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Partners at Venture | Date: 2016-09-12

An embolization device may include a fiber section having a plurality of polymeric electrospun fibers and, optionally, a contrast agent. An embolization device may further include a plurality of fiber sections, wherein each fiber section is separated by a linker. A method of deploying such an embolization device may include inserting the embolization device into a vessel. The method may further include applying an electrical current to one or more of the linkers, applying electrothermal heat to at least a portion of the device, or applying force to at least a portion of a delivery vehicle for the device. A method of manufacturing the device may include electrospinning a fiber section, and processing the fiber section by straining, twisting, heating, or shaping it.


Patent
Partners at Venture | Date: 2016-12-12

A system of pointillist painting, including a colorant dispenser having a syringe configured for storing a liquid colorant, and a colorant dispensing tip operable to be moved to successive specified positions on a painting surface, where the colorant dispenser is operable to apply specified amounts of a liquid colorant to the painting surface and creating a plurality of colorant dots each having a two-dimensional coverage and three-dimensional profile at the specified positions on the painting surface; and an air nozzle coupled to the colorant dispensing tip operable to controllably direct a controlled puff of pressurized air at least one of the plurality of colorant dots already deposited on the painting surface to modify at least one of the two-dimensional coverage and three-dimensional profile thereof is disclosed.


Patent
Partners at Venture and Alliant Techsystems | Date: 2013-07-26

The present invention provides O-nitro compounds, pharmaceutical compositions of O-nitro compounds and methods of using O-nitro compounds and/or pharmaceutical compositions thereof to treat or prevent diseases or disorders characterized by abnormal cell proliferation, such as cancer, inflammation, cardiovascular disease and autoimmune disease.


Patent
Partners at Venture and Biomimedica | Date: 2012-12-03

A composition of matter comprising a water-swellable IPN or semi-IPN including a hydrophobic thermoset or thermoplastic polymer and an ionic polymer, articles made from such composition and methods of using such articles. The invention also includes a process for producing a water-swellable IPN or semi-IPN from a hydrophobic thermoset or thermoplastic polymer including the steps of placing an ionizable monomer solution in contact with a solid form of the hydrophobic thermoset or thermoplastic polymer; diffusing the ionizable monomer solution into the hydrophobic thermoset or thermoplastic polymer; and polymerizing the ionizable monomers to form a ionic polymer inside the hydrophobic thermoset or thermoplastic polymer, thereby forming the IPN or semi-IPN.


Patent
Partners at Venture | Date: 2014-03-24

A system of pointillist painting comprises an automated 3-D positioning system disposed proximate a painting surface, a colorant dispenser coupled to the gantry structure and having a dispensing tip in fluid communication with a colorant chamber, the gantry structure operable to move the colorant dispensing tip to a specified position of the painting surface, where the colorant dispenser is operable to apply a specified amount of a colorant to the painting surface and creating a dot having a two-dimensional coverage and three-dimensional profile at the specified position. The colorant dispenser further comprises a piston disposed in the colorant chamber, and a push rod coupled to the piston operable to advance the piston toward the dispensing tip to exude the specified amount of colorant onto the painting surface. The system further includes an air nozzle coupled to the colorant dispensing tip operable to direct pressurized air to modify at least one of the two-dimensional coverage and three-dimensional profile of the colorant dot on the painting surface.


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Smart - Proof of Market | Award Amount: 24.50K | Year: 2014

Company: Sustainable Ventures Development Partners (“SVDP”) works with clean technology investors, entrepreneurial managers and corporates to create, build and grow startup companies. The proposed system is an energy harvesting, smart carbon monoxide (CO) detection (COD) device that can be used to remotely monitor the CO level in domestic boilers providing data for boiler maintenance. Boiler inefficiency is a very important factor – it can lead to increased energy use, enhanced CO2 emissions and dangerous level of CO production. The main advantage of the technology is that it requires no additional energy source, such as batteries or extra wiring as it uses temperature difference between surfaces to generate the required energy level. The COD device is fixed to the inside of the flue using a magnet and it sends out signals once an hour, creating a boiler efficiency profile. The data will be analysed and an automatic boiler maintenance request will be sent out to the user or to the boiler maintenance provider. The device can be monitored via a user-friendly smart-phone app/secure website, smart phone or the internet. The existing household Wi-Fi hub co-ordinates data transfer and controls signals between these components and a secure, cloud-based proprietary control system. This allows accurate profiling of the boiler and provides an extra safety measure to the household as it will set off the alarm if the CO level rapidly increases. The same COD technology can be used equally effectively in commercial premises.


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Smart - Proof of Concept | Award Amount: 87.55K | Year: 2014

Following a successful ‘Proof of Market’ study undertaken with support from the Technology Strategy Board’s SMART Scheme, MyCloudControl is seeking to further develop its novel domestic heating control system. MyCloudControl is a robust, self-learning cloud based heating control platform that will monitor the micro and macro environment of homes by using sensor systems and a novel algorithm. The scheme will enable an improvement in heating efficiency and manage annual budgeting to meet the householder’s need without compromising their thermal comfort. As additional features, MCC will offer non-intrusive monitoring of the vulnerable based on system engagement and track boiler CO emissions to predict servicing needs. Presently, no such integrated technology exists. The Proof of Market study highlighted potential demand for a low cost device by the end users and domestic boiler suppliers. The primary objectives of the Project are: to demonstrate the technical and economic benefits of cloud based heating controls - in particular in the social and council housing sector; and validate the use of a range of domestic monitoring data combined with environmental data derived from internet sources to better predict and control heating systems. The experienced management and advisory team together with established contractors, such as the National Energy Foundation will develop a Beta prototype, a self-learning algorithm, de-risk the business and deliver the Project objectives within the £145,920 budget in 12 months.


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Smart - Proof of Market | Award Amount: 24.50K | Year: 2015

Sustainable Venture Development Partners (SVDP) works with investors, entrepreneurial managers, and corporates to originate, build and grow sustainable companies. Growth of these companies is de-risked through access to our extensive network, deep sector expertise, and venture development experience. SVDP has developed a prototype design for a Flood & Coastal Erosion Risk Analysis & Intervention System (ERA) via the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The system will deliver real time analysis of flood and erosion risks, and offer ‘next step’ intervention measures, with the use of thermal sensors, HD imaging, Light Detection And Ranging (LiDAR), and GIS to interpret the changing characteristics of UK waterways. ERA improves upon the ROI of existing waterway monitoring by eliminating time consuming manual activity, whilst increasing the richness and consistency of data collected. The device leverages proprietary software, which uses thermal and visual data to identify sediment buildup rates and geographical transformations. This in turn informs strategic intervention plans. ERA borrows techniques developed by the precision agriculture industry, tailoring system architecture to flood and erosion service requirements. With £3.2bn spent on flood and coastal defence last Parliament (Defra), ERA stretches public investment by (1) streamlining monitoring and (2) improving decision making. ERA takes advantage of decreasing UAV cost, and consists of four components: (1) a thermal / HD imaging / LiDAR integrated UAV, (2) photogrammetry / GIS software, (3) a recommendation engine, and (4) a user interface presenting data and intervention options. Successful deployment requires coordination amongst many stakeholders and detailed market research. This study’s objective is to prove our value proposition and produce a technology development plan prior to securing Proof of Concept funding


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Collaborative Research & Development | Award Amount: 225.09K | Year: 2014

This project will establish a consortium to innovatively address heating control management in the domestic sector. MyCloudConrol is a robust, self-learning cloud based heating control platform that will monitor the micro and macro environment of homes by using sensor systems and a novel algorithm. The scheme will enable an improvement in heating efficiency and manage annual budgeting to meet the householder’s need without compromising their thermal comfort. As additional features, MCC will offer non-intrusive monitoring of the vulnerable based on system engagement, and track boiler CO emissions to predict servicing needs. Presently, no such integrated technology exists. A TSB SMART “Proof of Market” study highlighted the need for the device by the end users and domestic boiler suppliers. The experienced management and advisory team together with the main collaborating partner, the National Energy Foundation and The Orbit Group will develop a Beta prototype, a self-learning algorithm, de-risk the business and deliver the Project objectives within the £329,180 budget in 15 months.


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Smart - Proof of Market | Award Amount: 24.50K | Year: 2014

Sustainable Venture Development Partners (“SVDP”) works with investors, entrepreneurial managers, and corporates to originate, build and grow sustainable companies. Growth of these companies is de-risked through access to our extensive network, deep sector expertise and venture development experience. SVDP has developed a prototype design for a digital geo-fencing advertisement device (“DGaD”) that delivers highly contextual adverts to be displayed on a ‘digital signage’ fixed to the transport system on a pay-per-impression basis. DGaD improves on existing advertising ROI by enabling brands to only pay when their adverts are in view of target audiences. The device achieves this through integrating the digital screen’s location data with key metrics from SVDP’s proprietary ‘demographic database’, and then using a recommendation engine against ‘brand criteria’. Digital signage has evolved from a nascent technology into an industry experiencing a 40% compound annual growth rate (CAGR). This creates an opportunity for a UK Company that can facilitate the global impact of digital signage and effectiveness of supporting business models. DGaD takes advantage of reductions in the cost of telematics and digital screens, and also SVDP’s proprietary ‘demographic database’. The system consists of four components: a telematics and GPS integrated content control device, a demographic database, a recommendation engine, and a pay-per-impression invoicing system. Successful deployment of the DGaD solution requires co-ordination among many different stakeholders including: hardware OEMs, telematics service providers, wireless carriers, software developers and advertising agencies. Before this can be achieved the addressable market requires: further segmentation and appraisal; customer proposition validation; supply chain readiness verification; and development and establishment of a systems roadmap.

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