Patents Examined by Kimberly Chong
  • Patent number: 10876117
    Abstract: The present invention relates to antisense oligonucleotides that modulate the expression of and/or function of a Down Syndrome Gene, in particular, by targeting natural antisense polynucleotides of a Down Syndrome Gene. The invention also relates to the identification of these antisense oligonucleotides and their use in treating diseases and disorders associated with the expression of Down Syndrome Genes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: CuRNA, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Collard, Olga Khorkova Sherman
  • Patent number: 10869880
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods of treating NLRP3 inflammasome-associated diseases and disorders. Also, disclosed are methods for screening for agents useful in such methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Michael Karin, Zhenyu Zhong
  • Patent number: 10870850
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention include the production and use of chemically modified RNAi agents (e.g., shRNAs) in gene silencing applications. The chemically modified RNAi agents disclosed herein have reduced immunostimulatory activity, increased serum stability, or both, as compared to a corresponding RNAi agent not having the chemical modification. Compositions containing chemically modified RNAi agents according to aspects of the present invention (including pharmaceutical compositions) and kits containing the same are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: SOMAGENICS, INC.
    Inventors: Qing Ge, Brian H. Johnston, Mark A. Behlke, Heini Ilves, Anne Dallas
  • Patent number: 10865415
    Abstract: Provided are a dsRNA construct of an orphan G-protein-coupled receptor GPR160 gene related to prostate cancer and the use thereof, wherein the dsRNA construct of the GPR160 gene and a composition thereof can prevent or treat prostate cancer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Sciences
    Inventors: Caihong Zhou, Xinchuan Dai, Mingwei Wang
  • Patent number: 10857174
    Abstract: Disclosed are morpholino oligonucleotides that can be used to silence expression of MGMT, pharmaceutical compositions that include said morpholino oligonucleotides, and methods of using said morpholino oligonucleotides in the treatment of cancer, particularly methods that involve the use of radiation to deliver said morpholino oligonucleotides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignees: UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AS REPRESENTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, OREGON HEALTH & SCIENCE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Prakash Ambady, Jeffrey Wu, Edward Neuwelt
  • Patent number: 10849841
    Abstract: This invention provides methods of treating androgenetic alopecia (AGA), acne, rosacea, prostate cancer, and benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), comprising the step of contacting a subject with a compound or composition capable of decreasing prostaglandin D2 (PGD2) level or activity, a downstream signaling or receptor pathway thereof, or prostaglandin D2 synthase level or activity; methods of stimulating hair growth, comprising the step of contacting a subject with a compound or composition capable of increasing or decreasing the activity or level of a target gene of the present invention, or with a protein product of the target gene or an analogue or mimetic thereof; and methods of testing for AGA and evaluating therapeutic methods thereof, comprising measuring PGD2 levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: THE TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
    Inventors: George Cotsarelis, Luis Garza
  • Patent number: 10851375
    Abstract: The invention relates to inhibitory nucleic acids and rAAV-based compositions, methods and kits useful for treating Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: University of Massachusetts
    Inventors: Christian Mueller, Robert H. Brown, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10844384
    Abstract: The invention relates to double stranded ribonucleic acid (dsRNA) compositions targeting a glucokinase (GCK) gene, as well as methods of inhibiting expression of a glucokinase (GCK) gene, and methods of treating subjects having a glycogen storage disease (GSD), e.g., type Ia GSD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Fitzgerald, David Erbe, Gregory Hinkle
  • Patent number: 10835550
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods for treating a tumor, including a metastatic tumor, with TLR9 agonist in combination with an immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: IDERA PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
    Inventors: Sudhir Agrawal, Daqing Wang, Wayne Jiang
  • Patent number: 10837016
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods, compounds, and compositions for reducing expression of huntingtin mRNA and protein in an animal. Such methods, compounds, and compositions are useful to treat, prevent, delay, or ameliorate Huntington's disease, or a symptom thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Gene Hung, C. Frank Bennett, Susan M. Freier, Holly Kordasiewicz, Lisa Stanek, Don W. Cleveland, Seng H. Cheng, Lamya Shihabuddin
  • Patent number: 10829764
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to antisense oligomeric compounds that may be used in the treatment Pompe disease as well as method for modulating the splicing of the GAA gene and method to treat Pompe disease. Also pharmaceutical compositions comprising the antisense oligomeric compounds are part of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam
    Inventors: Atze Jacobus Bergsma, Erik Van Der Wal, Wilhelmus Wenceslaus Matthias Pijnappel, Antje Tjitske Van Der Ploeg, Arnoldus Reuser
  • Patent number: 10830776
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a functionalized eyewear device that is adapted for collecting and analyzing disease biomarkers. Specifically, exemplified is a contact lens that has aptamer molecules associated therewith for binding to a specific biomarker (or biomarkers). The eyewear device is useful for detecting and diagnosing medical conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventor: Yoon-Seong Kim
  • Patent number: 10822369
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, the present disclosure provides compounds and methods of increasing the amount or activity of a target protein in a cell. In certain embodiments, the compounds comprise a translation suppression element inhibitor. In certain embodiments, the translation suppression element inhibitor is a uORF inhibitor. In certain embodiments, the uORF inhibitor is an antisense compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Stanley T. Crooke, Xue-hai Liang, Wen Shen
  • Patent number: 10815485
    Abstract: The present invention relates to RNAi constructs with improved tissue and cellular uptake characteristics and methods of use of these compounds in dermal applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Phio Pharmaceuticals Corp.
    Inventors: Anastasia Khvorova, William Salomon, Joanne Kamens, Dmitry Samarsky, Tod M. Woolf, Pamela A. Pavco, James Cardia
  • Patent number: 10806150
    Abstract: The invention describes recombinant DNA sequences transcribed into RNA constructs capable of forming Virus Like Particles (VLPs) suitable for insect control applications. Specifically, the disclosure provides a method for controlling target insects comprising, transforming a microbial host with a first DNA sequence comprising a gene encoding a bacteriophage capsid protein and a second DNA sequence encoding an RNA transcript comprising at least one bacteriophage pac sequence coupled to an RNAi precursor sequence, inducing the microbial host to express the first and second DNA sequences, isolating virus-like-particles (VLPs) comprising the capsid protein and RNAi precursor from the microbial host, and contacting the isolated VLPs with the target insects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: APSE, INC.
    Inventors: John L. Killmer, Juan Pedro Humberto Arhancet, Patrick D. McLaughlin
  • Patent number: 10808251
    Abstract: Described herein are aptamers capable of binding to growth differentiation factor 11 (GDF11) protein; compositions comprising a GDF11 binding aptamer with a GDF11 protein; and methods of making and using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: SOMALOGIC, INC.
    Inventors: Urs Ochsner, Louis Green, Dom Zichi, Nebojsa Janjic
  • Patent number: 10793855
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are compositions and methods for reducing expression of C9ORF72 antisense transcript in an animal with C9ORF72 antisense transcript specific inhibitors. Such methods are useful to treat, prevent, or ameliorate neurodegenerative diseases in an individual in need thereof. Such C9ORF72 antisense transcript specific inhibitors include antisense compounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank Rigo
  • Patent number: 10787670
    Abstract: A method is provided for achieving transfection of host cells using sonoporation. An acoustic radiation generator is positioned in acoustic coupling relationship with respect to a reservoir containing host cells to be transfected, exogenous material to be incorporated into the host cells, and a cell-compatible fluid medium. The acoustic radiation generator is activated to generate acoustic radiation and direct the acoustic radiation into the reservoir in a manner effective to enable transfection of the host cells with the exogenous material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: LABCYTE INC.
    Inventors: Jennifer M. Hardee, Richard N. Ellson, Richard G. Stearns, Babur Hadimioglu, Joseph D. Olechno, Marsha N. Blauwkamp
  • Patent number: 10787647
    Abstract: Provided are compositions related to HSD17B13 variants, including isolated nucleic acids and proteins related to variants of HSD17B13, and cells comprising those nucleic acids and proteins. Also provided are methods related to HSD17B13 variants. Such methods include methods for modifying a cell through use of any combination of nuclease agents, exogenous donor sequences, transcriptional activators, transcriptional repressors, and expression vectors for expressing a recombinant HSD17B13 gene or a nucleic acid encoding an HSD17B13 protein. Also provided are therapeutic and prophylactic methods for treating a subject having or at risk of developing chronic liver disease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Noura S. Abul-Husn, Omri Gottesman, Alexander Li, Xiping Cheng, Yurong Xin, Evangelos Pefanis, Suzanne Hartford, Jesper Gromada, Frederick E. Dewey, Aris Baras, Alan Shuldiner
  • Patent number: 10787709
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method for diagnosing a renal allograft recipient's risk for developing fibrosis of the allograft and allograft loss. The method includes determining the expression levels of certain microRNAs, which have been determined to be predictive of an allograft recipient's risk. Also disclosed herein is a method of treating a renal allograft recipient to inhibit fibrosis of the allograft and allograft loss, as well as kits for use in the methods disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
    Inventors: Barbara Murphy, Weijia Zhang