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Nano Biosensing System

Metabolites can provide real-time information about the state of a person’s health. Devices that can detect metabolites are commercially available, but are unable to detect very low concentrations of metabolites. Researchers at UCI have developed surfaces that use nanosensors to detect much lower concentrations of such metabolites.

Membrane Insertion of Potential Sensing Nanorods

UCLA researchers in the Department of Chemistry have developed inorganic semiconductor nanosensors that measure membrane voltage.

Methods And Devices for Continuous Analyte Sensing with Microporous Annealed Particle Gels

UCLA researchers in the Department of Bioengineering have developed novel microporous annealed particle gels for long-term continuous monitoring of blood metabolites.

Bioorthogonal Ligation Mediated Rare-Cell Capture in Microfluidic Devices

Researchers at the UCLA Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology have developed a novel NanoVelcro microfluidic chip that is capable of not only effectively enriching circulating tumor cells (CTCs) but also quickly recovering CTCs with well-preserved mRNA and minimal level of white blood cell contamination.

Guided Magnetic Nanospears For Targeted And High-Throughput Intracellular Delivery

UCLA researchers in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Department of Molecular & Medical Pharmacology have developed novel magnetic nanostructures that can be used to carry and/or deliver biomolecular cargo intracellularly to cells.

Microfluidic Interfacial Magnetic Separation (MIMS)

UCLA researchers in the Department of Medicine and Bioengineering have developed a novel magnetic method for sorting cells.

DNA Nanotechnology for Quick and Sensitive Detection of Nucleic Acids in Point-of-Care (POC) Diagnosis Applications

Researchers led by Dino Di Carlo from the Department of Bioengineering at UCLA have developed a quick, cheap, and accurate method to diagnose viral or bacterial infections.

Label-Free Digital Bright Field Analysis of DNA Amplification

UCLA researchers in the department of Bioengineering have developed a novel method for quantitative analysis of DNA amplification products.

Graphene Nanomesh As A Glucose Sensor

UCLA researchers in the Departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry and of Materials Science & Engineering have developed a glucose sensor based on a graphene nanomesh (GNM) material. The nanoscale GNM glucose sensor provides the potential for in vivo glucose sensing with high selectivity and high sensitivity.

Quantitative Deformability Cytometry: Rapid, Calibrated Measurements Of Cell Mechanical Properties

UCLA researchers in the Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology have developed a novel microfluidic device that enables rapid measurement of cell mechanical properties.

Approach For Efficient Protein Incorporation Into Recombinant Vaults

UCLA researchers in the departments of Medicine, Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics, and Bioengineering have developed a novel method for loading protein payloads into vault nanoparticle carriers.

Chemiluminescence-Assisted Cell Endocytosis Kinetics Assay

UCLA researchers in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering have developed a novel method to monitor the intracellular kinetics using the bioluminescent reaction of nanoparticles.

Lensfree Tomographic Imaging

UCLA researchers in the Department of Electrical Engineering have developed a system for lens-free tomographic imaging.

Polyrotaxane Nanoparticles for Delivery of Large Plasmid DNA in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

UCLA researchers have designed, synthesized, and validated a polyrotaxane nanocarrier for targeted delivery of large plasmids for gene therapy applications for treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy and cancer.

High-Throughput Microfluidic Gene-Editing via Cell Deformability within Microchannels

UCLA researchers in the Departments of Pediatrics and Chemistry & Biochemistry have developed a microfluidic device for delivery of biomolecules into living cells using mechanical deformation, without the fouling issues in current systems.

Plasmonic Nanoparticle Embedded PDMS Micropillar Array and Fabrication Approaches for Large Area Cell Force Sensing

UCLA researchers in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering have developed a novel cell force sensor platform with high accuracy over large areas.

Compositions Of Polyion Complex Polypeptide Hydrogels

UCLA researchers in the Department of Bioengineering have developed a new class of cell-compatible copolypeptide hydrogels that possess chain conformation directed polyion complex (PIC) supramolecular architectures.

Mobile Phone Based Fluorescence Multi-Well Plate Reader

UCLA researchers have developed a novel mobile phone-based fluorescence multi-well plate reader.

Controlled-Release Cysteamine Nanowafer For Treating Corneal Cystinosis

Corneal cystinosis is a rare metabolic disease that causes loss of vision. Researchers at UCI have developed a nanowafer drug delivery system that has demonstrated twice the therapeutic efficacy during in vivo studies in mice.

Computational Sensing Using Low-Cost and Mobile Plasmonic Readers Designed by Machine Learning

UCLA researchers have developed a novel method for computational sensing using low-cost and mobile plasmonic readers designed by machine learning.

Sealed Nanostraw Microdevices For Oral Drug Delivery

This invention is a nanostraw device that is built upon microdevice technology for oral drug delivery. It is the first example of a microdevice for oral drug delivery, with the drug sealed in by a semi-permeable membrane for (1) in-solution drug loading, and tunable drug release, (2) increased bioadhesion for prolonged drug exposure, and (3) protection of drug from outside biomolecules.

Nanowire-Coated Planar Microdevices For Transmucosal Drug Delivery

This invention describes a first-of-a-kind methodology using micro- and nanofabrication techniques to create polymeric microscale devices that are asymmetrically coated with nanowires. The nanowire coating provides an inherent high-throughput, low-waste drug loading mechanism, enhanced cytoadhesion, and may potentially interact with epithelial tissue to enhance drug permeation.

Novel Nanoliposomal Nitroglycerin Formulation for Cardiovascular Therapies

    To address this major limitation, investigators at UCR have developed a nanoliposomal formulation of NTG, which achieves a 70-fold increase in the anti-inflammatory effect of NTG when compared to NTG. This increase in potency allows lower doses to be effective, which could mitigate the common issues seen with high clinical doses of NTG viz. loss of NTG sensitivity and endothelial toxicity. Fig. 1 Adhesion of U937 monocytes to NO-deficient (L-NIO-treated) ECs is significantly blocked by treating ECs with 5 ug/ml nanoliposomal nitroglycerin (NTG-NL). L-NIO is a selective eNOS inhibitor.  Remarkably, this anti-inflammatory dose of NTG in nanoliposomes is 70-fold lower than the dose of free NTG (5uM) required to achieve a similar effect

Anti-Microbial Contact Lens With Ocular Drug Delivery

Anti-microbial, anti-fungal drug eluting contact lens for the controlled release of ophthalmic therapeutics.

System and Method for High Density Assembly and Packaging of Micro-Reactors

High density micro-reactors are fabricated to form an array of wells into a surface for use in high throughput microfluidic applications in biology and chemistry. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine developed a method for increasing micro-reactor densities per unit area using rapidly self-assembled three-dimensional crystalline formation droplet arrays, and a device for performing the same.

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