Patents by Inventor Gary Searle

Gary Searle 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: 11878143
    Abstract: An infusion system having an integrated inserter and infusion set (10) for containing and placing a flexible catheter (40), and a retractable introducer needle (26), wherein the catheter (40) is isolated from movement after placement. The integrated inserter and infusion set (10) includes a hub (20), having a user push button (30) to activate the device for catheter (40) placement. An adhesive liner (34) can be provided to cover an adhesive layer (36), such as pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA), on the bottom of the device (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Victor Politis, Gary Searle, Mark Guarraia, Joseph Gordon, Dave Zitnick, Sharon Mulligan, Ralph Sonderegger, Thomas Kluck, Joshua D Horvath, Charles G. Hwang
  • Publication number: 20230398288
    Abstract: An infusion set, patch pump, or elements thereof, having an exemplary catheter (14) provided with one or more channels, grooves and coatings (24, 34, 44), configured and arranged to provide a degree of strength and flexibility. The catheter (14) can also have an exemplary flexible union with the hub (12) having at least one of a ball-and-socket joint (66, 68), a sliding plate (86), and a flexible bushing (106), and which is sealed to allow even further movement of the catheter (14) while preventing leakage of medication through the junction. In doing so, a number of benefits associated with the use of rigid materials in catheter construction can be provided while at the same time, benefits associated with the use of flexible materials in catheter construction and/or flexible engagement with the hub can also be provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2023
    Publication date: December 14, 2023
    Applicant: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Peter SKUTNIK, Joshua HORVATH, Robert BANIK, Gary SEARLE, Eric BENE
  • Patent number: 11839739
    Abstract: An infusion set, patch pump, or elements thereof, having an exemplary catheter (14) provided with one or more channels, grooves and coatings (24, 34, 44), configured and arranged to provide a degree of strength and flexibility. The catheter (14) can also have an exemplary flexible union with the hub (12) having at least one of a ball-and-socket joint (66, 68), a sliding plate (86), and a flexible bushing (106), and which is sealed to allow even further movement of the catheter (14) while preventing leakage of medication through the junction. In doing so, a number of benefits associated with the use of rigid materials in catheter construction can be provided while at the same time, benefits associated with the use of flexible materials in catheter construction and/or flexible engagement with the hub can also be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Peter Skutnik, Joshua Horvath, Robert Banik, Gary Searle, Eric Bene
  • Publication number: 20230277803
    Abstract: A catheter for use in medical applications is disclosed. The catheter comprises tubing with a tip hole at one end and an end portion at the other end. Fluid exits the catheter at the tip hole thereof. One or more alternative fluid pathway(s) are provided on the sidewall of the catheter to permit outflow of fluid medication from the catheter to ensure proper delivery of the medication to the intended target area, particularly when the tip opening is occluded or restricted for any reason.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2023
    Publication date: September 7, 2023
    Applicant: BECTON, DICKINSON AND COMPANY
    Inventors: Joshua HORVATH, Victor POLITIS, Stephen RICHARDS, Ronald PETTIS, Gary SEARLE, Monica RIXMAN SWINNEY, Natasha BOLICK
  • Patent number: 11744937
    Abstract: Provided is a flexible and conformal wearable, self-contained medical device. The medical device comprises an integral housing formed by a flexible upper portion and a flexible lower portion joined along their perimeters. The medical device is also provided in a plurality of shapes and configurations for increasing the flexibility and conformability of the housing. The components contained within the housing, such as a drug reservoir, printed circuit board, and power supply are preferably constructed from flexible materials and are formed, connected and positioned according to the configuration of the housing in a manner for enhancing flexibility of the housing. A thermal bubble micropump is provided for controlling flow of a drug from the flexible reservoir, that utilizes a thermal resistor provided locally to a thermal expansion fluid that causes a surrounding membrane to expand and displace a volume of drug to be provided to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Gary Searle, Keith N. Knapp, Peter Skutnik, Aidan Petrie, Dan Nelsen, Paul Brown
  • Patent number: 11738150
    Abstract: A drug delivery device (100) for administering a low dose of a medicament includes a housing (111) and a drug reservoir (101) disposed in the housing (111). A needle (135) is connected to the drug reservoir (101). A pressure applying member (113) is movably connected to the housing (111) and is movable between first and second positions. The pressure applying member (113) does not apply pressure to the drug reservoir (101) in the first position and applies pressure to the drug reservoir (101) in the second position to dispense medicament stored in the drug reservoir (101). A method of administering a low dose of insulin to simulate a first-phase insulin response of a pancreas is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Margaret Taylor, James Bates, Roman Tunkel, Jay Butterbrodt, Gary Searle, Joshua Horvath, Keith Knapp, II, Edward Gillen
  • Patent number: 11690973
    Abstract: A catheter for use in medical applications is disclosed. The catheter comprises tubing with a tip hole at one end and an end portion at the other end. Fluid exits the catheter at the tip hole thereof. One or more alternative fluid pathway(s) are provided on the sidewall of the catheter to permit outflow of fluid medication from the catheter to ensure proper delivery of the medication to the intended target area, particularly when the tip opening is occluded or restricted for any reason.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Joshua Horvath, Victor Politis, Stephen Richards, Ronald Pettis, Gary Searle, Monica Rixman Swinney, Natasha Bolick
  • Publication number: 20220395647
    Abstract: A safety pen needle assembly includes a hub with a needle fixed to the hub, the needle having a distal end, formed for insertion into a patient, and a proximal end, a shield and a biasing member disposed between the hub and the shield configured to urge the shield distally. The shield is movable from a first position, when the needle is exposed, to a second position, when the needle is covered. The distal end of the needle may be initially exposed to permit visual confirmation of priming, while allowing the shield to cover a majority of the needle to minimize any needle-related anxiety.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2022
    Publication date: December 15, 2022
    Applicant: Embecta Corp.
    Inventors: Tieming Ruan, Robert Banik, Eliot Zaiken, Michael Vincent Quinn, Gary Searle
  • Patent number: 11471592
    Abstract: Provided is an extended use self-contained, wearable medical device. The device is preferably configured with an infusion deployment mechanism for variably inserting and retracting an infusion needle to different depths, or completely retracting the infusion needle from the infusion site and then re-inserting the infusion needle after a predetermined period of time, throughout an infusion cycle for extending the viability of the infusion site. Another embodiment comprises dual needle deployment mechanisms which may also variably insert and retract the infusion needles. A flow sensor is preferably provided for detecting the stoppage of flow through the infusion cannula and signaling the needle deployment mechanism to attempt infusion at a different depth or to deploy a second infusion needle. A re-fillable reservoir assembly is preferably provided for supplying a drug over the extended use of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: BECTON, DICKINSON AND COMPANY
    Inventors: Gary Searle, Keith N Knapp, II, Roman Tunkel, Peter Skutnik, Lionel Vedrine
  • Patent number: 11464899
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems and methods for the wireless communication of medical devices in a subcutaneous fluid delivery system are disclosed. A system for subcutaneous fluid delivery includes a primary patch pump adapted to attach a first infusion cannula to a user and to perform a plurality of primary patch pump functions, and a secondary patch pump adapted to attach a second infusion cannula to a user. The secondary patch pump is further adapted to perform a plurality of secondary patch pump functions substantially similar to the plurality of primary patch pump functions if an error condition associated with the primary patch pump is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Gary Searle, Deborah Burns, Bruce Burns, David Mason, Charles Hwang
  • Patent number: 11458281
    Abstract: A catheter for use in medical applications is disclosed. The catheter comprises tubing with a tip hole at one end and an end portion at the other end. Fluid exits the catheter at the tip hole thereof. One or more alternative fluid pathway(s) are provided on the sidewall of the catheter to permit outflow of fluid medication from the catheter to ensure proper delivery of the medication to the intended target area, particularly when the tip opening is occluded or restricted for any reason.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: BECTON, DICKINSON AND COMPANY
    Inventors: Joshua Horvath, Victor Politis, Stephen Richards, Ronald Pettis, Gary Searle, Monica Rixman Swinney, Natasha Bolick
  • Patent number: 11446449
    Abstract: In one aspect, a safety pen needle assembly is provided herein which includes a hub with a needle fixed to the hub, the needle having a distal end, formed for insertion into a patient, and a proximal end. The assembly further includes a shield and a biasing member disposed between the hub and the shield configured to urge the shield distally. A protrusion extends from at least one of the hub and the shield with a channel being formed in at least the other of the hub and the shield. The channel is formed to accommodate the protrusion. The shield is movable from a first position to a second position. In the first position, the shield is spaced from the distal end of the needle such that the distal end of the needle is exposed. In the second position, the shield covers the distal end of the needle. The channel guides the protrusion as the shield moves from the first position to the second position. With this arrangement, a shield may be directed to move in a desired path with stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Embecta Corp.
    Inventors: Tieming Ruan, Robert Banik, Eliot Zaiken, Michael Vincent Quinn, Gary Searle
  • Patent number: 11369751
    Abstract: In one aspect, a safety pen needle assembly is provided herein which includes a hub with a needle fixed to the hub, the needle having a distal end, formed for insertion into a patient, and a proximal end. The assembly further includes a shield and a biasing member disposed between the hub and the shield configured to urge the shield distally. A protrusion extends from at least one of the hub and the shield with a channel being formed in at least the other of the hub and the shield. The channel is formed to accommodate the protrusion. The shield is movable from a first position to a second position. In the first position, the shield is spaced from the distal end of the needle such that the distal end of the needle is exposed. In the second position, the shield covers the distal end of the needle. The channel guides the protrusion as the shield moves from the first position to the second position. With this arrangement, a shield may be directed to move in a desired path with stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Embecta Corp.
    Inventors: Tieming Ruan, Robert Banik, Eliot Zaiken, Michael Vincent Quinn, Gary Searle
  • Patent number: 11315674
    Abstract: Improved systems and methods for medicine delivery, and in particular, improved insulin pen needles and related devices are provided. Smart injection devices record and transfer data including medicine level, delivered dose, dose confirmation, and dose time and date. Additional data captured may include glucose concentration, insulin level, carbohydrates ingested, stress level, exercise, blood pressure, and glucose high and low excursion events. Various means of data collection and analysis are provided and systems can identify and flag patients who require intervention. Smart sleeves and add sensing capability to standard insulin pens. Pen needles are provided with sensing capability to confirm and measure doses delivered by insulin pen. A two-part pen cap include a primary sleeve that connects to the insulin pen and an end cap that provides for capturing the time of dose delivery, and monitoring the hold time for a dose delivery after plunger movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: BECTON, DICKINSON AND COMPANY
    Inventors: Keith Knapp, Neil McCaffrey, Jay Butterbrodt, Margaret Taylor, Ruth Markowitz, Gary Searle, Michael Gibney, James Salemme, James Walker, Sean Sullivan, Ernest Elgin, Rita Saltiel-Berzin
  • Publication number: 20210308369
    Abstract: Provided is a wearable, self-contained drug infusion or medical device capable of communicating with a host controller or other external devices via a personal area network (PAN). The medical device utilizes a PAN transceiver for communication with other devices in contact with a user's body, such as a physiological sensor or host controller, by propagating a current across the user's body via capacitive coupling. The wearable nature of the medical device and the low power requirements of the PAN communication system enable the medical device to utilize alternative energy harvesting techniques for powering the device. The medical device preferably utilizes thermal, kinetic and other energy harvesting techniques for capturing energy from the user and the environment during normal use of the medical device. A system power distribution unit is provided for managing the harvested energy and selectively supplying power to the medical device during system operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2021
    Publication date: October 7, 2021
    Applicant: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Richard Savoie, Gary Searle
  • Publication number: 20210308367
    Abstract: Provided is a flexible and conformal wearable, self-contained medical device. The medical device comprises an integral housing formed by a flexible upper portion and a flexible lower portion joined along their perimeters. The medical device is also provided in a plurality of shapes and configurations for increasing the flexibility and conformability of the housing. The components contained within the housing, such as a drug reservoir, printed circuit board, and power supply are preferably constructed from flexible materials and are formed, connected and positioned according to the configuration of the housing in a manner for enhancing flexibility of the housing. A thermal bubble micropump is provided for controlling flow of a drug from the flexible reservoir, that utilizes a thermal resistor provided locally to a thermal expansion fluid that causes a surrounding membrane to expand and displace a volume of drug to be provided to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2021
    Publication date: October 7, 2021
    Applicant: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Gary Searle, Keith N. Knapp, Peter Skutnik, Aidan Petrie, Dan Nelsen, Paul Brown
  • Patent number: 11123520
    Abstract: An infusion system comprising a base, a pump, a fluid tubing set that connects the pump and the base, and a collapse-resistant catheter extending from the base and comprising a swellable inner element including one or more indents, and a non-swellable flexible outer sleeve covering an outer wall of the inner element, wherein when the swellable inner element absorbs liquid, the swellable inner element swells and the one or more indents control a direction of the swelling by causing the swellable inner element to fold inwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Gary Searle, Charles G. Hwang
  • Publication number: 20210236721
    Abstract: An infusion set, patch pump, or elements thereof, having an exemplary catheter (14) provided with one or more channels, grooves and coatings (24, 34, 44), configured and arranged to provide a degree of strength and flexibility. The catheter (14) can also have an exemplary flexible union with the hub (12) having at least one of a ball-and-socket joint (66, 68), a sliding plate (86), and a flexible bushing (106), and which is sealed to allow even further movement of the catheter (14) while preventing leakage of medication through the junction. In doing so, a number of benefits associated with the use of rigid materials in catheter construction can be provided while at the same time, benefits associated with the use of flexible materials in catheter construction and/or flexible engagement with the hub can also be provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2021
    Publication date: August 5, 2021
    Applicant: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Peter SKUTNIK, Joshua HORVATH, Robert BANIK, Gary SEARLE, Eric BENE
  • Patent number: 11052189
    Abstract: Provided is a flexible and conformal wearable, self-contained medical device. The medical device comprises an integral housing formed by a flexible upper portion and a flexible lower portion joined along their perimeters. The medical device is also provided in a plurality of shapes and configurations for increasing the flexibility and conformability of the housing. The components contained within the housing, such as a drug reservoir, printed circuit board, and power supply are preferably constructed from flexible materials and are formed, connected and positioned according to the configuration of the housing in a manner for enhancing flexibility of the housing. A thermal bubble micropump is provided for controlling flow of a drug from the flexible reservoir, that utilizes a thermal resistor provided locally to a thermal expansion fluid that causes a surrounding membrane to expand and displace a volume of drug to be provided to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Gary Searle, Keith N. Knapp, Peter Skutnik, Aidan Petrie, Dan Nelsen, Paul Brown
  • Patent number: 11052190
    Abstract: Provided is a wearable, self-contained drug infusion or medical device capable of communicating with a host controller or other external devices via a personal area network (PAN). The medical device utilizes a PAN transceiver for communication with other devices in contact with a user's body, such as a physiological sensor or host controller, by propagating a current across the user's body via capacitive coupling. The wearable nature of the medical device and the low power requirements of the PAN communication system enable the medical device to utilize alternative energy harvesting techniques for powering the device. The medical device preferably utilizes thermal, kinetic and other energy harvesting techniques for capturing energy from the user and the environment during normal use of the medical device. A system power distribution unit is provided for managing the harvested energy and selectively supplying power to the medical device during system operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Richard Savoie, Gary Searle