Patents by Inventor Robert Langer

Robert Langer 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: 9326730
    Abstract: Breast implants including sensor modules and related methods are described herein. Breast implants include those with: a shell configured to be substantially filled with a viscous material; at least one fluid-permeable cover, the cover completely enveloping the shell; and a plurality of sensor modules attached to the shell and positioned at a distance from each other, each of the sensor modules oriented to detect one or more analytes in a fluid between the shell and the cover, wherein each of the plurality of sensor modules includes a unique identifier and is configured to utilize energy transmitted from an external source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Edward S. Boyden, Gregory J. Della Rocca, Daniel Hawkins, Roderick A. Hyde, Robert Langer, Eric C. Leuthardt, Terence Myckatyn, Parag Jitendra Parikh, Dennis J. Rivet, Joshua S. Shimony, Michael A. Smith, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene
  • Patent number: 9254256
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system including a remotely controlled reaction device and associated controller are described. Methods of use and control of the device are also disclosed. According to various embodiments, a reaction device is placed in an environment in order to perform a chemical reaction in an environment. Exemplary environments include a body of an organism, a body of water, or an enclosed volume of a fluid. In selected embodiments, a magnetic field, an electric field, or electromagnetic control signal may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Leroy E. Hood, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Edward K. Y. Jung, Robert Langer, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Publication number: 20160020436
    Abstract: A battery for use in electronic devices and which is safely ingested into a body and a related method of making the battery. The battery includes an anode, a cathode and a quantum tunneling composite coating. The quantum tunneling composite coating covers at least a portion of at least one of the anode or the cathode and provides pressure sensitive conductive properties to the battery including a compressive stress threshold for conduction. The compressive stress threshold may be greater than a pre-determined applied stress in a digestive tract of the body in order to prevent harm if the battery is ingested. The battery may include a waterproof seal that extends between the quantum tunneling composite coating and a gasket separating the anode and cathode to inhibit the battery from short circuiting in a conductive fluid below the compressive stress threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Inventors: Bryan LAULICHT, Janet FREILICH, Jeffrey M. KARP, Robert LANGER
  • Patent number: 9211185
    Abstract: Breast implants including sensor modules and related methods are described herein. Breast implants include those with: a shell configured to be substantially filled with a viscous material; a plurality of sensor modules attached to the shell, the sensor modules oriented to detect one or more analytes in a fluid adjacent to the shell, the sensor modules positioned at a distance from each other, wherein each of the plurality of sensor modules includes a unique identifier; and at least one power source operably attached to the plurality of sensor modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Edward S. Boyden, Gregory J. Della Rocca, Daniel Hawkins, Roderick A. Hyde, Robert Langer, Eric C. Leuthardt, Terence Myckatyn, Parag Jitendra Parikh, Dennis J. Rivet, Joshua S. Shimony, Michael A. Smith, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene
  • Patent number: 9205204
    Abstract: Wearable injection guides and manufacture and use thereof are described, which include: a rigid needle-penetrable material having an inner surface and an outer surface, the inner surface having form-fitting contours substantially conforming to a topography of a body region of an individual and the outer surface including one or more fiducials indication of at least one treatment parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Mahalaxmi Gita Bangera, Edward S. Boyden, Gregory J. Della Rocca, Daniel Hawkins, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Robert Langer, Eric C. Leuthardt, Stephen L. Malaska, Terence Myckatyn, Parag Jitendra Parikh, Dennis J. Rivet, Joshua S. Shimony, Michael A. Smith, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene, Sharon L. Wolda, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9199044
    Abstract: Wearable injection guides and manufacture and use thereof are described, which include: a rigid material formed to substantially conform in shape to a topography of a body region of an individual, the rigid material substantially impenetrable to an injection needle, and the rigid material including one or more injection needle access regions arranged in a treatment pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Mahalaxmi Gita Bangera, Edward S. Boyden, Gregory J. Della Rocca, Daniel Hawkins, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Robert Langer, Eric C. Leuthardt, Stephen L. Malaska, Terence Myckatyn, Parag Jitendra Parikh, Dennis J. Rivet, Joshua S. Shimony, Michael A. Smith, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene, Sharon L. Wolda, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150327989
    Abstract: Breast implants including sensor modules and related methods are described herein. Breast implants include those with: a shell configured to be substantially filled with a viscous material; and a plurality of sensor modules attached to the shell and positioned at a distance from each other, each of the plurality of sensor modules oriented to detect one or more analytes in a fluid adjacent to the shell, wherein each of the plurality of sensor modules includes a unique identifier and is configured to utilize energy transmitted from an external source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Publication date: November 19, 2015
    Inventors: Edward S. Boyden, Gregory J. Della Rocca, Daniel Hawkins, Roderick A. Hyde, Robert Langer, Eric C. Leuthardt, Terence Myckatyn, Parag Jitendra Parikh, Dennis J. Rivet, Joshua S. Shimony, Michael A. Smith, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene
  • Publication number: 20150320837
    Abstract: Compounds, compositions, and methods for “smart” delivery of a therapeutic, prophylactic or diagnostic agent, such as glucose-mediated delivery of insulin through glucose-sensing insulin derivatives, are provided. The insulin derivatives bind serum albumin or agglomerate in vivo. The insulin derivatives effectively dissociate to release insulin in a hyperglycemic condition, where the complexation of glucose to a glucose-sensing element alters properties of the insulin derivative leading to the dissociation. The compounds, compositions, and methods provide a delivery strategy for both self-regulated and long-term diabetes management.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Publication date: November 12, 2015
    Inventors: Daniel G. Anderson, Hung-Chieh Chou, Matthew J. Webber, Benjamin C. Tang, Yair Levi, Yunlong Zhang, Rosemary Lynn Kanasty, Arturo Jose Vegas, Robert A. Langer
  • Patent number: 9144488
    Abstract: Breast implants including sensor modules and related methods are described herein. Breast implants include those with: a shell configured to be substantially filled with a viscous material; and a plurality of sensor modules attached to the shell and positioned at a distance from each other, each of the plurality of sensor modules oriented to detect one or more analytes in a fluid adjacent to the shell, wherein each of the plurality of sensor modules includes a unique identifier and is configured to utilize energy transmitted from an external source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Edward S. Boyden, Gregory J. Della Rocca, Daniel Hawkins, Roderick A. Hyde, Robert Langer, Eric C. Leuthardt, Terence Myckatyn, Parag Jitendra Parikh, Dennis J. Rivet, Joshua S. Shimony, Michael A. Smith, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene
  • Patent number: 9144489
    Abstract: Breast implants including sensor modules and related methods are described herein. Breast implants include those with: a shell configured to be substantially filled with a viscous material; at least one fluid-permeable cover, the cover completely enveloping the shell; a plurality of sensor modules attached to the shell, the sensor modules oriented to detect one or more analytes in a fluid between the shell and the cover, the sensor modules positioned at a distance from each other, wherein each of the plurality of sensor modules includes a unique identifier; and at least one power source operably attached to the plurality of sensor modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Edward S. Boyden, Gregory J. Della Rocca, Daniel Hawkins, Roderick A. Hyde, Robert Langer, Eric C. Leuthardt, Terence Myckatyn, Parag Jitendra Parikh, Dennis J. Rivet, Joshua S. Shimony, Michael A. Smith, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene
  • Patent number: 9125974
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods are described herein for controlling or modulating the levels of one or more target components in the blood and/or lymph of a vertebrate subject. Devices and systems are provided that include a body defining at least one lumen configured for fluid flow; at least one controllable flow barrier to fluid flow into the at least one lumen; at least one first reservoir disposed within the body and configured to include one or more bifunctional tags, wherein the one or more bifunctional tags are configured to selectively bind to one or more target components in one or more of blood fluid or lymph fluid of a vertebrate subject; at least one treatment region disposed within the at least one lumen; and at least one second reservoir disposed in the at least one treatment region and configured to include one or more reactive components, wherein the one or more reactive components are configured to sequester the one or more bifunctional tags when bound to the one or more target components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Edward K. Y. Jung, Robert Langer, Eric C. Leuthardt, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150238691
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a system for responsive release of a medicament in an artificial joint region includes: an implantable sensor unit including at least one sensor, the implantable sensor unit configured to be implanted in an artificial joint region; a responsive release control unit including an electronic controller and memory, the responsive release control unit configured to receive signals from the implantable sensor unit and to send signals to an implantable medicament release unit; and the implantable medicament release unit, including a reservoir and a controllable release unit attached to the reservoir, the controllable release unit configured to provide access to the reservoir in response to signals from the responsive release control unit, the implantable medicament release unit configured to be implanted in the artificial joint region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Publication date: August 27, 2015
    Inventors: Edward S. Boyden, Gregory J. Della Rocca, Philip A. Eckhoff, Daniel Hawkins, Roderick A. Hyde, Robert Langer, Eric C. Leuthardt, Gary L. McKnight, Terence Myckatyn, Parag Jitendra Parikh, Dennis J. Rivet, Joshua S. Shimony, Michael A. Smith, Clarence T. Tegreene
  • Publication number: 20150182461
    Abstract: Methods for making particles, such as nanoparticles, devices useful in the methods, and particles made by the method are described herein. The methods involves the use of a microfluidic device, such that upon mixing solutions of the materials to form the particles (or a solution of the material or materials to form the particles and a non-solvent for the material or materials), at least two symmetrical microvortices are formed simultaneously. The method can be used to prepare polymeric or non-polymeric particles and hybrid particles, such as lipid-polymer hybrid particles, as well as such particles containing one or more agents associated with the particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Publication date: July 2, 2015
    Inventors: Yong Tae Kim, Zahi Fayad, Willem J. Mulder, Edward Fisher, Fay Francois, Omid C. Farokhzad, Robert Langer
  • Patent number: 9061075
    Abstract: Bone cages are disclosed including devices for biocompatible implantation. The structures of bone are useful for providing living cells and tissues as well as biologically active molecules to subjects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: THE INVENTION SCIENCE FUND I, LLC
    Inventors: Ed Harlow, Edward K. Y. Jung, Robert Langer, Eric C. Leuthardt, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9061094
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods are described herein for controlling or modulating the levels of one or more target components in the blood and/or lymph of a vertebrate subject. Devices and systems are provided that include a body defining at least one lumen configured for fluid flow; at least one controllable flow barrier to fluid flow into the at least one lumen; at least one first reservoir disposed within the body and configured to include one or more bifunctional tags, wherein the one or more bifunctional tags are configured to selectively bind to one or more target components in one or more of blood fluid or lymph fluid of a vertebrate subject; at least one treatment region disposed within the at least one lumen; and at least one second reservoir disposed in the at least one treatment region and configured to include one or more reactive components, wherein the one or more reactive components are configured to sequester the one or more bifunctional tags when bound to the one or more target components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Edward K. Y. Jung, Robert Langer, Eric C. Leuthardt, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9060842
    Abstract: An adhesive article includes a biocompatible and at least partially biodegradable substrate having a surface; and a plurality of protrusions extending from the surface. The protrusions include a biocompatible and at least partially biodegradable material, and have an average height of less than approximately 1,000 micrometers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignees: Massachusettes Institute of Technology, The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Karp, Mahdavi Alborz, Lino Ferreira, David Carter, Andreas Zumbuehl, Jeffrey Borenstein, Edwin Chan, Christopher Bettinger, Robert Langer
  • Publication number: 20150138175
    Abstract: A system may produce images including narrow-bandwidth colors. One or more sets of the narrow-bandwidth colors may be selected to be interpreted as substantially a same color by a user. The system may include a light source configured to produce the narrow-bandwidth colors, and/or narrow-passband filters may create narrow-bandwidth colors from light emitted by broad-spectrum light sources or color sources. Spatial and/or time multiplexing may be used to create separate narrow-bandwidth colors interpreted as substantially a same color by the user. The light source and/or the narrow-passband filter elements may be adjustable and may alternate between emission of two or more narrow-bandwidth colors. A viewing device may include filters configured to selectively filter the narrow-bandwidth colors. The user may filter the narrow-bandwidth colors to separate a stereoscopic image pair, to view an image specific to a user, to view desired content obfuscated by an obfuscating image, and/or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Erez Lieberman Aiden, Philip A. Eckhoff, William Gates, Peter L. Hagelstein, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Robert Langer, Eric C. Leuthardt, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Michael Schnall-Levin, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150138635
    Abstract: A system may produce images including narrow-bandwidth colors. One or more sets of the narrow-bandwidth colors may be selected to be interpreted as substantially a same color by a user. The system may include a light source configured to produce the narrow-bandwidth colors, and/or narrow-passband filters may create narrow-bandwidth colors from light emitted by broad-spectrum light sources or color sources. Spatial and/or time multiplexing may be used to create separate narrow-bandwidth colors interpreted as substantially a same color by the user. For example, the light source and/or the narrow-passband filter elements may be adjustable and may alternate between emission of two or more narrow-bandwidth colors. A viewing device may include filters allowing the user to selectively filter the narrow-bandwidth colors. The user may filter the narrow-bandwidth colors to separate a stereoscopic image pair, to view a user-specific image, to view desired content obfuscated by an obfuscating image, and/or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Erez Lieberman Aiden, Philip A. Eckhoff, William Gates, Peter L. Hagelstein, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Robert Langer, Eric C. Leuthardt, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Michael Schnall-Levin, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150138053
    Abstract: A system may produce images including narrow-bandwidth colors. One or more sets of the narrow-bandwidth colors may be selected to be interpreted as substantially a same color by a user. The system may include a light source configured to produce the narrow-bandwidth colors, and/or narrow-passband filters may create narrow-bandwidth colors from light emitted by broad-spectrum light sources or color sources. Spatial and/or time multiplexing may be used to create separate narrow-bandwidth colors interpreted as substantially a same color by the user. For example, the light source and/or the narrow-passband filter elements may be adjustable and may alternate between emission of two or more narrow-bandwidth colors. A viewing device may include filters allowing the user to selectively filter the narrow-bandwidth colors. The user may filter the narrow-bandwidth colors to separate a stereoscopic image pair, to view a user-specific image, to view desired content obfuscated by an obfuscating image, and/or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Erez Lieberman Aiden, Philip A. Eckhoff, William Gates, Peter L. Hagelstein, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Robert Langer, Eric C. Leuthardt, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Michael Schnall-Levin, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, JR.
  • Patent number: 9028467
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system including a remotely controlled osmotic pump device and associated controller are described. Methods of use and control of the device are also disclosed. According to some embodiments, an osmotic pump device is placed in an environment in order to pump a material into the environment or into an additional fluid handling structure within the osmotic pump device. Exemplary environments include a body of an organism, a body of water, or an enclosed volume of a fluid. In selected embodiments, a magnetic field, an electric field, or electromagnetic control signal may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Leroy E. Hood, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Edward K. Y. Jung, Robert Langer, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood