Patents by Inventor W. Jeffrey HURST

W. Jeffrey HURST 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: 20170119729
    Abstract: The invention provides compounds and plant extract compositions that inhibit pancreatic enzymes, such as lipases and amylases, and most particularly pancreatic lipase and phospholipase A2 (PLA2), and COX-2 enzyme, and improve the inflammatory state or response conditions in animals. The compounds and plant extracts can be used in methods and administration regimens to treat animals for obesity-related conditions, diabetes and related conditions, metabolic syndrome, metabolic endotoxemia, and inflammatory conditions. The compounds and plant extracts can also be used to produce comestible compositions to be incorporated into a normal diet to improve health or prevent or reduce the uptake of free fatty acids during digestion or the production of inflammatory eicosanoids or cytokines. The inhibitor compounds and compositions include cocoa-derived polymers of epicatechin, such as epicatechin-rich polymers of 2 units through polymers of 14 units, or 5 to 14 units, and combinations of them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Applicant: THE HERSHEY COMPANY
    Inventors: W. Jeffrey HURST, David A. STUART, Joshua D. LAMBERT, Yeyi GU
  • Patent number: 9334257
    Abstract: The invention provides methods of purifying and quantifying procyanidin oligomers from cocoa-containing sources. The methods advantageously provide ways to isolate commercially useful quantities of a range of procyanidin oligomers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: The Hershey Company
    Inventors: Jan Glinski, W. Jeffrey Hurst
  • Publication number: 20160095330
    Abstract: The invention provides, in one aspect, a method of producing a cocoa-containing beverage, or a nutritionally fortified or energy-sustaining cocoa beverage, containing beneficial cocoa polyphenols. Ready-to-drink compositions, concentrates, primary beverage components, and packets for producing the beverages are specifically disclosed and prepared from a cocoa water composition made from steeping a cocoa-containing product in water or an aqueous solution with an acid. A number of vitamins, minerals, supplements, and nutriceutical compositions can be added.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Publication date: April 7, 2016
    Inventors: Malathy NAIR, Timothy KOHR, Krista CESSNA, Sharon CIN, W. Jeffrey HURST, Ashley BOLDT, Gregory ZERPHY, Brian BAKER, B. Douglas BROWN
  • Publication number: 20150133681
    Abstract: The invention provides methods of purifying and quantifying procyanidin oligomers from cocoa-containing sources. The methods advantageously provide ways to isolate commercially useful quantities of a range of procyanidin oligomers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Jan Glinski, W. Jeffrey Hurst
  • Publication number: 20140363529
    Abstract: The invention provides compounds and plant extract compositions that inhibit pancreatic enzymes, such as lipases and amylases, and most particularly pancreatic lipase and phospholipase A2 (PLA2), and COX-2 enzyme, and improve the inflammatory state or response conditions in animals. The compounds and plant extracts can be used in methods and administration regimens to treat animals for obesity-related conditions, diabetes and related conditions, metabolic syndrome, metabolic endotoxemia, and inflammatory conditions. The compounds and plant extracts can also be used to produce comestible compositions to be incorporated into a normal diet to improve health or prevent or reduce the uptake of free fatty acids during digestion or the production of inflammatory eicosanoids or cytokines. The inhibitor compounds and compositions include cocoa-derived polymers of epicatechin, such as epicatechin-rich polymers of 2 units through polymers of 14 units and combinations of them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: The Hershey Company
    Inventors: W. Jeffrey HURST, David A. STUART, Joshua D. LAMBERT, Yeyi GU
  • Publication number: 20080268097
    Abstract: The invention provides methods of making food products and ingredients having enhanced levels of natural stilbene compounds, such as resveratrol. Chocolate liquor, cocoa powders, and cocoa extracts having enhanced levels of resveratrol prepared from cacao beans are disclosed. The invention also provides methods of treatment using compositions and ingredients having enhanced natural stilbene content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Inventors: W. Jeffrey HURST, Kenneth B. MILLER, David A. STUART