McIntyre, Rens receive patent

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Professor Rens and Bill Mcintyre at Bill’s dissertation defense.

Bill McIntyre, the college’s first EAS PhD graduate, and civil engineering professor and chair Kevin Rens have received a patent for a System and Method of Using Differential Elevation-Induced Energy for the Purpose of Storing Water Underground. This patent is the result of McIntyre’s dissertation and is a big deal in the water resources field, especially when dealing with alluvial storage and recovery. This is the first patent for both Rens and McIntyre.

Congratulations to both of you!

Shandas shares patent for drug delivery to the eye

Robin Shandas, chair and professor, bioengineering
Robin Shandas, chair and professor, bioengineering

The CU Technology Transfer Office is pleased to announce that researchers from CU’s Anschutz and Denver campuses have been awarded a patent for an implantable device to treat dry-eye and deliver medications to the eye. Based on shape-memory polymer materials developed at CU, the patented ‘punctal plug’ is easy to insert, stays properly and comfortably positioned, and can deliver a continuous supply of topical pharmacological treatments for eye conditions like glaucoma.

The CU inventors on the patent are Robin Shandas (CU Denver, Bioengineering; CU SOM, Pediatrics; Children’s Hospital), and Naresh Mandava and Malik Kahook (both of the CU School of Medicine, Ophthalmology, and University of Colorado Hospital). U.S. 8,911,495 (Reliably Retained Shape Memory Ophthalmological Implants) was issued on December 16, 2014.

Congratulations!

Shandas among three to share patent for new smart material

The CU Technology Transfer Office is pleased to announce that researchers from CU’s Boulder, Anschutz and Denver campuses have been awarded a patent for improved shape memory polymers, a ‘smart material’ used in many next-generation implantable medical devices. The inventors on the patent are Christopher Bowman (CU-Boulder, ChBE), Robin Shandas (CU Denver, Bioengineering; CU Anschutz, Pediatrics; Children’s Hospital), Devatha Nair (CU Anschutz, Ophthalmology; former ChBE postdoc) and former ChBE research associate Neil Cramer.

U.S. 8,846,777, “Thiol-vinyl and thiol-yne systems for shape memory polymers,” was issued on September 30, 2014, and is part of a large portfolio of related patents prosecuted by TTO on behalf of CU.

Join us in congratulating these researchers on their achievement.