Patent Number: 8,318,136

Title: Methods and systems for neural maintenance and regeneration

Abstract: Methods and systems are described that release one or both of a neurotrophin and an inhibitor of the degradation of the neurotrophin within or in the vicinity of a highly innervated tissue. In some embodiments, the method includes regulating the release of the neurotrophin and the inhibitor of degradation over time. In some embodiments, the method includes monitoring the concentration of the neurotrophin over time. The system may include a device or multiple devices for the release of the neurotrophin and the inhibitor as well as a controller. In some embodiments the system may include a sensor device and/or an imaging device capable of detecting the concentration of the neurotrophin over time. The release of the neurotrophin and inhibitor of degradation may be part of a controlled release system and regulated over time.

Inventors: Ishikawa; Muriel Y. (Livermore, CA), Jung; Edward K. Y. (Bellevue, WA), Wood, Jr.; Lowell L. (Livermore, CA)

Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC

International Classification: A61K 49/00 (20060101); A61K 35/30 (20060101); A61K 9/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2021-11-27 0:00:00