Patents by Inventor Carlo Giovanni Traverso

Carlo Giovanni Traverso has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 11389399
    Abstract: Certain embodiments comprise administering a residence structure to a subject (e.g., a patient) such that the residence structure is retained at a location internal to the subject for a particular amount of time (e.g., at least about 24 hours) before being released. In certain embodiments, the structure has a modular design, combining a material configured for controlled release of therapeutic, diagnostic, and/or enhancement agents with a structural material necessary for gastric residence but configured for controlled and/or tunable degradation/dissolution to determine the time at which retention shape integrity is lost and the structure passes out of the gastric cavity. For example, in certain embodiments, the residence structure comprises a first elastic component, a second component configured to release an active substance, and, optionally, a linker. In some such embodiments, the linker may be configured to degrade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignees: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Bellinger, Shiyi Zhang, Carlo Giovanni Traverso, Robert S. Langer, Stacy Mo, Tyler Grant, Mousa Jafari, Dean Liang Glettig, Angela DiCiccio, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Philip A. Eckhoff
  • Publication number: 20220202721
    Abstract: Articles and methods for delivering a therapeutic agent to a subject are described. These articles and methods may be useful, in some cases, for the delivery of therapeutic agents to the colon of a subject. In some embodiments, an article is configured to release a secretion inducing agent e.g., to stimulate the release of intestinal fluids. The article, in some embodiments, comprises a therapeutic agent such that the stimulated release of intestinal fluid increases the amount of therapeutic agent available for absorption by the colon. For example, in some embodiments, the articles and methods described herein advantageously promote increased absorption of therapeutic agents in subjects as compared to traditionally administered therapeutic agents without additional components such as a secretion inducing agent. In some embodiments, articles and methods described herein may increase the motility of the colon of a subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2022
    Publication date: June 30, 2022
    Applicants: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlo Giovanni Traverso, Joshua Korzenik, Robert S. Langer, Christoph Winfried Johannes Steiger
  • Patent number: 11369574
    Abstract: Self-righting articles, such as self-righting capsules for administration to a subject, are generally provided. In some embodiments, the self-righting article may be configured such that the article may orient itself relative to a surface (e.g., a surface of a tissue of a subject). The self-righting articles described herein may comprise one or more tissue engaging surfaces configured to engage (e.g., interface with, inject into, anchor) with a surface (e.g., a surface of a tissue of a subject). In some embodiments, the self-righting article may have a particular shape and/or distribution of density (or mass) which, for example, enables the self-righting behavior of the article. In some embodiments, the self-righting article may comprise a tissue interfacing component and/or a pharmaceutical agent (e.g., for delivery of the active pharmaceutical agent to a location internal of the subject).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignees: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Novo Nordisk A/S, The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlo Giovanni Traverso, Alex G. Abramson, Ester Caffarel Salvador, Niclas Roxhed, Minsoo Khang, Taylor Bensel, Robert S. Langer, Jorrit Jeroen Water, Morten Revsgaard Frederiksen, Bo Uldall Kristiansen, Mikkel Oliver Jespersen, Mette Poulsen, Peter Herskind, Brian Jensen
  • Publication number: 20220193399
    Abstract: Self-righting articles, such as self-righting capsules for administration to a subject, are generally provided. In some embodiments, the self-righting article may be configured such that the article may orient itself relative to a surface (e.g., a surface of a tissue of a subject). The self-righting articles described herein may comprise one 5 or more tissue engaging surfaces configured to engage (e.g., interface with, inject into, anchor) with a surface (e.g., a surface of a tissue of a subject). In some embodiments, the self-righting article may have a particular shape and/or distribution of density (or mass) which, for example, enables the self-righting behavior of the article. In certain embodiments, the self-righting article a tissuel0 interfacing components. In some embodiments, each tissue-interfacing component may comprise an electrically-conductive portion configured for electrical communication with tissue and an insulative portion configured to not be in electrical communication with tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2021
    Publication date: June 23, 2022
    Applicants: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert S. Langer, Carlo Giovanni Traverso, Alex G. Abramson, David Dellal
  • Publication number: 20220193240
    Abstract: Triggerable hydrogel compositions and related methods are generally disclosed. In some embodiments, the compositions and related methods may be used for medical-related or other applications. For example, the compositions and methods described herein may be useful, for example, in biomedical applications such as articles for (e.g., gastric) retention. In some embodiments, methods for deploying and/or removing an article comprising the composition, such as an article for gastric retention, are provided. The article and/or composition may be removed internally from a subject by, for example, introducing at least one reagent (e.g., one reagent, two reagents) such that at least a portion of the composition disassociates. In certain embodiments, the composition comprises a polymer network comprising two or more interpenetrating polymers. In some cases, a first polymer comprises a first cross-link moiety configured to dissociate upon interaction with a reagent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2021
    Publication date: June 23, 2022
    Applicants: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlo Giovanni Traverso, Jinyao Liu, Robert S. Langer
  • Patent number: 11357723
    Abstract: Residence structures, systems, and related methods are generally provided. Certain embodiments comprise administering (e.g., orally) a residence structure to a subject (e.g., a patient) such that the residence structure is retained at a location internal to the subject for a particular amount of time (e.g., at least about 24 hours) before being released. The residence structure may be, in some cases, a gastric residence structure. In some embodiments, the structures and systems described herein comprise one or more materials configured for high levels of active substances (e.g., a therapeutic agent) loading, high active substance and/or structure stability in acidic environments, mechanical flexibility and strength in an internal orifice (e.g., gastric cavity), easy passage through the GI tract until delivery to at a desired internal orifice (e.g., gastric cavity), and/or rapid dissolution/degradation in a physiological environment (e.g., intestinal environment) and/or in response to a chemical stimulant (e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignees: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Bellinger, Shiyi Zhang, Carlo Giovanni Traverso, Robert S. Langer, Stacy Mo, Tyler Grant, Mousa Jafari, Dean Liang Glettig, Angela DiCiccio, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Philip A. Eckhoff
  • Publication number: 20220175681
    Abstract: Self-righting articles, such as self-righting capsules for administration to a subject, are generally provided. In some embodiments, the self-righting article may be configured such that the article may orient itself relative to a surface (e.g., a surface of a tissue of a subject). The self-righting articles described herein may comprise one or more tissue engaging surfaces configured to engage (e.g., interface with, inject into, anchor) with a surface (e.g., a surface of a tissue of a subject). In some embodiments, the self-righting article may have a particular shape and/or distribution of density (or mass) which, for example, enables the self-righting behavior of the article. In some embodiments, the self-righting article may comprise a tissue interfacing component and/or a pharmaceutical agent (e.g., for delivery of the active pharmaceutical agent to a location internal of the subject).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2021
    Publication date: June 9, 2022
    Applicants: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Brigham and Women's Hospital Inc.
    Inventors: Carlo Giovanni Traverso, Alex G. Abramson, Ester Caffarel Salvador, Niclas Roxhed, Minsoo Khang, Taylor Bensel, Robert S. Langer
  • Publication number: 20220151940
    Abstract: Self-righting articles, such as self-righting capsules for administration to a subject, are generally provided. In some embodiments, the self-righting article may be configured such that the article may orient itself relative to a surface (e.g., a surface of a tissue of a subject). The self-righting articles described herein may comprise one or more tissue engaging surfaces configured to engage (e.g., interface with, inject into, anchor) with a surface (e.g., a surface of a tissue of a subject). In some embodiments, the self-righting article may have a particular shape and/or distribution of density (or mass) which, for example, enables the self-righting behavior of the article. In some embodiments, the self-righting article may comprise a tissue interfacing component and/or a pharmaceutical agent (e.g., for delivery of the active pharmaceutical agent to a location internal of the subject).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2021
    Publication date: May 19, 2022
    Applicants: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlo Giovanni Traverso, Alex G. Abramson, Ester Caffarel Salvador, Niclas Roxhed, Minsoo Khang, Taylor Bensel, David Dellal, Robert S. Langer
  • Publication number: 20220142566
    Abstract: Articles, systems, and methods for rapid administration and active pharmaceutical compositions to subjects exposed to radiation and/or toxins are provided by this disclosure. There are currently few interventional technologies to protect against long-term morbidity and mortality from exposure to radiation and chemical warfare. Furthermore, as commercially available technologies such as additive manufacturing and small-scale chemical reactors have become more prevalent, the risk of misuse of such technologies by terrorists and rogue nation states to manufacture nuclear, radiologic, and chemical weapons continues to increase. Articles, systems, and methods described herein combine sensing technologies with drug release components, in order to provide an approach for rapid diagnosis of and response to exposure to radiation and toxic agents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2021
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Applicant: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Hen-Wei Huang, James Byrne, Carlo Giovanni Traverso
  • Patent number: 11318293
    Abstract: A platform technology has been designed to provide a means for controlled delivery of single or multiple doses of therapeutic, prophylactic, diagnostic or identifying agents to livestock. The delivery system is based on a livestock ear tag that releases therapeutic and/or prophylactic agent when applied to the ear or other desired anatomical target of the animal. The agent to be delivered is encapsulated in or on microneedles and or microparticles and or nanoparticles or combination thereof on a surface thereon of the male or female part of the tag, which is pressed into the skin so that the microneedles penetrate into the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin. The agent is then released into the animal from the microneedles and or microparticles and or nanoparticles or combination thereof at the site of contact into the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Michael S. Williams, Jason Siu Wei Li, Jacob Coffey, Christoph Winfried Johannes Steiger, Miguel Jimenez, Robert S. Langer, Ester Caffarel Salvador, Alex Abramson, Carlo Giovanni Traverso
  • Patent number: 11311489
    Abstract: Components with relatively high loading of active pharmaceutical ingredients are generally provided. In some embodiments, the component (e.g., a tissue interfacing component) comprises a solid therapeutic agent and a supporting material such that the solid therapeutic agent is present in the component in an amount of greater than or equal to 10 wt % versus the total weight of the tissue interfacing component. Such tissue-interfacing components may be useful for delivery of API doses e.g., to a subject. Advantageously, in some embodiments, the reduction of volume required to deliver the required API dose as compared to a liquid formulation permits the creation of solid needle delivery systems for a wide variety of drugs in a variety of places/tissues (e.g., tongue, GI mucosal tissue, skin) and/or reduces and/or eliminates the application of an external force in order to inject a drug solution through the small opening in the needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignees: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlo Giovanni Traverso, Alex G. Abramson, Ester Caffarel Salvador, Niclas Roxhed, Minsoo Khang, Taylor Bensel, Robert S. Langer
  • Publication number: 20220118170
    Abstract: Apparatus, kits, and methods for administering a substance are presented. A device for administering a substance includes an elongated body having a proximal end and a distal end, the elongated body defining an internal chamber extending between the proximal end and the distal end to direct the substance to the distal end, the distal end to connect with a tip, the tip to be at least partially inserted into an orifice of a body lumen of a subject, the tip having a shape configured to reduce leakage of the substance from the orifice upon the at least partial insertion. The tip includes an opening to pass the substance from the internal chamber into the body lumen; and a transducer to emit an ultrasound wave from the tip into the body lumen, thereby administering the substance to tissue in the body lumen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2021
    Publication date: April 21, 2022
    Applicants: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Carl Magnus SCHOELLHAMMER, Carlo Giovanni TRAVERSO, Avraham SCHROEDER, Baris POLAT, Daniel BLANKSCHTEIN, Robert S. LANGER, William BRUGGE
  • Publication number: 20220110410
    Abstract: A shoe comprises an upper portion, a sole, and a sheet of material. The upper portion is configured to receive a foot of a user. The sole is attached to the upper portion. The sheet of material is coupled to the sole. The material includes a substrate and one or more movable projections. The one or more movable projections are configured to extend from the substrate. The one or more movable projections are configured to move between a first orientation and a second orientation relative to the substrate, in response to the sole of the shoe moving between a generally flat configuration and a generally flexed configuration. The movable projections can have a triangular shape, a concave shape, a convex shape, a rectangular shape, or a barbed shape; and can be arranged in a one-direction pattern, a three-column pattern, a half pattern, a 16x2 pattern, or a checkerboard pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2021
    Publication date: April 14, 2022
    Inventors: Robert S. Langer, Katia Bertoldi, Carlo Giovanni Traverso, Sahab Babaee, Ahmad Rafsanjani Abbasi, Simo Pajovic
  • Publication number: 20220080115
    Abstract: Self-righting articles, such as self-righting capsules for administration to a subject, are generally provided. In some embodiments, the self-righting article may be configured such that the article may orient itself relative to a surface (e.g., a surface of a tissue of a subject). The self-righting articles described herein may comprise one or more tissue engaging surfaces configured to engage (e.g., interface with, inject into, anchor) with a surface (e.g., a surface of a tissue of a subject). In some embodiments, the self-righting article may have a particular shape and/or distribution of density (or mass) which, for example, enables the self-righting behavior of the article. In some embodiments, the self-righting article may comprise a tissue interfacing component and/or a pharmaceutical agent (e.g., for delivery of the active pharmaceutical agent to a location internal of the subject).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Publication date: March 17, 2022
    Applicants: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Brigham and Woman's Hospital, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlo Giovanni Traverso, Alex G. Abramson, Ester Caffarel Salvador, Niclas Roxhed, Minsoo Khang, Taylor Bensel, Robert S. Langer
  • Publication number: 20220072286
    Abstract: A device for the delivery of an agent to an intestinal site has a backing element, a mucoadhesive element for adhering the device to the intestinal site, and a reservoir comprising the agent. The mucoadhesive element includes a polymer, an opposing surface having the capacity to adhere to the intestinal site, and a population of passageway(s) extending from the reservoir to the opposing surface for delivery of the agent from the reservoir to the intestinal site, each of the passageway(s) having a minimum diameter greater than 10 microns, the diameter being determined by cryogenic scanning electron microscopy after 30 minutes of hydration at 20° C. in phosphate buffered saline at pH 6.5.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2021
    Publication date: March 10, 2022
    Inventors: Daniel BONNER, Colin Robert GARDNER, Thomas H. JOZEFIAK, Christopher R. LOOSE, David LUCCHINO, Andrew Craig MILLER, Carlo Giovanni TRAVERSO, Ayush VERMA, Arthur J. COURY, Peter TRAN, John JANTZ
  • Patent number: 11246829
    Abstract: Residence structures, systems, and related methods are generally provided. Certain embodiments comprise administering (e.g., orally) a residence structure to a subject (e.g., a patient) such that the residence structure is retained at a location internal to the subject for a particular amount of time (e.g., at least about 24 hours) before being released. The residence structure may be, in some cases, a gastric residence structure. In some embodiments, the structures and systems described herein comprise one or more materials configured for high levels of active substances (e.g., a therapeutic agent) loading, high active substance and/or structure stability in acidic environments, mechanical flexibility and strength in an internal orifice (e.g., gastric cavity), easy passage through the GI tract until delivery to at a desired internal orifice (e.g., gastric cavity), and/or rapid dissolution/degradation in a physiological environment (e.g., intestinal environment) and/or in response to a chemical stimulant (e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignees: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Bellinger, Shiyi Zhang, Carlo Giovanni Traverso, Robert S. Langer, Stacy Mo, Tyler Grant, Mousa Jafari, Dean Liang Glettig, Angela DiCiccio, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Philip A. Eckhoff
  • Publication number: 20220039686
    Abstract: A drug delivery device for administration to a subject is provided. In some embodiments, the drug delivery device includes a reservoir containing an active pharmaceutical ingredient and a potential energy source. The drug delivery device also includes a trigger operatively associated with the potential energy source, where the trigger is configured to actuate at a predetermined location within the subject. The drug delivery device also includes a rupturable membrane disposed along a flow path extending between the reservoir and an outlet, where the membrane is configured to rupture when the trigger is actuated. Once the trigger is actuated, the potential energy from the potential energy source may be released to expel the active pharmaceutical ingredient in a jet through the outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2021
    Publication date: February 10, 2022
    Applicants: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, NOVO NORDISK A/S, The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc.
    Inventors: Graham Arrick, Torben Sebastian Last, Declan Gwynne, Jacob Wainer, Carlo Giovanni Traverso, Drago Sticker, Cody Cleveland, Aghiad Ghazal, Adam Bohr, Jorrit Jeroen Water, Brian Mouridsen, Jacob Pyung Hwa Jepsen, Bozhidar Nikolaev Kozhuharov, Kim Frandsen, Robert Langer, Yi Lu, Niclas Roxhed, Siheng You
  • Publication number: 20220023602
    Abstract: Systems and methods related to reconfigurable medical devices are described. In some embodiments, a reconfigurable medical device may include a central core and a plurality of arms. The arms may be rotatably coupled to the central core such that the plurality of arms may rotate outwards away from the central core to selectively reconfigure the reconfigurable device between a retracted configuration and an expanded configuration. In an initial state, the arms may be biased outwards away from the central core into the expanded configuration. When the reconfigurable device is exposed to a temperature greater than a threshold temperature, the arms may be biased towards the central core into the retracted configuration. In some embodiments, a reconfigurable medical device may include therapeutic compound-loaded needles coupled to distal portions of the arms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Publication date: January 27, 2022
    Applicants: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert S. Langer, Carlo Giovanni Traverso, Sahab Babaee, Simo Pajovic, Ester Caffarel Salvador
  • Publication number: 20220008701
    Abstract: Systems and methods related to reconfigurable medical devices are described. In some embodiments, a reconfigurable medical device may include a central core and a plurality of arms. The arms may be rotatably coupled to the central core such that the plurality of arms may rotate outwards away from the central core to selectively reconfigure the reconfigurable device between a retracted configuration and an expanded configuration. In an initial state, the arms may be biased outwards away from the central core into the expanded configuration. When the reconfigurable device is exposed to a temperature greater than a threshold temperature, the arms may be biased towards the central core into the retracted configuration. In some embodiments, a reconfigurable medical device may include therapeutic compound-loaded needles coupled to distal portions of the arms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Publication date: January 13, 2022
    Applicants: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert S. Langer, Carlo Giovanni Traverso, Ester Caffarel Salvador, Sahab Babaee, Simo Pajovic
  • Publication number: 20220001159
    Abstract: Actuating components and related methods are generally disclosed. Certain embodiments comprise an actuating component associated with a plurality of microneedles (e.g., for administering a therapeutic agent to a subject). In some embodiments, the actuating component may be administered to a subject such that the plurality of microneedles are deployed at a location internal to the subject (e.g., in the gastrointestinal tract). The actuating component may be contained within, in some embodiments, a capsule (e.g., for oral administration to a subject). In some embodiments, the actuating component has a pre-deployment configuration in which the plurality of microneedles have a first orientation and a deployed configuration in which the plurality of microneedles have a second orientation, different than the first orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Publication date: January 6, 2022
    Applicants: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert S. Langer, Carlo Giovanni Traverso, Daniel Minahan, Alex G. Abramson, Ester Caffarel Salvador, Vance Soares