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Methylation of JNK commuter enhancer as a marker estimating the risk of a subject for afflictedness with an addiction

The invention discloses methylation patterns found in umbilical cord blood which might be indicative towards an increased risk of afflictedness with an addiction. 02.05.2016 | nachricht Read more

Fast and efficient selection process for CRISPR-based genome editing

The CRISPR technology could be the most im-portant new genetic engineering technique since the beginning of the biotechnology age in the 1970s. It was shown that it’s possible to use CRISPR to rid mice of muscular dystrophy, cure them of a rare liver disease, make human cells immune to HIV, and genetically modify monkeys. In addition there is interest in using CRISPR to gen-erate monkey models of diseases like autism, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, and bipolar disorder. 02.05.2016 | nachricht Read more

Compact ammonia-water absorption chiller with increased coefficient of performance

Scientists at the University of Stuttgart have developed an absorption chiller that is extremely compact, lightweight and stable in terms of operation, even at low evaporator temperatures and high heat rejection temperatures. Because of its compactness the absorption chiller has lower production costs and requires less refrigerant than conventional absorption chillers. 02.05.2016 | nachricht Read more

New class of inhibitors targeting selectively the autophagic pathway

The invention discloses two chemical compound families derived from tetrahydrotriazine or coumarin selectively targeting the autophagic pathway. 02.05.2016 | nachricht Read more

IAP - Intrinsic Antimicrobial Polymers

State of the art antimicrobial polymers are polymers with antimicrobial additives such as silver or copper. Additionally, a further approach is using functionalized monomers, containing amine or quaternary ammonium/phosphonium groups. These monomers can be polymerized to intrinsically microbial polymers. Unfortunately, they suffer from poor material properties (low glass transition temperature, high water uptake). The novel intrinsic antimicrobial polymers overcome these shortcomings. Several groups of polymers have been developed (homopolymers and copolymers) with favorable processing characteristics, e.q. can be used in an injection molding process or press molding. The standard JIS Z 2801 test to quantitatively test the ability to inhibit the growth of microorganisms over a 24 hour period of contact reveals a reduction of up to log 7,1. Four patent applications have been filed at the European Patent Office. Further international applications are still possible. On behalf of the Fachhochschule Münster PROvendis offers licenses for interested enterprises. 28.04.2016 | nachricht Read more


Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease that leads to progressive joint deformity, disability, and occasionally premature death. Emerging evidence suggests the utility of histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACi) in the treatment of chronic immune and inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis. Several studies have shown the decreasing effect of selective HDAC6 inhibitors on the secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines in vitro and a significant therapeutic response has been demonstrated in animal inflammatory disease models. 28.04.2016 | nachricht Read more

Metallized open-cell foams and fibrous substrates

Open-cell foams and fibrous substrates provide a wide range of properties which make them very attractive for different applications in many fields. Metallization of open-cell foams and fibrous substrates could give novel polymer / metal composites with highly interesting properties for a variety of ap- plications. However, the applications with metal composites are still limited, because of the existing problems due to the metallization methods, where often complex or laborious procedures are required or are restricted to certain polymer surfaces, if high quality metallization is desired. Therefore, there is a need for the homogenous metallization of open-cell mel- amine formaldehyde (MF) foams which provides electrically conductive foams with a specific resistance R < 50 Ω mm2 m–1, which until now is not known in the current state-of-the-art. 28.04.2016 | nachricht Read more

A Novel Marker for Brown Fat Activity

The present invention is a technology that significantly simplifies the measurement of BAT by PCR-based quantification of exosomal microRNA-92a in serum. Exosomal miR-92a levels inversely correlate with BAT activity. This novel method is as the first of its kind qualified to routinely measure the BAT activity in large cohorts of patients. The measurement of BAT activity is not only important in the diagnosis and treatment of weight-related diseases, but is also a screening tool for the development of drugs that regulate the BAT activity. Such drugs are of use in pathological leanness (e.g. cachexia), obesity and other metabolic diseases. The invention has been validated by studies in mice and man. On behalf of the University of Bonn, PROvendis offers access to rights for commercial use as well as the opportunity for further co-development. In case of interest we will be pleased to inform you about the patent status. 28.04.2016 | nachricht Read more

Textile Emergency Seat - Rescue system for the fast and effective evacuation of people

The invention here described regards a textile rescue seat designed for the effective distribution of the weight on two carrying-operators. Experiments show that an adult of average weight can be carried on staircases and along corridors without overloading the two operators, relieving the strain on shoulders, neck and back and preventing health issues. A prototype of the invention has been produced and successfully tested in a simulated evacuation in a multi-storey building. Low material and production costs comibined with little space required for storage are attractive features for a competitive product to be introduced into the market. Many items can be preventively stored in every public building or on board passenger ships and used also by non-professional operators. The principle of usage is intuitive and enables every healthy person on site to take part in the evacuation operation. A patent application has been filed in Germany. On behalf of the RWTH University, PROvendis is seeking a partner for further development in view of licensing the technology. 28.04.2016 | nachricht Read more

Food Quality Control - Culture medium for yeasts with high osmotic tolerance

Food industry is seeking for strategies to enhance production throughput in order to reduce costs. One bottleneck is not the production process itself, but the subsequent quality control analysis of each production charge. The herein described invention expedites this process and is therefore of interest for contract analytic labs as well as for food production companies with an own quality analysis laboratory. The culture medium has been optimized for osmo-tolerant yeast growth and has been tested and validated in comparison to conventional culture media. The invention is ready for industrial use. On behalf of the University of Applied Sciences Ostwestfalen-Lippe, PROvendis offers access to rights for commercial use as well as the opportunity for further co-development. In case of interest we will be pleased to inform you about the patent status. 25.04.2016 | nachricht Read more
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Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Nuclear Pores Captured on Film

Using an ultra fast-scanning atomic force microscope, a team of researchers from the University of Basel has filmed “living” nuclear pore complexes at work for the first time. Nuclear pores are molecular machines that control the traffic entering or exiting the cell nucleus. In their article published in Nature Nanotechnology, the researchers explain how the passage of unwanted molecules is prevented by rapidly moving molecular “tentacles” inside the pore.

Using high-speed AFM, Roderick Lim, Argovia Professor at the Biozentrum and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute of the University of Basel, has not only directly...

Im Focus: 2+1 is Not Always 3 - In the microworld unity is not always strength

If a person pushes a broken-down car alone, there is a certain effect. If another person helps, the result is the sum of their efforts. If two micro-particles are pushing another microparticle, however, the resulting effect may not necessarily be the sum their efforts. A recent study published in Nature Communications, measured this odd effect that scientists call “many body.”

In the microscopic world, where the modern miniaturized machines at the new frontiers of technology operate, as long as we are in the presence of two...

Im Focus: Tiny microbots that can clean up water

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute Stuttgart have developed self-propelled tiny ‘microbots’ that can remove lead or organic pollution from contaminated water.

Working with colleagues in Barcelona and Singapore, Samuel Sánchez’s group used graphene oxide to make their microscale motors, which are able to adsorb lead...

Im Focus: ORNL researchers discover new state of water molecule

Neutron scattering and computational modeling have revealed unique and unexpected behavior of water molecules under extreme confinement that is unmatched by any known gas, liquid or solid states.

In a paper published in Physical Review Letters, researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory describe a new tunneling state of...

Im Focus: Bionic Lightweight Design researchers of the Alfred Wegener Institute at Hannover Messe 2016

Honeycomb structures as the basic building block for industrial applications presented using holo pyramid

Researchers of the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) will introduce their latest developments in the field of bionic lightweight design at Hannover Messe from 25...

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