Patents Examined by Qing Xu
  • Patent number: 8921068
    Abstract: A method and point of use kit to determine under field conditions the presence and/or amount of a selected Pseudomonas species capable of bioremediating organic environmental pollutants, such as petroleum hydrocarbons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: CL Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Michael T. Saul, Sergey Gazenko
  • Patent number: 8859249
    Abstract: A method for producing an iron (III) ion from the acidic solution containing an iodide ion and an iron (II) ion efficiently and stably is provided. The method including performing the following steps (a)-(b), repeatedly and continuously: (a) a step wherein the iron (II) ion in the acidic solution containing the iodide ion and the iron (II) ion is oxidized into iron (III) ion in a reactor using a microbes immobilizing carrier to which iron oxidizing microbes attached; (b) a step wherein sedimentation of the solution obtained in the step (a) is performed in a sedimentation tank to obtain the solution containing the iron (III) ion and concurrently the sediment of the microbes immobilizing carrier to which the iron oxidizing microbes have attached is recovered and then reintroduced into the reactor in the step (a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corporation
    Inventors: Kenichi Kuwano, Akira Miura
  • Patent number: 8859456
    Abstract: One-dimensional ring structures from M13 viruses were constructed by two genetic modifications encoding binding peptides and synthesis of a heterobifunctional linker molecule. The bifunctional viruses displayed an anti-streptavidin peptide and hexahistidine (SEQ ID NO:4) peptide at opposite ends of the virus as pIII and pIX fusions. Stoichiometric addition of the streptavidin-NiNTA linker molecule led to the reversible formation of virus-based nanorings with circumferences corresponding to lengths of the packagable DNAs. These virus-based ring structures can be further engineered to nucleate inorganic materials and form metallic, magnetic, or semiconductor nanorings using trifunctionalized viruses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignees: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Angela M. Belcher, Beau R. Peelle, Ki Tae Nam
  • Patent number: 8840882
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to conjugates of human ribonucleases and water-soluble polymers, compositions comprising the conjugates and methods of using the same. In particular, the present invention provides conjugates of human ribonucleases and one or more water-soluble polymer compositions (e.g., to increase serum half-life and a pharmacokinetic profile, in vivo biological activity, stability, and/or reduce host immune response to the protein in vivo) as well as methods of using the conjugates in the therapy, treatment, and/or prevention of disease (e.g., cancer).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Quintessence Biosciences, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Kink, Laura E. Strong, Vladimir Trubetskoy, Mark N. Shahan
  • Patent number: 8828238
    Abstract: A novel thermophilic bacterium is provided, which has a 16S rDNA sequence as set forth in SEQ ID NO. 1. The thermophilic bacterium excretes extracellular proteins having excellent metal-ion binding ability, being useful in the treatment of boiler equipment, pipelines, geothermal wells or industrial wastewater or hard water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Instiute
    Inventors: Yin-Lung Han, Tai-Rong Guo, Jo-Shu Chang, I-Ju Chou
  • Patent number: 8790912
    Abstract: The composition comprises, by mass, about: 52% Lactose, 15.2% B12-fortified Brewer's Yeast, 12% Sodium Proponate, 0.8% Sodium carbonate, 0.12% Nitrate Nitrogen, 2.1% Ammoniacal Nitrogen, 3.78% Urea Nitrogen, 1% Available Phosphoric Acid, 0.4% Soluble Potash (K2O), 2% Sulphur (S), 0.0064% Iron, 0.0066% Manganese, 0.0036% Zinc, 0.00068% Copper, 0.003% Boron and about 0.0068% Molybdenum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventors: Ivan Richard Schaffner, Jr., Kent C. Armstrong
  • Patent number: 8758013
    Abstract: Prosthetic apparatuses with probiotic microorganisms to control colonization of pathogenic bacteria are disclosed. The prosthetic apparatus may include a first portion having a first mating surface, a second portion having a second mating surface that conforms to the first mating surface, and at least one strain of probiotic microorganisms retained between the first and second mating surfaces prior to implantation of the prosthetic apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Zimmer Dental, Inc.
    Inventor: John Zacharia
  • Patent number: 8748154
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a Sphingomonas sp. MD2 strain (KCTC 11845BP), a composition including the strain for decomposing methane or odor-producing compounds, a biocover or biofilter including the composition, a method for decomposing methane or odor-producing compounds using the composition, a system for decomposing methane or odor-producing compounds using the biocover or biofilter, and the use of the strain for decomposing methane or odor-producing compounds. According to the present invention, methane and odor can be effectively removed concurrently, and thus the cost required for the separate treatment of methane and odor can be reduced, and methane and odor-producing compounds in landfills or the like can be effectively decomposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: EWHA University-Industry Collaboration Foundation
    Inventors: Kyung Suk Cho, Jung Hee Lee, Kyung Eun Moon, Tae Gwan Kim, Sang Hyon Lee
  • Patent number: 8735136
    Abstract: Substantially pure biological culture of a strain of the species Pseudomonas graminis, deposited with number CBS136973 at the depositary institution “Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures” (CBS) in Utrecht, Netherlands. Use of the CBS136973 culture as an antagonist for the biocontrol of foodborne pathogenic bacteria in fruit intended for human consumption. Method for treating the fruit which comprises the step of applying a preparation that comprises a culture of a strain of the species Pseudomonas graminis, deposited with number CBS136973 at the depositary institution “Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures” (CBS) in Utrecht, Netherlands, to the fruit. The application thereof makes it possible to reduce the growth of pathogens during the shelf life of the product, especially when the cold chain is broken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignees: Institut de Recerca I Tecnologia Agroalimentaries, Universitat de Lleida
    Inventors: Immaculada Vinas Almenar, Maria Isabel Abadias Sero, Josep Usall Rodie, Neus Teixido Espasa, Rosario Torres Sanchis
  • Patent number: 8728411
    Abstract: A device and a method are provided for isolating a fraction in a biological sample. The fraction is bound to solid phase substrate to define a fraction-bound solid phase substrate. The device includes an input zone for receiving the biological sample therein and a second zone for receiving an isolation fluid therein. A force is provided that is generally perpendicular to gravity. The force is movable between a first position adjacent the input zone and a second position adjacent the isolation zone. The force captures the fraction-bound solid phase substrate and the fraction-bound solid phase substrate moves from the input zone to the isolation zone in response to the force moving from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
    Inventors: David J. Beebe, Scott M. Berry, David J. Guckenberger, Ben P. Casavant
  • Patent number: 8709401
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods of treating inflammation within a synovial joint, comprising administering to the joint a composition comprising primed stem or progenitor cells in an amount effective to enhance recovery, and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Lin Song, Marc Long
  • Patent number: 8609086
    Abstract: The invention relates to a preparation created from an in vitro culture of dedifferentiated, non-elicited cells of the Argania tree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmetique
    Inventors: Nicolas Steward, Anne Mandeau, Nathalie Castex-Rizzi
  • Patent number: 8598083
    Abstract: A novel strain of Trichoderma harzianum called TSTh20-1 is described. TSTh20-1 is useful in promoting plant growth, increasing water use efficiency of plants and in remediation of soil or water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignees: University of Washington, University of Saskatchewan
    Inventors: Susan Gail Willets Kaminskyj, James Frederick Basinger, Xiaohui Bao, Russell John Rodriguez, Regina Soon Redman
  • Patent number: 8530237
    Abstract: Provided are a technique for easily forming a spheroid by three-dimensionally culturing hepatocytes, and a technique for forming a spheroid having a higher expression level of a transporter MRP2 playing a role of biliary excretion than that of a conventional method. In order to solve the above-described problems, the present inventors have found out a condition under which hepatocytes easily form the spheroid on a nanopillar sheet. More specifically, this is related to a concentration of Type I collagen coated onto the NP sheet. Also, they have found out a condition under which an expression level of a gene related to the excretion of the formed spheroid is improved. More specifically, after the spheroid is previously formed, a biological matrix is overlayered thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryosuke Takahashi, Akiko Hisada, Hiroshi Sonoda
  • Patent number: 8518426
    Abstract: A topical anti-aging skin care formulation comprising an effective amount of a benzoquinone, such as CoQ10, plus a synergistic pair of stabilizers and a synergistic pair of whiteners. The stabilizers are octyl salicylate and octyl methoxycinnamate. The whiteners are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. When proper amounts of these ingredients are used in an aqueous based emulsion formulation, the product will be initially white, and will remain white for an extended period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Inventor: Louise Holyfield
  • Patent number: 8497114
    Abstract: An anti-obesity agent or a glucose tolerance-ameliorating agent containing a bacterium belonging to the genus Bifidobacterium as an active ingredient, wherein the bacterium belonging to the genus Bifidobacterium exhibits a conversion rate from linoleic acid into conjugated linoleic acid of not more than 10%. The present invention is able to provide an anti-obesity agent and a glucose tolerance-ameliorating agent that are effective for the prevention or treatment of obesity or the amelioration of glucose tolerance and also exhibit superior safety, as well as providing foods or beverages containing these agents. Further, the present invention is also able to provide a bacterium of the genus Bifidobacterium, and in particular a Bifidobacterium breve, that is effective for the prevention or treatment of obesity or the amelioration of glucose tolerance and also exhibits superior safety, as well as providing a pharmaceutical composition containing this bacterium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Morinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shizuki Kondo, Kanetada Shimizu
  • Patent number: 8470579
    Abstract: The present invention relates to novel strains of lactic acid bacteria, Lactobacillus plantarum subsp. plantarum PM-A0087 deposited as NRRL accession number B-50523, Bifidobacterium longum PM-A0101 deposited as NRRL accession number B-50525, and Bifidobacterium bifidum PM-A0218 deposited as NRRL accession number B-50524.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: PROMD Biotech. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei-Chih Su, Kuang-Chih Lee, Hsiang-Ling Chen, Hsiao-Li Wu
  • Patent number: 8455669
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a new process for extracting fatty acids from aqueous biomass in a membrane contactor module. The present invention also relates to an integrated process combining biomass concentration and/or diafiltration and fatty acid extraction in said membrane contactor module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Due Miljo AS
    Inventors: Andreia Manuela Martins Miranda, Eddy G. Torp, Inga Marie Aasen, Andrew Guy Livingston