Biology & Medicine

Handheld Glucose Monitor Based On Acetone in Exhaled Breath – Reusable, Non-Invasive, Pain-Free, and Fast, for Diabetes, Pre-Diabetes, Weight Loss, and Athletic Training (RFT-573)

Scientists at NDSU have developed a glucose monitor based on acetone in exhaled breath. The detection range encompasses normal through diabetic glucose levels, enabling versatility to monitor blood glucose in diabetic and pre-diabetic individuals, as well as tracking diet and athletic performance.   

Anti-Microbial Rinse/Flush for Foods, Food Prep Surfaces, Medical Catheters and Tubing, and Other Surfaces (RFT-559)

Scientists at NDSU have developed an antimicrobial water-based rinse that contains active amounts of either ethyl acetoacetate (EAA) or beta-phenylethylamine (PEA), and which can be used to reduce microbial contamination on many surfaces. 

Rapidly Detect and Quantify Picomolar Concentrations of Compounds in Complex Solutions (RFT-548)

Scientists at NDSU have developed a technology that enables a table-top device for rapid detection of a known molecule in a complex solution, such as blood or solutions containing debris from lysed cells. Potential applications include diagnostics, prognostics, and biomarker discovery, with improved performance, speed, and reliability as compared with Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) and ELISA. 

Rapid-Response Vaccines Against RNA Viruses (RFT-539)

Scientists at NDSU have developed a novel method for producing an inactivated virus by selectively destroying the RNA of an RNA virus while maintaining the integrity of the viral membrane. Then method has been demonstrated for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV). PEDV emerged in the U.S in 2013 and spread rapidly to all the major swine production states.

Rapid, On-Site Manufacturing of CAR T-Cells (RFT-538)

Scientists at NDSU have developed a device for improved CAR T cell production, which speeds the turnaround time by enabling CAR T cell production ‘on-site’ at a hospital or cancer clinic. The NDSU device is small and disposable. The device expands a patient’s T cells, and is then used to transfect them. Further, the cells are transfected with CAR-producing mRNA, for transient production of CAR for about 2 to 3 weeks. 

Block-Scaffolds for Bone Regeneration using Nanoclay-Polycaprolactone Scaffolds with Supplements (RFT-533) 

Scientists at NDSU have developed a flexible, modular, bone scaffold for filling large bone gaps and accelerating bone growth with various additives, such as nutrients, cytokines, therapeutics and minerals incorporated into the scaffold.  The scaffold is made of a clay and a polymer.

Anti-Cancer Compounds Enhance Treatment of Cancers that Over-Express COX-2 (RFT-531) 

Scientists at North Dakota State University have developed an anti-cancer compound with potential to treat multiple cancer types. The compound targets delta-5-desaturase, providing anti-cancer benefits in two ways: Down regulation of ‘pro-cancer’ prostaglandins (via arachidonic acid); and elevated production of the recently characterized anti-cancer compound, 8-hydroxyoctanoic acid (8-HOA). 

Method for Improving the Quality and Quantity of Offspring in Mammals (RFT-494)

Scientists at NDSU have developed a method for predicting and/or confirming the success of pregnancy and/or litter size in mammals as well as devices for field testing of mammal samples for pregnancy success and reproduction prosperity (fecundity).  Measuring hematocrit levels or blood oxygen saturation near the time of insemination of a mammal can indicate the likelihood of a successful pregnancy and also predict litter size.  These methods can also be used to confirm a successful pregnancy sooner than other methods.  

Targeted Delivery and Rapid Release of Anti-Cancer Drugs in Tumors (RFT-470)

NDSU Scientists have developed a liposome-based delivery method with potential to reduce chemotherapy side effects while maintaining or even increasing cancer drug efficacy. The liposome is stabilized in the bloodstream using polyethylene glycol (PEG) and remains stable in the vicinity of healthy cells. However, upon arrival at a tumor the liposome rapidly disintegrates, releasing its contents to be taken up by tumor cells. This disintegration is triggered by conditions found in the tumor extracellular matrix (ECM), specifically the reducing conditions and the presence of Matrix Metalloproteinase 9 (MMP-9). As a result, these liposomes can carry drugs and imaging agents to tumors, releasing them so that a high concentration is available for rapid uptake into tumor cells, and reducing the amount of time these agents spend in the circulatory system or in the vicinity of healthy cells. A reduction in tumor growth was observed using this technology to deliver drugs in a mouse model of pancreatic cancer.

Monoclonal Antibody Against the Receptor for Advanced Glycation Endproducts (mRAGE) (RFT-432)

Scientists at NDSU have developed a monoclonal antibody that inhibits activation of the receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE). The antibody binds the V-domain to block activation of RAGE by its ligands. This domain is capable of binding to multiple structurally and functionally diverse ligands, all of which trigger signal transduction by RAGE’s cytosolic domain, and results in sustained inflammation that is associated with diabetes, cancers, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, and other diseases associated with chronic inflammation. As a result, the anti-RAGE monoclonal antibodies have potential to treat a wide variety of diseases.

Anti-RAGE Monoclonal for Research Use (RFT-432b)

This technology is a monoclonal antibody recognizing the V domain of the receptor for advanced glycation endproducts (RAGE).  RAGE is emerging as a biomarker in many human diseases such as diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer's disease.  In animal models, antibodies against RAGE have shown to reduce RAGE deleterious signaling.  RAGE is a cell-surface receptor that is activated by several ligands.  RAGE is therefore a suitable target for monoclonal antibodies.  We have generated monoclonal antibodies with the aim of blocking RAGE/ligand interaction and decreasing RAGE deleterious effects in several human diseases.  

Improved Ankle Replacement Device and Method (RFT-427)

NDSU engineers have developed an improved design and material for Total Ankle Replacements (TARs) that features an inverted design, in which the concave portion of the joint is on the bottom, and the convex on the top. This inverted design and the mode of assembly and implantation offers several benefits to surgeons and patients.

Novel PEGylated Compounds and Process for Making Antifouling/Biocompatible Materials (RFT-380)

Surfaces having non-fouling characteristics are of great interest for the development of advanced materials in many different applications. In medical device applications, protein attachment can cause any number of unwanted immune reactions when exogenous materials are implanted into biological systems. Materials developed with polyethylene glycols, often referred to as PEGylated materials, are of great interest due to their protein resistance and nontoxic properties.

One of the most widely used biomaterials is Polyurethane, due to its biocompatibility and its mechanical properties. Researchers at NDSU have developed a new class of PEGylated polyurethane materials using a novel process which is much more effective than traditional procedures. The resulting compounds are novel siloxane-PEG copolymers having terminal amine functionality and a backbone of siloxane having a varied number of pendant hydrophilic PEG chains. The low surface energy siloxane can aid in bringing PEG chains to the surface, and the terminal amine functionality can be bound into the polyurethane by reaction with isocyanate. Therefore, the surface of the material will be amphiphilic while the underlying polyurethane bulk will give toughness to the system. This approach allows for precise control over the number of hydrophobic PEG chains, siloxane and PEG chain lengths, and terminal amine functionality.

Anti-Microbial Coatings for Medical and Underwater Biofouling Applications (RFT-179, 214, 260)

Scientists at North Dakota State University have developed a method to confer dual-action and broad-spectrum (gram +, gram -, and yeast) anti-microbial properties into polymers and coatings. The anti-microbial components are quaternary ammonium salts (QAS) and silver. The QAS component is attached to polysiloxane backbone – it may be strongly attached to provide a contact-active anti-microbial, or may be gradually released and leachable. Silver may also be integrated, and the NDSU technology enables silver to be efficiently incorporated just into the outer portion of a surface by dipping into an appropriate silver solution. This means the silver need not be included throughout a polymer or coating layer, but instead can be positioned right at the surface where essentially all the silver is available, and provides a rapid anti-microbial effect once the surface is hydrated.  The resulting materials include both a rapidly acting soluble anti-microbial component, and a longer lasting contact-active component to kill microbes that make direct contact with the material.  

Novel Chemotherapeutic Agents for Anti-Tumor and Anti-Cancer Drugs (RFT-72)

This invention relates to novel, substituted (functionalized) polysiloxane compositions (and methods for synthesis of same) that may be useful as antineoplastics (chemotherapeutics) or other therapeutic agents. Since compositions of this type can transverse cellular membranes, they may also serve as delivery vehicles for other agents with biological activities in both animals and plants (e.g., drugs, herbicides, fungicides, anti-microbials, etc.).

Prophylactic, Therapeutic, and Diagnostic Remedy for Treatment of Colibacillosis Infection (RFT-21)

Scientists at North Dakota State University have cloned and sequenced the iss (increased serum survival) gene from virulent avian Escherichia coli strains and expressed its encoded ISS polypeptide sequence. This has enabled them to conduct studies in understanding the gene’s potential and devise strategies to detect and control the colibacillosis infection that the gene is believed to cause.

This invention pertains to the application of this study in formulating DNA vaccines and immunogenic compositions for providing adequate prophylactic, therapeutic and diagnostic remedies against the colibacillosis infection in humans and avian organisms.