Patents Examined by Kaylee R Wilson
  • Patent number: 12004728
    Abstract: An excisional biopsy and delivery device may comprise one or more rotating, penetrating and cutting rod elements. The rod elements may be configured to advance from a stored and confined first position and rotate about an axis, while being simultaneously revolved about a central axis. The rod elements may then assume a second released and expanded configuration that is operative to cut around and surround target tissue. In this manner, the rod elements are operative to move through the surrounding tissue to create a volume of revolution and to sever and capture the target tissue contained within the volume of revolution from the surrounding tissue. The severed and captured volume of revolution containing the target issue may then be removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: TransMed7, LLC
    Inventors: Eugene H Vetter, James W Vetter, Alisen E Vetter
  • Patent number: 12004726
    Abstract: Provided herein is technology relating to collecting and preparing samples. For example, the technology relates particularly, but not exclusively, to devices, systems, and kits that allow a subject to collect and prepare a sample for analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: Exact Sciences Corporation
    Inventors: Graham P. Lidgard, Michael J. Domanico, Keith Fourrier, James P. Light, II, Scott Castanon, Keith Kopitzke
  • Patent number: 11998306
    Abstract: A probe including a first sensor having a first magnetometer and a first accelerometer and a second sensor having a second magnetometer and a second accelerometer is configured for determining the distance and direction to a marker. The marker may be magnetic and may be surgically inserted into a patient's body to mark a specific location. The probe may be used to locate the marker, thus identifying the location. The probe may include a microprocessor that receives an output from the first sensor and an output from the second sensor and determines the distance and direction to the marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: HEALTH BEACONS, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin J. Derichs, Robert J. Petcavich, Murray A. Reicher
  • Patent number: 11980582
    Abstract: A rotary masturbation apparatus includes a cup holder, a cup body and a conductive structure arranged between the cup holder and the cup body. The cup body is rotatably connected to the cup holder, and defines an inner chamber therein for accommodating the male genitalia. The conductive structure includes a first conductive element and a second conductive element which are in contact with each other and are electrically conducted with each other. The first conductive element is fixed relative to the cup holder, and the second conductive element is fixed relative to the cup body. One of the first and second conductive elements is configured as a conductive ring, and the conductive ring is coaxial with the cup body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Inventor: Junpeng Wu
  • Patent number: 11980465
    Abstract: A bipolar stimulation probe including a first electrode, a second electrode, a control module, and switches. The control module is configured to stimulate nerve tissue of a patient by generating (i) a first output signal indicative of a first pulse to be output from the first electrode, and (ii) a second output signal indicative of a second pulse to be output from the second electrode. The first pulse and the second pulse are monophasic. The switches are configured to output from the bipolar stimulation probe (i) the first pulse on the first electrode based on the first output signal, and (ii) the second pulse on the second electrode based on the second output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Medtronic Xomed, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin L. McFarlin, Bryan L. Courtney, David C. Hacker
  • Patent number: 11980473
    Abstract: This specification discloses systems, methods, devices, and other techniques for determining the location of a seizure-generating region of the brain of a mammal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignees: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois and St. Anne's University Hospital Brno
    Inventors: Brent M. Berry, Gary C. Sieck, Gregory A. Worrell, Benjamin H. Brinkmann, Yogatheesan Varatharajah, Vaclav Kremen, Ravishankar Krishnan Iyer, Zbigniew Kalbarczyk, Jan Cimbalnik
  • Patent number: 11964109
    Abstract: Methods for controlling brain activity in a subject are described herein. An example method can include delivering a stimulus to the subject, wherein the stimulus induces neural activity in the subjects brain and modulates expression of at least one soluble mediator of cellular activity (such as, for example, a cytokine, chemokine, and/or growth factor) within the subject, and the stimulus is delivered to the subject for less than one hour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignees: Georgia Tech Research Corporation, Emory University
    Inventors: Kristie Michelle Garza, Annabelle C. Singer, Levi Wood, Abigail L. Paulson
  • Patent number: 11957465
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods, and systems are disclosed for accelerated ergonomic collection of capillary blood. An apparatus and system include a blood collection module with a proximal portion including a vacuum generation chamber, a distal portion including a blood collection chamber, a concave mid portion including a pressure equalization channel configured to equalize reduced air pressure. The apparatus further includes a sealing surface to stably seal the blood collection module to the skin around a collection site and a slide latch actuated by a lengthwise sliding motion. Also included is a lancet carrier with linearly-arranged lancet strips to puncture rows of blood extraction slits in the collection site. The apparatus also includes an angled transfer port with a low-resistance non-microfluidic blood flow channel to a transfer module, then to a plasma separation module with a multilayer laminate and plasma separation membrane. Methods for accelerated ergonomic collection of capillary blood are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: RedDrop Dx, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristopher Scott Buchanan, William Kristopher Buchanan, Dirk van den Boom, Thomas Michael Johannsen, Wesley Joseph Hager, Matthew Bryan Huntingdon, Christopher Andrew Frankson, Landon Bruggeman
  • Patent number: 11950903
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method of estimating an HbA1c level is provided. The method may include obtaining a first and second glucose measurement, adding the first and the second glucose measurements to a glucose measurement data set, and calculating an estimated HbA1c level using at least the glucose measurement data set. In another aspect, a method of calculating a range of an estimated HbA1c level is provided. The method may comprise at least calculating an estimated HbA1c level and a standard deviation of the estimated HbA1c level using a glucose measurement data set, and combining the estimated HbA1c level with the standard deviation of the estimated HbA1c level to acquire the range of the estimated HbA1c level. In another aspect, a glucose monitoring device may display glycemic variability of an individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Senseonics, Incorporated
    Inventors: James Masciotti, Barbara Montgomery
  • Patent number: 11938275
    Abstract: Provided are systems, methods, and devices for implementation of custom sleep parameters. Methods include receiving, via a user interface, a plurality of input parameters associated with a sleep profile of a user, the plurality of input parameters representing at least one sleep profile target, generating, using one or more processors of a processing device, a plurality of sleep parameters based, at least in part, on the received plurality of input parameters, the plurality of sleep parameters representing one or more changes to one or more biomarkers of the user, and generating, using one or more processors of the processing device, a plurality of stimulation parameters based, at least in part, on the plurality of sleep parameters, the plurality of stimulation parameters representing stimuli configured to implement the identified changes for each of the identified biomarkers of the user's sleep profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: STIMSCIENCE INC.
    Inventor: Ram Gurumoorthy
  • Patent number: 11925475
    Abstract: An orthopedic system configured for pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative assessment of a musculoskeletal system. The orthopedic system comprises a first screw, a second screw, a first device, a second device, and a computer. The first screw and the second screw are respectively coupled in a first bone and a second bone of a musculoskeletal system. The first and second screws each include electronic circuitry, one or more sensors, and an IMU. In one embodiment, a first device and a second device can be respectively located in proximity to the first and second screws. The first and second devices respectively transmit a radio frequency signal to the first and second screws. The first and second screws harvest a predetermined amount of energy and then are enabled to perform at least one task and an orderly shutdown. The computer receives measurement data from the first and second screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Orthosensor Inc.
    Inventors: Masei Trabish, Martin Roche, Miro Kang, YoungCheol Yoon
  • Patent number: 11918373
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for use in monitoring/screening/diagnosing sleep or wake state of a subject or patient. The method generally includes monitoring the patient's activity during one or more sleep sessions comprising a plurality of intervals known as epochs. The sleep/wake state of the subject is determined during each epoch of the session using actigraphy data obtained during the monitoring session. The actigraphy data provides information about the activity of a patient during an epoch. The sleep or wake state is determined based on a ratio of the activity count during an epoch to the activity count during a preceding epoch. If the ratio is greater than a first activity threshold, then a “wake” indication may be provided by, for example, the system. Alternatively, or additionally, a “wake” indication may be determined if the activity count during the epoch is greater than a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: ResMed Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Ning Wang
  • Patent number: 11918199
    Abstract: A surgical tissue connector system for moving a first internal body tissue to a position away from a second internal body tissue and then holding the first internal body tissue in the position. Tissue connectors are secured to cords such that the length of cord between the tissue connectors can be easily adjusted in a laparoscopic work space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Freehold Surgical, LLC
    Inventors: J. Stephen Scott, Jeffrey Smith
  • Patent number: 11911211
    Abstract: A yoke for use with infrasonic sensing elements, where the yoke is Y shaped, flexible, and assists in positioning, on a human subject, the sensing elements appropriately on the carotid arteries and on the heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: CVR Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Bret Kline, Peter Bakema
  • Patent number: 11903806
    Abstract: An artificial urinary sphincter can include a cuff configured to surround a portion of a length of a urethra. An actuator is configured to selectively apply a force to the cuff to thereby apply variable amount of pressure to the urethra. A controller is configured to adjust the application of the force by the actuator to cause the cuff to apply the variable amount of pressure to the urethra. A sensor can be in communication with the controller and configured to detect pressure applied against the cuff by the urethra. The controller is configured to cause the cuff to apply a first closing pressure to the urethra. In response to a detection of a threshold pressure increase by the sensor, the controller is configured to cause the cuff to apply a second closing pressure that is greater than the first closing pressure and that prevents urine from exiting the urethra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignees: United States Government As Represented By The Department Of Veterans Affairs, Wayne State University, University of Basel
    Inventors: Nivedita Dhar, Steven Majerus, Jeremy Rickli, Tino Toepper, Bekim Osmani, Bert Mueller
  • Patent number: 11904103
    Abstract: Introduced are methods and systems for a sleep pod. An occupant of a sleep pod can have a personalized sleeping experience based on an analysis of biological signals, environmental characteristics, occupant history, and other factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: EIGHT SLEEP INC.
    Inventors: Matteo Franceschetti, Massimo Andreasi Bassi, Daipan Lee
  • Patent number: 11896911
    Abstract: A method is disclosed. The method includes selecting a computing device interaction, configuring a user accessory based on the selected computing device interaction, and performing the computing device interaction using the configured user accessory. The method also includes quantifying a computing device interaction performance of one or more users and controlling the user accessory based on quantifying the computing device interaction performance. A body part of one of the one or more users is inserted into or received by the user accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: HYTTO PTE. LTD.
    Inventor: Dan Liu
  • Patent number: 11896389
    Abstract: A paralysis monitoring system can be utilized during various medical procedures. Generally, the system is used during procedures involving anesthesia, when general paralysis is necessary, e.g., during surgery that requires cutting through or mobilizing muscle tissue. The paralysis monitoring system stimulates a nerve with low voltage signals and can provide for continuous monitoring and recording of the evoked muscle activity throughout and after a procedure. By monitoring a quantitative response of the muscle activity to nerve stimulation, an anesthesiologist may adjust subsequent doses of a paralytic agent to achieve a desired level of paralysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventor: Robert S. Bray, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11896541
    Abstract: A male stimulation apparatus, comprising: a housing defining a hand tunnel extending in a lateral direction and defining at least one hand hole to facilitate an entry of a hand of a user inside the hand tunnel; a phallus tunnel extending inside the housing from a first longitudinal end towards a second longitudinal end, the phallus tunnel extends through the hand tunnel and is adapted to receive a phallus of the user; and a vibrator shaft extending inside the housing from the second longitudinal end towards the first longitudinal end, the vibrator shaft extends through the hand tunnel and is adapted to receive a vibrator, wherein the hand tunnel facilitates the user to grasp the phallus tunnel and the vibrator shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventor: Scott Tucker
  • Patent number: 11890178
    Abstract: Artificial contractile structure (1) for a medical device, said artificial contractile structure (3) comprising: —an elongated member (3) adapted to contact a hollow body organ; —a closure (9) adapted to form the artificial contractile structure (1) into a closed loop around said hollow body organ; —a tension system (11) arranged to be connected to a control unit (28), said tension system (1) being adapted to modify an internal diameter of said closed loop in response to a force applied by said control unit (28). According to the invention, said elongated member (3) comprises a resilient core (5) and a biocompatible outer sheath (7). Said tension system (11) furthermore comprises a first tensile element (13) attached to a first point (3c) of said elongated member, and a second tensile element (15) attached to a second point (3d) of said elongated member, each of said tensile elements (15, 17) passing through an adaptor (17) situated between said first point (3c) and said second point (3d).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Inventors: Christophe Aubert, Fabian Kaegi, Francois Cabaud