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Patent Roll Call, Spring 2018

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Congratulations to the University of Minnesota researchers who were recently awarded patents for their discoveries.

To learn more about reporting an invention, contact the Office for Technology Commercialization at 612-624-0550 or

Software & Information Technology

Determining Parking Space Occupancy Using a 3D Representation

U of M Inventors: Vassilios Morellas, Doug Cook, Theodore Morris, Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos

Travel and Activity Capturing

U of M Inventors: Yingling Fan, Gediminas Adomavicius, Julian Wolfson

Vehicle-to-Vehicle Congestion Monitoring Using Ad Hoc Control

U of M Inventors: M. Imran Hayee, Umair Ibrahim

Vision-aided Inertial Navigation

U of M Inventors: Stergios Roumeliotis, Anastasios Mourikis

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Life Sciences

Medical Technology

Beam Steering With Resonance Along a Trajectory

U of M Inventors: Michael Garwood, Carl Snyder, Angela Styczynski Snyder, J. Thomas Vaughan

Computer Visualization of Anatomical Items

U of M Inventors: Daniel Keefe, Dane Coffey, Arthur Erdman

Gene Targeting Methods and Tools

U of M Inventors: Rita Perlingeiro, Michael Kyba, Fabrizio Rinaldi, Daniel Voytas

Genetically Modified Cells, Tissues, and Organs for Treating Disease

U of M Inventors: Bernhard Hering, Christopher Burlak

Localisation of Magnetic Particles by Means of SWIFT-MRI

U of M Inventors: Curtis Corum, Michael Garwood, Djaudat Idiyatullin, Steen Moeller

Medical Imaging Device Rendering Predictive Prostate Cancer Visualizations Using Quantitative Multiparametric MRI Models

U of M Inventors: Gregory Metzger, Chaitanya Kalavagunta, Joseph Koopmeiners, Stephen Schmechel, Christopher Warlick

Method and Remotely Adjustable Reactive and Resistive Electrical Elements

U of M Inventors: J.Thomas Vaughan, Carl Snyder

Sensor for Tension Measurement

U of M Inventors: Rajesh Rajamani, Kalpesh Singal

Sideband Processing for Magnetic Resonance

U of M Inventors: Curtis Corum, Ryan Chamberlain, Michael Garwood, Djaudat Idiyatullin, Steen Moeller

Simulated, Representative High-fidelity Organosilicate Tissue Models

U of M Inventors: Rob Sweet, Daniel Burke, Troy Reihsen

TAL Effector-mediated DNA Modification

U of M Inventors: Daniel Voytas, Feng Zhang

Thermochemical Ablation of Bodily Tissue

U of M Inventors: DNC Eric Cressman

Pharmaceuticals and Diagnostics

Adeno-associated Virus Mediated Gene Transfer to the Central Nervous System

U of M Inventors: R McIvor, Lalitha Belur, Carolyn Fairbanks, Walter Low

Aurora Kinase Inhibitors

U of M Inventors: Zigang Dong, Ann Bode, Srinivasa Reddy Kanamata Reddy

Cardio-Embolic Stroke Prevention

U of M Inventors: Farzad Azimpour, Robert Wilson

Compositions and Methods for Inducing Immune Responses Against Bacteria in the Genus Staphylococcus

U of M Inventors: Patrick Schlievert, Marnie Peterson

Compositions and Methods Involving Endogenous Retrovirus Proteins

U of M Inventors: Robyn Leary, Anindya Bagchi, Aaron Sarver

Device and Method for Gait Synchronized Sensory Stimulation of the Lower Extremities

U of M Inventors: Khalaf Bushara

Generation of Natural Killer Cells and Lymphoid Tissue Inducer-like (LTI-Like) NK-22 Cells

U of M Inventors: Michael Verneris, Yong-Oon Ahn, Bruce Blazar, Jeffrey Miller

Immunomodulators and Immunomodulator Conjugates

U of M Inventors: David Ferguson, Courtney Aldrich, John Ohlfest

Magnetic Biomedical Sensors and Sensing System for High-Throughput Biomolecule Testing

U of M Inventors: Jian-Ping Wang, Md Tofizur Rahman, Yi Wang

Material Analysis of Anatomical Items

U of M Inventors: Daniel Keefe, Dane Coffey, Arthur Erdman, Chi-Lun Lin

Opioid Receptor Modulators and Use Thereof

U of M Inventors: Horace Loh

Primers, Assays and Methods for Detecting an E. coli Subtype

U of M Inventors: James Johnson

PRRSV Compositions

U of M Inventors: Han Joo

System and Method for Determining a Spatial Thermal Property Profile of a Sample

U of M Inventors: John Bischof, Jeunghwan Choi, Harishankar Natesan

Therapeutic Formulations and Methods

U of M Inventors: Steven Patterson, Alexandre Monteil, Herbert Nagasawa, Robert Vince

Triorthogonal Reagents for Dual Protein Conjugation

U of M Inventors: Mark Distefano, Mohammad Rashidian

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Engineering & Physical Sciences

Biological and Chemical Technologies

Genetically Modified Diazotrophs and Methods of Using Same

U of M Inventors: Brett Barney, Carolann Knutson, Marnie (Mary) Plunkett

Cellulose Ethers Esterified with Dicarboxylic Acids

U of M Inventors: Marc Hillmyer, Ligeng Yin

Lignin-degrading Methods

U of M Inventors: Simo Sarkanen, Yi-ru Chen-Sarkanen, Yun-Yan Wang

Polystyrene-polyacrylate Block Copolymers, Methods of Manufacture Thereof and Articles Comprising the Same

U of M Inventors: Marc Hillmyer, Frank Bates, Justin Kennemur

Recovery of Monomer from Polyurethane Materials by Depolymerization

U of M Inventors: Marc Hillmyer, Frank Bates, Derek Batiste, Christopher Macosko, Alexander Mannion, Tessie Panthani, Debbie Schneiderman, Marie Vanderlaan, Jay Wang

Silica Encapsulated Biomaterials

U of M Inventors: Alptekin Aksan, Lisa Kasinkas, Eduardo Reategui, Michael Sadowsky, Lawrence Wackett

Design and Materials Technologies

Devices Having a Volume-displacing Ferrofluid Piston

U of M Inventors: Pieter Gagnon, Mohsen Saadat

Electrospray Ionizer for Mass Spectrometry of Aerosol Particles

U of M Inventors: Christopher Hogan, Sigin He

Methods for Manufacturing Nano-gap and Angstrom-gap Articles

U of M Inventors: Sang-Hyun Oh, Xiaoshu Chen

Stitched Stretch Sensor

U of M Inventors: Lucy Dunne, Guido Gioberto

Electrical and Nano Technologies

High-Resolution Patterning of Graphene by Screen and Gravure Printing for Highly Flexible Printed Electronics

U of M Inventors: Lorraine Francis, C Frisbie, Woo Jin Hyun, Somman Lim

Ion-Selective Electrodes and Reference Electrodes with a Solid Contact Having Mesoporous Carbon

U of M Inventors: Andreas Stein, Phil Buhlmann, Jinbo Hu

Magnetic Search Coil for Measuring Real-time Brownian Relaxation of Magnetic Nanoparticles

U of M Inventors: Jian-Ping Wang, Liang Tu

Spin Magneto-optical Modulator

U of M Inventors: Mo Li, Jian-Ping Wang

State Estimation of Electrical Power Networks Using Semidefinite Relaxation

U of M Inventors: Georgios Giannakis, Hao Zhu

Ultra High Density Integrated Composite Capacitor

U of M Inventors: Ramesh Harjani, Saurabh Chaubey, Rakesh Palani

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Meher Khan

Meher Khan

Meher previously served as communications associate for the Office of the Vice President for Research. She now works in the U of M's Clinical and Translational Science Institute as a communications specialist.

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