Patents Assigned to Spiration, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10939954
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include apparatuses, systems, and methods for positioning electrodes within a body. In an illustrative embodiment, an apparatus for slidably moving multiple features relative to a sheath inserted into a body and positioned relative to a reference point includes a primary actuator configured to move a primary electrode, a secondary actuator configured to move a secondary electrode, and a control mechanism. The control mechanism is configured to selectively prevent movement of at least one of the primary actuator based on a position of the secondary actuator and of the secondary actuator based on a position of the primary actuator and lock positions of the primary actuator and the secondary actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Spiration, Inc.—Olympus Respiratory America
    Inventor: Brandon J Shuman
  • Patent number: 10912542
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include catheter assemblies, systems for sampling a targeted region of tissue, and methods of sampling a targeted region of tissue. In an illustrative, non-limiting embodiment, a catheter assembly includes: a catheter defining a lumen therein, a wall of the catheter defining an opening therein at a distal end of the catheter; and a curved flexible needle disposable in the lumen and being extendable from the opening at the distal end of the catheter at an angle that diverges from an axis of the lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Spiration, Inc.
    Inventors: Madeline C. Graham, Matthew E. Nickeson
  • Publication number: 20210000496
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include apparatuses, systems, and methods for cutting an opening in a tissue wall. In an illustrative embodiment, an apparatus includes an inner cutting member having a first cylindrical body supporting at least one first cutting surface at a distal end. The first cutting surface faces a first rotational direction relative to an axis of the first cylindrical body and has a first cutting edge at an outer periphery of the first cylindrical body. The apparatus also includes an outer cutting member having a second cylindrical body concentrically disposed around the first cylindrical body and supporting at least one second cutting surface at the distal end. The second cutting surface faces a second rotational direction relative to the axis and has a second cutting edge at an inner periphery of the second cylindrical body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Applicant: Spiration, Inc., d/b/a Olympus Respiratory America
    Inventor: David A. Herrin
  • Patent number: 10813659
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include apparatuses, systems, and methods for cutting an opening in a tissue wall. In an illustrative embodiment, an apparatus includes an inner cutting member having a first cylindrical body supporting at least one first cutting surface at a distal end. The first cutting surface faces a first rotational direction relative to an axis of the first cylindrical body and has a first cutting edge at an outer periphery of the first cylindrical body. The apparatus also includes an outer cutting member having a second cylindrical body concentrically disposed around the first cylindrical body and supporting at least one second cutting surface at the distal end. The second cutting surface faces a second rotational direction relative to the axis and has a second cutting edge at an inner periphery of the second cylindrical body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Spiration, Inc.
    Inventor: David A. Herrin
  • Publication number: 20200305878
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include apparatuses and methods for deploying a coilable filament on opposing sides of a surface. An apparatus includes a needle mechanism configured to extend and withdraw the needle. A coil mechanism is configured to advance a stylet through the needle to extend a coilable filament at a distal end of the stylet. An interlock mechanism is configured to control operations of the needle mechanism and the coil mechanism, including moving the needle and the stylet in concert to extend the needle and coilable filament to a distal side of the surface, separately advancing the stylet to extend a first segment of the coil on the distal side of the surface, withdrawing the needle to the proximal side of the surface, and separately further advancing the stylet to deploy a second segment of the coil along the proximal side of the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Applicant: Spiration, Inc., d/b/a Olympus Respiratory America
    Inventor: David A. Herrin
  • Publication number: 20200305875
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include apparatuses, systems, and methods for facilitating surgical anastomosis. In an illustrative embodiment, an apparatus includes a first connector configured to engage an opening of a donor passage. A second connector is configured to engage an opening in a receiving passage. A separator is configured to support the first connector and the second connector and to fix relative positions of the end of the donor passage to edges of the opening in a receiving passage across a gap. The separator is configured to maintain the gap between the first connector and the second connector while multiple loops of a suture are passed through the edge of the opening in the donor passage and the edges of the opening in the receiving passage. The first connector, the second connector, and the separator are further configured to be removed from between adjacent loops of the multiple loops of the suture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Applicant: Spiration, Inc., d/b/a Olympus Respiratory America
    Inventors: Adam Lee Smith, Clifton A. Alferness, Gina M. Muia-Longman, Clinton L. Finger, David R. Seward
  • Publication number: 20200305685
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include apparatuses, systems, and methods for positioning electrodes within a body. In an illustrative embodiment, a control handle is selectively engageable with primary and secondary actuators respectively coupled with primary and secondary electrodes. At a first position, the primary and secondary actuators are movably engaged to move in concert to a second position where distal ends of the electrodes extend into a target region. At the second position, the control handle is engaged with the secondary actuator and movable independently of the primary actuator in a first direction to a third position where the distal end of the secondary electrode extends beyond the distal end of the primary electrode. At the third position, the control handle is movably engaged with the primary actuator and movable independently of the secondary actuator in a second direction to a fourth position to partially retract the distal end of the primary electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Applicant: Spiration, Inc., d/b/a Olympus Respiratory America
    Inventors: Taylor N. Tyson, Cassandra R. Saleira
  • Publication number: 20200305876
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include apparatuses, systems, and methods for driving a needle to facilitate suturing, such as may be performed in a surgical anastomosis procedure. In an illustrative embodiment, an apparatus includes a frame. First and second rollers are rotatably mounted parallel with each other in the frame and are configured to engage therebetween a shaft of a needle formed in a helical shape. The first and second rollers are configured to counter-rotate. The needle is revolvable eccentrically around the first roller responsive to counter-rotation of the first and second rollers. A drive mechanism is secured to the frame and is configured to move the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Applicant: Spiration, Inc., d/b/a Olympus Respiratory America
    Inventors: Adam Lee Smith, Clifton A. Alferness, Gina M. Muia-Longman, David R. Seward, Chenhao Fu, Ilia Timonin, Blake R. Stancik, Amanda Kay Woodcock, David A. Desmarais, Donald C. Baumgarten, Paul T. Hinrichs, Thomas H. Ruscher
  • Publication number: 20200171292
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include apparatuses, systems, and methods for providing a sheath tip with a solid end surface configured to be pierceable by an instrument, where the solid end surface is configured to distribute force of impact with a tissue surface across the solid end surface. In an illustrative embodiment, an apparatus includes a closed sheath tip has a solid end surface configured to be pierceable by an instrument. The closed sheath tip is configured to be disposed at a distal end of a sheath defining therein a lumen configured to convey the instrument therethrough. When the closed sheath tip is presented at a tissue surface, the solid end surface of the closed sheath tip is configured to distribute force of impact with the tissue surface across the solid end surface and to permit the instrument to pierce the solid end surface and extend therethrough toward the tissue surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Applicant: Spiration, Inc., d/b/a Olympus Respiratory America
    Inventor: Anthony H. Siuda
  • Patent number: 10653424
    Abstract: A valve comprising: (a) a frame having: (i) a plurality of anchors and (ii) a plurality of struts; (b) a membrane connected to and spanning between each of the plurality of struts; wherein each of the plurality of struts have a free state and a loaded state and in the loaded state the membrane is substantially taut between two or more of the plurality of struts that are in the loaded state and in the free state the membrane is substantially taut between two or more of the plurality of struts that are in the loaded state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: SPIRATION, INC.
    Inventor: Erik Liljegren
  • Publication number: 20200121164
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include apparatuses for holding an endoscope handle and locking out an angulation lever of an endoscope handle. Given by way of illustration only and not of limitation, in an embodiment an illustrative apparatus includes: a frame; a support mechanism attached to the frame and configured to hold thereon an endoscope handle having an angulation lever; an attachment device configured to hold an endoscope handle in place on the support mechanism; and an angulation lever engagement mechanism configured to prevent an angulation lever of an endoscope handle from returning to a neutral position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Applicant: Spiration, Inc., d/b/a Olympus Respiratory America
    Inventors: Christine N. Jurevicius, Taylor N. Tyson
  • Patent number: 10624733
    Abstract: A stent comprising: two or more stent sections; one or more rods extending between the two or more stent sections; wherein one the one or more rods is fixedly connected to a fixed anchor that is connected to a first of the two or more stent sections, and a second of the two or more of stent sections are movable connected to one of the one or more rods by a movable anchor; and wherein the stent supports an opening of an anatomical passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Spiration, Inc.
    Inventors: Hugo Xavier Gonzalez, Clinton L. Finger
  • Patent number: 10610235
    Abstract: A tissue fastening tool fastens a first biological tissue to a second biological tissue. The tissue fastening tool is made of two elastic wire rods, each shape set into a coil shape. Each of elastic wire rods are separately shape set, then ends of the rods are connected such that the second elastic wire rod coils back over the first elastic wire rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Spiration, Inc.
    Inventor: Jean-Martin Baillargeon
  • Patent number: 10610206
    Abstract: An exemplary pumping-syringe device for allowing an operator to control a vacuum in a medical device and to expel samples without disconnecting the pumping-syringe device from the medical device. The pumping-syringe device includes a syringe section, a valve section that sealably connects to the syringe and a fitting section connected to the syringe section and the valve section and detachably connects to the medical device. The valve section includes two modes of operation. A first mode of operation allows fluid flow in a first direction between the syringe section and an external environment and a second mode of operation allows fluid flow in a second direction between the syringe section and the external environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Spiration, Inc.
    Inventor: Brandon J. Shuman
  • Patent number: 10595832
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for providing real-time imaging of tissue sampling. An ultrasound probe is received with a first lumen of a catheter and a tissue sampling device is received with a second lumen of the catheter. The catheter is received within a working channel of a bronchoscope. The ultrasound probe is a radial ultrasound probe that generates real-time ultrasound images of the tissue sampling device and surrounding tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Spiration, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Hoffman, David H. Dillard, Hugo X. Gonzalez, Desmond O'Connell
  • Patent number: 10595834
    Abstract: A needle system includes a needle, a needle handle coupled to a proximal end of the needle and a needle stiffening device. The needle stiffening device includes a first handle portion, a second handle portion, a stylet having a distal end component and a shaft component, a fixing component configured to fix a proximal end of the stylet to the first handle portion, a hollow component configured to slidably receive the shaft component of the stylet and a compression device having a proximal end that makes contact with a distal end of the hollow component and a distal end that makes contact with the distal end component of the stylet. A distal end of the second handle portion makes contact with a proximal end of the hollow component within the first handle portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Spiration, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason T. Panzenbeck, Michael S. Smith
  • Patent number: 10568612
    Abstract: A device for tissue sampling that comprises a needle, a stylet and a sealing member. The needle comprises a distal tip, a proximal end, and one or more interior portions. The needle extends along a longitudinal axis extending between the distal tip and the proximal end. The stylet is moveably supported within the one or more interior portions of the needle. The sealing member Is moveably supported within the one or more interior portions of the needle and substantially conforms to the one or more interior portions, The distal tip is configured to obtain a tissue sample. The stylet and the sealing member are movable, along the longitudinal axis away from the distal tip so that a local vacuum is created at the distal tip so that obtained tissue samples can be aspirated into the needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Spiration, INC.
    Inventors: Jean-Martin Baillargeon, Christopher J. Thralls, Hugo Xavier Gonzalez, Peter D. Hoffman, Clinton L. Finger, Brandon Shuman
  • Patent number: 10542872
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include apparatuses, systems, and methods for positioning electrodes within a body. In an illustrative embodiment, an apparatus for slidably moving multiple features relative to a sheath inserted into a body and positioned relative to a reference point includes a primary actuator configured to move a primary electrode, a secondary actuator configured to move a secondary electrode, and a control mechanism. The control mechanism is configured to selectively prevent movement of at least one of the primary actuator based on a position of the secondary actuator and of the secondary actuator based on a position of the primary actuator and lock positions of the primary actuator and the secondary actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Spiration, Inc.—Olympus Respiratory America
    Inventors: Brandon J. Shuman, David H. Dillard, Peter A. Lambe, Nathan Dale, Cassandra R. Saleira, Fan Zhang, Nicolas G. Hostein, Randall D. Mills
  • Patent number: D879316
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Spiration, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Ullman
  • Patent number: D879317
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: SPIRATION, INC.
    Inventor: Joseph Ullman