Patents by Inventor Molly K. Gregas

Molly K. Gregas 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: 20190336785
    Abstract: Products, compositions, systems, and methods for modifying a target structure which mediates or is associated with a biological activity, including treatment of conditions, disorders, or diseases mediated by or associated with a target structure, such as a virus, cell, subcellular structure or extracellular structure. The methods may be performed in situ in a non-invasive manner by placing a nanoparticle having a metallic shell on at least a fraction of a surface in a vicinity of a target structure in a subject and applying an initiation energy to a subject thus producing an effect on or change to the target structure directly or via a modulation agent. The nanoparticle is configured, upon exposure to a first wavelength ?1, to generate a second wavelength ?2 of radiation having a higher energy than the first wavelength ?1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicants: IMMUNOLIGHT, LLC, DUKE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Tuan VO-DINH, Jonathan P. Scaffidi, Venkata Gopal Reddy Chada, Benoit Lauly, Yan Zhang, Molly K. Gregas, Ian Nicholas Stanton, Joshua T. Stecher, Michael J. Therien, Frederic A. Bourke, JR., Harold Walder, Zak Fathi, Jennifer A. Ayres, Zhenyuan Zhang, Joseph H. Simmons, Stephen John Norton
  • Patent number: 10384071
    Abstract: System for modifying a target structure which mediates or is associated with a biological activity, including treatment of conditions, disorders, or diseases mediated by or associated with a target structure, such as a virus, cell, subcellular structure or extracellular structure. The system can be used in methods which can be performed by application of an initiation energy to a subject in situ to activate a pharmaceutical agent directly or via an energy modulation agent, optionally in the presence of one or more plasmonics active agents, thus producing an effect on or change to the target structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignees: IMMUNOLIGHT, LLC., DUKE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Tuan Vo-Dinh, Jonathan P. Scaffidi, Venkata Gopal Reddy Chada, Benoit Lauly, Yan Zhang, Molly K. Gregas, Ian Nicholas Stanton, Joshua T. Stecher, Michael J. Therien, Frederic A. Bourke, Jr., Harold Walder, Zak Fathi, Jennifer A. Ayres, Zhenyuan Zhang, Joseph H. Simmons, Stephen John Norton
  • Publication number: 20170043178
    Abstract: Products, compositions, systems, and methods for modifying a target structure which mediates or is associated with a biological activity, including treatment of conditions, disorders, or diseases mediated by or associated with a target structure, such as a virus, cell, subcellular structure or extracellular structure. The methods may be performed in situ in a non-invasive manner by placing a nanoparticle having a metallic shell on at least a fraction of a surface in a vicinity of a target structure in a subject and applying an initiation energy to a subject thus producing an effect on or change to the target structure directly or via a modulation agent. The nanoparticle is configured, upon exposure to a first wavelength ?1, to generate a second wavelength ?2 of radiation having a higher energy than the first wavelength ?1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicants: IMMUNOLIGHT, LLC., DUKE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Tuan VO-DINH, Jonathan P. SCAFFIDI, Venkata Gopal Reddy CHADA, Benoit LAULY, Yan ZHANG, Molly K. GREGAS, Ian Nicholas STANTON, Joshua T. STECHER, Michael J. THERIEN, Frederic A. BOURKE, JR., Harold WALDER, Zak FATHI, Jennifer A. AYRES, Zhenyuan ZHANG, Joseph H. SIMMONS, Stephen John NORTON
  • Patent number: 9526914
    Abstract: Products, compositions, systems, and methods for modifying a target structure. The methods may be performed in a non-invasive manner by placing a nanoparticle having a metallic shell on at least a fraction of a surface in a vicinity of a target structure in a subject and applying an initiation energy thus producing an effect on or change to the target structure directly or via a modulation agent. The nanoparticle is configured, upon exposure to a first wavelength ?1, to generate a second wavelength ?2 of radiation having a higher energy than the first wavelength ?1. The methods may further be performed by application of an initiation energy to activate a photoactivatable agent directly or via an energy modulation agent, optionally in the presence of one or more plasmonics active agents, thus producing an effect on or change to the target structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignees: Duke University, Immunolight, LLC
    Inventors: Tuan Vo-Dinh, Jonathan P. Scaffidi, Venkata Gopal Reddy Chada, Benoit Lauly, Yan Zhang, Molly K. Gregas, Ian Nicholas Stanton, Joshua T. Stecher, Michael J. Therien, Frederic A. Bourke, Jr., Harold Walder, Zak Fathi, Jennifer A. Ayres, Zhenyuan Zhang, Joseph H. Simmons, Stephen John Norton
  • Patent number: 9526913
    Abstract: A nanoparticle-based system for enhancement of emitted light inside a medium. The nanoparticle-based system includes a phosphorescent material which, upon activation, produces the emitted light, and a metallic structure attached to the phosphorescent material. The metallic structure has a surface plasmon resonance which resonates at a frequency which spectrally overlaps with one or more frequencies of the emitted light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignees: DUKE UNIVERSITY, IMMUNOLIGHT, LLC
    Inventors: Tuan Vo-Dinh, Jonathan P. Scaffidi, Venkata Gopal Reddy Chada, Benoit Lauly, Yan Zhang, Molly K. Gregas, Ian Nicholas Stanton, Joshua T. Stecher, Michael J. Therien, Frederic A. Bourke, Jr., Harold Walder, Zak Fathi, Jennifer A. Ayres, Zhenyuan Zhang, Joseph H. Simmons, Stephen John Norton
  • Publication number: 20160263393
    Abstract: Products, compositions, systems, and methods for modifying a target structure which mediates or is associated with a biological activity, including treatment of conditions, disorders, or diseases mediated by or associated with a target structure, such as a virus, cell, subcellular structure or extracellular structure. The methods may be performed in situ in a non-invasive manner by placing a nanoparticle having a metallic shell on at least a fraction of a surface in a vicinity of a target structure in a subject and applying an initiation energy to a subject thus producing an effect on or change to the target structure directly or via a modulation agent. The nanoparticle is configured, upon exposure to a first wavelength ?1, to generate a second wavelength ?2 of radiation having a higher energy than the first wavelength ?1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Publication date: September 15, 2016
    Applicants: IMMUNOLIGHT, LLC, DUKE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Tuan VO-DINH, Jonathan P. SCAFFIDI, Venkata Gopal Reddy CHADA, Benoit LAULY, Yan ZHANG, Molly K. GREGAS, Ian Nicholas STANTON, Joshua T. STECHER, Michael J. THERIEN, Frederic A. BOURKE, JR., Harold WALDER, Zak FATHI, Jennifer A. AYRES, Zhenyuan ZHANG, Joseph H. SIMMONS, Stephen John NORTON
  • Patent number: 9302116
    Abstract: Products, compositions, systems, and methods for modifying a target structure which mediates or is associated with a biological activity, including treatment of conditions, disorders, or diseases mediated by or associated with a target structure, such as a virus, cell, subcellular structure or extracellular structure. The methods may be performed in situ in a non-invasive manner by placing a nanoparticle having a metallic shell on at least a fraction of a surface in a vicinity of a target structure in a subject and applying an initiation energy to a subject thus producing an effect on or change to the target structure directly or via a modulation agent. The nanoparticle is configured, upon exposure to a first wavelength ?1, to generate a second wavelength ?2 of radiation having a higher energy than the first wavelength ?1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignees: Duke University, Immunolight, LLC
    Inventors: Tuan Vo-Dinh, Jonathan P. Scaffidi, Venkata Gopal Reddy Chada, Benoit Lauly, Yan Zhang, Molly K. Gregas, Ian N. Stanton, Joshua T. Stecher, Michael J. Therien, Frederic A. Bourke, Jr., Harold Walder, Zak Fathi, Jennifer A. Ayres, Zhenyuan Zhang, Joseph H. Simmons, Stephen John Norton
  • Publication number: 20150251016
    Abstract: Products, compositions, systems, and methods for modifying a target structure. The methods may be performed in a non-invasive manner by placing a nanoparticle having a metallic shell on at least a fraction of a surface in a vicinity of a target structure in a subject and applying an initiation energy thus producing an effect on or change to the target structure directly or via a modulation agent. The nanoparticle is configured, upon exposure to a first wavelength ?1, to generate a second wavelength ?2 of radiation having a higher energy than the first wavelength ?1. The methods may further be performed by application of an initiation energy to activate a photoactivatable agent directly or via an energy modulation agent, optionally in the presence of one or more plasmonics active agents, thus producing an effect on or change to the target structure. Kits containing products or compositions formulated or configured and systems for use in practicing these methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Publication date: September 10, 2015
    Applicants: IMMUNOLIGHT, LLC, DUKE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Tuan VO-DINH, Jonathan P. SCAFFIDI, Venkata Gopal Reddy CHADA, Benoit LAULY, Yan ZHANG, Molly K. GREGAS, Ian Nicholas STANTON, Joshua T. STECHER, Michael J. THERIEN, Frederic A. BOURKE, JR., Harold WALDER, Zak FATHI, Jennifer A. AYRES, Zhenyuan ZHANG, Joseph H. SIMMONS, Stephen John NORTON
  • Publication number: 20140243934
    Abstract: Products, compositions, systems, and methods for modifying a target structure. The methods may be performed in a non-invasive manner by placing a nanoparticle having a metallic shell on at least a fraction of a surface in a vicinity of a target structure in a subject and applying an initiation energy thus producing an effect on or change to the target structure directly or via a modulation agent. The nanoparticle is configured, upon exposure to a first wavelength ?1, to generate a second wavelength ?2 of radiation having a higher energy than the first wavelength ?1. The methods may further be performed by application of an initiation energy to activate a photoactivatable agent directly or via an energy modulation agent, optionally in the presence of one or more plasmonics active agents, thus producing an effect on or change to the target structure. Kits containing products or compositions formulated or configured and systems for use in practicing these methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicants: DUKE UNIVERSITY, IMMUNOLIGHT, LLC
    Inventors: Tuan VO-DINH, Jonathan P. Scaffidi, Venkata Gopal Reddy Chada, Benoit Lauly, Yan Zhang, Molly K. Gregas, Ian Nicholas Stanton, Joshua T. Stecher, Michael J. Therien, Frederic A. Bourke, JR., Harold Walder, Zak Fathi, Jennifer A. Ayres, Zhenyuan Zhang, Joseph H. Simmons, Stephen John Norton
  • Patent number: 8618509
    Abstract: A system for energy upconversion and/or down conversion and a system for producing a photostimulated reaction in a medium. These systems include 1) a nanoparticle configured, upon exposure to a first wavelength ?1 of radiation, to generate a second wavelength ?2 of radiation having a higher energy than the first wavelength ?1 and 2) a metallic structure disposed in relation to the nanoparticle. A physical characteristic of the metallic structure is set to a value where a surface plasmon resonance in the metallic structure resonates at a frequency which provides a spectral overlap with either the first wavelength ?1 or the second wavelength ?2, or with both ?1 and ?2. The system for producing a photostimulated reaction in a medium includes a receptor disposed in the medium in proximity to the nanoparticle which, upon activation by the second wavelength ?2, generates the photostimulated reaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignees: Immunolight, LLC, Duke University
    Inventors: Tuan Vo-Dinh, Jonathan P. Scaffidi, Venkata Gopal Reddy Chada, Benoit Lauly, Yan Zhang, Molly K. Gregas, Ian Nicholas Stanton, Joshua T. Stecher, Michael J. Therien, Frederic A. Bourke, Jr., Zak Fathi, Jennifer Ann Ayres, Zhenyuan Zhang, Joseph H. Simmons, Stephen John Norton
  • Patent number: 8389958
    Abstract: A system for energy upconversion and/or down conversion and a system for producing a photostimulated reaction in a medium. These systems include 1) a nanoparticle configured, upon exposure to a first wavelength ?1 of radiation, to generate a second wavelength ?2 of radiation having a higher energy than the first wavelength ?1 and 2) a metallic structure disposed in relation to the nanoparticle. A physical characteristic of the metallic structure is set to a value where a surface plasmon resonance in the metallic structure resonates at a frequency which provides a spectral overlap with either the first wavelength ?1 or the second wavelength ?2, or with both ?1 and ?2. The system for producing a photostimulated reaction in a medium includes a receptor disposed in the medium in proximity to the nanoparticle which, upon activation by the second wavelength ?2, generates the photostimulated reaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignees: Duke University, Immunolight, LLC
    Inventors: Tuan Vo-Dinh, Jonathan P. Scaffidi, Venkata Gopal Reddy Chada, Benoit Lauly, Yan Zhang, Molly K. Gregas, Ian Nicholas Stanton, Joshua T. Stecher, Michael J. Therien, Frederic A. Bourke, Jr., Zak Fathi, Jennifer Ann Ayres, Zhenyuan Zhang, Joseph H. Simmons, Stephen John Norton
  • Publication number: 20110021970
    Abstract: Products, compositions, systems, and methods for modifying a target structure which mediates or is associated with a biological activity, including treatment of conditions, disorders, or diseases mediated by or associated with a target structure, such as a virus, cell, subcellular structure or extracellular structure. The methods may be performed in situ in a non-invasive manner by placing a nanoparticle having a metallic shell on at least a fraction of a surface in a vicinity of a target structure in a subject and applying an initiation energy to a subject thus producing an effect on or change to the target structure directly or via a modulation agent. The nanoparticle is configured, upon exposure to a first wavelength ?1, to generate a second wavelength ?2 of radiation having a higher energy than the first wavelength ?1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Applicants: Duke University, Immunolight, LLC
    Inventors: Tuan VO-DINH, Jonathan P. SCAFFIDI, Venkata Gopal Reddy CHADA, Benoit LAULY, Yan ZHANG, Molly K. GREGAS, Ian N. STANTON, Joshua T. STECHER, Michael J. THERIEN, Frederic A. BOURKE, JR., Harold WALDER, Zak FATHI, Jennifer A. AYRES, Zhenyuan ZHANG, Joseph H. SIMMONS, Stephen John NORTON
  • Publication number: 20100261263
    Abstract: A system for energy upconversion and/or down conversion and a system for producing a photostimulated reaction in a medium. These systems include 1) a nanoparticle configured, upon exposure to a first wavelength ?1 of radiation, to generate a second wavelength ?2 of radiation having a higher energy than the first wavelength ?1 and 2) a metallic structure disposed in relation to the nanoparticle. A physical characteristic of the metallic structure is set to a value where a surface plasmon resonance in the metallic structure resonates at a frequency which provides a spectral overlap with either the first wavelength ?1 or the second wavelength ?2, or with both ?1 and ?2. The system for producing a photostimulated reaction in a medium includes a receptor disposed in the medium in proximity to the nanoparticle which, upon activation by the second wavelength ?2, generates the photostimulated reaction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Applicants: Duke University, Immunolight, LLC
    Inventors: Tuan VO-DINH, Jonathan P. SCAFFIDI, Venkata Gopal Reddy CHADA, Benoit LAULY, Yan ZHANG, Molly K. GREGAS, Ian N. STANTON, Joshua T. STECHER, Michael J. THERIEN, Frederic A. BOURKE, JR., Zak FATHI, Jennifer A. AYRES, Zhenyuan ZHANG, Joseph H. SIMMONS, Stephen John Norton