Patents by Inventor Mindy M. Brashears

Mindy M. Brashears 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: 20180094300
    Abstract: The present invention provides a set of oligonucleotides to screen for the presence of targeted Salmonella serotypes in enrichment or to characterize presumptive colonies. The set of oligonucleotides includes at least one set of primers and probe for the detection of Salmonella serotype selected from Newport, Heidelberg, Infantis, and Hadar and to discriminate between. These new markers can be used after the initial screening assay described herein as a discrimination assay to differentiate S. Heidelberg from S. Infantis and S. Hadar from S. Newport.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Inventors: Marie Bugarel, Kendra Nightingale, Guy Loneragan, Mindy M. Brashears
  • Publication number: 20180064125
    Abstract: Improved compositions and methods are disclosed for improving food safety. More specifically, one or more lactic acid producing microorganisms are used for inhibiting pathogenic growth on plant materials before, during and/or after harvest. The disclosed methodology is particularly effective for leafy vegetables, such as spinach.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Inventors: Douglas R. Ware, Mindy M. Brashears
  • Publication number: 20170268044
    Abstract: The present invention provides a set of oligonucleotides to screen for the presence of targeted Salmonella serotypes in an enrichment or to characterize presumptive colonies. The set of oligonucleotides includes at least one set of primers and probe for the detection of Salmonella serotype selected from typhimurium, enteritidis, newport, heidelberg, infantis, virchow and Hadar. The set of oligonucleotides may include up to 5 different primer sets and the corresponding probes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Inventors: Guy Loneragan, Mindy M. Brashears, Kendra Nightingale, Marie Bugarel
  • Patent number: 9592313
    Abstract: A method and apparatus comprising microwave radiation pulses to reduce a microorganism population in an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignees: MICROZAP, INC.
    Inventors: Willis Don Stull, Jr., Andreas Alfred Neuber, David E. Sharbutt, Michael Todd Brashears, Mindy M. Brashears, Christine Alvarado, J. Chance Brooks
  • Publication number: 20160045628
    Abstract: A method and apparatus comprising microwave radiation pulses to reduce a microorganism population in an object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Publication date: February 18, 2016
    Inventors: Willis Don Stull, JR., Andreas Alfred Neuber, David E. Sharbutt, Michael Todd Brashears, Mindy M. Brashears, Christine Alvarado, J. Chance Brooks
  • Patent number: 9125958
    Abstract: A method and apparatus comprising microwave radiation pulses to reduce a microorganism population in an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignees: MICROZAP, INC.
    Inventors: Willis Don Stull, Jr., Andreas Alfred Neuber, David E. Sharbutt, Michel Todd Brashears, Mindy M. Brashears, Christine Alvarado, J. Chance Brooks
  • Publication number: 20150182565
    Abstract: The present invention includes compositions and methods for eliminating or reducing microbial contamination in lymph nodes that enter the food supply from livestock comprising: identifying an animal in need of eliminating or reducing microbial contamination in non-gut associated lymph nodes that enter the food supply, and providing the animal with an effective amount of a lactic acid bacteria or probiotic bacterial sufficient to reduce or eliminate the microbial contamination in non-gut associated lymph nodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Publication date: July 2, 2015
    Inventors: Mindy M. Brashears, Guy H. Loneragan, Kendra Nightingale, J. Chance Brooks
  • Patent number: 8980611
    Abstract: Compositions and methods useful for reducing or eliminating the presence of pathogens in meat or meat products are disclosed. Administration of one or more lactic acid producing microorganisms to a live animal, to a carcass, to meat, to meat products, or in animal feed results in significant reductions in the amount of pathogens potentially harmful to humans when ingested. Synergistic effects can be achieved with the administration of multiple strains of microorganisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Guardian Food Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas R. Ware, Mindy M. Brashears
  • Patent number: 8956673
    Abstract: The present invention includes a method for extending the shelf-life of one or more foods by exposure to one or more pulses of microwave radiation for at least seven (7) seconds. The present invention may also be used to reduce pathogenic organisms in food. The one or more foods may be packaged within a container, sealed and stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Texas Tech University System
    Inventors: Christine Alvarado, J. Chance Brooks, Mindy M. Brashears, Todd Brashears, Gianfranco Coccoli, Pierluigi Sapelli, Mario Piazza, Stefania Franzoni, Federico Felappi, Nicola Tolettini
  • Publication number: 20140199697
    Abstract: Methods and compositions are disclosed for detection of probiotic bacteria strains intentionally provided to animals comprising: providing an animal with a known amount or number of probiotic bacteria; following a pre-determined time, obtaining a biological sample suspected of comprising the inoculated probiotic bacteria from the animal; and quantitatively detecting the amount of probiotic bacteria in the biological sample.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY SYSTEM
    Inventors: Mindy M. Brashears, Kendra Nightingale, Guy Loneragan, Qingli Zhang
  • Publication number: 20140184063
    Abstract: A method and apparatus comprising microwave radiation pulses to reduce a microorganism population in an object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Microzap, Inc.
    Inventors: Willis Don Stull, JR., Andreas Alfred Neuber, David E. Sharbutt, Michel Todd Brashears, Mindy M. Brashears, Christine Alvarado, J. Chance Brooks
  • Publication number: 20130316048
    Abstract: Compositions and methods useful for reducing or eliminating the presence of pathogens in meat or meat products are disclosed. Administration of one or more lactic acid producing microorganisms to a live animal, to a carcass, to meat, to meat products, or in animal feed results in significant reductions in the amount of pathogens potentially harmful to humans when ingested. Synergistic effects can be achieved with the administration of multiple strains of microorganisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: Guardian Food Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas R. Ware, Mindy M. Brashears
  • Patent number: 8496925
    Abstract: Compositions and methods useful for reducing or eliminating the presence of pathogens in meat or meat products are disclosed. Administration of one or more lactic acid producing microorganisms to a live animal, to a carcass, to meat, to meat products, or in animal feed results in significant reductions in the amount of pathogens potentially harmful to humans when ingested. Synergistic effects can be achieved with the administration of multiple strains of microorganisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Guardian Food Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas R. Ware, Mindy M. Brashears
  • Publication number: 20120201795
    Abstract: Improved compositions and methods are disclosed for improving food safety. More specifically, one or more lactic acid producing microorganisms are used for inhibiting pathogenic growth on plant materials before, during and/or after harvest. The disclosed methodology is particularly effective for leafy vegetables, such as spinach.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: GUARDIAN FOOD TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas R. Ware, Mindy M. Brashears
  • Publication number: 20120052527
    Abstract: A laboratory method and a test specimen for efficiently and accurately assessing and validating the efficacy of an antimicrobial to treat pathogens on a beef carcass. The method and model employ one or more carcasses from calves that have not received colostrum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Inventors: J. Chance Brooks, Mindy M. Brashears, Gary L. Nace
  • Publication number: 20110195152
    Abstract: Compositions and methods useful for reducing or eliminating the presence of pathogens in meat or meat products are disclosed. Administration of one or more lactic acid producing microorganisms to a live animal, to a carcass, to meat, to meat products, or in animal feed results in significant reductions in the amount of pathogens potentially harmful to humans when ingested. Synergistic effects can be achieved with the administration of multiple strains of microorganisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Inventors: Douglas R. Ware, Mindy M. Brashears
  • Publication number: 20090092708
    Abstract: The present invention includes a method for extending the shelf-life of one or more foods by exposure to one or more pulses of microwave radiation for at least seven (7) seconds. The present invention may also be used to reduce pathogenic organisms in food. The one or more foods may be packaged within a container, sealed and stored.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Publication date: April 9, 2009
    Applicant: TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY SYSTEM
    Inventors: Christine Alvarado, J. Chance Brooks, Mindy M. Brashears, Todd Brashears, Gianfranco Coccoli, Pierluigi Sapelli, Mario Piazza, Stefania Franzoni, Federico Felappi, Nicola Tolettini
  • Patent number: 7323166
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and compositions for preventing or inhibiting human food-borne pathogens in animals, and methods for increasing feed efficiency in animals by administering to the animal effective amounts of probiotic lactic acid producing bacteria. Further provided are feed compositions comprising probiotic lactic acid producing bacteria. A preferred probiotic lactic acid producing bacteria is Lactobacillus acidophilus strain ATCC accession number PTA-5249. This bacterial strain inhibits nalidixic acid-resistant Escherichia coli 0157:H7.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: Board of Regents University of Nebraska
    Inventors: Mindy M. Brashears, Divya Jaroni
  • Patent number: 7291326
    Abstract: Compositions and methods useful for reducing or eliminating the presence of pathogens in meat and meat products are disclosed. Administration of one or more lactic acid producing microorganisms to a live animal, to a carcass, to meat, to meat products, or in animal feed results in significant reductions in the amount of pathogens potentially harmful to humans when ingested. Synergistic effects can be achieved with the administration of multiple strains of microorganisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: Nutrition Physiology Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas R. Ware, Mindy M. Brashears
  • Publication number: 20040131603
    Abstract: Compositions and methods useful for reducing or eliminating the presence of pathogens in meat and meat products are disclosed. Administration of one or more lactic acid producing microorganisms to a live animal, to a carcass, to meat, to meat products, or in animal feed results in significant reductions in the amount of pathogens potentially harmful to humans when ingested. Synergistic effects can be achieved with the administration of multiple strains of microorganisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2003
    Publication date: July 8, 2004
    Applicant: NUTRITION PHYSIOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Douglas R. WARE, Mindy M. BRASHEARS