Patents by Inventor Igor Kovalsky

Igor Kovalsky 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: 20190133758
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for crimping a medical device are disclosed. More specifically, the present disclosure relates to devices, systems, and methods for reducing the diameter of a collapsible heart valve prosthesis to be loaded onto a delivery device. The devices, systems, and methods using at least one funnel to crimp the heart valve prosthesis and load it onto the delivery system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Niall DUFFY, Marian LALLY, Philip HAARSTAD, Frank HAREWOOD, Igor KOVALSKY, Jason QUILL, Daniel GELFMAN, Ana MENK, Darren JANZIG, Shyam GOKALDAS, Kenneth WARNOCK
  • Publication number: 20190125533
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are described herein for use in the transfemoral delivery and deployment of a prosthetic mitral valve. In some embodiments, a method includes inverting an outer frame of a prosthetic mitral valve when in a biased expanded configuration. After inverting the outer frame, the prosthetic mitral valve is inserted into a lumen of a delivery sheath such that the mitral valve is moved to a collapsed configuration. The delivery sheath is inserted into a femoral vein and moved through the femoral vein and a septum of a heart until a distal end of the delivery sheath is disposed in the left atrium of the heart. The prosthetic mitral valve is moved distally out of the delivery sheath such that the inverted outer frame reverts and the prosthetic mitral valve assumes its biased expanded configuration. The prosthetic mitral valve is then positioned within a mitral annulus of the heart.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Applicant: Tendyne Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Vidlund, Mark Christianson, Igor Kovalsky
  • Patent number: 10213302
    Abstract: Heart valve prostheses are provided for replacing a cardiac valve. The heart valve prosthesis includes a self-expanding frame including a first portion and a second portion. In the collapsed configuration, the first portion is positioned adjacent to the second portion. In the expanded configuration, the first portion moves to be positioned within an interior area of the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Igor Kovalsky, Ilia Hariton, Yossi Tuval, Nadav Yellin
  • Patent number: 10206775
    Abstract: Heart valve prosthesis are disclosed that include a frame or support structure having an inflow portion, a valve-retaining tubular or central portion and a pair of support arms. The inflow portion radially extends from a first end of the valve-retaining tubular portion and the pair of support arms are circumferentially spaced apart and radially extend from an opposing second end of the valve-retaining tubular portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Igor Kovalsky, Kshitija Garde, Pham Lo, Jason Quill, Padraig Savage
  • Patent number: 10201419
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are described herein for use in the transfemoral delivery and deployment of a prosthetic mitral valve. In some embodiments, a method includes inverting an outer frame of a prosthetic mitral valve when in a biased expanded configuration. After inverting the outer frame, the prosthetic mitral valve is inserted into a lumen of a delivery sheath such that the mitral valve is moved to a collapsed configuration. The delivery sheath is inserted into a femoral vein and moved through the femoral vein and a septum of a heart until a distal end of the delivery sheath is disposed in the left atrium of the heart. The prosthetic mitral valve is moved distally out of the delivery sheath such that the inverted outer frame reverts and the prosthetic mitral valve assumes its biased expanded configuration. The prosthetic mitral valve is then positioned within a mitral annulus of the heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Tendyne Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Vidlund, Mark Christianson, Igor Kovalsky
  • Patent number: 10188515
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for crimping a medical device are disclosed. More specifically, the present disclosure relates to devices, systems, and methods for reducing the diameter of a collapsible heart valve prosthesis to be loaded onto a delivery device. The devices, systems, and methods using at least one funnel to crimp the heart valve prosthesis and load it onto the delivery system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC VASCULAR INC.
    Inventors: Niall Duffy, Marian Creaven, Philip Haarstad, Frank Harewood, Igor Kovalsky, Jason Quill, Daniel Gelfman, Ana Menk, Darren Janzig, Shyam Gokaldas, Kenneth Warnock
  • Patent number: 10188516
    Abstract: A loading tool for withdrawing, crimping, and loading a stent-mounted valve into a delivery catheter, and for pushing the stent-mounted valve from the delivery catheter into a native heart valve orifice. The loading tool comprises at least one connector adapted for being removably connected to the stent of the stent-mounted valve. A crimping tool having a generally converging shape is adapted for use with the loading tool. Following connection of the loading tool to the stent-mounted valve, the loading tool operates to allow the stent-mounted valve to be drawn through the crimping tool, and loaded, in, a crimped state, into a delivery catheter. Also disclosed is a kit of the of the various components for effecting the delivery of the stent-mounted valve and a method for withdrawing, crimping, and loading a stent-mounted valve from a storage container into a delivery catheter for the performance of a transcatheter valve implantation procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic Ventor Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Yosi Tuval, Yuri Sudin, Ido Kilemnik, Igor Kovalsky, Raphael Benary, Guy Ezekiel
  • Publication number: 20180161158
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to prostheses including a support structure having a proximal end and a distal end, and a motion limiting member attached to the distal end of the support structure, wherein the motion limiting member is configured to restrict radial expansion of the distal end of the support structure. Methods for delivering the prosthesis are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Inventors: Igor Kovalsky, Yossi Tuval
  • Publication number: 20180110620
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a valve prosthesis includes an inlet portion that is substantially s-shaped and configured to engage the floor of the outflow tract of the native heart atrium. In some embodiments, a valve prosthesis includes a chordae guiding element configured to reduce bending of the chordae to reduce stress on the chordae during the cardiac cycle. In some embodiments, a valve prosthesis includes a central portion having an hourglass shape configured to pinch a native annulus in order to provide axial fixation of the valve prosthesis within a valve site. In some embodiments, a valve prosthesis includes a frame having an outflow end that is flared to provide a gap between an outflow end of the frame and an outflow end of prosthetic leaflets when the prosthetic leaflets are fully opened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Inventors: Igor Kovalsky, Jason Quill, Daniel Glozman, Ilia Hariton, Yossi Tuval, Nadav Yellin
  • Publication number: 20180078370
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are described herein for use in the delivery and deployment of a prosthetic mitral valve. In some embodiments, after a prosthetic valve has been at least partially delivered from a delivery sheath into the left atrium of a heart, a valve positioning device can be used to engage with and position the prosthetic valve within the mitral annulus. The valve positioning device can include an alignment member configured to engage with a prosthetic valve such that the alignment member can control the distal, proximal, lateral and/or rotational movement of the prosthetic valve. The prosthetic valve can include a tether that can be inserted or threaded through the alignment member such that the alignment member can be moved along the tether into engagement with the prosthetic valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Applicant: Tendyne Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Igor KOVALSKY, Zachary J. TEGELS, Robert M. VIDLUND, Zach VIDLUND
  • Patent number: 9918833
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to prostheses including a support structure having a proximal end and a distal end, and a motion limiting member attached to the distal end of the support structure, wherein the motion limiting member is configured to restrict radial expansion of the distal end of the support structure. Methods for delivering the prosthesis are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular Galway
    Inventors: Igor Kovalsky, Yossi Tuval
  • Patent number: 9867698
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a valve prosthesis includes an inlet portion that is substantially s-shaped and configured to engage the floor of the outflow tract of the native heart atrium. In some embodiments, a valve prosthesis includes a chordae guiding element configured to reduce bending of the chordae to reduce stress on the chordae during the cardiac cycle. In some embodiments, a valve prosthesis includes a central portion having an hourglass shape configured to pinch a native annulus in order to provide axial fixation of the valve prosthesis within a valve site. In some embodiments, a valve prosthesis includes a frame having an outflow end that is flared to provide a gap between an outflow end of the frame and an outflow end of prosthetic leaflets when the prosthetic leaflets are fully opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Igor Kovalsky, Jason Quill, Daniel Glozman, Illia Hariton, Yossi Tuval, Nadav Yellin
  • Publication number: 20170312077
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are described herein for use in the delivery of a prosthetic mitral valve. In some embodiments, an apparatus includes an epicardial pad configured to engage an outside surface of a heart to secure a prosthetic heart valve in position within the heart. The epicardial pad defines a lumen configured to receive therethrough a tether extending from the prosthetic valve. The epicardial pad is movable between a first configuration in which the epicardial pad has a first outer perimeter and is configured to be disposed within a lumen of a delivery sheath and a second configuration in which the epicardial pad has a second outer perimeter greater than the first outer perimeter. The epicardial pad can be disposed against the outside surface of the heart when in the second configuration to secure the prosthetic valve and tether in a desired position within the heart.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Applicant: Tendyne Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. VIDLUND, Igor KOVALSKY, Zachary J. TEGELS, Craig A. EKVALL
  • Patent number: 9801715
    Abstract: A heart valve prosthesis configured for deployment within a native heart valve. The heart valve prosthesis includes a tubular stent and a prosthetic valve component disposed within and secured to the stent. In addition, at least two positioning elements are coupled to a distal end of the stent to position and anchor the prosthesis within the native heart valve. Each positioning element transforms from a compressed configuration in which the positioning elements distally extend from the distal end of the stent to a deployed configuration in which the positioning elements proximally extend from the distal end of the stent. Each positioning element includes at least one U-shaped or V-shaped support arm that bends radially outward and then towards an outer surface of the stent such that it translates more than ninety degrees from the compressed configuration. Each positioning element may include an outer support arm and an inner support arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventor: Igor Kovalsky
  • Publication number: 20170281338
    Abstract: Mitral valve prosthesis are disclosed that include a frame or support structure having an inflow portion, a valve-retaining tubular portion and a pair of support arms. The inflow portion radially extends from a first end of the valve-retaining tubular portion and the pair of support arms are circumferentially spaced apart and radially extend from an opposing second end of the valve-retaining tubular portion. The inflow portion is formed from a plurality of struts that outwardly extend from the first end of the valve-retaining tubular portion with adjacent struts of the plurality of struts being joined, wherein each strut of the plurality of struts has a substantially s-shaped profile and at least one twisted area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Inventors: Jason Quill, Igor Kovalsky
  • Publication number: 20170281343
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are described herein for use in the transvascular delivery and deployment of a prosthetic mitral valve. In some embodiments, a method includes inverting an outer frame of a prosthetic mitral valve when the valve is in a biased expanded configuration. After inverting the outer frame, the prosthetic mitral valve is inserted into a lumen of a delivery sheath such that the mitral valve is moved to a collapsed configuration. The distal end portion of the delivery sheath is inserted into a left atrium of a heart. The prosthetic mitral valve is moved distally out of the delivery sheath such that the inverted outer frame reverts and the prosthetic mitral valve assumes its biased expanded configuration. In some embodiments, actuation wires are used to assist in the reversion of the outer frame. The prosthetic mitral valve is then positioned within a mitral annulus of the heart.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Applicant: Tendyne Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark CHRISTIANSON, Zach VIDLUND, Robert VIDLUND, Igor KOVALSKY, William PECKELS, Michael EVANS, Chad PERRIN, John F. OTTE, Son MAI
  • Publication number: 20170216026
    Abstract: Prosthetic heart valve devices and associated methods for percutaneous or transcatheter heart valve replacement are disclosed herein. A heart valve prosthesis configured in accordance herewith includes a frame having a valve support and a plurality of support arms extending therefrom. The plurality of support arms may include a main support arm configured to extend from the valve support for capturing at least a portion of a valve leaflet of a native heart valve therebetween when the valve prosthesis is in an expanded configuration and deployed within the native heart valve. In addition, the plurality of support arms may include multiple supplemental support arms disposed about the circumference of the valve support that when deployed in the expanded configuration are configured to at least partially engage subannular tissue at the native heart valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Inventors: Jason Quill, Padraig Savage, Joshua Dwork, Kshitija Garde, Sarah Ahlberg, Igor Kovalsky
  • Patent number: 9662202
    Abstract: Mitral valve prosthesis are disclosed that include a frame or support structure having an inflow portion, a valve-retaining tubular portion and a pair of support arms. The inflow portion radially extends from a first end of the valve-retaining tubular portion and the pair of support arms are circumferentially spaced apart and radially extend from an opposing second end of the valve-retaining tubular portion. The inflow portion is formed from a plurality of struts that outwardly extend from the first end of the valve-retaining tubular portion with adjacent struts of the plurality of struts being joined, wherein each strut of the plurality of struts has a substantially s-shaped profile and at least one twisted area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Quill, Igor Kovalsky
  • Publication number: 20170128207
    Abstract: A prosthesis for implantation at a native semilunar valve includes a prosthetic distal valve, which includes a pliant material configured to collapse inwardly towards a longitudinal axis of the prosthesis during diastole, and to open outwardly during systole, and a distal fixation member configured to be positioned in a downstream artery of the subject. The apparatus also includes a proximal fixation member coupled to the distal fixation member, and configured to be positioned at least partially on a ventricular side of the native semilunar valve. The proximal fixation member is shaped so as to define a lattice that is shaped so as to define an intermediary portion that is coupled to the pliant material of the valve and diverges outwardly from the longitudinal axis, and a distal portion that is distal to the intermediary portion and diverges outwardly from the intermediary portion of the lattice. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Inventors: Yossi Tuval, Igor Kovalsky, Ido Kilemnik, Eli Benhamou
  • Publication number: 20170079790
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method for delivery and deployment of a prosthetic mitral valve into a heart includes inserting an introducer sheath having a prosthetic mitral valve disposed therein in a collapsed configuration into the left atrium of a patient's heart, through a gap between the native mitral valve leaflets, the left ventricle and apex of the heart. An epicardial pad device coupled to the prosthetic valve via a tether is moved distally out of the sheath. The introducer sheath is withdrawn into the left atrium of the heart. An inner delivery sheath is extended distally from within the introducer sheath and disposed within the left atrium. The prosthetic mitral valve is moved distally out of the inner delivery sheath and assumes a biased expanded configuration. The valve is positioned within the mitral annulus of the heart, and secured in place via the tether and epicardial pad device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: Tendyne Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. VIDLUND, Igor KOVALSKY