Patents by Inventor Daniel J. Foster

Daniel J. Foster 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).

  • Patent number: 10561428
    Abstract: An example method for treating a blood vessel may include disposing a medical device within the blood vessel at a position adjacent to a lesion. The medical device may include an elongate shaft having a distal end region, a balloon coupled to the distal end region, and an iron-containing fluid disposed within the balloon. The method may also include inflating the balloon to a first pressure, delivering a plurality of electromagnetic pulses to the iron-containing fluid, and inflating the balloon to a second pressure greater than the first pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Joel T. Eggert, Douglas Dean Pagoria, Raymond Gessler, Douglas Pennington, Daniel J. Foster, James P. Rohl, Matthew Hein
  • Publication number: 20200015968
    Abstract: A system for delivering an implantable medical device includes an outer sheath drive assembly and an actuation shaft drive assembly. The outer sheath drive assembly is configured to cause an outer sheath to translate relative to a handle, and includes an outer sheath drive motor. The actuation shaft drive assembly is configured to cause an actuation shaft to translate relative to the handle, and includes an actuation shaft drive motor. The outer sheath drive motor and/or the actuation shaft drive motor may be removed from the system, and the outer sheath drive assembly and/or the actuation shaft drive assembly may instead be manually driven.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Robert Poppe, Daniel J. Foster, Bradley S. Swehla, Christopher Jay Scheff, Eric Gagner
  • Publication number: 20200007173
    Abstract: A system includes a magnetic field transmitter assembly. The magnetic field transmitter assembly has a housing with a first layer comprising an electrically-conductive material, a second layer comprising an electrically-insulating material, and a third layer comprising an electrically-conductive material. The second layer is positioned between the first layer and the third layer. The magnetic field transmitter assembly also includes a plurality of magnetic field generator assemblies positioned within the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventors: Anton Plotkin, Daniel J. Foster, Eric Morris, David A. Chizek, Peter J. Musto, Peg Bernholt, Timothy Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20190352674
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods for increasing the yield of an extracellular product synthesized by an organism cultured in a continuous aerobic fermentation system. The extracellular product yield is increased through the use of an organism modified to decreased production of polyhydroxyalkanoate, to increase production of the extracellular product, and to include promoters that can be inducible in response to nutrient limitation conditions. The extracellular product yield is also increased by operating the continuous fermentation system under particular nutrient limitation conditions. Also provided are non-naturally occurring organisms that have been modified for use with the provided methods, and extracellular products made using the provided methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Applicant: INVISTA NORTH AMERICA S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Alexander Brett FOSTER, Cristina Serrano AMATRIAIN, Gary J. Smith, Paul Sheldon Pearlman, Mark Paul Taylor, Jonathan Combe, Daniel Bawdon
  • Publication number: 20190329002
    Abstract: A system for delivering an implantable medical device includes a handle housing. An outer sheath is coupler secured to a proximal end of an outer sheath that is configured to cover at least a portion of the implantable medical device. An outer sheath drive assembly is operably coupled to the outer sheath coupler and is configured to translate the outer sheath relative to the handle housing. An actuation shaft coupler is secured to a proximal end of an activation shaft. An actuation shaft drive assembly is operably coupled to the actuation shaft coupler and is configured to cause the actuation shaft to translate relative to the handle housing and shift the implantable medical device from a first position and a second position in which the implantable medical device is radially expanded relative to the first position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Robert Poppe, Daniel J. Foster, Christopher Jay Scheff, Bradley S. Swehla, Peter James Keogh, Stephen J. Burke, Michael J. Kane
  • Publication number: 20190328564
    Abstract: Medical devices and methods for making and using medical devices are disclosed. An example system for delivering an implantable medical device includes a handle member including a seal assembly, wherein the seal assembly includes an outer sheath seal assembly coupled to an outer sheath, the outer sheath including a curved portion, the outer sheath seal assembly being translatable relative to the handle. The seal assembly also includes a first fixed seal assembly fixed relative to the handle, the first fixed seal assembly including a first alignment surface and a compression shaft coupled to the first fixed seal assembly. Additionally, first alignment surface is designed to align the compression shaft with at least a portion of the outer sheath.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Robert Poppe, Daniel J. Foster, Christopher Jay Scheff, Bradley S. Swehla
  • Publication number: 20190328523
    Abstract: Medical devices and methods for making and using medical devices are disclosed. An example system for delivering an implantable medical device includes an outer shaft and an inner catheter, each having a proximal end, a distal portion and a lumen extending therein, wherein the inner catheter extends within a portion of the outer shaft lumen. The system also includes an actuation shaft extending within a portion of the inner catheter lumen, wherein a distal end of the actuation shaft is coupled to the implantable medical device. The system also includes a guidewire shaft extending within a portion of the inner catheter lumen and a coupling component including a distal end region, a proximal end region and a length, wherein the actuation shaft and the guidewire shaft are coupled to the coupling component such that actuation of the coupling component translates the actuation shaft and the tubular guidewire shaft simultaneously.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Robert Poppe, Daniel J. Foster, Christopher Jay Scheff, Bradley S. Swehla
  • Patent number: 10449043
    Abstract: A medical device system may include a valve replacement implant including an anchor member reversibly actuatable between a delivery configuration and a deployed configuration, wherein the implant includes at least one locking element configured to lock the anchor member in the deployed configuration, and at least one actuator element configured to engage the at least one locking element and actuate the anchor member between the delivery configuration and the deployed configuration. The at least one actuator element may include a self-biased cam mechanism configured to extend into and engage a first locking portion of the at least one locking element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Tim O'Connor, Richard O'Sullivan, Art Flannery, Takashi H. Ino, Daniel J. Foster, James P. Rohl, Patricia McAfee, Marc Feeley, Sumit Agrawal, John Darst, Noel Boyhan
  • Patent number: 10443107
    Abstract: A tissue modification apparatus includes at least a first plurality of grippers aligned in a plane adapted to secure a first edge of a patch of tissue. The plurality of grippers are each secured to a first force actuator. The first plurality of grippers are each adapted to pivot relative to the first force actuator about an axis perpendicular to the plane. In some cases, a plurality of grippers are attached to a force actuator by a passive force transfer mechanism. In some cases, individual force actuators are attached by pivoted connections to individual grippers. Methods of treating tissue can secure tensioned tissue to a frame to retain the tension during a treatment (e.g., cross-linking the tissue with a chemical cross-linker).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Crystal Marie Anderson-Cunanan, Daniel J. Foster, Ray McCarthy, Mary M. Byron, David Robert Wulfman, Bradley S. Swehla
  • Patent number: 10434305
    Abstract: An assembly for an implantable device can be made from polyurethane and can incorporate one or more radiopaque agents and one or more elutable drug components into a polymeric lead tip. The assembly can be machined or injection molded and can be configured, for example, as a housing for an active fixation lead or as an electrode base supporting a foil electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve H. Zhang, Bryan Clem, Daniel I. Codner, Arthur J. Foster, Peter J. Wolf
  • Publication number: 20190224004
    Abstract: A delivery system for an implantable medical device includes an outer shaft defining an outer shaft lumen and an inner shaft translatable within the outer shaft lumen, the inner shaft defining a lumen extending through the inner shaft. An actuation mechanism extends through the lumen and includes a coupler, a force translation rod that extends proximally from the coupler and a plurality of push pull rods that extend distally from the coupler and that releasably couple to the implantable medical device. The force translation rod includes a transition in electromagnetic permeability. The delivery system includes an inductive coil disposed relative to the force translation rod and positioned to detect a change in inductance resulting from the transition in electromagnetic permeability passing through the inductive coil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2019
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Michael J. Kane, Kevin Robert Poppe, Stephen J. Burke, Daniel J. Foster, Peter James Keogh, Bradley S. Swehla, Christopher Jay Scheff, Laura Kathryn Irvine
  • Publication number: 20190223909
    Abstract: A drive assembly for use with a delivery catheter for delivering an implantable medical device includes a drive motor configured to be operably coupled to an inner shaft of the delivery catheter such that operation of the drive motor causes the inner shaft to translate relative to the outer shaft and a controller. The controller is configured to receive a position signal from a position sensor indicating a position of the implantable medical device relative to the outer shaft as well as a motor signal indicating a rotational position of an output shaft of the drive motor. The controller is configured to output a control signal instructing operation of the drive motor based upon the indicated rotational position of the output shaft of the drive motor and the indicated position of the implantable medical device relative to the outer shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2019
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Michael J. Kane, Peter James Keogh, Kevin Robert Poppe, Daniel J. Foster, Stephen J. Burke
  • Publication number: 20190224010
    Abstract: A delivery system for an implantable medical device includes an outer shaft and an inner shaft translatable within the outer shaft. An internally exposed coil is disposed within the inner shaft and is electrically coupled to an externally exposed coil that can be used to inductively transmit a current flowing through the internally exposed coil. An actuation member extends within the inner shaft and includes a coupler, a force translation rod that extends proximally from the coupler and a plurality of push pull rods that extend distally from the coupler and that releasably couple to the implantable medical device. As the force translation rod moves relative to the internally exposed coil, an impedance varies in accordance with relative position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2019
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Michael J. Kane, Daniel J. Foster, Stephen J. Burke, Kevin Robert Poppe, Peter James Keogh, Christopher Jay Scheff, Bradley S. Swehla, Laura Kathryn Irvine
  • Publication number: 20190217059
    Abstract: A sensor assembly includes a multilayer circuit, a first magnetic field sensor, and a second magnetic field sensor. The multilayer circuit extends between a proximal end and a distal end along a longitudinal axis. The multilayer circuit includes a plurality of electrical pads positioned at the proximal end. The first magnetic field sensor is coupled to the multilayer circuit and has a primary sensing direction aligned with the longitudinal axis. The second magnetic field sensor is coupled to the multilayer circuit and oriented with respect to the first magnetic field sensor such that the second magnetic field sensor has a primary sensing direction aligned with an axis orthogonal to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Steven J. Meyer, James E. Blood, David A. Chizek, Matthew Hein, Daniel J. Foster
  • Patent number: 10314224
    Abstract: A system has an algorithm for organizing the actions of agricultural machines and servicing vehicles in a field. The algorithm divides the field into logical chunks of work, including at least one swath within at least one headland and within at least one land, which it then assigns to the agricultural machines in order. Priority is first given to working the headlands, then to working swaths within lands where an agricultural machine can perform its function while remaining accessible to the servicing vehicles. When the agricultural machine is in an area where it is not accessible to a servicing vehicle and needs service, the agricultural machine creates an impromptu servicing area. This may be an area within a swath that the agricultural machine has cleared of crops in order to provide the servicing vehicle, such as a haul vehicle or grain cart, access to the agricultural machine and space to turn around.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignees: Autonomous Solutions, Inc., CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Bret T. Turpin, Daniel J. Morwood, Christopher Alan Foster
  • Publication number: 20190056243
    Abstract: A system includes a magnetic field transmitter assembly. The magnetic field transmitter assembly includes an enclosure, a magnet positioned within the enclosure, and a plurality of coils wrapped around the enclosure. The plurality of coils are configured to be energized to rotate the magnet In certain embodiments, the plurality of coils include a first set of windings and a second set of windings where the first set of windings is configured to generate a first magnetic field in a first direction and where the second set of windings is configured to generate a second magnetic field in a second direction different than the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2018
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel J. Foster, Roger N. Hastings, David R. Wulfman, Michael A. Felling, Matthew Hein, Connor D. Rousemiller
  • Publication number: 20190056242
    Abstract: A system comprises first and second rotating magnetic field transmitter assemblies positioned in a planar arrangement. The first and second rotating magnetic field transmitter assemblies are each configured to generate a rotating magnetic field. In certain embodiments, the system further comprises a housing assembly and the first and second rotating magnetic field transmitter assemblies are positioned within the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2018
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel J. Foster, Matthew Hein, Roger N. Hastings
  • Publication number: 20180327871
    Abstract: A tissue modification apparatus includes at least a first plurality of grippers aligned in a plane adapted to secure a first edge of a patch of tissue. The plurality of grippers are each secured to a first force actuator. The first plurality of grippers are each adapted to pivot relative to the first force actuator about an axis perpendicular to the plane. In some cases, a plurality of grippers are attached to a force actuator by a passive force transfer mechanism. In some cases, individual force actuators are attached by pivoted connections to individual grippers. Methods of treating tissue can secure tensioned tissue to a frame to retain the tension during a treatment (e.g., cross-linking the tissue with a chemical cross-linker).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Inventors: Crystal Marie Anderson-Cunanan, Daniel J. Foster, Ray McCarthy, Mary M. Byron, David Robert Wulfman, Bradley S. Swehla
  • Publication number: 20180318546
    Abstract: Medical devices and methods for making and using medical devices are disclosed. An example system for delivering an implantable medical device includes a handle member including a seal assembly, wherein the seal assembly includes a turnbuckle assembly including a stationary member and a cap coupled to the stationary member. Further, the stationary member is coupled to an inner member and the cap is coupled to an exoskeleton disposed along an outer surface of the inner member. Additionally, the cap is designed to shift relative to the stationary member such that the exoskeleton is put in compression.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Robert Poppe, Daniel J. Foster, Christopher Jay Scheff, Bradley S. Swehla
  • Publication number: 20180304053
    Abstract: Medical devices and method for making and using medical devices are disclosed. An example method for treating a blood vessel may include disposing a medical device within the blood vessel at a position adjacent to a lesion. The medical device may comprise an elongate shaft having a distal end region, a balloon coupled to the distal end region, and a force transmitting member at least partially disposed at least partially within the balloon. The force transmitting member may be designed to transmit energy to the lesion. The method may also include inflating the balloon to a first pressure, actuating the force transmitting member to at least partial break apart the lesion, and inflating the balloon to a second pressure greater than the first pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Joel T. Eggert, Douglas Dean Pagoria, Raymond Gessler, Douglas Pennington, Daniel J. Foster, James P. Rohl