Patents by Inventor Gabriele Niederauer

Gabriele Niederauer 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: 20070293946
    Abstract: Medializing the middle turbinate in the nose has been realized as a solution to the common complication of adhesions following nasal and sinus surgery. The invention provides a system for medializing the middle turbinate by attaching the middle turbinate temporarily to the nasal septum. The attachment is performed using a wafer with means on both sides for attaching the wafer to a mucosal surface. The attachment may also be performed using a tissue adhesive, pins, or other medical devices described herein. The invention also provides a system for attaching the uvula to the nasopharyngeal side of the soft palate. The invention provides a medical device for use in the inventive procedures as well as methods for the procedures and kits for use by a physician.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2007
    Publication date: December 20, 2007
    Inventors: Donald Gonzales, Michael Larson, Fred Dinger, Gabriele Niederauer, Jeffrey Wrana
  • Publication number: 20070185585
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an implant for insertion into a tissue defect, such as a cartilage defect or a cartilage and bone defect. The implant includes a plug including a porous polymeric material having at least one channel therein, wherein the plug is sized to fit the tissue defect; and tissue. The tissue substantially fills the channel and is selected from a group including autologous tissue, allogenic tissue, cultured tissue, or combinations thereof. In an embodiment, the plug includes a plurality of porous polymeric phases. In another embodiment, the plug includes a plurality of channels wherein the channels are longitudinal and/or transverse. A method for repairing defective tissue is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Publication date: August 9, 2007
    Inventors: Brat Bracy, Fred Dinger, Gabriele Niederauer
  • Publication number: 20060178748
    Abstract: The invention provides implant plugs having a complex clinically acceptable proximal surface. The invention also provides multi-phase implant plugs which have a nonplanar proximal surface. Suitable implant proximal surface shapes include, but are not limited to, concave surfaces, convex surfaces, faceted domes and angled surfaces formed by the convergence of two facets. The implants of the invention are suitable for repair of tissue defects in articulating surfaces. The invention also provides delivery devices and methods for delivering the implants of the invention. The invention also provides methods for creating defects suitable for use with the implants of the invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Publication date: August 10, 2006
    Inventors: Fred Dinger, Neil Leatherbury, Jeffrey Wrana, John Pak, Gabriele Niederauer
  • Publication number: 20050240281
    Abstract: A fiber-reinforced, polymeric implant material useful for tissue engineering, and method of making same are provided. The fibers are preferably aligned predominantly parallel to each other, but may also be aligned in a single plane. The implant material comprises a polymeric matrix, preferably a biodegradable matrix, having fibers substantially uniformly distributed therein. Inorganic particles may also be included in the implant material. In preferred embodiments, porous tissue scaffolds are provided which facilitate regeneration of load-bearing tissues such as articular cartilage and bone. Non-porous fiber-reinforced implant materials are also provided herein useful as permanent implants for load-bearing sites.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2004
    Publication date: October 27, 2005
    Inventors: Michael Slivka, Gabriele Niederauer, Kristine Kieswetter, Neil Leatherbury
  • Publication number: 20050209705
    Abstract: This invention provides implants comprising tissue having an intercellular matrix anchored to a biocompatible scaffold. The intercellular matrix of the tissue provides a natural medium to facilitate the healing and growth of damaged tissue in a patient. The present invention provides methods of treating damaged tissue in a patient by inserting such implants into the damaged tissue. The implants of the present invention include implants comprising allogenic and/or autologous tissue. The tissue may also be acellular.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2005
    Publication date: September 22, 2005
    Inventors: Gabriele Niederauer, Fred Dinger
  • Publication number: 20050159812
    Abstract: An implant for repairing soft tissue injuries is provided comprising at least one channel for receiving a soft tissue graft such as a tendon, ligament, or other soft tissue, to be implanted in a patient. The implant assembled with the graft is designed to fit into a bony defect, such as a graft tunnel, formed in bone of a patient. The implant can be biodegradable, and the implant-graft assembly has a pull-out strength sufficient to withstand everyday use during patient recovery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2005
    Publication date: July 21, 2005
    Inventors: Fred Dinger, Daniel Lee, Gabriele Niederauer, Jeffrey Wrana
  • Publication number: 20030114937
    Abstract: This invention provides biodegradable, biocompatible polymeric films having uniform selected thicknesses between about 60 micrometers and about 5 mm useful in the manufacture of therapeutic implants for insertion into a patient's body and methods of making them. The films may be shaped to cover implants made of other materials to improve their biocompatibility. The films may be coated with or incorporate bioactive agents. They may have differing properties, e.g., porosity, thickness, and degradation rate, in different areas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2003
    Publication date: June 19, 2003
    Inventors: Neil C. Leatherbury, Kristine Kieswetter, Michael A. Slivka, Gabriele Niederauer
  • Patent number: 6514286
    Abstract: This invention provides biodegradable, biocompatible polymeric films having uniform selected thicknesses between about 60 micrometers and about 5 mm useful in the manufacture of therapeutic implants for insertion into a patient's body. The films may be shaped to cover implants made of other materials to improve their biocompatibility. The films may be coated with or incorporate bioactive agents. They may have differing properties, e.g., porosity, thickness, and degradation rate, in different areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Assignee: Osteobiologics, Inc.
    Inventors: Neil C. Leatherbury, Kristine Kieswetter, Michael A. Slivka, Gabriele Niederauer
  • Patent number: 6344496
    Abstract: Biodegradable polymeric therapeutic substantially nonporous implant materials incorporating bioactive ceramics such as Bioglass® ceramic are provided. These implants provide increased mechanical properties and pH control, enabling the use of these materials to design porous and nonporous therapeutic implants used as cell scaffolds for healing of tissue defects or fixation devices, having desired degradation times, mechanical properties, elasticity and biocompatibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2002
    Assignees: OsteoBiologics, Inc., USBiomaterials Corporation
    Inventors: Gabriele Niederauer, Kristine Kieswetter, Neil C. Leatherbury, David C. Greenspan
  • Patent number: 5977204
    Abstract: Biodegradable polymeric therapeutic implant materials incorporating bioactive ceramics such as Bioglass.RTM. ceramic are provided. These implants provide increased mechanical properties and pH control, enabling the use of these materials to design porous and nonporous therapeutic implants used as cell scaffolds for healing of tissue defects or fixation devices, having desired degradation times, mechanical properties, elasticity and biocompatibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignees: OsteoBiologics, Inc., USBiomaterials Corporation
    Inventors: Barbara D. Boyan, Gabriele Niederauer, Kristine Kieswetter, Neil C. Leatherbury, David C. Greenspan