Oregon State University researchers have discovered new disease-fighting technologies, developed efficient drugs and supplements and found ways to mitigate the impacts of wind turbines on wildlife. Each of the following innovations are now available for licensing:

Promising New Treatment for Cholesterol Processing

Niemann-pick type C (NPC) is a lipid storage disorder characterized by buildup of cholesterol in cells. The inability to clear cholesterol leads to liver and lung dysfunction and neurodegeneration. This devastating disorder is always fatal, often before age 10. Oregon State University researchers have developed a new nanoparticle drug delivery formulation that may one day be used for treatment of NPC.

Transparent Transistor Glucose Sensor

Monitoring blood glucose is critically important for managing diabetes. This device is a glucose sensor made from a transparent transistor developed at Oregon State. It can be integrated into a contact lens to monitor blood glucose from tears.

Efficient Treatment for Depression and Neuropathic Pain 

Major depression disorder is a serious health problem that is estimated to affect 17 percent of all Americans at some point in their lifetimes. Oregon State researchers have discovered a very efficient way of synthesizing Synosutine, a dual inhibitor of serotonin and norepinephrine. Compared to existing medications, it offers a quicker synthesis pathway and a more balanced inhibition of these neurotransmitters, making it potentially a better treatment for depression and neuropathic pain.

Wind Turbine Sensor Unit for Monitoring Avian and Bat Collisions

An automated, wireless system of sensors and cameras can detect collisions of wildlife with wind turbine blades. Assessing such interactions is important for mitigating the impacts of existing turbine farms as well as improving the placement of new installations. The typical method for determining the impact of wind turbines on wildlife is ground surveys of carcasses, which is often inaccurate and impractical for turbines located offshore.

Oregon Snowflake Flowering Currant

Oregon Snowflake is a new variety of flowering currant (Ribes sanguineu) with compact, dense branches and highly dissected leaves. Oregon Snowflake was named for its white flowers and lacy leaves that resemble snowflakes. The compact, rounded growth form makes it particularly desirable for homeowners wishing to grow this Pacific Northwest-native species.