UCF: Methods and compositions for natural killer cells US 10463715
UCF Associate Professor of Medicine Alicja Copik and her team secured a patent for an immunity-boosting nanotechnology with implications as a therapy to fight off COVID-19 and other viruses attacking the human body. Originally developed as a blood cancer therapy, the nanotechnology stimulates the body’s natural killer (NK) cells, supercharging them to produce more NK cells with greater strength to attack and eliminate the virus and tumor cells.
Since pivoting to apply this technology in the fight against COVID-19, Copik received $9.5 million in funding from the Department of Defense and the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute’s (ARMI) BioFabUSA program. These funds supported the continuation of clinical trials in partnership with Kiadis Pharma – one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world – to test the technology on COVID-19 patients suffering from weakened immune systems. While testing its validity to combat COVID-19, the study will also show whether the nanotechnology protects high-risk patients from other respiratory infections.
USF: Portable wastewater treatment systems US 10875802
USF Engineering Professor Daniel Yeh, Senior Development Engineer Robert Bair and USF Engineering alumni Onur Ozcan, George Dick, Jorge Calabria and Matthew Woodham secured a patent for their portable system to filter and clean human wastewater, transforming it into nutrients, energy and clean water.
The NEWgenerator system utilizes an anaerobic reactor and membrane filter to clean the water and subsequently convert the byproducts into usable resources. Built into a shipping container for portability, the technology has been licensed by three international companies, which ware manufacturing the treatment system for distribution in India and South Africa. Additionally, Tampa startup BioReNEW, Inc. leveraged this technology in its effort to overcome sanitation challenges facing the U.S.
NEWgenerator has received numerous awards, including its most recent the 2020 Patents for Humanity Award.
UF: Joint fountain code and network coding for multiple-source-multiple-destination wireless communication US 10623082
UF Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Dapeng Oliver Wu, Ph.D. and UF graduate Kairan Sun, Ph.D. secured a patent for new technology that improves the efficiency of wireless data transfer and communication.
As the internet pervades our lives, there is an urgent need to alleviate internet traffic and optimize data transfer. Shifting from traditional wired networks and point-to-point transmission models, UF researchers created a specialized coding protocol for wireless mesh networks: multiple-output joint FoUntain coding and Network coding (MIMO FUN).
MIMO FUN more efficiently receives and packages data sent from one device to another, reducing the number of transmissions needed and improving overall bandwidth.
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