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Vapor Effect Reduction from Volatile Herbicides

IntroductionDicamba and 2,4-D are growth-regulator herbicides that provide excellent broad-leaf weed control. Recently released trait genes allow for wide scale use of these herbicides over broad-leaf crops. Unfortunately, both dicamba and 2,4-D are known to have a high vapor pressure, which, under the wrong conditions, may lead to a cloud of herbicide...
Published: 5/7/2020   |   Inventor(s): Donald Penner
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Chemicals, Agricultural

Small Molecule Inhibitors For The Treatment Of Proteinopathies

INTRODUCTIONProtein aggregation that leads to plaque formation is a contributor in many degenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Type 2 diabetes, and other amyloidosis diseases. Once these plaques are formed, they are extremely difficult to degrade. Breakdown and even inhibition of oligomers before formation of these plaques...
Published: 5/6/2020   |   Inventor(s): Jessica Fortin
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Medical, Chemicals, Pharmaceutical

Tunable Luminescent Organic Salts for Enhanced Imaging and Photodynamic Therapy

Executive Summary:Theranostic nanomedicine, the medical application of nanobiotechnology, is an emerging area of cancer research. These nanosystems are capable of diagnosing, curing, or preventing diseases. One example of theranostic nanomedicine is photodynamic therapy which uses photosensitizing agents with light to kill cancer cells. However, a major...

Biosynthesis of Chemically Diversified Non-Natural Terpene Products

Executive SummaryDrug and chemical discovery is a lengthy, difficult, and inefficient process. The production of new drugs and chemicals is bottlenecked at synthesis or biosynthesis of complicated molecules, especially chiral molecules. Furthermore, diversification of current drug and chemical libraries is hindered by these difficult and inefficient...
Published: 1/8/2020   |   Inventor(s): Edmund Ellsworth, Matthew Giletto, Bjoern Hamberger, Garret Miller, Richard Neubig
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Biotechnology, Chemicals

Method for Improved Production of Terpenoids Using Co-Engineered Lipid Droplets and Anchoring of Terpene Biosynthetic Enzymes on Their Surface

Executive SummaryThis technology addresses one of the main hurdles of plant production and extraction of terpenoids by capturing desired terpenes in lipid droplets in plant cells. The lipid droplets are readily extracted using standard processes used in the vegetable oil and biodiesel industries, and the high-value terpenes can be easily separated...
Published: 5/28/2019   |   Inventor(s): Bjoern Hamberger, Radin Sadre, Christoph Benning, Jacob Bibik
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Agriculture, Chemicals, Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical

Method for Production of Novel Diterpene Scaffolds

Executive SummaryMany insecticides currently in use are problematic due to persistence in the environment and off target effects including accumulation in apex predator species. Therefore effective crop-protecting agents that are naturally sourced and that overcome some of these side effects are under increasing demand. This technology identifies biosynthetic...
Published: 5/28/2019   |   Inventor(s): Bjoern Hamberger, Sean Johnson, Wajid Bhat
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Agriculture, Chemicals, Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical

Two Phase Consortium for Production of Metabolites from a Cyanobacteria/Bacteria Mixed Consortium

Executive SummaryBiobased plastics and chemicals offer an alternative solution to products traditionally made from fossil fuel sources. Bioindustries utilize heterotrophic organisms to convert carbohydrate-rich feedstocks like sugarcane, sugar beets, and corn into value-added compounds (e.g. nutritional supplements, pharmaceuticals, etc.). Because these...
Published: 5/28/2019   |   Inventor(s): Daniel Ducat, Taylor Weiss, Eric Young
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Biotechnology, Agricultural, Chemicals, Energy

A Plant-Based Chemical for Varroa Mite Control

IntroductionHoneybee pollination is essential to agricultural production contributes an estimated $12.3 to $16.4 billion annually to U.S. crops. The Varroa destructor mite is the most serious honeybee pest in the world, contributing to over-wintering mortalities and colony collapse. Current treatments suffer from declining efficacy due to resistance...
Published: 5/28/2019   |   Inventor(s): Zachary Huang, Xinjian Xu
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Agriculture, Chemicals

Isotope Tagging For Workpiece Authentication

Executive SummaryOver the last 50 years, the U.S. Department of Justice has ranked art crime behind only drugs and arms in terms of highest-grossing criminal trades. While many incidents go unreported making it difficult to estimate the volume and total economic value lost, Interpol estimates have put the losses worldwide due to forgery and theft at...
Published: 3/15/2019   |   Inventor(s): Wolfgang Bauer, Bradley Sherrill
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Chemicals, Defense

Repulpable Omniphobic Paper Packaging Solution

Executive SummaryTraditional grease- and water-resistant paper packaging solutions have significant environmental concerns. Water-resistant products using low-density polyethylene (LDPE) liners are not repulpable, increasing municipal waste footprint. Oil-resistance is often achieved using toxic per and polyfluoroalkyl substances, which have been associated...
Published: 1/16/2019   |   Inventor(s): Muhammad Rabnawaz, Zhao Li
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Advanced Materials, Chemicals, Environmental, Packaging
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