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US20170296617 RHO ASSOCIATED KINASE (ROCK) INHIBITORS AND THEIR USE IN TREATING DISEASE  
The present disclosure describes peptide inhibitors of Rho-associtated-kinase (ROCK) and their use in treating disorders including heart failure, the leading cause of combined morbidity and...
9790336 Graphitic nanocomposites in solid state matrices and methods for making same  
A composition and method for fabricating graphitic nanocomposites in solid state matrices is presented. The process for fabricating graphitic nanocomposites in solid state matrices may include...
US20170290503 OPTICAL COHERENCE ELASTOGRAPHY TO ASSESS BIOMECHANICS AND DETECT PROGRESSION OF OCULAR AND OTHER TISSUES DEGENERATIVE DISEASES  
An excitation force (internal or external) and phase-sensitive optical coherence elastography (OCE) system, used in conjunction with a data analyzing algorithm, is capable of measuring and...
9787849 Public safety information management system with web-enabled devices  
A method of managing responder agency resources includes receiving information relating to one or more events, occurrences, or locations. Responders from two or more different jurisdictions are...
9787586 Location-based network routing  
Apparatus and method for routing packets in a computer network. A network switch for routing packets in a computer network includes a plurality of ports for communicative connection of computing...
9787131 Actuation of shape memory alloy materials using ultracapacitors  
A system, in certain embodiments, includes a power supply. The power supply includes an ultracapacitor configured to be charged by a DC source. The power supply also includes a first switch that...
9786415 Multi-filament superconducting composites  
A configuration and a method of constructing a high-temperature superconductor tape including a plurality superconducting filaments sandwiched between a substrate and an overlayer, and having a...
US20170288112 Fabrication of Stable Electrode/Diffusion Barrier Layers for Thermoelectric Filled Skutterudite Devices  
Disclosed are methods for the manufacture of n-type and p-type filled skutterudite thermoelectric legs of an electrical contact. A first material of CoSi2 and a dopant are ball-milled to form a...
US20170283459 PEPTIDE INHIBITORS OF CALCIUM OXALATE MONOHYDRATE CRYSTALLIZATION AND USES THEREOF  
In an embodiment, the present disclosure pertains to a composition for inhibiting calcium oxalate monohydrate crystal growth comprising at least one isolated polypeptide comprising a plurality of...
9778249 Sequence and chiral selectivity of DNA-drug interactions revealed by force spectroscopy  
Methods of quantifying the efficiency of a drug molecule for its targeted receptor, using a differential binding force to quantify the efficiency of a drug molecule to its targeted receptor.
9775196 Self-heating concrete using carbon nanofiber paper  
Electric, self-heating concrete systems that uses embedded carbon macrofiber or nanofibers paper as electric resistance heating elements are disclose. The self-heating concrete systems may utilize...
9770482 Targeting the EGFR-SGLT1 interaction for cancer therapy  
A compound can destabilize an epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) protein and a sodium/glucose co-transporter 1 (SGLT 1) protein. In one embodiment, the compound is a peptide derived from the...
9766117 Interactive scale with proximity detector  
An interactive scale may provide a display, load cells, proximity sensor, light sensor, microcontroller, wireless transceiver, audio indicator(s) and/or visual indicator(s). The interactive scale...
US20170258714 NANOVECTORS FOR PENETRATING BRAIN TUMOR TISSUES TO CONDUCT GENE THERAPY  
A method of selectively targeting a cell with a therapeutic agent, the method comprising: targeting a cell with a nanospear, puncturing the cell with said nanospear; releasing a therapeutic agent...
9761446 Methods for the synthesis of arrays of thin crystal grains of layered semiconductors SnS2 and SnS at designed locations  
Methods of producing arrays of thin crystal grains of layered semiconductors, including the creation of stable atomic-layer-thick to micron-thick membranes of crystalline semiconductors by...
US20170253488 GRAFT POLYMERIZATION INITIATED ON GRAPHITIC NANOMATERIALS AND THEIR NANOCOMPOSITE FORMATION  
An improved graft polymerization method from general graphitic structures with organic based monomers through the mechanism of Reversible Addition-Fragmentation Chain Transfer (RAFT)...
US20170247288 MULTIFUNCTIONAL COMPOSITIONS AND MATERIAL LAMINATES WITH GRAPHITIC OR OTHER NANOMATERIALS  
Compositions and methods for improved materials and material laminates with graphitic or inorganic/organic nanomaterials are presented. Graphitic or inorganic/organic nanomaterials, such as carbon...
US20170247261 ONE-STEP METHOD FOR THE SYNTHESIS OF HIGH SILICA CONTENT ZEOLITES IN ORGANIC-FREE MEDIA  
In an embodiment, the present disclosure pertains to a composition comprising a zeolite with high silica content. In some embodiments, the silica to aluminum ratio (SAR) for the zeolite is 2:1. In...
9745205 Non-lithium metal ion battery electrode material architecture  
A method for configuring a non-lithium-intercalation electrode includes intercalating an insertion species between multiple layers of a stacked or layered electrode material. The method forms an...
9738762 Solution based polymer nanofiller-composites synthesis  
A solution based polymer nanofiller composite processing method to improve mechanical, electrical, thermal and/or chemical properties. The solution based synthesis method may include the steps of...
US20170234860 SEQUENCE AND CHIRAL SELECTIVITY OF DNA-DRUG INTERACTIONS REVEALED BY FORCE SPECTROSCOPY  
Methods of quantifying the efficiency of a drug molecule for its targeted receptor, using a differential binding force to quantify the efficiency of a drug molecule to its targeted receptor.
US20170233435 A METHOD FOR MOLECULAR EXTRACTION IN LIVE CELLS  
A method of extracting biomolecules from live cells comprising: introducing a plurality of magnetized carbon nanotubes (MCNTs) into a live cell, wherein the MCNTs penetrate the cell membrane under...
9733315 Nanomagnetic detector array for biomolecular recognition  
A biomolecular sensor system includes an array of magnetoresistive nanosensors designed for sensing biomolecule-conjugated superparamagnetic nanoparticles. Materials and geometry of each sensor...
9730889 Steroid-sparing effects of beta-adrenergic inverse agonists and uses thereof  
Provided herein is a pharmaceutical composition combination which comprises (a) a corticosteroid and (b) b-adrenergic receptor antagonist characterised in that active ingredients (a) and (b) form...
US20170224711 COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR THE TREATMENT OF NEURODEGENERATIVE DISEASES  
In some embodiments, the present disclosure pertains to a composition for modulating the expression of at least one gene associated with neuronal cell survival or stability. In some embodiments,...
9725529 Compositions and methods for making and using multifunctional polymerized liposomes  
According to some embodiments, the present invention provides compositions and methods for making and using multifunctional polymerized liposomes finding relevant application in medical sciences,...
9725452 Substituted indoles and pyrroles as RIP kinase inhibitors  
The present invention relates to heterocyclic compounds (e.g., compounds described by Formula (I)) and pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof. The invention also features pharmaceutical...
9725331 Non-lithium metal ion battery electrode material architecture  
A method for configuring a non-lithium-intercalation electrode includes intercalating an insertion species between multiple layers of a stacked or layered electrode material. The method forms an...
9722164 Fabrication of stable electrode/diffusion barrier layers for thermoelectric filled skutterudite devices  
Disclosed are methods for the manufacture of n-type and p-type filled skutterudite thermoelectric legs of an electrical contact. A first material of CoSi2 and a dopant are ball-milled to form a...
9719697 Gradient SiNO anti-reflective layers in solar selective coatings  
A solar selective coating includes a substrate, a cermet layer having nanoparticles therein deposited on the substrate, and an anti-reflection layer deposited on the cermet layer. The cermet layer...
US20170209526 NOVEL PEPTIDE INHIBITORS OF SEROTONIN 5-HT2C RECEPTOR:PTEN INTERACTION  
The inventors have identified how the assembly of the 5-HT2cR with another protein (phosphatase and tensin homologue; PTEN) controls cellular function, and have synthesized a new peptide that...
9714174 Methods of controlling polymorphism in organic-free synthesis of Na-zeolites and zeolite crystals formed therefrom  
Methods of controlling crystal polymorphism in organic-free synthesis of Na-Zeolites and the zeolite crystals formed using those methods are provided. The methods disclosed herein create certain...
US20170202340 PERSONAL HYGIENE ASSIST DEVICE  
In some embodiments, a personal hygiene assist system may assist an impaired user in using deodorant. The system may include a container comprising an opening on an upper first side, opposite to a...
US20170197968 Compositions and Methods for Inhibiting BMP  
The present invention provides small-molecule inhibitors of BMP signaling and compositions and methods for inhibiting BMP signaling. These compounds and compositions may be used to modulate cell...
9705704 Method and system of forming a mobile virtual network  
An approach is provided for creating a mobile virtual network. A virtual network is created to include a plurality of mobile virtual routers. A determination is made whether the virtual network...
9705103 Wrapped optoelectronic devices and methods for making same  
In various embodiments, optoelectronic devices are described herein. The optoelectronic device may include an optoelectronic cell arranged so as to wrap around a central axis wherein the cell...
US20170194078 Superconductor Article with Directional Flux Pinning  
A method and composition for doped HTS tapes having directional flux pinning and critical current.
9694388 Waterproof coating with nanoscopic/microscopic features and methods of making same  
A process of fabricating the waterproof coating may include selecting a substrate, utilizing a sol-gel comprising a silane or silane derivative and metal oxide precursor to coat the substrate, and...
US20170184476 UNIVERSAL ANTIGEN RETRIEVAL COMPOUNDS AND METHODS OF USE  
In some embodiments, the present disclosure pertains to a method for retrieving at least one molecular recognition element in a fixed tissue. In some embodiments the method comprises preparing a...
9691933 Radiation and temperature hard multi-pixel avalanche photodiodes  
The structure and method of fabricating a radiation and temperature hard avalanche photodiode with integrated radiation and temperature hard readout circuit, comprising a substrate, an avalanche...
9688554 Bioremediation reactor system and method  
In some embodiments, a wastewater treatment system may reduce contaminants in water. A system may include one or more bioreactors which include a substrate that supports a biofilm. The bacteria...
9688538 Graft polymerization initiated on graphitic nanomaterials and their nanocomposite formation  
An improved graft polymerization method from general graphitic structures with organic based monomers through the mechanism of Reversible Addition-Fragmentation Chain Transfer (RAFT)...
9687145 Optical coherence elastography to assess biomechanics and detect progression of ocular and other tissues degenerative diseases  
An excitation force (internal or external) and phase-sensitive optical coherence elastography (OCE) system, used in conjunction with a data analyzing algorithm, is capable of measuring and...
9672394 System and method for securing backscatter wireless communication  
A system and method for securing backscatter communication. In one embodiment, a backscatter communication system includes a reader. The reader is configured to receive backscatter transmissions....
9671507 Solid-state neutron detector device  
The structure and methods of fabricating a high efficiency compact solid state neutron detector based on III-Nitride semiconductor structures deposited on a substrate. The operation of the device...
US20170152549 NANOPOROUS GOLD AND SILVER NANOPARTICLES AND SUBSTRATES FOR MOLECULAR AND BIOMOLECULAR SENSING  
A methodology for assays and diagnostics utilizes a nanoporous or corrugated metal-containing surface, fiber or particle which enhances or suppresses the optical detectability of a label. The...
9658470 Method and algorithm for designing custom optics  
Provided herein is a computer program product comprising a non-transitory computer-readable medium storing an algorithm to optimize a wavefront guided correction for a custom ophthalmic lens. The...
US20170135772 ROBOTIC DEVICE FOR IMAGE-GUIDED SURGERY AND INTERVENTIONS  
Provided herein are actuation transmission lines used for robotic systems, for example, MRI guided robots, for image-guided robot-assisted surgical and medical intervention procedures. This...
9653104 System and method for selectively removing atoms and uses thereof  
Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a method for selective removal of atoms from a substrate. Such a method comprises forming a patterned mask over at least a portion of the surface of...
US20170113043 ACCOMMODATION STIMULATION AND RECORDING DEVICE  
Embodiments described herein generally relate to devices and methods for stimulation or recording of accommodation of an eye. Accommodation of an eye naturally occurs through contraction of the...