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This invention may enable the re-engineering of mature human endothelium (blood vessels) into blood-producing hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs).

Novel Enzymes Enabling Microbial Fermentation of Sugar into Long Chain Alcohols

A novel group of enzymes with the potential to facilitate production of energy dense alcohols has been discovered for use in biofuel and chemical production.

Lanthanide-based photothermal agents

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Automated Strawberry Capping Machine

Commercially viable automated strawberry capping system, which allows for high-speed orientation and removal of leaves and stems from strawberries (“capping”) using a unique roller/conveyor system and computer vision software.

Mechanical Linear Actuator That is Low Cost and High Performance

Linear motion is an essential mechanical property used in huge variety of applications. There are multiple ways to create linear motion, including screws, cams, pulleys, pneumatic and hydraulic actuation. Overall performance of these linear actuators can be defined in terms of cost, scale, speed, and efficiency. Current actuators are strong in one or two of these performance categories, which limits their use to specific applications.   UC Berkeley researchers have designed a novel linear actuator that is strong across all four performance categories. The clever Berkeley design provides fast and efficient actuation, and its unique structure is scalable for multiple applications. It is especially conducive to applications that have tight space confines, need a large degree of displacement at a high rate, and are cost constrained.

Improved Generation of Terpene and Other High-Value Bioproducts from Cyanobacteria and Microalgae

Cyanobacteria and other microalgae can be used as photosynthetic platforms to heterologously generate terpene hydrocarbons and other high-value bioproducts. In addition to being a renewable and biological means of synthesis, cyanobacteria can be grown in high-volume liquid cultures; and terpenes are key ingredients in synthetic chemistry, medical products, cosmetics, and potentially fuels. However, current approaches to generating terpene using microalgae exhibit slow rates of production.   To address these low production levels, researchers at UC Berkeley have developed a method to increase transgenic terpene synthase expression resulting in high rates and yields of terpene hydrocarbon synthesis.   In proof-of-principle experiments, this Berkeley method yielded 20-fold higher amounts of terpene product, which could be easily harvested by siphoning off the top of the culture.

Method And Materials For Modification Of Serum Albumin

Serum albumin is an abundant and long-lived blood protein. These characteristics as well as the localization of albumin within the body make it a promising component of diagnostic and therapeutic applications. For example, bioconjugation to albumin has been used to extend the half-life of short-lived therapeutics in serum. Researchers at UC Berkeley have developed a novel technology to selectively modify albumin.  These methods were superior to other albumin modification methods in their hydrolytic stability, solubility, and ease of synthesis.

Novel Molecular Markers for Acne Diagnosis and Treatment

The Li group at UCLA has defined sets of biomarkers that can be used for the molecular diagnosis of acne, as well as a subtype of acne that is induced by high vitamin B12 levels in the host organism. These novel biomarkers have the potential to definitively differentiate acne from other skin diseases and aid medical practitioners in determining the most effective, personalized treatment for patients. They may also be used to design new treatments for acne.

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