Patents Assigned to The Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund
  • Patent number: 10357562
    Abstract: Immunoprotective primary mesenchymal stems cells (IP-MSC) which episomally express multiple immunoreactive polypeptides that specifically target a pathogen (e.g., an infectious species of virus, bacterium, or parasite) or toxin are described herein. The IP-MSC express two or more (e.g., 2 to about 100) immunoreactive polypeptides (e.g., full antibodies, single-chain antibodies (ScFV), Fab or F(ab)2 antibody fragments, diabodies, tribodies, and the like), and optionally one or more other immunomodulating polypeptides, e.g., a cytokine such as an interleukin (e.g., IL-2, IL-4, IL-6, IL-7, IL-9, and IL-12), an interferon (e.g., IFN?, IFN?, or IFN?), and the like, which can enhance the effectiveness of the immunoreactive polypeptides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignees: The Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund, Autoimmune Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Francis Garry, Luis Manuel Branco, Bruce Alan Bunnell, Russell B. Wilson, Samuel E. Hopkins
  • Patent number: 10347476
    Abstract: Provided are synthetic dendrimer calibrants for mass spectrometry. The calibrants are distinguished by their relative ease and rapidity of synthesis, comparatively low cost, long shelf life, high purity, and amenability to batch synthesis as mixtures. The latter characteristic enables parallel preparation of higher molecular weight compounds displaying useful distributions of discrete molecular weights, thereby providing multi-point mass spectrometry calibration standards. Methods of making, tuning and using said calibrants are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: The Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund
    Inventor: Scott Grayson
  • Publication number: 20190115869
    Abstract: A spectrum splitting, transmissive concentrating photovoltaic (tCPV) module is proposed and designed for a hybrid photovoltaic-solar thermal (PV/T) system. The system may be able to fully utilize the full spectrum of incoming sunlight. By utilizing III-V triple junction solar cells with bandgaps of approximately 2.1 eV, 1.7 eV, and 1.4 eV in the module, ultraviolet (UV) and visible light (in-band light) are absorbed and converted to electricity, while infrared (IR) light (out-of-band light) passes through and is captured by a solar thermal receiver and stored as heat. The stored heat energy may be dispatched as electricity or process heat as needed. The tCPV module may have an overall power conversion efficiency exceeding 43.5% for above bandgap (in-band) light under a standard AM1.5D solar spectrum with an average concentration ratio of 400 suns. Passive and/or active cooling methods may be used to keep cells below 110° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: The Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund
    Inventors: Matthew David Escarra, Qi Xy, Yaping Ji, Brian C. Riggs, Adam Ollanik, Kazi M. Islam, Daniel Codd, Vince Romanin, Nicholas David Farrar-Foley
  • Patent number: 10259975
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an easy, scalable method, relying on conventional and unconventional techniques, to incorporate tilt in the fabrication of synthetic polymer-based dry adhesives mimicking the gecko adhesive system. These dry, reversible adhesives demonstrate anisotropic adhesion properties, providing strong adhesion and friction forces when actuated in the gripping direction and an initial repulsive normal force and negligible friction when actuated in the releasing direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: The Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund
    Inventors: Noshir Pesika, Kejia Jin
  • Publication number: 20190106473
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention include inventive compounds (e.g., compounds of Formula (I)) including but not limited to conjugates comprising FK-506 and ascomycin. Other embodiments include compositions (e.g., pharmaceutical compositions) comprising the inventive compound. Still other embodiments of the invention include compositions for treating, for example, certain diseases using the inventive compounds. Some embodiments include methods of using the inventive compound (e.g., in compositions or in pharmaceutical compositions) for administering and treating. Further embodiments include methods for making the inventive compound. Additional embodiments of the invention are also discussed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Applicant: THE ADMINISTRATORS OF THE TULANE EDUCATIONAL FUND
    Inventors: Joseph A. FUSELIER, David H. COY
  • Patent number: 10251971
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses compositions and methods for multipurpose disinfection and sterilization solutions broadly effective against multiple microbial pathogens. The present disclosure demonstrates broad spectrum antimicrobial activity against environmental and pathogenic amoeba, bacterial spores, vegetative bacteria, fungi, rickettsia, viruses, parasites and toxic microbial products. The multipurpose disinfection solutions of the present disclosure may be used alone or in combination for a variety of purposes, including disinfection of medical devices such as contact lenses, contact lens cases, surgical instruments, and dental instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: THE ADMINISTRATORS OF THE TULANE EDUCATIONAL FUND
    Inventors: Chad Roy, Rebecca Metzinger, Robert Reimers
  • Publication number: 20190054168
    Abstract: Immunogenic influenza hemagglutinin-derived peptide compositions described herein induce a specific therapeutic antibody response against influenza virus. The immunogenic peptide compositions comprise a segment from the fusion initiation region (FIR) domain of an influenza hemagglutinin protein bound to an immunogenic carrier protein, such as an influenza hemagglutinin (HA) protein (i.e., full length HA), and the like. The immunogenic peptide compositions described herein can be utilized to treat or prevent influenza infection and to prepare influenza-specific therapeutic antibodies that interfere with influenza virus-host cell membrane fusion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Applicants: THE ADMINISTRATORS OF THE TULANE EDUCATIONAL FUND, AUTOIMMUNE TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Francis GARRY, Russell B. WILSON
  • Patent number: 10197500
    Abstract: Devices and methods for controlling the properties of chemical species during time-dependent processes. A device includes a reactor for containing one or more chemical species of a time-dependent process, an extraction pump for automatically and continuously extracting an amount of the one or more chemical species from the reactor, one or more detectors for measuring property changes of the one or more extracted chemical species and generating a continuous stream of data related to the one or more property changes to the one or more chemical species during a time interval, and a process controller configured to fit the continuous stream of data to a mathematical function to predict one or more properties of the one or more chemical species at a future time point and make one or more process decisions based on the prediction of one or more properties at the future time point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignees: ADVANCED POLYMER MONITORING TECHNOLOGIES, INC., THE ADMINISTRATORS OF THE TULANE EDUCATIONAL FUND
    Inventors: Wayne Frederick Reed, Michael Felix Drenski
  • Patent number: 10178860
    Abstract: A mosquito trap includes a container having an open end and a composition positioned in the container. The composition comprises at least one active agent. The mosquito trap also includes an enclosure protruding above the open end of the container. The enclosure includes an opening to access an interior of the enclosure and the open end of the container, and at least one active agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignees: THE ADMINISTRATORS OF THE TULANE EDUCATIONAL FUND, NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Dawn Wesson, Charles Apperson, Loganathan Ponnusamy, Ning Xu, Coby Schal, Christopher Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 10166279
    Abstract: A mutant of an E coli heat-stable toxin (ST) having the following wild-type sequence: NSSNYCCELCCNPACTGCY wherein the mutant comprises a mutation selected from the group consisting of: A14H, A14T and N12T.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignees: Bergen Teknologioverføring, The Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund
    Inventors: Pål Puntervoll, Halvor Sommerfelt, John Clements, James P. Nataro, Weiping Zhang, Arne M. Taxt
  • Publication number: 20180344905
    Abstract: The disclosure provides drug delivery devices and methods of making and using the drug delivery devices. The devices include single and multi-layer polymer films made by a breath figure technique having therapeutic agents associated therewith. For example, the devices may be a dual layer polymer film wherein the first layer includes a therapeutic agent incorporated into it by spin coating the first agent with a polymer solution and the second agent is incorporated into the second layer by loading the agent into pores of the second layer after it is spin coated onto the first layer. In some cases one layer provides a burst release and the second layer provides a slow release drug delivery profile. The devices may take on the form of a surgical mesh with a slow release therapeutic drug.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: The Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund
    Inventors: Diane A. BLAKE, Vijay T. John, Ramesh Ayyala, Thiruselvam Ponnusamy
  • Patent number: 10137143
    Abstract: Treatment of tumors, especially breast cancer or glioblastoma tumors, by silencing RAB27A and/or TRAF3IP2, compositions and methods for same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: The Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund
    Inventors: Eckhard Alt, Reza Izadpanah
  • Publication number: 20180306818
    Abstract: Artificial microvascular network (AMVN) devices are provided and related methods of making and methods of using such devices are provided. The present disclosure generally relates to an AMVN device comprising a substrate including a capillary network configured so as to simulate those actually encountered in the circulation of various humans and animal model systems. In certain aspects, the AMVN devices may be used, e.g., to investigate the effect of storing RBCs under aerobic and anaerobic conditions. However, the use of such AMVN devices is not so limited.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Applicants: New Health Sciences, Inc., The Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund
    Inventors: Tatsuro YOSHIDA, Sergey S. SHEVKOPLYAS, Jennie M. BURNS
  • Publication number: 20180272037
    Abstract: The invention provides devices for supporting regeneration of body tissue and of tubular structures, such as the esophagus or intestine, and methods for making and for using the devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Applicants: The Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund, Nanofiber Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek C. DASHTI, Aline M. BETANCOURT, Jed JOHNSON, Ruth WATERMAN
  • Publication number: 20180222940
    Abstract: The invention relates to cyclic peptide agonists that bind to the mu (morphine) opioid receptor and their use in the treatment of acute and/or chronic pain. Embodiments of the invention are directed to cyclic pentapeptide and hexapeptide analogs of endomorphin that have (i) a carboxy-terminal extension with an amidated hydrophilic amino acid and (ii) a substitution in amino acid position 2. These peptide analogs exhibit decreased tolerance relative to morphine, increased solubility compared to similar tetrapeptide analogs, while maintaining favorable or improved therapeutic ratios of analgesia to side effects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Applicants: The Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund, United States Department of Veterans Affairs
    Inventors: James E. ZADINA, Laszlo HACKLER
  • Patent number: 10042150
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for evaluating a fresh tissue sample, prepared as to fluoresce under illumination, during a medical procedure. A structured light source is configured to project a spatially patterned light beam onto the fresh tissue sample. An imaging system is configured to produce an image from fluorescence emitted from the illuminated fresh tissue sample. A system control is configured to provide a human-comprehensible clinically useful output associated with the medical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: The Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund
    Inventor: Jonathon Quincy Brown
  • Publication number: 20180212091
    Abstract: The use of photovoltaic (PV) cells to convert solar energy to electricity is becoming increasingly prevalent; however, there are still significant limitations associated with the widespread adoption of PV cells for electricity needs. There is a clear need for a high efficiency solar power system that supplies electricity at a competitive cost and that provides for an on-demand supply of electricity as well as energy storage. By combining aspects of concentrated solar power and concentrated photovoltaics, the present invention provides a device that enables the conversion of sunlight to electricity at very high efficiencies and that enables the transmission of thermal energy to heat storage devices for later use. The disclosed device enables transmissive CPV through the use of a multijunction PV cell mounted on a transparent base. The use of a multijunction cell allows for highly efficient absorption of light above the bandgap of the lowest bandgap subcell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Applicant: The Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund
    Inventors: Matthew David Escarra, Benjamin Lewson, Yaping Ji, Qi Xu, Adam Ollanik
  • Patent number: 9977037
    Abstract: Artificial microvascular network (AMVN) devices are provided and related methods of making and methods of using such devices are provided. The present disclosure generally relates to an AMVN device comprising a substrate including a capillary network configured so as to simulate those actually encountered in the circulation of various humans and animal model systems. In certain aspects, the AMVN devices may be used, e.g., to investigate the effect of storing RBCs under aerobic and anaerobic conditions. However, the use of such AMVN devices is not so limited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignees: New Health Sciences, Inc., The Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund
    Inventors: Tatsuro Yoshida, Sergey S. Shevkoplyas, Jennie M. Burns
  • Publication number: 20180071225
    Abstract: The present invention discloses the morphology of hollow, double-shelled submicrometer particles generated through a rapid aerosol-based process. The inner shell is an essentially hydrophobic carbon layer of nanoscale dimension (5-20 nm), and the outer shell is a hydrophilic silica layer of approximately 5-40 nm, with the shell thickness being a function of the particle size. The particles are synthesized by exploiting concepts of salt bridging to lock in a surfactant (CTAB) and carbon precursors together with iron species in the interior of a droplet. This deliberate negation of surfactant templating allows a silica shell to form extremely rapidly, sealing in the organic species in the particle interior. Subsequent pyrolysis results in a buildup of internal pressure, forcing carbonaceous species against the silica wall to form an inner shell of carbon. The incorporation of magnetic iron oxide into the shells opens up applications in external stimuli-responsive nanomaterials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Applicant: THE ADMINISTRATORS OF THE TULANE EDUCATIONAL FUND
    Inventors: Vijay JOHN, Gary MCPHERSON
  • Patent number: 9889145
    Abstract: Methods to treat infectious diseases are disclosed herein. Some embodiments of the invention include administration of one or more COX inhibitors (e.g., COX-1 or COX-2 inhibitors) to treat infectious diseases. Other embodiments of the invention include administration of one or more COX inhibitors (e.g., COX-1 or COX-2 inhibitors) and administration of one or more antibiotics to treat infectious diseases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: THE ADMINISTRATORS OF THE TULANE EDUCATIONAL FUND
    Inventors: Lisa Ann Morici, Saja Asakrah