Patents by Inventor Gavin R. McIntyre

Gavin R. McIntyre 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: 20220290199
    Abstract: A mycological biopolymer product consisting entirely of fungal mycelium is made by inoculating a nutritive substrate with a selected fungus in a sealed environment except for a void space, which space is subsequently filled with a network of undifferentiated fungal mycelium. The environmental conditions for producing the mycological biopolymer product, i.e. a high carbon dioxide (CO2) content (from 5% to 7% by volume) and an elevated temperature (from 85° F. to 95° F.), prevent full differentiation of the fungus into a mushroom. There are no stipe, cap, or spores produced. The biopolymer product grows into the void space of the tool, filling the space with an undifferentiated mycelium chitin-polymer, which is subsequently extracted from the substrate and dried.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2022
    Publication date: September 15, 2022
    Inventors: Lucy Greetham, Gavin R. McIntyre, Eben Bayer, Jacob Winiski, Sarah Araldi
  • Patent number: 11420366
    Abstract: The method of making a compressed biocomposite body includes compressing a mass of biocomposite material comprised of discrete particles and a network of interconnected glucan-containing mycelia cells in the presence of heat and moisture into a compressed body having a density in excess of 18 pcf. Compression may take place batch wise in a press or continuously in a path of narrowing cross-section defined by a series of heated rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Ecovative Design LLC
    Inventors: Gavin R. McIntyre, Jeffrey D. Betts, Gregory Tudryn, Liam Mooney
  • Patent number: 11359074
    Abstract: A mycological biopolymer material is subjected to treatment in one or more solutions that work to enhance and/or retain the inherent material properties of the material. In one embodiment, the solution is an organic solution; in another embodiment, the solution is an organic solvent with a salt; in another embodiment, the solution is an organic solvent phenol and/or polyphenol; and in another embodiment, a series of such solutions is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: ECOVATIVE DESIGN LLC
    Inventors: Jessica Kaplan-Bie, Gavin R. McIntyre, Lucy Greetham, Ian Bonesteel, Alex Carlton, Eben Bayer
  • Patent number: 11277979
    Abstract: A mycological biopolymer product consisting entirely of fungal mycelium is made by inoculating a nutritive substrate with a selected fungus in a sealed environment except for a void space, which space is subsequently filled with a network of undifferentiated fungal mycelium. The environmental conditions for producing the mycological biopolymer product, i.e. a high carbon dioxide (CO2) content (from 5% to 7% by volume) and an elevated temperature (from 85° F. to 95° F.), prevent full differentiation of the fungus into a mushroom. There are no stipe, cap, or spores produced. The biopolymer product grows into the void space of the tool, filling the space with an undifferentiated mycelium chitin-polymer, which is subsequently extracted from the substrate and dried.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Ecovative Design LLC
    Inventors: Lucy Greetham, Gavin R. McIntyre, Eben Bayer, Jacob Winiski, Sarah Araldi
  • Patent number: 10589489
    Abstract: The composite material is comprised of a substrate of discrete particles and a network of interconnected mycelia cells bonding the discrete particles together. The composite material is made by inoculating a substrate of discrete particles and a nutrient material with a preselected fungus. The fungus digests the nutrient material over a period of time sufficient to grow hyphae and to allow the hyphae to form a network of interconnected mycelia cells through and around the discrete particles thereby bonding the discrete particles together to form a self-supporting composite material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: ECOVATIVE DESIGN LLC
    Inventors: Eben Bayer, Gavin R. McIntyre
  • Publication number: 20190390156
    Abstract: The mycelial foam contains macroscopic void spaces that are formed by filler elements, such as agar beads, that are incorporated in the mycelial matrix during growth of the matrix and are removed from the matrix after growth in a non-destructive manner, such as by heating. The foam may be made of pure mycelium or may be a composite biomaterial.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Applicant: Ecovative Design LLC
    Inventors: Eben Bayer, Jacob Michael Winiski, Matthew James Lucht, Peter James Mueller, Gavin R. McIntyre, Meghan A. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 10144149
    Abstract: A self-supporting composite body comprising a substrate of discrete particles and a network of interconnected mycelia cells extending through and around the discrete particles and bonding the discrete particles together is characterized in being stiff and in having a density of greater than 18 pounds per cubic foot (pcf). The method of making the composite body includes compressing a mass of biocomposite material comprised of discrete particles and a network of interconnected mycelia cells in the presence of moisture into a compressed body having a density in excess of 18 pcf. Compression may take place batch wise in a press or continuously between a pair of movable endless conveyors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ecovative Design LLC
    Inventors: Gavin R. McIntyre, Greg Tudryn, Jeff Betts, Jacob Winiski
  • Publication number: 20170028600
    Abstract: The method of making a compressed biocomposite body includes compressing a mass of biocomposite material comprised of discrete particles and a network of interconnected glucan-containing mycelia cells in the presence of heat and moisture into a compressed body having a density in excess of 18 pcf. Compression may take place batch wise in a press or continuously in a path of narrowing cross-section defined by a series of heated rollers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Inventors: Gavin R. McIntyre, Jeffrey D. Betts, Gregory Tudryn, Liam Mooney
  • Publication number: 20170000040
    Abstract: The composite material is comprised of a substrate of discrete particles and a network of interconnected mycelia cells bonding the discrete particles together. The composite material is made by inoculating a substrate of discrete particles and a nutrient material with a preselected fungus. The fungus digests the nutrient material over a period of time sufficient to grow hyphae and to allow the hyphae to form a network of interconnected mycelia cells through and around the discrete particles thereby bonding the discrete particles together to form a self-supporting composite material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Publication date: January 5, 2017
    Inventors: Eben Bayer, Gavin R. McIntyre
  • Patent number: 9394512
    Abstract: The method of growing the basidiomycete mycelium includes inoculating a substrate that promotes the growth and differentiation of basidiomycete mycelium without supporting the production of a basidiocarp with a vegetative mycelium and thereafter incubating the inoculated substrate in a first incubation period at controlled temperature, humidity, light and carbon dioxide levels followed by a finishing incubation period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: ECOVATIVE DESIGN LLC
    Inventors: Eben Bayer, Gavin R. McIntyre
  • Publication number: 20150342138
    Abstract: A living hydrated mycelium composite containing at least one of a combination of mycelium and fibers, mycelium and particles, and mycelium, particles and fibers is processed with a nutrient material to promote mycelia tissue growth; thereafter dehydrated to a moisture content of less than 50% by weight to deactivate the further growth of mycelia tissue; and then stored in the form of pellets. The stored pellets may thereafter be re-hydrated and molded or cast into panels that can be separated into cubes or bricks that can be stacked and re-hydrated for making fabricated sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Inventors: Eben Bayer, Gavin R. McIntyre
  • Publication number: 20150247115
    Abstract: The method of growing the basidiomycete mycelium includes inoculating a substrate that promotes the growth and differentiation of basidiomycete mycelium without supporting the production of a basidiocarp with a vegetative mycelium and thereafter incubating the inoculated substrate in a first incubation period at controlled temperature, humidity, light and carbon dioxide levels followed by a finishing incubation period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Publication date: September 3, 2015
    Inventors: Eben Bayer, Gavin R. McIntyre
  • Publication number: 20150101509
    Abstract: The method of making a compressed biocomposite body includes compressing a mass of biocomposite material comprised of discrete particles and a network of interconnected glucan-containing mycelia cells in the presence of heat and moisture into a compressed body having a density in excess of 18 pcf. Compression may take place batch wise in a press or continuously in a path of narrowing cross-section defined by a series of heated rollers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Gavin R. McIntyre, Jeffrey D. Betts, Gregory Tudryn, Liam Mooney
  • Publication number: 20150033620
    Abstract: A mycological biopolymer product consisting entirely of fungal mycelium is made by inoculating a nutritive substrate with a selected fungus in a sealed environment except for a void space, which space is subsequently filled with a network of undifferentiated fungal mycelium. The environmental conditions for producing the mycological biopolymer product, i.e. a high carbon dioxide (CO2) content (from 5% to 7% by volume) and an elevated temperature (from 85° F. to 95° F.), prevent full differentiation of the fungus into a mushroom. There are no stipe, cap, or spores produced. The biopolymer product grows into the void space of the tool, filling the space with an undifferentiated mycelium chitin-polymer, which is subsequently extracted from the substrate and dried.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Lucy Greetham, Gavin R. McIntyre, Eben Bayer, Jacob Winiski, Sarah Araldi
  • Publication number: 20150038619
    Abstract: A self-supporting composite body comprising a substrate of discrete particles and a network of interconnected mycelia cells extending through and around the discrete particles and bonding the discrete particles together is characterized in being stiff and in having a density of greater than 18 pounds per cubic foot (pcf). The method of making the composite body includes compressing a mass of biocomposite material comprised of discrete particles and a network of interconnected mycelia cells in the presence of moisture into a compressed body having a density in excess of 18 pcf. Compression may take place batch wise. in a press or continuously between a pair of movable endless conveyors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Gavin R. McIntyre, Greg Tudryn, Jeff Betts, Jacob Winiski