Washington University develops COVID-19 saliva test

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has developed a saliva-based test for COVID-19 that is faster and easier than the swab tests currently in use. The test could help simplify and expand the availability of COVID-19 diagnostic testing across broad populations.

Nasal vaccine against COVID-19 prevents infection in mice

Washington University School of Medicine scientists have developed a vaccine that targets the SARS-CoV-2 virus, can be given in one dose via the nose and is effective in preventing infection in mice susceptible to the novel coronavirus.

Storing energy in red bricks

Red bricks — some of the world’s cheapest and most familiar building materials — can be converted into energy storage units that can be charged to hold electricity, like a battery, according to new research from chemists in Arts & Sciences.

Experimental COVID-19 vaccine prevents severe disease in mice

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have created a COVID-19 vaccine candidate from a replicating virus. This experimental vaccine has proven effective at preventing pneumonia in mice.

Targeting ultrasound for noninvasive diagnosis of brain cancer

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis are developing a method to diagnose brain tumors using ultrasonic energy — and no incisions. Lead researcher Hong Chen has received $2.5 million from the NIH to pursue further study.

Seeking a better test for Alzheimer’s

“You have something like 50,000 times less signal to noise in the blood,” says Randall Bateman, a neurologist at Washington University in St. Louis. Bateman’s group is one of several that have recently begun to overcome these obstacles with new, super-sensitive assays that can detect minuscule amounts of amyloid or tau in blood samples.

Equalize — 2020 and Beyond

With this article, we wanted to articulate the need and history of Equalize 2020, the experiences of those involved, and our thoughts on where to take this effort next.

Alzheimer’s protein in blood indicates early brain changes

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine have shown that levels of a specific protein in the blood rise as amyloid plaques form in the brain. The discovery could pave the way toward a blood-based test to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms appear.

Specific bacteria help explain stunted growth in malnourished children

A new School of Medicine study has shown that specific bacteria living in the upper small intestines of malnourished children play a causal role in stunted growth and other damaging side effects of malnutrition. The knowledge could lead to better therapies.

Lab-made virus mimics COVID-19 virus

To help efforts to find drugs and vaccines for COVID-19, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine developed a hybrid virus that will enable more scientists to enter the fight against the pandemic. The researchers genetically modified a mild virus.

Out of service: Online invention disclosure & materials transfer

Update: All services restored as of Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Due to unplanned technical issues, the Office of Technology Management is unable to process online invention disclosures and materials transfer agreements (MTAs). We expect service to be restored by Tuesday, May 5, 2020. If you need immediate assistance, please note our staff members are working […]

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Update from WashU Tech Transfer

NOTE: This message is NOT from Information Technology. For computer assistance, please visit: it.wustl.edu. Dear WashU innovators, The Office of Technology Management staff members are working remotely and remain committed to serving your needs. Please start with email as you interact with our team. If you don’t you get a response within 24 hours, email […]

Revving up immune system may help treat eczema

WashU Innovator Brian Kim

A drug strategy aimed at revving up the immune system and boosting a type of immune cell known as natural killer cells appears, at least in mice, to effectively treat the skin condition eczema. A team led by the School of Medicine’s Brian S. Kim, MD, is behind the strategy.

Celebrating the newest National Academy of Inventors fellows

source.wustl.edu Washington University in St. Louis this year celebrates two new fellows of the National Academy of Inventors, the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors. The distinction recognizes their prolific and innovative work and their contributions, which have had tangible, positive impacts on society. The two new honorees are Jerome R. Cox Jr., […]

Fall 2019 LEAP Gap Fund Winners Announced

LEAP WashU Gap Fund

By Sydney Everett, skandalaris.wustl.edu/blog On December 5, 2019, for the first time the Skandalaris Center’s Leadership and Entrepreneurial Acceleration Program, better known as LEAP, announced the funded teams the day of cycle finals.  Twenty-five teams from a variety of backgrounds presented their projects and were judged on the potential for license and the impact of […]

$7.5 million to fund pioneering approaches to respiratory disease

Michael J. Holtzman, MD, director of the School of Medicine’s Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, has received awards totaling $7.5 million to support innovative research aimed at defining and controlling chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Leadership & Entrepreneurial Acceleration Program (LEAP) deadline

LEAP WashU Gap Fund

WIN UP TO $50,000 — Unleash the impact of your science, advance your research towards commercialization, and develop personal connections with industry experts. >> Register by August 19, 2019. The Leadership and Entrepreneurial Acceleration Program (LEAP) provides industry connections, developmental experience, and funding to research teams with the goal of advancing Washington University in St. […]

A new method for precision drug delivery: painting

Researchers are integrating ultrasound imaging with ultrasound therapy to pave the way for a new kind of drug delivery If traditional drug delivery were a type of painting, it might be akin to paintball. With good aim, a majority of the paint ends on the bullseye, but it also drips and splashes, carrying streams of […]

Potential new therapy for Crohn’s, colitis identified

People with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) live with frequent, miserable episodes of abdominal pain, diarrhea and in severe cases, rectal bleeding. Standard treatments are aimed at directly suppressing inflammation, but many patients find little relief from such an approach. Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found a compound that […]

2019 WIT Symposium: Supporting WashU women innovators

More than 160 people — scientists, inventors, venture capitalists, startup CEOs, media and networking pros, and others — attended the Office of Technology Management’s Women in Innovation & Technology (WIT) Symposium Feb. 26. The annual event is aimed at closing the gender gap in invention disclosure and commercialization at Washington University in St. Louis. The […]

Nichole Mercier: On universities, women and innovation

Nichole Mercier, director of Washington University’s Office of Technology Management, is passionate about achieving gender parity in tech transfer, the practice of bringing scientific discoveries and innovations to market. Though academic women innovators increasingly understand the value of their intellectual capital, the numbers who go on to commercialize their discoveries and found new businesses remain disproportionately low. […]

Boime, Covey named National Academy of Inventors senior members

Developmental biologists recognized for successes in developing therapeutics Developmental biologists Irving Boime, PhD, and Douglas Covey, PhD, of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, have been named senior members of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). They are being recognized for their success in patents, licensing and commercialization, and for producing “technologies that have brought, or […]

Washington University celebrates faculty inventors

Over the past three years, Washington University faculty patent filings through the Office of Technology Management (OTM) increased by more than 60 percent and 20 startups have been formed to license Washington University intellectual property.  In 2017, 92 faculty inventors received an issued patent and, for the first time in the history of the office, it received […]

Yang named editor-in-chief of Photonics Research

Congratulations to patent superstar Lan Yang, who has been named editor-in-chief of Photonics Research, a journal published by The Optical Society (OSA). Her three-year term began Jan. 1. Yang is the Edwin H. & Florence G. Skinner Professor in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis. She was recently featured in the WashU Women Innovate […]

Gender parity in tech transfer

The theme of International Women’s Day this past March may have been “gender parity,” but at the rate things are going, women won’t file as many patents as men in a single calendar year until nearly 2100, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. But thanks to research from Washington University in St. Louis, published June 18 in Technology […]

Defect in debilitating neurodegenerative disease reversed in mouse nerves

Source: the Source – April 19, 2018 Scientists have developed a new drug compound that shows promise as a future treatment for Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, an inherited, often painful neurodegenerative condition that affects nerves in the hands, arms, feet and legs. The researchers used the compound to treat the nerves of mice harboring the genetic defects that […]

International Women’s Day: Toward gender parity in tech transfer

Source: FUSE – March 8, 2018 Tech transfer has had an immense, positive effect on our nation in terms of growth, economic impact and societal benefit. In 2012 alone, more than $38 billion of net revenue was generated by university technology in the marketplace, according to the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). But these successes have […]