February 8, 2018


The University of Pittsburgh announced that Pitt innovators were awarded nine U.S. patents in January 2018.

Featured Patent

U.S. 9,872,982 “Electroosmotic Convection-Enhanced Delivery System”


Stephen Weber, Professor of Chemistry, and colleagues, have developed devices and methods for electrokinetic transport of fluids to patients, which can enhance drug delivery for clinical management of malignant brain tumors and other tissues. A drug source, such as a reservoir or infusion pad or gel is connected to a hollow fiber catheter and a counter-electrode is placed at the point of drug delivery. Current is passed from the reservoir to the counter-electrode. For more information about licensing this innovation, contact Janice Panza.


A full list of patents received in January 2018 is below:






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9,855,341 Formulations and Carrier Systems Including Farnesylthiosalcyclic Moities Song Li; Yixian Huan; Xiaolan Zhang; Xiang Gao Andrew Remes Available for Licensing
9,861,662 Bone-Derived Extracellular Matrix Gel Michael Sawkins; Lisa White; Kevin Shakesheff; Stephen Badylak Alex Ducruet Optioned
9,862,690 Treatment of Pulmonary and Other Conditions Raju Reddy Maria Vanegas Optioned
9,863,020 Biodegradable Metal Alloys Da-Tren Chou; Partha Saha; Dae Ho Kong; Prashant Kumta Janice Panza Available for Licensing
9,861,338 Sensor Guided Catheter Navigation System David Schwartzman; Takeo Kanade; Hua Zhong Alex Ducruet Licensed
9,872,982 Electroosmotic Convection-Enhanced Delivery System Alec Valenta; Andrea Jaquins-Gerstl; Stephen Weber; Amir Faraji; Yifat Guy Janice Panza Available for Licensing
9,872,889 Activators of CXCR3 for the Treatment of Angiopathies of the Eye Alan Wells; Cecelia Yates; Joel Schuman Janice Panza Licensed
9,878,154 Non-Invasive Method to treat Urological and Gastrointestinal Disorders Changfeng Tai Maria Vanegas Licensed
9,880,393 Nano-Optic Refractive Optics Hong Koo Kim; Yun-Suk Jung; Yonggang Xi Janice Panza Licensed