BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Eleven University at Buffalo faculty members
were named on eight patents issued to The Research Foundation of
State University of New York in 2005. Two of these patented
technologies have already been licensed to companies that will
bring new products to the market.
"Being awarded patents on new technologies and inventions is an
important aspect of technology transfer," said Robert J. Genco,
Ph.D., D.D.S., UB vice provost and director of the UB Office of
Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach (STOR).
"In most cases, patent protection provides the opportunity for
exclusivity that companies need to justify the investments required
for product commercialization."
STOR files patent applications on behalf of The Research
Foundation of State University of New York. Filing patent
applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is a
multi-step process that can take four to five years before a patent
is actually awarded. STOR receives more than 90 new technology
disclosures per year. With the increased investment made by UB in
intellectual property protection, STOR files 35-40 new U.S. patent
applications per year, including provisional applications.
The following faculty members named on patents in 2005 will be
recognized at the annual STOR Scholars, Inventors and Entrepreneurs
Reception to be held in May:
* Ali El-Solh and Brydon J.B. Grant, both of the Department of
Medicine, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, for patent
6,839,581 -- Method for Detecting Cheyne-Stokes Respiration In
Patients with Congestive Heart Failure. This patent and related
software have been licensed to Sleep Solutions, Inc., of Pasadena,
* Jui H. Wang, Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and
Sciences, for patent 6,863,942 -- Free-Standing and Aligned Carbon
Nanotubes and Synthesis Thereof. Collaborators include Zhongping
Huang, Dezhi Wang, and Zhifeng Ren, all formerly of UB. This
nanotube technology has been licensed to NanoPolaris of Pasadena,
* Daniel J. Metzger, Michael W. Russell, Terry D. Connell, all
of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of
Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, for patent 6,846,488 -- Chimeric
Antigen-Enterotoxin Mucosal Immunogens.
* Joseph A. Gardella, Department of Chemistry, College of Arts
and Sciences, for patent 6,864,090 -- Method for Testing the
Degradation of Polymeric Materials. Collaborators include Jiaxing
Chen and Joo-Woon Lee both formerly of UB, and Norma L. Hernandez
* Michal K. Stachowiak, Department of Pathology and Anatomical
Sciences, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, for patent
6,878,858 -- A Rodent Model for Parkinson's Disease.
* Aidong Zhang, Department of Computer Science and Engineering,
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, for patent 6,882,997 --
A Wavelet-Based Clustering Method for Managing Spatial Data in Very
Large Databases. Collaborators include Surojit Chatterjee and
Gholamhosein Sheikholeslami, both formerly of UB.
* The late Dennis Higgins, Department of Pharmacology and
Toxicology, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, for patent
6,949,505 -- Morphogen-Induced Dendritic Growth.
* Huw M.L. Davies, Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and
Sciences, for patent 6,962,891 -- Solid Support Dirhodium Catalyst
Compositions and Methods for Making and Using Same. Tadamichi
Nagashima, formerly of UB, was his collaborator.
STOR is the commercialization and technology transfer office of
the University at Buffalo. It identifies, protects and
commercializes the outcomes and discoveries of research conducted
by UB faculty and students for the public good. STOR also provides
a continuum of business-development support for the university's
technologies, entrepreneurs and start-up companies, and enables
joint development of inventions with industry.