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Composite Gels and Methods of their Use in Tissue Repair, Drug Delivery, and as Implants

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) seeks research partners, co-development partners, and/or licensees for hydrogels that can be used in tissue repair. Gels typically exhibit a decrease in mechanical strength (e.g., elastic modulus) upon swelling of the particles. The gels of this technology, however, exhibit an increase in mechanical strength upon swelling. The gels are comprised of a crosslinked polymer matrix dispersed in a crosslinked polymer matrix.

Mouse Embryo Culture Chamber and Imaging System and Methods of Use

Scientists at the National Eye Institute (NEI) have developed an embryo culture chamber, which can be used to culture and image embryos. The chamber allows for the continuous imaging of the embryo for the culture period. NEI seeks research collaborations and/or licensees for the development of this culture and imaging chamber for murine embryos.

Device for Simulating Explosive Blast and Imaging Biological Specimens

Researchers at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) developed a device simulating a blast shock wave of the type produced by explosive devices such as bombs. The invention allows for the real-time study of blast effects on in vitro cell models. NICHD researchers seek licensing opportunities to further develop this device.

Microosmometer for the Study of a Wide Range of Biological, Macromolecular, Polymeric, Gel, or Other Samples

Scientists at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) have discovered that changes in the osmotic pressure of tissue or hydroscopic samples having a mass of less than about one microgram and that can exert a high osmotic pressure can be measured by this method. The NICHD seeks research and co-development or licensees for a method of measuring small physical changes in small quantities of materials.

Transperineal Ultrasound-Guided Prostate Biopsy

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center (CC) seeks Cooperative Research and Development and/or license agreements for Transperineal Ultrasound-Guided Prostate Biopsy

A peptide hydrogel for use in vascular anastomosis

Surgery specialists from Johns Hopkins University, in collaboration with researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), developed peptide hydrogel compositions and methods to suture blood vessels during microsurgery. The hydrogels particularly benefit surgeons in whole tissue transplant procedures. The NCI seeks co-development research collaborations for further development of this technology.

Robotic Exoskeleton for Treatment of Crouch Gait in Children with Cerebral Palsy (CP)

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (NIHCC) and Northern Arizona University (NAU) seek licensing and/or co-development research collaborations for a wearable, pediatric, robotic exoskeleton that facilitates knee extension during walking to provide motorized movement assistance and training through the gait cycle. The Robotic Exoskeleton is specifically designed for therapy of crouch gait in children with cerebral palsy (CP). The design is a customizable human-machine interface that allows an individualized assistance protocol to help preserve and enhance muscle strength and control. Early clinical results from this intervention appear promising for a condition having few effective long-term interventions.

Micro-Dose Calibrator for Pre-clinical Radiotracer Assays

Pre-clinical radiotracer biomedical research involves the use of compounds labeled with radioisotopes, including radio-ligand bio-distribution studies, cell binding studies, immune cell labeling techniques, and α-based therapies. Before this Micro-Dose Calibrator, measurement of pre-clinical level dosage for small animal studies was inaccurate and unreliable. This dose calibrator is a prototype ready for customer testing and scale-up. It is designed to accurately measure radioactive doses in the range of 50 nCi (1.8 kBq) to 100 µCi (3.7 MBq) with 99% precision. The NCI seeks co-development or licensing to commercialize it. Alternative uses will be considered.

Tissue Clamp for Repeated Opening and Closure of Incisions/Wounds

This surgical clamp device is particularly useful for intraocular surgeries requiring incision in the sclera. The device provides ease of use for repeated opening and closure of an incision or wound for entry of instruments into the eye. It maintains precise alignment of the wound margins, reducing loss of intraocular fluid and pressure. The NEI seeks licensees or collaborative co-development of this invention so that it can be commercialized.

Surgical Tool for Sub-retinal Tissue Implantation

Researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI) developed a surgical tool to place tissue into position in the retina. The NEI seeks co-development or licensing to commercialize a prototype already in pre-manufacturing. Alternative uses will be considered.

Module to Freeze and Store Frozen Tissue

Researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) have developed an engineered storage unit for frozen tissue, that provides a permanent base on which to mount tissue frozen in OCT and an enclosure for storage. The unit provides for chain-of-custody labeling and acts as an insulating container to protect the specimen. Other elements include devices for freezing the tissue to the base, as well as a holder for the base to facilitate cryosectioning. Application of the storage system allows a frozen tissue specimen to be moved between storage and cryosectioning without loss of label, deformation of tissue, or thermal alterations.

Genetic Assay for Transcription Errors: Methods to Monitor Treatments or Chemicals that Increase the Error Rate of RNA synthesis

Researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) developed a genetic assay for detecting transcription errors in RNA synthesis. This new assay extends the familiar concept of an Ames test which monitors DNA damage and synthesis errors to the previously inaccessible issue of RNA synthesis fidelity. The FDA requires genetic DNA focused tests for all drug approval as it assesses the in vivo mutagenic and carcinogenic potential of a drug. The new assay will open an approach to monitoring the impact of treatments on the accuracy of RNA synthesis. Errors in transcription have been hypothesized to be a component of aging and age-related diseases. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) seeks licensing partners for the genetic assay.

Systems and Devices for Training and Imaging an Awake Test Animal

Researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) have developed an apparatus that is used to image rodents while they are awake. The biological effects of agents on the rats can be imaged (via MRI for instance) in real time over a prolonged period of time.

Devices for Improved Tissue Cryopreservation and Recovery

Researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI), have developed a cryopreservation and cell recovery system designed specifically for the efficient cryopreservation, transportation and subsequent thawing of monolayers and tissues on a substrate. This closed cryopreservation/defrost system allows for sterility in addition to increased viability, recovery and safety of tissues that can be used for in vitro culture or surgical transplantation.

Synthetic Bacterial Nanoparticles as Drug and Vaccine Delivery Vehicles

Engineered bacterial spores can provide many useful functions such as the treatment of infections, use as an adjuvant for the delivery of vaccines, and the enzymatic degradation of environmental pollutants. Researchers at the National Cancer Institute’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology have developed a novel, synthetic spore husk-encased lipid bilayer (SSHEL) particle that is uniquely suited for a variety of these functions. NCI seeks partners to license and/or co-develop this technology toward commercialization.

Device to guide oxygen over cells for photo-oxidation

Device is used to guide a stream of oxygen or carbon dioxide over a dish of cells during fluorescence microscopy. Invention includes the 3D printing software to create the device. The device makes it possible to easily provide a steady source of oxygen or carbon dioxide to cells while operating a fluorescent microscope to oxidize fluorophores for later visualization in electron microscopy. NCI seeks commercial partners to license this technology.

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