Patents by Inventor Dennis W. Wahr

Dennis W. Wahr 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: 9770576
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for coating a medical device are provided. In one embodiment, the method for preparing a substantially uniform coated medical device includes (1) preparing a coating solution comprising a solvent, a therapeutic agent, and an additive; (2) loading a metering dispenser with the coating solution; (3) rotating the medical device about the longitudinal axis of the device and/or moving the medical device along the longitudinal or transverse axis of the device; (4) dispensing the coating solution from the metering dispenser onto a surface of the medical device and flowing the coating solution on the surface of the medical device while the medical device is rotating and/or linearly moving; and (5) evaporating the solvent, forming a substantially uniform coating layer on the medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Lutonix, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Wang, Harrison Malinoff, Lixiao Wang, Christopher M. Barry, Dennis W. Wahr, Scott R. Naisbitt
  • Publication number: 20160067462
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for coating a medical device are provided. In one embodiment, the method for preparing a substantially uniform coated medical device includes (1) preparing a coating solution comprising a solvent, a therapeutic agent, and an additive; (2) loading a metering dispenser with the coating solution; (3) rotating the medical device about the longitudinal axis of the device and/or moving the medical device along the longitudinal or transverse axis of the device; (4) dispensing the coating solution from the metering dispenser onto a surface of the medical device and flowing the coating solution on the surface of the medical device while the medical device is rotating and/or linearly moving; and (5) evaporating the solvent, forming a substantially uniform coating layer on the medical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Publication date: March 10, 2016
    Inventors: Jeffrey Wang, Harrison Malinoff, Lixiao Wang, Christopher M. Barry, Dennis W. Wahr, Scott R. Naisbitt
  • Patent number: 9180485
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for coating a medical device are provided. In one embodiment, the method for preparing a substantially uniform coated medical device includes (1) preparing a coating solution comprising a solvent, a therapeutic agent, and an additive; (2) loading a metering dispenser with the coating solution; (3) rotating the medical device about the longitudinal axis of the device and/or moving the medical device along the longitudinal or transverse axis of the device; (4) dispensing the coating solution from the metering dispenser onto a surface of the medical device and flowing the coating solution on the surface of the medical device while the medical device is rotating and/or linearly moving; and (5) evaporating the solvent, forming a substantially uniform coating layer on the medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Lutonix, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Wang, Harrison Malinoff, Lixiao Wang, Christopher M. Barry, Dennis W. Wahr, Scott R. Naisbitt
  • Patent number: 9078630
    Abstract: A device for sealing a patent foramen ovale (PFO) in the heart is provided. The device includes a left atrial anchor adapted to be placed in a left atrium of the heart, a right atrial anchor adapted to be placed in a right atrium of the heart, and an elongate member adapted to extend through the passageway and connect the left and right atrial anchors. The right atrial anchor preferably includes a plurality of arms and a cover attached to the arms. The left atrial anchor also includes a plurality of arms and preferably does not include a cover. Preferably, the elongate member has a first end of fixedly connected to the left atrial anchor and a portion, proximal to the first end, releasably connected to the right atrial anchor. Preferably, the elongate member is flexible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis W. Wahr, David J. Blaeser, Peter T. Keith, Thomas V. Ressemann
  • Publication number: 20150151081
    Abstract: A wire control catheter for aligning and guiding a guide wire through a lesion in a vessel is provided. The wire control catheter includes a shaft having a guide wire lumen and a control wire lumen. A control wire passes through the control wire lumen and is used in combination with an articulation structure to deflect or curve a distal tip portion of the catheter. The distal catheter shaft may include a centering device for centering the catheter within the vessel. The distal catheter shaft may also include a pre-dilation balloon for dilating the lesion prior to performing angioplasty or other treatment on the lesion. A method of treatment of a blood vessel includes inserting a guide wire into the blood vessel and advancing a control wire over the guide wire until the distal tip of the catheter is near the occlusion in the blood vessel. The tip of the catheter then is deflected via a control wire and an articulation structure. The guide wire is then advanced across the occlusion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Publication date: June 4, 2015
    Inventors: Peter T. Keith, Dennis W. Wahr, Thomas V. Ressemann, David J. Blaeser, Timothy B. Petrick, Steven S. Hackett
  • Patent number: 8777985
    Abstract: A device for sealing a patent foramen ovale (PFO) in the heart is provided. The device includes a left atrial anchor adapted to be placed in a left atrium of the heart, a right atrial anchor adapted to be placed in a right atrium of the heart, and an elongate member adapted to extend through the passageway and connect the left and right atrial anchors. The right atrial anchor preferably includes a plurality of arms and a cover attached to the arms. The left atrial anchor also includes a plurality of arms and preferably does not include a cover. Preferably, the elongate member has a first end of fixedly connected to the left atrial anchor and a portion, proximal to the first end, releasably connected to the right atrial anchor. Preferably, the elongate member is flexible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis W. Wahr, David J. Blaeser, Peter T. Keith, Thomas V. Ressemann
  • Patent number: 8574264
    Abstract: A closure device for sealing a patent foramen ovale (PFO) in the heart includes a left atrial anchor adapted to be placed in a left atrium of the heart, a tether fixedly connected to the left atrial anchor and adapted to extend through the passageway of the PFO, a right atrial anchor adapted to be placed in a right atrium of the heart and moved along the tether, and a lock for securing the position of the right atrial anchor along the tether. The left and right atrial anchors preferably include a plurality of arms formed as loops and may include means for securing each arm in case of fracture in the loop. After the closure device is positioned, a cutting tool may sever the portion of the tether proximal of the right atrial anchor. The closure device can be retrieved during delivery, including by use of a snare catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Blaeser, Jerome K. Grudem, Jr., Scott A. Olson, Mark R. Christianson, Scott M. Hanson, Edward J. Anderson, Patrick P. Russo, Dennis W. Wahr
  • Patent number: 8430055
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to a method and apparatus for coating a medical device. In one embodiment, the method for preparing a substantially uniform coated medical device includes (1) preparing a coating solution comprising a solvent, a therapeutic agent, and an additive; (2) loading a metering dispenser with the coating solution; (3) rotating the medical device about the longitudinal axis of the device and/or moving the medical device along the longitudinal or transverse axis of the device; (4) dispensing the coating solution from the metering dispenser onto a surface of the medical device and flowing the coating solution on the surface of the medical device while the medical device is rotating and/or linearly moving; and (5) evaporating the solvent, forming a substantially uniform coating layer on the medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Lutonix, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Wang, Harrison Malinoff, Lixiao Wang, Christopher M. Barry, Dennis W. Wahr, Scott R. Naisbitt
  • Patent number: 8430845
    Abstract: An embolic protection system and method of treating occluded vessels which reduces the risk of distal embolization during vascular interventions is provided. The embolic protection system includes a guide catheter, a multi-lumen tube having a sealing surface on the distal end and an interventional device. A method of treating a blood vessel includes providing a guide catheter and a multi-lumen elongate member having proximal and distal ends, evacuation and inflation lumens extending therebetween and a sealing surface on the distal end. The elongate member is advanced through the guide catheter into a blood vessel that supplies blood to the heart proximal a lesion. The sealing surface is expanded to engage the endoluminal surface of the blood vessel and stop antegrade flow. An interventional device is advanced through the evacuation lumen to treat the lesion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Inventors: Dennis W. Wahr, Thomas V. Ressemann, Peter T. Keith, David J. Blaeser, Michael Berman
  • Patent number: 8382796
    Abstract: A device for sealing a patent foramen ovale (PFO) in the heart is provided. The device includes a left atrial anchor adapted to be placed in a left atrium of the heart, a right atrial anchor adapted to be placed in a right atrium of the heart, and an elongate member adapted to extend through the passageway and connect the left and right atrial anchors. The right atrial anchor preferably includes a plurality of arms and a cover attached to the arms. The left atrial anchor preferably also includes a plurality of arms and preferably does not include a cover. Preferably, the elongate member has a first end fixedly connected to the left atrial anchor and a portion, proximal to the first end, passing through the right atrial anchor. Preferably, the elongate member is flexible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Blaeser, Jerome K. Grudem, Jr., Scott A. Olson, Mark R. Christianson, Scott M. Hanson, Edward J. Anderson, Patrick P. Russo, Dennis W. Wahr
  • Patent number: 8372112
    Abstract: A closure device for sealing a patent foramen ovale (PFO) in the heart includes a left atrial anchor adapted to be placed in a left atrium of the heart, a right atrial anchor adapted to be placed in a right atrium of the heart, and a flexible elongate member adapted to extend through the passageway and connect the left and right atrial anchors. A delivery system for delivering the closure device includes a lock push tube for moving a lock along the elongate member and a wire release tube surrounding a wire for controlling movement of the right atrial anchor along the elongate member. The lock push tube and the wire release tube extend in a side-by-side relationship. A handle includes knobs for controlling the lock push tube and the wire. A device for retrieving a mis-deployed closure device includes a shaft portion and an expandable retrieval portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark R. Christianson, Scott A. Olson, Edward J. Anderson, Philip J. Haarstad, Douglas J. Krone, Dennis W. Wahr, David J. Blaeser
  • Publication number: 20120253382
    Abstract: An embolic protection system and method of treating occluded vessels which reduces the risk of distal embolization during vascular interventions is provided. The embolic protection system includes a guide catheter, a multi-lumen tube having a sealing surface on the distal end and an interventional device. A method of treating a blood vessel includes providing a guide catheter and a multi-lumen elongate member having proximal and distal ends, evacuation and inflation lumens extending therebetween and a sealing surface on the distal end. The elongate member is advanced through the guide catheter into a blood vessel that supplies blood to the heart proximal a lesion. The sealing surface is expanded to engage the endoluminal surface of the blood vessel and stop antegrade flow. An interventional device is advanced through the evacuation lumen to treat the lesion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division
    Inventors: Dennis W. Wahr, Thomas V. Ressemann, Peter T. Keith, David J. Blaeser, Michael Berman
  • Patent number: 8034023
    Abstract: An evacuation sheath assembly and method of treating occluded vessels which reduces the risk of distal embolization during vascular interventions is provided. A method of treating a lesion within a blood vessel, includes providing an evacuation sheath assembly having a multi-lumen tube with proximal and distal ends, first and second lumens therebetween, and at least one sealing surface mounted on the distal end of the multi-lumen tube. The evacuation sheath assembly is advanced to a region of interest within a blood vessel. The sealing surface is deployed upstream of the region of interest to occlude antegrade flow adjacent to the lesion to be treated. A dilation catheter is advanced through the multi-lumen tube such that the dilation balloon is positioned across the lesion and the lesion is dilated. Suction is applied to induce retrograde blood flow to carry dislodged embolic material into a lumen of the evacuation sheath assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis W. Wahr, Thomas V. Ressemann, Peter T. Keith, David J. Blaeser, Michael Berman
  • Patent number: 7976564
    Abstract: Devices and methods for sealing a passageway formed by a patent foramen ovale (PFO track) in the heart are provided. One method includes providing an abrading device to the PFO track and abrading the tissue within the PFO track. The abraded tissue forming the PFO track is then held together under pressure, either via lowering right atrial pressure or via applying suction to the septum primum to pull it into apposition against the septum secundum. After a sufficient period of time, the pressure is released and the abraded tissue heals to form a robust seal over the PFO track. Additionally, several devices are provided which can be placed into the PFO track to apply adhesive to the walls of the PFO track. The devices may or may not be left within the PFO track. If the devices are not left within the PFO track, the walls of the PFO track, covered with adhesive, are brought into apposition with one another and adhered together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Blaeser, Peter T. Keith, Jerome K. Grudem, Jr., Scott A. Olson, Steven S. Hackett, Thomas V. Ressemann, Joel D. Phillips, Mark R. Christianson, Dennis W. Wahr
  • Patent number: 7959603
    Abstract: An evacuation sheath assembly and method of treating occluded vessels which reduces the risk of distal embolization during vascular interventions is provided. A method of treating a blood vessel, includes providing an elongate member having proximal and distal ends, a lumen therebetween, the distal end having a braided sheath expandable between a reduced and expanded diameter, and a fluid-tight covering. The elongate member is advanced into a blood vessel that supplies blood to the heart. The braided sheath is expanded to engage the endoluminal surface of the blood vessel and stop antegrade flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis W. Wahr, Thomas V. Ressemann, Peter T. Keith, David J. Blaeser, Michael Berman
  • Patent number: 7867216
    Abstract: An evacuation sheath assembly and method of treating occluded vessels which reduces the risk of distal embolization during vascular interventions is provided. A method of treating a lesion within a blood vessel, e.g., a coronary artery, includes advancing a sheath into the blood vessel, the sheath having a lumen extending to a port at a distal end of the sheath and further having an occlusive member within a distal region of the sheath. The occlusive member is then positioned within the blood vessel proximal to the lesion. Subsequently, the occlusive member is deployed, thereby stopping antegrade flow across the lesion. A contrast agent can then be infused through a port in the sheath. A dilation balloon is then advanced across the lesion. Suction is then applied to the lumen to induce retrograde flow across the lesion after dilating the lesion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis W. Wahr, Thomas V. Ressemann, Peter T. Keith, David J. Blaeser, Michael Berman
  • Publication number: 20100234882
    Abstract: A device for sealing a patent foramen ovale (PFO) in the heart is provided. The device includes a left atrial anchor adapted to be placed in a left atrium of the heart, a right atrial anchor adapted to be placed in a right atrium of the heart, and an elongate member adapted to extend through the passageway and connect the left and right atrial anchors. The right atrial anchor preferably includes a plurality of arms and a cover attached to the arms. The left atrial anchor also includes a plurality of arms and preferably does not include a cover. Preferably, the elongate member has a first end of fixedly connected to the left atrial anchor and a portion, proximal to the first end, releasably connected to the right atrial anchor. Preferably, the elongate member is flexible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Applicant: ST. JUDE MEDICAL, CARDIOLOGY DIVISION, INC.
    Inventors: Dennis W. Wahr, David J. Blaeser, Peter T. Keith, Thomas V. Ressemann
  • Publication number: 20100234881
    Abstract: Devices and methods for sealing a passageway formed by a patent foramen ovale (PFO track) in the heart are provided. One method includes providing an abrading device to the PFO track and abrading the tissue within the PFO track. The abraded tissue forming the PFO track is then held together under pressure, either via lowering right atrial pressure or via applying suction to the septum primum to pull it into apposition against the septum secundum. After a sufficient period of time, the pressure is released and the abraded tissue heals to form a robust seal over the PFO track. Additionally, several devices are provided which can be placed into the PFO track to apply adhesive to the walls of the PFO track. The devices may or may not be left within the PFO track. If the devices are not left within the PFO track, the walls of the PFO track, covered with adhesive, are brought into apposition with one another and adhered together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Applicant: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Blaeser, Peter T. Keith, Jerome K. Grudem, JR., Scott A. Olson, Steven S. Hackett, Thomas V. Ressemann, Joel D. Phillips, Mark R. Christianson, Dennis W. Wahr
  • Publication number: 20100234855
    Abstract: An embolic protection system and method of treating occluded vessels which reduces the risk of distal embolization during vascular interventions is provided. The embolic protection system includes a guide catheter, a multi-lumen tube having a sealing surface on the distal end and an interventional device. A method of treating a blood vessel includes providing a guide catheter and a multi-lumen elongate member having proximal and distal ends, evacuation and inflation lumens extending therebetween and a sealing surface on the distal end. The elongate member is advanced through the guide catheter into a blood vessel that supplies blood to the heart proximal a lesion. The sealing surface is expanded to engage the endoluminal surface of the blood vessel and stop antegrade flow. An interventional device is advanced through the evacuation lumen to treat the lesion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventors: DENNIS W. WAHR, Thomas V. Ressemann, Peter T. Keith, David J. Blaeser, Michael Berman
  • Patent number: 7763012
    Abstract: A catheter comprises an elongate tubular member having a proximal end and a distal end, and a deflectable tip at the distal end of the elongate tubular member. The deflectable tip comprises a first helical coil having a first diameter and a second helical coil having a second diameter, the first diameter being larger than the second diameter. The first and second helical coils are arranged in the manner of a double helix. When viewed in cross-section, the first helical coil and the second helical coil are aligned at a first point on a circumference of each coil and misaligned at a second point on the circumference of each coil, where the second point is approximately 180 degrees from the first point. In certain embodiments the catheter further includes a dilatation balloon. Methods of use for crossing a chronic total occlusion are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy B. Petrick, Steven N. Willard, Peter T. Keith, Dennis W. Wahr