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Self-Calibrating Hollow Microneedles

A new approach for building self-calibrating hollow microneedles that can be transferred to an electronic die or other substrates.

Active Nanoplatform with High Drug Loading Capacity for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancer

Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed an active nanoplatform (F/HAPIN) for cancer diagnosis and therapy.

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.

Single Ended Draw Lines For Medical Device Application

Minimizing the movement of deployed transcatheter heart valves and stents during detachment using single ended draw lines.

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

Circulatory Cells as Carriers for Photo-Activated Bioregulators

Circulatory cells as carriers for photo-activated small molecule bioregulator releasing compounds and systems.

Breast Milk as a Source, Incubation/Storage Medium, and Delivery System for Infant Mucosal Immunity Bacteriophage

Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed a method to harvest and enrich symbiotic bacteriophage to promote bacterial immunity.

Preparation Of Functional Homocysteine Residues In Polypeptides And Peptides

UCLA researchers in the Department of Bioengineering and Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry have developed a novel method for efficient, chemoselective transformation of methionines in peptides and polypeptides into stable, functional homocysteine derivatives. This method provides a means of creation of new functional biopolymers, site-specific peptide tagging, and synthesis of biomimetic and structural analogs of peptides.

Update To Degradable Trehalose Glycopolymers

UCLA researchers in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry have designed an improved version of trehalose-based glycopolymer as a degradable alternative to PEG for the purpose of stabilizing a protein during storage and transport.

Process For Recycling Surfactant In Nanoemulsion Production

UCLA researchers in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry have developed a novel method to separate and recycle surfactants used in the manufacturing of nanoemulsions.

Patient Initiated Controlled Analgesic Remote Dispenser (PICARD)

Misuse, abuse, and diversion of prescription drugs are a major health problem in the United States, where opioid overdose caused more deaths than suicide and car accidents combined in 2013. The inventors at UCI have developed the Patient Initiated Controlled Analgesic Remote Dispenser (PICARD) system that increases patient adherence to prescribed drug protocols by requiring authentication (such as a fingerprint), dispensing single pills, and recording each event.

A General Method For Designing Self-Assembling Protein Nanomaterials

UCLA researchers in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry have developed a novel computational method for designing proteins that self-assemble to a desired symmetric architecture. This method combines symmetrical docking with interface design, and it can be used to design a wide variety of self-assembling protein nanomaterials. 

Configurations for Integrated MRI-linear Accelerators

Researchers at Stanford and University of California, Berkeley, have developed an integrated MRI-Linac hybrid system that can increase the efficacy of image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT). This system allows more aggressive treatment strategies that employ dose escalation, tighter geometric margins and sharper dose gradients which can improve clinical outcomes. This radiotherapy treatment apparatus includes a treatment beam (charged by Linac, particle, proton, or electron beam), a magnetic field disposed parallel collinear to the treatment beam, and a target that is disposed along the treatment beam. MRI is ideal for IGRT, however, there is magnetic field and RF interference between the linear accelerator and MRI scanner. The configurations of this system overcome this issue.

Novel Upper Esophageal Sphincter (UES) Balloon Dilator

Researchers at the University of California, Davis have designed a novel upper esophageal sphincter (UES) dilator that better approximates the biomechanical dimension of the UES.

Omnidirectional MRI Catheter Resonator for Interventional Procedures

This invention describes an orientation-independent device that can create bright and highly localized signal enhancement during magnetic resonance imaging.

Ligands for Improved Angiogenesis and Endothelialization of Blood Contacting Devices

Researchers at the University of California, Davis have discovered novel targeting ligands that can specifically bind and capture endothelial cells and endothelial progenitors for improved endothelialization and angiogenesis of medical devices and scaffolds.

Growth-Factor Nanocapsules With Tunable Release Capability For Bone Regeneration

UCLA researchers in the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Orthopedic Surgery have developed a method to deliver therapeutic proteins directly to the tumor site using nanocapsules.

Protein Nanocapsules With Detachable Zwitterionic Coating For Protein Delivery

UCLA researchers in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering have developed a method to deliver therapeutic proteins directly to the tumor site using nanocapsules.

PVA Nanocarrier System for Controlled Drug Delivery

Researchers at the University of California, Davis have designed and synthesized a unique type of water-soluble, biodegradable targeting poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) nanocarrier system for controlled delivery of boronic acid containing drugs, chemotherapy agents, proteins, photodynamic therapy agents and imaging agents.

Enhanced Cell/Bead Encapsulation Via Acoustic Focusing

The invention consists of a multi-channel, droplet-generating microfluidic device with a strategically placed feature. The feature vibrates in order to counteract particle-trapping micro-vortices formed in the device. Counteracting these vortices allows for single particle encapsulation in the droplets formed by the device and makes this technology a good candidate for use in single cell diagnostics and drug delivery systems.

A Micro/Nanobubble Oxygenated Solutions for Wound Healing and Tissue Preservation

Soft-tissue injuries and organ transplantation are common in modern combat scenarios. Organs and tissues harvested for transplantation need to be preserved during transport, which can be very difficult. Micro and nanobubbles (MNBs) offer a new technology that could supply oxygenation to such tissues prior to transplantation, thus affording better recovery and survival of patients. Described here is a novel device capable of producing MNB solutions that can be used to preserve viability and function of such organs/tissue. Additionally, these solutions may be used with negative pressure wound therapy to heal soft-tissue wounds.

Highly Stable Nanoscale Disk Assemblies Of The Tobacco Mosaic Virus For Applications In Drug Delivery And Disease Imaging

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Novel method for detection of O-Sulfonation sites on post-translationally modified proteins

Sulfonation of proteins and carbohydrates plays an important role in signaling, transport, and metabolism in the body. The degree to which a molecule is modified and at what positions dictates how that structure interacts within the body. UCI researchers have developed novel methods of detecting and mapping serine and threonine sulfonation of peptides and proteins.


Gene delivery systems for in vivo therapeutics remain a challenge due to low efficiency or cytotoxicity. Celllular endocytosis is the primary uptake pathway of most nanoplatforms, which results in lysosomal degradation of genetic material and low therapeutic efficacy.

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