Patents by Inventor Daniel Balbierz

Daniel Balbierz has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20220139525
    Abstract: Methods and systems of enhancing an electronic interaction between a behavioral-modification program and a user in the program by providing customized content specific to the user. The systems and methods allow for coach-counselor assistance to the individual-user or for automated content delivery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2021
    Publication date: May 5, 2022
    Applicant: Carrot, Inc.
    Inventors: Joe Chancellor, Laura Dotson, Aneesh Joshi, Linda Bundick, David S. Utley, Daniel Balbierz, Rajiv Vaidyanathan, Allen Jameson
  • Patent number: 11257583
    Abstract: Methods and systems of enhancing an electronic interaction between a behavioral-modification program and a user in the program by providing customized content specific to the user. The systems and methods allow for coach-counselor assistance to the individual-user or for automated content delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Carrot, Inc.
    Inventors: Joe Chancellor, Laura Dotson, Aneesh Joshi, Linda Bundick, David S. Utley, Daniel Balbierz, Rajiv Vaidyanathan, Allen Jameson
  • Publication number: 20210196148
    Abstract: Breath sensor measurement methods and apparatus are described. One variation may generally comprise a sampling unit having a breath sampling port, at least one pressure sensor located within the sampling unit and in communication with the breath sampling port, and a processor in communication with the at least one pressure sensor. The processor may be configured to prompt a user with instructions to exhale a sample breath for a first predetermined period of time into the breath sampling port and to inhale for a second predetermined period of time through the breath sampling port. The processor may be configured to measure a pressure change via the pressure sensor over the first and second predetermined periods of time such that the processor determines a total volume of air corresponding to lung capacity of the user based on the pressure change over the first and second predetermined periods of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Applicant: Carrot, Inc.
    Inventors: Allen JAMESON, Daniel BALBIERZ, Eric TRIDAS, Brian HEROLD, David S. UTLEY
  • Publication number: 20210202066
    Abstract: Methods and systems of enhancing an electronic interaction between a behavioral-modification program and a user in the program by providing customized content specific to the user. The systems and methods allow for coach-counselor assistance to the individual-user or for automated content delivery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2020
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Applicant: Carrot, Inc.
    Inventors: Joe CHANCELLOR, Laura DOTSON, Aneesh JOSHI, Linda BUNDICK, David S. UTLEY, Daniel BALBIERZ, Rajiv VAIDYANATHAN, Allen JAMESON
  • Publication number: 20210007739
    Abstract: Devices and methods for acquiring and fastening tissues folds within an internal organ, such as the stomach, and for applying the methods and devices to producing reductions in organ volume or repair of bariatric procedures, are disclosed. An exemplary method for forming a continuous laterally extending tissue fold involves forming a succession of laterally extending folds having adjacent overlapping fold portions. One exemplary tissue-acquisition device has an open-end roller-and-arm structure that allows individual tissue folds to be formed and fastened, then advanced to an adjacent region within the stomach, for capture of a new fold that will form an extension of the existing fold(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2020
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel BALBIERZ, David COLE, Bretton SWOPE, Pablo R. HAMBLY, Justen ENGLAND, Samuel T. CREWS, Craig Arthur PURDY
  • Patent number: 10743869
    Abstract: A stapling device for forming multiple tissue plications without needing to reload the device between plications is described. The device includes staple and anvil housings that move toward and away from a tissue-capture position. A cartridge holder in the staple housing supports a cartridge with multiple groups of offset staple slots, where the slots in each group are circularly arrayed about a cartridge center axis. A staple driver in the staple housing carries a plurality of arms for engaging and ejecting the staples in a first group of staples in the cartridge, when a tissue fold is captured between the cartridge assembly and anvil in the anvil housing. When the staple driver is retracted, after a tissue plication is formed, the cartridge assembly and tissue drive are indexed to eject the next-up group of staples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: David H. Cole, Jesica Ferro, Bretton Swope, Tyler Grubb, Daniel Balbierz
  • Patent number: 10285838
    Abstract: Described herein is an improved device and method for acquiring, and optionally, fastening a tissue fold. The device has an improved configuration for forming a single, two-layer tissue fold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Bretton Swope, Tyler Grubb, Daniel Balbierz, Craig Arthur Purdy, David Cole
  • Publication number: 20180140297
    Abstract: A stapling device for forming multiple tissue plications without needing to reload the device between plications is described. The device includes staple and anvil housings that move toward and away from a tissue-capture position. A cartridge holder in the staple housing supports a cartridge with multiple groups of offset staple slots, where the slots in each group are circularly arrayed about a cartridge center axis. A staple driver in the staple housing carries a plurality of arms for engaging and ejecting the staples in a first group of staples in the cartridge, when a tissue fold is captured between the cartridge assembly and anvil in the anvil housing. When the staple driver is retracted, after a tissue plication is formed, the cartridge assembly and tissue drive are indexed to eject the next-up group of staples.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: David H. COLE, Jesica FERRO, Bretton SWOPE, Tyler GRUBB, Daniel BALBIERZ
  • Patent number: 9907553
    Abstract: A stapling device for forming multiple tissue plications without needing to reload the device between plications is described. The device includes staple and anvil housings that move toward and away from a tissue-capture position. A cartridge holder in the staple housing supports a cartridge with multiple groups of offset staple slots, where the slots in each group are circularly arrayed about a cartridge center axis. A staple driver in the staple housing carries a plurality of arms for engaging and ejecting the staples in a first group of staples in the cartridge, when a tissue fold is captured between the cartridge assembly and anvil in the anvil housing. When the staple driver is retracted, after a tissue plication is formed, the cartridge assembly and tissue drive are indexed to eject the next-up group of staples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: David Cole, Jesica Ferro, Bretton Swope, Tyler Grubb, Daniel Balbierz
  • Patent number: 9901392
    Abstract: Devices having a shaft for creating cavities within tissue and articulating without twisting of the articulated shaft and methods for using such devices. Where such devices and methods include using of a device with keyed portions and key receiving portions that nest together upon articulation and optionally a torque limiter to allow for rotation of the shaft upon exceeding a torque limit. Method and devices also including such devices with energy application portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Dfine, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Phan, Craig Purdy, Daniel Balbierz
  • Patent number: 9844453
    Abstract: Described herein is a positioning tool having an elongate portion for carrying a medical implant. Also described is a method of positioning a medical implant using an elongate positioning tool. One form of the method includes positioning a medical implant on a distal portion of an elongate positioning tool, inserting the positioning tool with the implant thereon into a body cavity manipulating the positioning tool to position the implant into contact with tissue at an attachment location, attaching the implant to surrounding tissue at the attachment location, separating the implant from the positioning tool, and withdrawing the positioning tool from the body. In a preferred embodiment, the position of the implant is visually confirmed using an endoscope before the implant is attached to surrounding tissue. In one embodiment, the implant is a satiation device and the body cavity is the esophagus and/or stomach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard S. Stack, Richard A. Glenn, Daniel Balbierz, John Lunsford, William L. Athas
  • Patent number: 9827130
    Abstract: A method for controlling appetite by means of a satiation device is disclosed. The device, which includes a flexible webbing defining proximal and distal openings and a biasing structure, is attached to the patient's stomach with the proximal opening positioned adjacent and below the patient's gastro-esophageal junction. The biasing structure imparts pressure against the wall of the patient's stomach adjacent the gastro-esophageal junction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard S. Stack, William L. Athas, Richard A. Glenn, Daniel Balbierz, John Lunsford, Michael S. Williams
  • Publication number: 20170086999
    Abstract: Described herein is an improved device and method for acquiring, and optionally, fastening a tissue fold. The device has an improved configuration for forming a single, two-layer tissue fold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Inventors: Bretton SWOPE, Tyler GRUBB, Daniel BALBIERZ, Craig Arthur PURDY, David COLE
  • Patent number: 9554797
    Abstract: Described herein is an improved device and method for acquiring, and optionally, fastening a tissue fold. The device has an improved configuration for forming a single, two-layer tissue fold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Bretton Swope, Tyler Grubb, Daniel Balbierz, Craig Purdy, David Cole
  • Publication number: 20160331443
    Abstract: Devices having a shaft for creating cavities within tissue and articulating without twisting of the articulated shaft and methods for using such devices. Where such devices and methods include using of a device with keyed portions and key receiving portions that nest together upon articulation and optionally a torque limiter to allow for rotation of the shaft upon exceeding a torque limit. Method and devices also including such devices with energy application portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Publication date: November 17, 2016
    Applicant: Dfine, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher U. PHAN, Craig PURDY, Daniel BALBIERZ
  • Publication number: 20160270785
    Abstract: Devices and methods for acquiring and fastening tissues folds within an internal organ, such as the stomach, and for applying the methods and devices to producing reductions in organ volume or repair of bariatric procedures, are disclosed. An exemplary method for forming a continuous laterally extending tissue fold involves forming a succession of laterally extending folds having adjacent overlapping fold portions. One exemplary tissue-acquisition device has an open-end roller-and-arm structure that allows individual tissue folds to be formed and fastened, then advanced to an adjacent region within the stomach, for capture of a new fold that will form an extension of the existing fold(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Publication date: September 22, 2016
    Inventors: Daniel BALBIERZ, David COLE, Bretton SWOPE, Pablo R. HAMBLY, Justen ENGLAND, Samuel T. CREWS, Craig Arthur PURDY
  • Publication number: 20160262921
    Abstract: A device and method for remodeling or partitioning a body cavity, hollow organ or tissue tract includes graspers operable to engage two or more sections of tissue within a body cavity and to draw the engaged tissue between a first and second members of a tissue remodeling tool. The two or more pinches of tissue are held in complete or partial alignment with one another as staples or other fasteners are driven through the pinches, thus forming a four-layer tissue plication. Over time, adhesions formed between the opposed serosal layers create strong bonds that can facilitate retention of the plication over extended durations, despite the forces imparted on them by stomach movement. A cut or cut-out may be formed in the plication during or separate from the stapling step to promote edge-to-edge healing effects that will enhance tissue knitting/adhesion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Publication date: September 15, 2016
    Inventors: Daniel BALBIERZ, David COLE, Samuel CREWS, Bretton SWOPE, Justen ENGLAND
  • Publication number: 20160250055
    Abstract: A method for controlling appetite by means of a satiation device is disclosed. The device, which includes a flexible webbing defining proximal and distal openings and a biasing structure, is attached to the patient's stomach with the proximal opening positioned adjacent and below the patient's gastro-esophageal junction. The biasing structure imparts pressure against the wall of the patient's stomach adjacent the gastro-esophageal junction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Publication date: September 1, 2016
    Inventors: Richard S. STACK, William L. ATHAS, Richard A. GLENN, Daniel BALBIERZ, John LUNSFORD, Michael S. WILLIAMS
  • Patent number: 9358145
    Abstract: A method for controlling appetite by means of a satiation device is disclosed. The device, which includes a flexible webbing defining proximal and distal openings and a biasing structure, is attached to the patient's stomach with the proximal opening positioned adjacent and below the patient's gastro-esophageal junction. The biasing structure imparts pressure against the wall of the patient's stomach adjacent the gastro-esophageal junction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard S. Stack, William L. Athas, Richard A. Glenn, Daniel Balbierz, John Lunsford, Michael S. Williams
  • Publication number: 20160022464
    Abstract: Described herein is a positioning tool having an elongate portion for carrying a medical implant. Also described is a method of positioning a medical implant using an elongate positioning tool. One form of the method includes positioning a medical implant on a distal portion of an elongate positioning tool, inserting the positioning tool with the implant thereon into a body cavity manipulating the positioning tool to position the implant into contact with tissue at an attachment location, attaching the implant to surrounding tissue at the attachment location, separating the implant from the positioning tool, and withdrawing the positioning tool from the body. In a preferred embodiment, the position of the implant is visually confirmed using an endoscope before the implant is attached to surrounding tissue. In one embodiment, the implant is a satiation device and the body cavity is the esophagus and/or stomach.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Publication date: January 28, 2016
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Richard S. STACK, Richard A. GLENN, Daniel BALBIERZ, John LUNSFORD, William L. ATHAS