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Patent
Century Inc. | Date: 2015-10-13

An airborne drone delivery network and method of operating same that provides an effective system to deliver items to a set number of delivery locations using drones in which the drone flight path is minimized and wherein the drones may be easily retrieved and reused for delivery of additional items.


Patent
Century Inc. | Date: 2016-04-20

Systems and methods in accordance with embodiments of the invention implement spectacle attachments that can provide protection from radiation. In one embodiment, a spectacle attachment that provides protection from radiation includes: a body of material that is a barrier to at least some form of radiation; where the body of material is configured so that it can couple with either temple of a pair of glasses; and where the body of material is sized to protect the side of a wearers face from at least approximately the wearers temple to approximately below the wearers cheek when the body of material is coupled to a temple of a pair of glasses and the pair of glasses is worn.


Patent
Century Inc. | Date: 2016-05-20

A panel assembly includes at least one reinforcing assembly made of a high strength material having a low yield to tensile strength ratio for energy absorption and reduced weight and profile. The panel assembly may be light-weight with a low profile to minimize protrusion into an opening or compartment enclosed by the panel. The panel assembly may be a floor panel assembly for a vehicle floor. The reinforcing assembly may traverse the panel such that the reinforcing assembly extends laterally, e.g., cross-vehicle, relative to the longitudinal axis of the vehicle body. A method of making the panel assembly may include forming the reinforcing assembly by joining a plurality of metal channel members in a nested arrangement with a plurality of welds to provide a structural assembly with good bending resistance loads imposed on the panel assembly including knee loads. The channel members can be made of dual phase steel.


Patent
Century Inc. | Date: 2015-08-27

A panel assembly includes at least one reinforcing assembly made of a high strength material having a low yield to tensile strength ratio for energy absorption and reduced weight and profile. The panel assembly may be light-weight with a low profile to minimize protrusion into an opening or compartment enclosed by the panel. The panel assembly may be a floor panel assembly for a vehicle floor. The reinforcing assembly may traverse the panel such that the reinforcing assembly extends laterally, e.g., cross-vehicle, relative to the longitudinal axis of the vehicle body. A method of making the panel assembly may include forming the reinforcing assembly by joining a plurality of metal channel members in a nested arrangement with a plurality of welds to provide a structural assembly with good bending resistance loads imposed on the panel assembly including knee loads. The channel members can be made of dual phase steel.


Patent
Century Inc. | Date: 2015-10-13

Electric aircraft, including in-flight rechargeable electric aircraft, and methods of operating electric aircraft, including methods for recharging electric aircraft in-flight, and method of deploying and retrieving secondary aircrafts.


Patent
Century Inc. | Date: 2015-08-27

A load bearing panel member having a first portion, a second portion, and an appearance surface portion is formed by injection molding such that the first portion includes a plurality of ribs forming a grid pattern on the first portion and another plurality of ribs extending toward the periphery of the first portion which may be non-orthogonal to each other and to the ribs forming the grid pattern. An internal channel may be formed within each of the non-orthogonal ribs by injecting a gas into the rib during the molding process forming the panel. An appearance surface portion attached to the first portion and second portion of the panel member forms an integral hinge between the first and second portions of the panel member. The panel member may be configured as a floor panel of a vehicle.


This disclosure relates to an apparatus useful for the delivery of aerosols, such as those containing drugs, to the lungs or other locations in the body. The disclosure also relates to methods of administering an aerosol to the lungs or other locations in the body of a patient.


Patent
Century Inc. | Date: 2015-12-03

A panel assembly includes a multilayer panel including first and second layers made of loftable material characterized by a molded orientation resultant from lofting and subsequently compressing the loftable material during molding of the multilayer panel. The panel assembly may be light-weight with a low profile to minimize protrusion into an opening or compartment enclosed by the panel. The multilayer panel may be configured to as a floor panel enclosing an opening defined by a floor structure, which may be a vehicle floor. The multilayer panel may include at least one recess portion configured to strengthen the multilayer panel. A method of making the multilayer panel includes tethering the loftable material in a tethering frame prior to lofting and transferring the tethering frame including the lofted material into a mold to form into the multilayer panel. The tethering frame retains offal for removal from the mold after forming the panel.


Grant
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services | Branch: National Institutes of Health | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 308.53K | Year: 2015

DESCRIPTION provided by applicant Methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus MRSA is a serious pathogen that can cause patient mortality and extend hospital stays resulting in higher health care costs Currently over of staph cases around the world are caused by MRSA In recent years MRSA has evolved into several resistant strains that can resist to multiple antibiotics such as penicillin vancomycin tetracycline and erythromycin For this reason they are sometimes called andquot superbugs andquot In recent years these andquot superbugsandquot have become a serious threat to public health Because of the increasing presence of MRSA related infections especially in hospitals there are urgent needs for effective and novel antibiotic therapies In a preliminary study we have isolated a novel compound kaempferol O alpha L andquot andquot di p coumaroyl rhamnoside KCR from the American sycamore Platanus occidentalis that were active against MRSA and VRSA vancomycin resistant staphylococcus aureus in vitro and in vivo The sycamore materials have been classified by the USDA as generally regarded as safe GRAS because of extensive human contact and use of this plant in traditional folk medicines and paper industry among others Active metabolites of these anti MRSA compounds likely possess a distinct mechanism of action as they do not show cross resistance or structural homology with established antibiotics In this proposal we plan to furthe investigate these highly selective anti MRSA KCR platanosides including the maximum tolerated dose MTD therapeutic efficacy pharmacokinetics PK mechanism of action and in vivo toxicity using animal model and microbiological techniques This project clearly has the potential to generate a first in class new antibiotic with a novel mechanism of action and provides a unique opportunity for US economic development In addition the success of this project will address the limitations of current therapies for the control of MRSA and other antibiotic resistant staph infections such as VRSA PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE MRSA stands for methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus which is a serious drug resistant pathogen that causes patient mortality extend hospital stays and higher health care costs Statistical data suggest that as many as people per year have died from MRSA in the U S In recent years MRSA has evolved into several resistant strains that can resist to multiple antibiotics such as penicillin vancomycin tetracycline and erythromycin For this reason they are sometimes called andquot superbugs andquot In recent years these andquot superbugsandquot have become a serious threat to public health Because of the increasing presence of MRSA related infections there are urgent needs for effective and novel antibiotic therapies In this project we plan to investigate novel leaf compound known as KCR from American sycamore that exhibit potent anti MRSA activity in a preliminary study We propose to further study the therapeutic effects and the biological properties of the extracts using animal model and modern microbiological techniques The success of this project will generate a first in class new antibiotic for treating drug resistant infections This project also will provide a unique opportunity for US economic development


Grant
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Army | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 665.36K | Year: 2015

Century has designed and manufactured aluminum metal matrix composite (MMC) brake drums for multiple applications both military and commerical with great success. Applications include axle loads ranging from 8,000 to 23,000 lbs. As applications vary the torque requirements of the brake system also vary. To work with multiple brake systems, multiple friction materials may be required to couple the MMC brake drums. This "family"of friction materials needs to emcompass both low and hig coefficients of friction. Currently available friction materials work very well in low to medium coefficient of friction (Mu) applications such as commercial trucks/braking systems. The purpose of the Phase II effort is to further evaluate the potential for a "newly developed" friction material that will be adaptable to wide-ranging heavy vehicles both in the Military and Commerical markets when coupled with MMC brake drums.

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