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Adaptive PCR: A PCR control system to overcome challenging conditions

A PCR control system to overcome challenging conditions. By directly monitoring the hybridization of fluorescently labelled L-DNA mimics of the template DNA strands and primers, it is possible to improve the efficiency of PCR in challenging conditions. This approach eliminates some of the sample preparation and trial and error that would otherwise be required for difficult sample types such as urine or other samples that contain high levels of salts.  In addition, this approach enables on-demand PCR in most any environment.


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Jody Hankins

615.322.5907
Research Reagent

Non-Invasive Bacterial Identification for Acute Otitis Media using Raman Spectroscopy

Real-time non-invasive Raman Sprectoscopy system to detect the presence and identity of pathogens involved in causing middle ear infections.


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Ashok Choudhury

615.322.2503

Non-Invasive Skin Cancer Detection using Raman Spectroscopy-OCT System (Portfolio)

Vanderbilt University researchers have designed a system for non-invasive discrimination between normal and cancerous skin lesions. The system combines the depth-resolving capabilities of OCT technique with Raman Spectroscopy's specificity of molecular chemistry. By linking both imagining techniques into a single detector arm, the complexity, cost, and size of previously reported RS-OCT instruments have been significantly improved. The combined instrument is capable of acquiring data sets that allow for more thorough assessment of a sample than existing optical techniques.


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Ashok Choudhury

615.322.2503

Systems and Methods for Optical Stimulation of Neural Tissues (Portfolio)

Vanderbilt researchers have developed a novel technique for contactless simulation of the central nervous system.  This involves the use of infrared neural stimulation (INS) to evoke the observable action potentials from neurons of the central nervous system.  While infrared neural stimulation of the peripheral nervous system was accomplished almost a decade ago, this is the first technique for infrared stimulation of the central nervous system. This technology has been protected by a portfolio of issued patents.


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Ashok Choudhury

615.322.2503

MAESTRO: Non-Robotic Dexterous Laproscopic Instrument with a Wrist providing seven degrees of freedom

Inventors at Vanderbilt University have developed a non-robotic dexterous laparoscopic manipulator with a wrist providing seven-degrees-of-freedom. It provides an interface which intuitively maps motion of the surgeon's hands to the tool's ""hands"". The novel user interface approach provides a natural mapping of motion from the surgeon's hands to the instrument tips.


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Ashok Choudhury

615.322.2503
Medical Devices

Steerable Needles: A Better Turning Radius with Less Tissue Damage

A team of Vanderbilt engineers and surgeons have developed a new steerable needle that can make needle based biopsy and therapy delivery more accurate. A novel flexure-based tip design provides enhanced steerability while simultaneously minimizing tissue damage. The present device is useful for almost any needle-based procedure including biopsy, thermal ablation, brachytherapy, and drug delivery.


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Ashok Choudhury

615.322.2503

MultiUse Multimodal Imaging Chelates

PK11195 is a high-affinity ligand of the peripheral benzodiazepine receptor (PBR). By linking lanthanide chelates to the PK11195 targeting moiety, Vanderbilt researchers have generated a range of PBR-targeted imaging probes capable of visualizing a number of disease states at cellular levels using a variety of imaging modalities (fl uorescence, PET and SPECT, MRI, electron microscopy).


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Taylor Jordan

615.936.7505
Medical Imaging

"Anode-Free" Sodium Metal Battery

Vanderbilt researchers have developed a new "anode-free" battery architecture for sodium-ion batteries that provide energy densities in excess of 400Wh/kg, which is greater than the maximum theoretical energy density of a conventional lithium-ion battery.


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Ashok Choudhury

615.322.2503

Inventors

Adam Cohn, Cary Pint
Energy

A Device and Method for Vascular or Nerve Separation and Bridging

Vanderbilt researchers have designed a device and method for separating an arteriole that passes over a vein and restricts the passage of blood flow in the eye, which if uncorrected can lead to hemorrhage and vision loss. The device surgically separates the two vessels and then places a stent or bridge between them to alleviate compression. Visualization during the procedure is provided with optical coherence tomography (OCT), and the surgical tool can be either hand-held or robotic.


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Ashok Choudhury

615.322.2503
Medical Devices

A Method to Obtain Uniform Radio Frequency Fields in the Body for High Field MRI

Researchers at Vanderbilt have created a new approach to produce uniform radio frequency (RF) fields in the body during high field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Existing high field MRI machines create non-uniform RF fields that lead to non-uniform sensitivity in the generated images, also referred to as "hot" and "cold" spots. These local variations interfere with the tissue contrast of the images that radiologists depend upon to make accurate diagnoses. By generating uniform RF fields in the body, this technology provides the benefits of high field MRI without the non-uniform RF fields.


Licensing Contact

Chris Harris

615.343.4433
Medical Imaging