Animal Health

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Device and a method for manipulating animal embryos in a process of cryopreservation

IP Status: EP10380072 filed on May 21st, 2010 - PCT/EP2011/002529 filed on May 20th, 2011

Description: Portable rescue device and localization method for locating avalanche victims. It exploits the spatial diversity provided by an array of magnetic vector sensors to improve precision and reduce the time taken for locating the victim.

Department: Department of Animal Medicine and Surgery

Contact: Lucas Martín

Natural soluble extract as bacterial anti-biofilm agent to treat mastitis in dairy cows

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 IP Status: Priority European patent application, 15th November 2013

Description: Wheat bran extract (WB) exhibits anti-biofilm activity, inhibiting bacterial biofilm formation and destroying the biofilm previously formed by S. aureus in dairy cows suffering from mastitis. The estimated economic value of losses caused by mastitis reaches 10% of production costs reaching a figure of more than € 25 billion/year worldwide in the dairy cattle industry. The problem is the mastitis recurrences due to the formation of bacterial biofilm formation. We are seeking a company partner to commercialize this licensing opportunity

Department: Animal Nutrition and Welfare Service (SNIBA)

Contact: Maite Ibern
 

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New radiographic heart measurement to detect left atrial enlargement in dogs

IP Status: Priority Patent application, 11th June 2013

Description: New Left atrial roof measurement in cardiac X-ray is clinically effective to detect left atrial enlargement of the heart and later degenerative mitral valve diagnosis in dogs. LA-roof improves the detectionin comparison to current Buchanan method and further more accurate diagnose of degenerative mitral valve by echocardiography image.This novel measurement combined with R-Half-VHS, top-Half-VHS, and Sum R-Top measurements constitutes the most efficient tool to minimize failure in LAE detection in dogs. We have developed an algorithm including the measurements mentioned above and a method to be implemented into commercial software for digital imaging (X-ray), both direct and indirect radiology platforms.  We are seeking a company partner to develop and implement the algorithm into new or pre-existing software for cardiac X-ray to detect Left atrial enlargement of the heart in dogs. Additionally, we are seeking a partner to commercialize the software tool, as well. 

Department: Department of Animal Medicine and Surgery

Contact: Maite Ibern

New lipidic compositions for coating bacteriophages

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 IP Status: European Patent Application filed on February 2014

Description: Bacteriophages for control of bacteria are widely used and exist several commercial products already to be used as surface disinfectants, livestock bacterial control agent or food safety product. The problem is that often such products do not show an optimal performance due to different causes: - pH: If naked bacteriophages are administered to animals or humans a significant decrease of the effective concentration is observed due to the low pH condictions of the gastrointestinal tract. - Storage: Liophylization is a good solution for product storage. Nevertheless, when bacteriophages are liophylized an important decrease of the infectivity is observed. The nanoparticles developed by our scientists allow a great viral performance of the phages even if they are administered to animals or if they have been liophylized. Experimental data in Salmonella contaminated poultry show that coated bacteriophages have the same lytic activity than naked bacteriophages but show longer efficcacy against bacteria. 

Department: Microbiology of the Autonomous University of Barcelona

Contact: Lucas Martín

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A new method for treating parasitic diseases using dichloroacetate

IP Status: European Patent Application filed in 2014

Description: The inventors found that glycolytic parasites —those basing ATP production and biomass generation mainly on aerobic fermentation, including Leishmania spp., Toxoplasma spp., Plasmodium spp. or Trypanosoma spp.—, can be inhibited by blocking the glycolytic pathway with dichloroacetate (DCA), thus providing a new method for treating parasitic diseases caused by these parasites. In vivo results are available which show the antiparasitic capacity of compost against Leishmaniasis and malaria.

Department: Department of Pharmacology, Therapy and Toxicology, Veterinary Faculty UAB

Contact: Lucas Martín