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PEG-anchor: Anchor plate for the temporary fixation of hollow organs

The present invention generally applies to the fixation of hollow organs such as the stomach or the baldder to an outer structure, e.g. to the abdominal wall. The main field of application is in particular the percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) sonde. PEG-sondes are applied by various techniques, especially by the so-called pull-through and the direct punctation (or push) technique. The latter is predominantly applied, when a stenosis of the upper gastrointestinal tract by a tumor prohibits oral access due to the consumption of space, but also due to the fact that the pull-through method is discussed in the literature to cause inoculation metastasis. Commercial Opportunities On behalf of the RWTH Aachen University, PROvendis is seeking for interested companies for cooperation and/or licensing. Current Status A prototype has been built for demonstration. We are happy to inform you about the patent status. Competitive Advantages •Laminar fixation •Only one puncture •Low risk of infection •Low risk of bleeding •Time- and cost-saving 09.01.2017 | nachricht Read more


The invention concerns a magnetoelectric storage device for storing of digital data. 05.01.2017 | nachricht Read more

New Genetic Test for Shar-Pei Autoinflammatory Disease (SPAID)

Shar-Pei Autoinflammatory Disease (SPAID) is a complex inflammatory disease. Typical signs are recurrent bouts of fever, inflammations of the ear, arthritis and a reddened skin. The dogs can also develop amyloidosis. Scientists at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover developed a genetic test for SPAID predisposition. 22.12.2016 | nachricht Read more

Diagnosis of Herpes B Virus infection

Diagnostic method for determining the presence of herpes B virus, of for determining the status of herpes B virus infection in primates and in humans, based on the detection of antibodies against herpes B virus 22.12.2016 | nachricht Read more

MOSi Anti-Fading Electrolyte Additives - For high voltage application in lithium ion batteries

Scientists of the MEET at Wilhelms University of Muenster developed a set of alkylsilyl complexes (MOSi) as elecrolyte additive, which enhance the performance of lithium ion batteries. Previous studies have shown that electrolyte additives based on metals and semimetals (LiBOB, Mg(TFSI)2, Al(TFSI)3) as well as additives containing trimethylsiloxyl (TMS) groups as ligands can have positive impact on the cycling performance of lithium ion battery cells due to solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) and/or cathode electrolyte interphase (CEI) film forming properties and/or scavenging properties towards acidic impurities. The results of LIB full-cells show a twofold cycle life compared to the standard electrolyte. The addition of the M(TMS)x based additives lowers the charge transfer impedance during prolonged cycling. MOSi leads to lithium ion batteries with enhanced anti fading performance. A German patent application is pending. International applications are possible. On behalf of the University Muenster, PROvendis offers access to rights for commercial use as well as the opportunity for further co-development. 20.12.2016 | nachricht Read more

VSV/NDV hybrid virus for oncolytic therapy of cancer

Oncolytic virotherapy for cancer has emerged as a novel and promising therapeutic approach to replace standard cancer therapies, which often provide limited efficacy at the cost of unpleasant or severe side effects. Here, a novel VSV/NDV hybrid virus was engineered that combines the advantages of both vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) and Newcastle disease virus (NDV) vectors, while the safety concerns of both are eliminated. 20.12.2016 | nachricht Read more

SkyrMem Skyrmion memoryr - A technical basis for future storage media

Skyrmions are stable topological vortices in the magnetization. They can be created on surfaces of magnetic materials where they move through the materiallike a kind of hose. Their motion can be controlled with magnetic and/or electric fields or currents. Skyrmions have a diameter in the nm range and can be easily generated and also detected. SkyrMem is a novel storage arrangement that uses these properties of the skyrmions. It consists of a strip of magnetic material, about twice as wide as the diameter of a skyrmion. A potential barrier is applied in the center of the strip so that the skyrmions can only be placed above or below the line. This can be used to represent logical "1" and "0". By applying a voltage, the scyrmions can be moved along the strip, permitting serial reading of the information. With SkyrMem, a completely new type of digital memory can be realized. Since scyrmions are very small and nevertheless stable, storage densities above the values customary today for hard disks are possible. High readout rates can also be achieved. SkyrMem provides a technical basis for the storage media of the future. A German patent application was filed, international applications are still possible. In the name of the University of Cologne, we offer interested companies the opportunity to license and further develop the technology. 19.12.2016 | nachricht Read more

Diazadiborines ? a new class of materials for molecular electronics

Diazadiborines provide a new class of substances for molecular electronics. In addition to the application in the area of molecular electronics itself, i.e. as molecular electronic building blocks, diazadiborines may also ? analogously to other polycyclic aromatic compounds ? be used in the area of printable electronics, esp. as functional compounds in printing-pastes 15.12.2016 | nachricht Read more


Powered, multi-funcitonal limb movement auxiliary method and device, particularly prosthesis and movement-assisting orthosis, with combined estimation regimes of multiple degrees of freedom (DOF) showing a "natural" movement. 15.12.2016 | nachricht Read more

Novel CVD-based growth process for zinc oxide layers

At the University of Ulm, a cost-effective deposition process for zinc oxide (ZnO) layers has been developed that provides very good layer qualities and permits a high growth rate. Source material is zinc oxide, no elementary zinc is required. Using this innovative CVD-based process, it is possible without the addition of environmentally-harmful additives, to create weakly-conductive layers, easily etchable sacrificial layers in multi-layer systems, conductive transparent layers (transparent conductive oxide, TCO) and generally conductive contacts or conductor structures on fixed-body substrates such as sapphire, silicon, silicon carbide or gallium nitride. Furthermore, this process is suitable for generating nano- or microstructures for sensor applications, thin-film transistors (TFT on displays), Schottky diodes, and field effect transistors. 08.12.2016 | nachricht Read more
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Im Focus: Small Protein, Big Impact

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Im Focus: K-State study reveals asymmetry in spin directions of galaxies

Research also suggests the early universe could have been spinning

An analysis of more than 200,000 spiral galaxies has revealed unexpected links between spin directions of galaxies, and the structure formed by these links...

Im Focus: New measurement exacerbates old problem

Two prominent X-ray emission lines of highly charged iron have puzzled astrophysicists for decades: their measured and calculated brightness ratios always disagree. This hinders good determinations of plasma temperatures and densities. New, careful high-precision measurements, together with top-level calculations now exclude all hitherto proposed explanations for this discrepancy, and thus deepen the problem.

Hot astrophysical plasmas fill the intergalactic space, and brightly shine in stellar coronae, active galactic nuclei, and supernova remnants. They contain...

Im Focus: Biotechnology: Triggered by light, a novel way to switch on an enzyme

In living cells, enzymes drive biochemical metabolic processes enabling reactions to take place efficiently. It is this very ability which allows them to be used as catalysts in biotechnology, for example to create chemical products such as pharmaceutics. Researchers now identified an enzyme that, when illuminated with blue light, becomes catalytically active and initiates a reaction that was previously unknown in enzymatics. The study was published in "Nature Communications".

Enzymes: they are the central drivers for biochemical metabolic processes in every living cell, enabling reactions to take place efficiently. It is this very...

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