Patents and Patents Pending

The technology sectors for patents and patents pending at UAA include:

2014 Patent Plaques

  • Data Hiding Based Messages and Advertisements 
    • Dr. Helena S. Wisniewski (US Patent 8,555,052 B2 with colleagues from Stevens Institute of Technology) 
  • Process for Demineralization of Bone Matrix and Preservation of Natural Grown Factors  
    • Dr. N. Jane Shelby (US 8,574,825 with colleagues from Montana State University and Murray, Utah)


  • Biomedical devices (US Patent Application 13/078,546; US Provisional Patent 61/747,411; invention disclosure filed on third device)
  • Pharmaceutical therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s) and other diseases (awaiting Provisional Patent 61/770,764)
  • No battery long lifespan wireless sensors for remote monitoring and surveillance (US Provisional Patent 61/645,356 and US Provisional Patent 61/709,264)
  • Educational software (US Provisional Patent  61/580,932; invention disclosures to be filed on two additional products)
  • Remotely controlled, low cost and embedded de-icing system using carbon nanofiber mats (US Provisional Patent 61/669,372)
  • Cybersecurity and education use (Gazetracker US Patent 7,986,816)

 

As of January 2012, the University of Alaska Anchorage received 29 invention disclosures, up from just three in FY11. Many of these invention disclosures are evolving into patents pending. The Patent Wall of Fame located in the UAA Administration building celebrates innovation, invention and entrepreneurship.

 

Initial Inductees

Photo shop edited Mock Hoanca Wisniewski Provost Driscoll
From left to right:
Former Provost Mike Driscoll, Dr. Kenrick Mock, Dr. Bogdan Hoanca and Vice Provost Dr. Helena Wisniewski

Dr. Kenrick Mock

Kenrick Mock is an Associate Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences.  His Ph.D. is in Computer Science from the University of California, Davis. Dr. Mock has taught over 20 courses and conducts research in artificial intelligence, complex systems, computer security, systems modeling, and computer science education.  He has over 20 years of programming experience and has co-authored several books on computer programming. He is involved in efforts to provide undergraduate research experiences within UAA's curriculum.

Dr. Bogdan Hoanca

Bogdan Hoanca is a Professor of Management Information Systems in the College of Business and Public Policy. Dr. Hoanca's research areas include Information Security and Privacy, Societal Implications of Technology, Computer Networking and Signal Integrity. His terminal degree was granted by the University of Southern California in Electrical Engineering. Dr. Hoanca's Ph.D. dissertation is titled, "Optoelectronic enhancements to  single instrument multilple data computing architectures."

Dr. Eric Holmberg

Eric Holmberg, Ph.D. is a biochemist who studies the transformation of cells of the central nervous system using specific drug delivery vehicles, the effects of migration on the physiology of Pacific Salmon, therapeutic drug delivery systems: drug delivery by target-sensitive and pH-sensitive immunoliposomes, immunochemistry of drug delivery, proton flux in renal membrane vesicles, physical interaction of organic pH sensitive molecules with artificial and biological transport in renal membrane vesicles, and the binding of water transport inhibitors to red blood cell membranes, just to mention a few interests. Dr. Holmberg has published several peer-reviewed articles and has been teaching for over 20 years.

 
Patents Celebrating Innovation, Invention and Entrepreneurship

Gaze Tracking and Iris Scanning

U.S. Patent 7,986,816 B1

Dr. Kenrick Mock and Dr. Bogdan Hoanca 20110928-Mock_Kenrickwere granted their patent on July 26, 2011 for "Methods and Systems for Multiple Factor Authentication Using Gaze Tracking and Iris Scanning." The professors worked on this project over the past four years with funding from UAA grants and the National Science Foundation. This year, Dr. Mock and Dr. Hoanca received an additional NSF grant to purchase a portable Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) unit to further this work.

pH-Sensitive Immunoliposomes and the Method of Gene Delivery to the Mammalian Central Nervous System

U.S. Patent 5,786,214

Dr. Eric Holmberg was granted his patent on July 28, 1998 for "Ph-Sensitive Immunoliposomes and the Method of Gene Delivery to the Mammalian Central Nervous System".  It was applied for on November 11, 1994 based on work done at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) funded by the Spinal Cord Society.  It was developed around a concept of targeted drug delivery to specific sites of disease and injury.  With proper bio-engineering, a molecular assembly is formed that will encapsulate a pharmaceutical and immunologically target a site in an organism. This "magic bullet" concept allows for reduced dosage that accompanies a decrease in adverse side effects and an increased efficacy of administration.  Much of the actual chemistry was done with the assistance of a number of undergraduate students through their research component and biochemistry lab experience.