Patents by Inventor G. Worthen

G. Worthen 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).

  • Publication number: 20060030539
    Abstract: Disclosed are compositions and methods for the inhibition of biofilm formation or reduction of existing or developing biofilms in a patient. These methods also inhibit the aggregation of bacteria that form biofilms in the airways. The methods include administering to a subject that has or is at risk of developing biofilms a compound or formulation that inhibits the formation or polymerization of actin microfilaments or depolymerizes actin microfilaments at or proximal to the site of biofilm formation. Such a compound can be administered in combination with a compound or formulation that inhibits the accumulation or activity of cells that are likely to undergo necrosis at or proximal to the site of biofilm formation (i.e., neutrophils). The methods and compositions can further include the use of anti-DNA and/or anti-mucin compounds, as well as other therapeutic compounds and compositions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2005
    Publication date: February 9, 2006
    Applicant: National Jewish Medical and Research Center
    Inventors: Jerry Nick, Travis Walker, G. Worthen
  • Patent number: 5445164
    Abstract: A cervical tissue sampling device to allow women to collect tissue samples at home for transmission to a laboratory by mail or other means includes a cylindrical barrel having an open circular front end and an open circular rear end terminating in a radially extending irregularly shaped finger grip flange. A plunger assembly slidably received within the barrel includes a circular brush and surrounding circular sponge for collecting cervical tissue and mucous. The brush and sponge collection assembly is detachably secured to the plunger shaft by a quick release connection. In use, the barrel is inserted by a female into her vagina with the sponge and brush disposed in a retracted condition within the barrel 12. After insertion, the plunger is moved to an extended condition and rotated to collect tissue and mucous samples on the brush and sponge. After the samples have been collected, the sponge and brush are detached from the plunger shaft and mailed in a sealed container to a laboratory for analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1995
    Assignee: Gynetech, Inc.
    Inventors: W. G. Worthen, Howard V. Worthen, deceased, W. J. Dunn