. In order to compensate for the loss of the vector control array and reduce the noise figure, six low noise amplifiers (LNAs) are also used in the array. The present invention has the ability to continuously steer the beam on the H-plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY SYSTEM
    Inventors: Changzhi Li, Zhengyu Peng
  • Patent number: 10286062
    Abstract: The present invention includes an isolated antigen against influenza A and a method of making the same that includes an ectodomain of influenza A Matrix Protein 2 (M2e) and a stem region of an influenza A hemagglutinin 2 (HA2) protein and an adjuvant. The invention further includes formulating the antigen into an isolated immune response stimulating fusion protein and/or a vaccine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Texas Tech University System
    Inventors: Mingtao Zeng, Junwei Li
  • Patent number: 10287638
    Abstract: The present invention provides a set of oligonucleotides to screen for the presence of targeted Salmonella serotypes in an enrichment or to characterize presumptive colonies. The set of oligonucleotides includes at least one set of primers and probe for the detection of Salmonella serotype selected from typhimurium, enteritidis, newport, heidelberg, infantis, virchow and Hadar. The set of oligonucleotides may include up to 5 different primer sets and the corresponding probes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Texas Tech University System
    Inventors: Guy Loneragan, Mindy M. Brashears, Kendra Nightingale, Marie Bugarel
  • Publication number: 20190118175
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device and method for a microfluidic paper-based analytical device (?PAD), for low-cost and user-friendly analytical devices capable of use for disease screening, point-of-care pathogen and biomarker detection, food and water quality testing. A microfluidic paper-based analytical device is further produced by chemical vapor deposition for multiplex heavy metal detection in water. Assay demonstrations proved that the immobilization of functional groups and multiplex heavy metal detection is suitable for real-world applications and established the approach for DNA analysis. The disclosed invention comprises multilayer capability, including the ability for various biomolecules to be immobilized with charge interaction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Applicant: Texas Tech University System
    Inventors: Jungkyu Kim, Jasmine Pramila Devadhasan, Ryan Howse
  • Patent number: 10209171
    Abstract: The present invention includes a method and an apparatus for determining the viscosity of a fluid. The apparatus comprising that includes a microchannel connected to a glass capillary in fluid communication with the microchannel, a digital camera positioned with respect to the glass capillary to capture two or more images of a fluidic slug as a fluid travels within the glass capillary, and a processor communicably coupled to the digital camera that determines a viscosity of the fluid based on the two or more digital images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Texas Tech University System
    Inventors: Siva A. Vanapalli, Deepak E. Solomon
  • Patent number: 10114019
    Abstract: The present invention includes a method of observing and evaluating bacterial infections within the lymph nodes of animals presented for harvest comprising: inoculating at one or more sites of an animal a known amount of a pathogen, wherein the one or more inoculation sites comprise lymph node drainage areas, and at one or more time points obtaining one or more lymph node biopsies to determine the extent of the pathogen in the lymph nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignees: TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY SYSTEM, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE
    Inventors: Guy Loneragan, Thomas Edrington
  • Patent number: 10107770
    Abstract: The present invention determines one or more properties of a soil sample by scanning a soil sample using a visible near infrared diffuse reflectance (VisNIR) spectroradiometer, scanning the soil sample using a x-ray fluorescence (PXRF) spectrometer, receiving a diffuse reflectance spectra from the VisNIR spectroradiometer and an elemental data from the PXRF spectrometer, determining one or more properties of the soil sample using one or more processors and a predictive model that relates the diffuse reflectance spectra and the elemental data to the one or more properties, and providing the one or more properties of the soil sample to one or more input/output interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY SYSTEM
    Inventors: David Weindorf, Somsubhra Chakraborty
  • Patent number: 10064834
    Abstract: The present invention includes a method of inhibiting or reducing mTOR signaling or inhibition of indoleamine dioxygenase-1 (IDO1) in a subject with a proliferative disease, which comprises administering to the subject having or suspected to have the proliferative disease, a therapeutically or prophylactically effective amount of the compound of Formula I: or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt or solvate thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Texas Tech University System
    Inventors: Vadivel Ganapathy, Yangzom D. Bhutia, Babu Ellappan, Sabarish Ramachandran
  • Patent number: 10017429
    Abstract: An energetic material comprising an elemental fuel, an oxidizer or other element, and a carbon nanofiller or carbon fiber rods, where the carbon nanofiller or carbon fiber rods are substantially homogeneously dispersed in the energetic material. Methods of tailoring the electrostatic discharge sensitivity of an energetic material are also disclosed. Energetic materials including the elemental fuel, the oxidizer or other element, and an additive are also disclosed, as are methods of reducing ignition sensitivity of the energetic material including the additive. The additive is combined with the elemental fuel and a metal oxide to form the energetic material. The energetic material is heated at a slow rate to render inert the energetic material to ignition while the energetic material remains ignitable when heated at a fast rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignees: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC, Texas Tech University System
    Inventors: Michael A Daniels, Ronald J Heaps, Michelle Pantoya
  • Publication number: 20180172572
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for determining fecundity of an embryo utilizing a non¬ invasive grading of early stage embryos (pre-hatching) based upon specific gravity, density and/or estimated weight. The system allows 100% recovery of embryos and can detect differences in growth potential at the earliest stages of development. The system may further enhance the development of embryos by utilization of microfluidic effects during use. The disclosed system supports a wide variety of scenarios for human and animal reproductive technologies and related products and services.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY SYSTEM
    Inventors: Samuel D. Prien, Lindsay L. Penrose, Cara E. Wessels
  • Patent number: 9995735
    Abstract: The present invention includes a method of introducing a pathogenic infection into one or more peripheral lymph nodes of an animal for testing of meat, comprising: inoculating at one or more peripheral lymph node drainage areas the animal with a known amount of a known pathogen; harvesting one or more peripheral lymph nodes from the animal; grinding meat or meat trimmings and the one or more peripheral lymph nodes into ground meat; and determining a ratio of a number of peripheral lymph nodes infected to the weight of the meat or meat trimmings used to create the ground meat, wherein the infected ground meat can be used to test interventions against the known pathogen in a grinding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Texas Tech University System
    Inventors: Guy Loneragan, Thomas Edrington, Katelyn Malin
  • Patent number: 9970937
    Abstract: A method and composition for the diagnosis of and treatment of prostate cancer including a recombinant AKAP-4 tumor-associated antigen loaded antigen presenting cell that generates an AKAP-4 specific cytotoxic T lymphocyte specific for one or more prostate cancer cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY SYSTEM
    Inventor: Maurizio Chiriva-Internati
  • Patent number: 9949772
    Abstract: An extramedullary bone lengthener and use thereof that is an internal device that does not require nailing. The invention includes a telescoping plate that attaches to the upper and lower portions of the bone via screws; a small motor affixed on or within the plate. This motor, controlled remotely, will controllably lengthen the plate, thus lengthening the bone. The bone will be cut (osteotomy) then the plate will be applied to both ends and fixed to each end with screws. The motor will be controlled from outside by a remote control which will allow the plate to expand causing lengthening of the attached bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignees: Texas Tech University System, Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Amr Abdelgawad, Noe Vargas-Hernandez, Khaled Emara, Mario E. Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 9943502
    Abstract: The present invention includes compositions and methods for the treatment of cancer comprising an antineoplastic drug and an inhibitor of chromosome maintenance region 1 (CRM1) protein expression or activity, wherein the inhibitor of CRM1 enhances the anti-neoplastic effect of the antineoplastic drug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Texas Tech University System
    Inventor: Weimin Gao
  • Patent number: 9932808
    Abstract: A process of producing liquid oil from shale gas condensate reservoirs and, more particularly, to increase liquid oil production by huff-n-puff in shale gas condensate reservoirs. The process includes performing a huff-n-puff gas injection mode and flowing the bottom-hole pressure lower than the dew point pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Texas Tech University System
    Inventor: James J. Sheng
  • Patent number: 9877445
    Abstract: Described is a naked-tufted seed mutant line of Gossypium hirsutum L., developed from lines initially produced by chemical mutagenesis, which significantly reduces the formation of linters on the surface of the cotton seed. In a preferred embodiment, the lines carrying the naked seed mutation have reduced seed coat neps, reduced short fiber content, improved yarn quality, increased seed oil content, and improved AFIS fiber maturity. The naked-tufted seed of the mutant line significantly reduces the time and energy required for ginning, oil extraction, and reduces the need to delint the cotton seed prior to planting. In a preferred embodiment, the mutant is incorporated into a well-adapted commercial cultivar of upland cotton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Texas Tech University System
    Inventors: Dick L. Auld, Efrem Bechere
  • Patent number: 9862951
    Abstract: The present invention includes siRNAs and antibodies that block the interaction between TEM8 and/or CMG2 cell surface proteins and anthrax toxin and methods of treating anthrax exposure with the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Texas Tech University System
    Inventors: Mingtao Zeng, Maria T. Arevalo
  • Publication number: 20180004298
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for controlling handheld devices without contact by interacting with their wireless charging coils or other inductive coil antennae. The present disclosure utilizes the interaction between human body and the coil wherein the coil is used to send alternating magnetic field to interact with a control signal, such as a hand, instead of simply using the coil in the smart phone as a power receiver. The hand movement in front of the wireless charging coil changes the coil's conductivity distribution, which creates effective coil impedance also known as reflected impedance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Applicant: TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY SYSTEM
    Inventors: Chenhui Liu, Changzhi Li, Changzhan Gu
  • Patent number: 9816366
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include systems, methods, and computer-readable mediums for optimizing the placement of wells in a reservoir. Embodiments include, for example, determining for a reservoir a productivity index for each coordinate of a reservoir using reservoir metrics associated with the reservoir, generating a grid pattern of the reservoir using the productivity index with time values extracted for each coordinate, determining a total dynamic productivity index for each coordinate, and determining placement of one or more wells responsive to the total dynamic productivity index and minimum spacing between the one or more wells. Embodiments further include, for example, generating a production analysis report for the reservoir that includes an assessment of well placement and generating a wells placement map using one or more total dynamic productivity index indicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignees: Saudi Arabian Oil Company, Texas Tech University System
    Inventors: Ghazi D. AlQahtani, Mohamed Y. Soliman, Ismael Regis de Farias, Jr.
  • Patent number: D847372
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY SYSTEM
    Inventors: Scott Crawford, Kelsi Montgomery