“Turning a new discovery into a commercial product is an exciting (and challenging!) journey, especially for researchers working in the life sciences. Whether you are a new inventor or a technology transfer veteran, listed below you will find information to help you understand how our office works with researchers at the UTHSC and what UTRF will do to help bring your idea to market.”
Richard Magid, Vice President, Office of Technology Transfer, UTHSC
Year Awarded Inventor(s) Project Title
2017 Dehghan, Mojdeh An easy, practical, and immediate saliva neutralization and remineralization treatment for tooth erosion
DiAngelo, Denis Dynamic ankle orthosis for alleviating pain and preserving motion
Pourmotabbed, Tayebeh Advancement of a novel DNAzyme therapy for Huntington’s Disease
Singer, Maddie Strapless CPAP device for sleep apnea
Costinett, Daniel Development of wireless power transfer coil for charging consumer electronics
Hu, Amning Fabrication of flexible super capacitors using 3-D techniques
Lenaghan, Scott Development of a library of potential enhancer elements for precise gene regulation
Huang, Baoshan, Ye,  Xiaofei (Philip) Higher-value added and innovative use of biofuel production waste as bio-modifier for asphalt binder
2016 Almoazen, Hassan Phase I clinical trial of topical delivery of iodide to nutrient-deficient patients
Morales-Tirado, Vanessa Development of a retinal ganglion cell line for experimental vision research
Reed, Guy Antidote to reverse TPA-induced bleeding complications
Rooney, Robert Biorepository laboratory information management system
Li, Xueping Development of a technology that allows for interactive debriefing between observers and participants working with high fidelity digitally enabled manikins
Papandrew, Alexander B. Development of an innovative method which yields commercially viable fuel cells with significantly lower precious metal content
Sparer, Tim Development of a novel anti-cytomegalovirus (CMV) drugs with decreased toxicity that can be administered during at-risk pregnancies or in immune-suppressed patients
Ye,  Xiaofei (Philip) Creation of a novel method to produce acrylic acid from crude glycerol production of technical grade acrylic acid. Acrylic acid is an important chemical precursor for the production of coatings, paints, adhesives, and polymers
2015 Jablonski, Monica

A nanoparticle drug delivery system that provides safe, long-term treatment for age-related macular degeneration

Li, Wei Pre-clinical testing of a novel family of anti-cancer compounds
Reiter, Lawrence Additional clinical testing of a blood test to identify infants and children at high risk for specific forms of Autism Spectrum Disorder
Yates, Ryan Pre-clinical testing of a novel lead compound to treat neovascular disease of the retina
Feng, Chen Testing a novel insecticidal gene to combat the development of insect resistance
Hewezi, Tarek Testing novel genes to produce soy bean varieties that are resistant to soybean cyst nematodes
Skutnik, Steve Portable radiation technology used in detection and determination of radiation sources in real time
2014 Jablonski, Monica Pharmacokinetics and bio distribution of a novel treatment for age-related macular degeneration
Rajesh, Dudani Technology to continuously monitor the endotracheal tube tip (ETT) position in the newborn patients
Tigyi, Gabor Preclinical proof of concept study using an autotaxin inhibitor to inhibit liver fibrosis and carcinogenesis
Hasty, Karen Diagnosis of cartilage injury and early osteoarthritis
Ripp, Steve Bioluminescent zebrafish as a tool for high-throughput drug screening
Ziling, (Ben) Xue Novel chemical sensor with high sensitivity toward biodiesel contaminant in jet fuel and diesel
Stewart, Neal Short and strong inducible synthetic promoters
Feng, Chen Novel terpinoids for use in bio-pesticide and bio-nematacides
2013 Patil, Renukadevi Novel compounds to treat cancer
Jablonski, Monica Nanoparticles to provide extended release drug delivery in the eye for the treatment of glaucoma
Liu, Yu, Nelson, Randall Clinical trial support for a portable hand rehabilitation device
Pourmotabbed, Tayebeh Novel DNAzyme as a new therapy to treat cancer
Lin, Jun Natural feed products to enhance the productivity and sustainability of food animals without the use of antibiotic growth promoters
Tobias, Karen Novel mechanical device to quickly secure bandages, dressings, or pressure wraps over large wounds
Ownley, Bonnie, Labbé, Nicole, Gwinn, Kimberly, D’Souza, Doris, & Moustaid-Moussa, Naima Higher-value added products created from biofuel production waste
 Baker, Darren  A rapid method to fabricate commercial-quality carbon nanofibers from biomass
2012 Kurosu, Michio; Debnath, Joy  Novel pharmaceuticals to treat drug resistant Gram-positive bacteria, including Mycobacteria tuberculosis, Staphylococcus aureus, and Enterococcus faecalis
Jablonski, Monica, Palamoor, Mallika, Li, Huiling Nanoparticles to provide sustained-release drug delivery in the eye
Almoazen, Hasaan, Crill, Catherine, Potts, Gretchen, & Helms, Richard A transdermal patch to replace parenteral delivery of micronutrients;
Diangelo,  Denis A dynamic brace to treat lower-back pain without restricting movement.
Wu, Jayne, Eda, Shigetoshi A portable diagnostic that provides rapid on-site detection of infectious diseases and physiological conditions
Chen, Ying-Ling (Ann), Shi, Lei, & Lewis, JWL Clinical trial of a low-cost, high-quality and user-friendly, vision assessment tool for children and young adults
Hofmeister, William, Costa, Lino, & Terekhov, Alexander Novel electrodes for high-energy density super-capacitors
Zhang, Mingjun, Lenaghan, Scott, & Stewart, Neal A portable diagnostic that provides rapid on-site detection of infectious diseases and physiological conditions
2011 Almeida, Raul, Luther, Doug, & Prado, Maria Identification of Streptococcus uberis Adhesion Molecule and its Gene sua in Pathogenic Streptococci of Human Origin
Balasubramaniam, Muthu, Joyce, Blake, & Stewart, Neal Development of Arsenic Pytosensing Ferns Using Flourescent Proteins
Cheng, Zong-Ming (Max) Demonstration of Broad-Stress Inducible Promoter PPtXTH22, and a Broad-Stress Tolerance Gene PtXTH22 in Major Agronomic Crop, Soybean
ElAbiad, Mohammed, English, Keith, Talati, Ajay, Zhang, Jie, & Samson, Jacques A Marker for Fetal Lung Maturity
Jablonski, Monica A Novel Drug and Nanoparticle Delivery System for the Treatment of Age-related Macular Degeneration: Toxicity and Pharmacokinetics Studies
Li, Wei, Chen, Jianjun, Miller, Duane, Postlethwaite, Arnold, & Slominski, Andrzej Preclinical Studies of New Vitamin D Analogs as Potential Agents for Arthritis
Pfeffer, Lawrence, Handorf, Charles An Interferon Gene Signature to Predict Therapeutic Clinical Response
Sayler, Gary, Ripp, Steven, & Close, Dan Increasing Light Output Kinetics of a Bioluminescent Mammalian Cell Line for Improved Application Towards Advanced Bioluminescent Imaging Technologies
Wu, Jayne, Eda, Shigetoshi Development of On-Site Diagnostic Devices for Mycobacterial Infections Based on Lab-on-a-Chip Technology
2010 Armel, Greg, Kopsell, Dean Methods of Improving Nutritional Value of Plants
Berry, Michael Enhancement of FAUN (Feature Annotation Using NMF) for Commercial Use
Buolamwini, John Enhancement of Anticancer Activity and Pharmacokinetic Studies of 1-Aryl-Pyrido[b]Indoles
Edwards, Lannett, Rispoli, Louisa, & Schrick, F. Neal A Targeted Approach to Alter Sex Ratio in Mammals
Foister, Shane Development of Methane-to-Methanol Catalysts Supported on Mesoporous Silica
Icove, David Passive Microwave Assessment of Human Body Core to Surface Temperature Gradients and Basal Metabolic Rate
Levin, Michael, Lee, Sangmin A Biomarker For Neurodegeneration in Neurological Disease
Scott, Cathy, Hickling, Graham, & Eda, Shigetoshi Development and Commericalization of a Novel Diagnostic Test for Lyme Disease Infections in Humans and Animals
Steinle, Jenna Eyedrop to Prevent Diabetic Retinopathy
Tillman, Emma, Helms, Richard, & Storm, Michael Development of a Prototype Flavored, Pharmaceutically Elegant, Liquid Emulsion or Suspension of De-odorized Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids Appropriate for Pediatric Patients
2009 Chen, Zong-Ming Increasing the Ability of Plants to Tolerate Environmental Stresses
Chen, Feng Armel, Greg Protecting Plants from Herbicide Damage
Harte, Frederico Prototype for the Determination Seed Hydration-Swelling Behavior
Kestler, Daniel Solomon, Adam Prognostic Biomarkers for Human Breast and Lung Cancers
Hurdle, Julian, Lee, Richard, & Yang, Yunzhi Preventing Biofilms from Forming on Medical Devices
Li, Wei, Wang, Shao, Lu, Yan, Chen, Jianjun,& Miller, Duane Novel Thiazole Analogs Against Human Melanoma Tumors in Xenograph Models
Lothstein, Len, Sweatman, Trevor Therapy for Metastatic Prostate Cancer
Soberman, Judith, Hofmann, Polly, Guy Reed Reducing Tissue Damage Associated with Heart Attacks
2008 Baker, David (1) Scale-up and Delivery of DCB-3503, a Potent Antitumor Agent and (2) Synthesis of a Tethered Analogue
Biggerstaff, John In Vivo Testing of Potential Therapeutic Soluble Fibrin Peptides in Cancer Metastasis
Bukovsky, Antonin Oocytes Derived from Ovarian Culture Intially Containing No Oocytes
Chaum, Ed A Novel Mircofabricated Instrument to Remove Eyiretinal Membrances from the Retina
Eda, Shigetoshi Development and Commericalization of a Novel Diagnostic Test for Staphylococcus aureus Infections in Humans and Animals
Hurdle, Julian Investigation of Tetramic Acids as Topical Antimicrobial Agents
Jurat-Fuentes, Juan Cadherin-receptor peptide for Inhibiting Coleopterans
Lew, Betty Allergic Asthma Model
Myers, Linda Altered Peptide Ligands to Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis
Oliver, Steve Continued Development of SUAM as a Vaccine for the Prevention and Control of Streptococcus uberis Mastitis in Dairy Cows
Yang, Yunzhi Tricalcium Phosphate as an Osteoconductive Material to Preserve Subchondral Plate for Osteochondral Repair