NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY

PATENTS

Device will revolutionize robotics and prosthetics

Elastic Motor-Spring Actuator – US Patent No. 9,222,559
An actuator is a mechanical device or system that is used to control
another mechanical device or system. While actuators have been designed with a wide range of operating characteristics, it has proven considerably more difficult to design actuators that can faithfully reproduce or simulate the behavior of biological muscle contractions. Technology developed by NAU Professor of Biological Sciences, Dr. Kiisa Nishikawa, has produced an actuator that can simulate and replicate biological muscles contractions. Next steps in this research include application in a wide range of fields, including robotics and prosthetics.

NAU partners with
TGen to eradicate
dangerous infection

Allelic Discrimination Assays for MRSA Strains - US Patent No. 9,340,836
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has become one of the most dangerous infectious agents in the United States and elsewhere, with a higher mortality rate than HIV/AIDS. MRSA does not respond to some of the antibiotics generally used to treat Staphyloccus and other bacterial infections. Technology developed by NAU’s Cowden Endowed Chair of Microbiology and Regents’ Professor, Dr. Paul Keim, in collaboration with TGen (resulting in a jointly-owned patent), provides for rapid detection of MRSA, allowing immediate interventions for MRSA colonization through decolonization, isolation procedures, or restrictions in occupational activities among clinicians and patients.

New technology will
reduce workplace injuries for utility linemen

Cable Manipulator – US Patent No. 9,172,223
Electrical service is provided by utility companies through the use of heavy-duty, large-gauge aluminum cables bundled into groups of four, called a quadriplex. In order to provide electrical power to a specific location, the quadriplex has to be manipulated in a confined space of a service cabinet. This is currently done manually by utility company linemen. Because of the thickness and rigidity of the cables, it is extremely difficult to manipulate the quadriplex, resulting in soft-tissue repetitive motion injuries and creating a hazardous work environment. This invention provides a safe method for manipulating heavy-duty, large-gauge aluminum cable using a cable manipulator mechanical device. This technology was developed by John Tester.

New invention detects
and quantifies presence
of Valley Fever-carrying organism

Method of Detecting Coccidioides Species – US Patent No. 9,127,321 B2
Coccidioidomycosis (Valley Fever) is caused by infection with Coccidioides immitis or C. posadasii. Coccidioidomycosis infection rates have increased dramatically in the state of Arizona. This invention provides methods and kits that may be used to detect and quantify the presence of Coccidioides species. The methods include quantification PCR assays, and the kits and compositions include oligonucleotides used as primers and probes. This technology was developed by Dr. Paul Keim; the patent is jointly owned by TGen and NAU.