Patents by Inventor James I. Fann

James I. Fann 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: 20200390544
    Abstract: A heart valve repair device may include a support configured to extend through a native annulus of a native heart valve, wherein the support comprises an upstream portion and a downstream portion; an annular expandable retainer extending from the upstream portion of the support, and an arm extending from the downstream portion of the support. The annular expandable retainer may include a C-shaped cross-section that is open inwardly. The arm may be configured to reach behind a leaflet of the native heart valve and sandwich the leaflet between the arm and the support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Inventors: John Morriss, Hanson S. Gifford, III, James I. Fann, Jean-Pierre Dueri, Darin Gittings, Michael Luna, Mark E. Deem, Douglas S. Sutton
  • Publication number: 20200222185
    Abstract: Coaptation assist device for repairing cardiac valves and associated systems and methods are disclosed herein. A coaptation assist device configured in accordance with embodiments of the present technology can include, for example, a fixation member configured to press against cardiac tissue proximate to a native valve annulus, and a stationary coaptation structure extending away from the fixation member. The coaptation structure can include an anterior surface configured to coapt with a first native leaflet during systole and a posterior surface configured to displace at least a portion of a second native leaflet. The device also includes at least one sensor configured to detect parameters associated with at least one of cardiac function and device functionality. The sensors can be pressure sensors configured to detect left atrial pressure and/or left ventricular pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Inventors: Arie Pieter Kappetein, James I. Fann, Hanson S. Gifford, III, Matthew McLean, Gaurav Krishnamurthy, Neil Zimmerman
  • Publication number: 20200078174
    Abstract: Systems for mitral valve repair are disclosed where one or more mitral valve interventional devices may be advanced intravascularly into the heart of a patient and deployed upon or along the mitral valve to stabilize the valve leaflets. The interventional device may also facilitate the placement or anchoring of a prosthetic mitral valve implant. The interventional device may generally comprise a distal set of arms pivotably and/or rotating coupled to a proximal set of arms which are also pivotably and/or rotating coupled. The distal set of arms may be advanced past the catheter opening to a subannular position (e.g., below the mitral valve) and reconfigured from a low-profile delivery configuration to a deployed securement configuration. The proximal arm members may then be deployed such that the distal and proximal arm members may grip the leaflets between the two sets of arms to stabilize the leaflets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Inventors: Hanson S. Gifford, III, James I. Fann, John Morriss, Mark E. Deem, Jeffry J. Grainger
  • Patent number: 10517725
    Abstract: Systems for mitral valve repair are disclosed where one or more mitral valve interventional devices may be advanced intravascularly into the heart of a patient and deployed upon or along the mitral valve to stabilize the valve leaflets. The interventional device may also facilitate the placement or anchoring of a prosthetic mitral valve implant. The interventional device may generally comprise a distal set of arms pivotably and/or rotating coupled to a proximal set of arms which are also pivotably and/or rotating coupled. The distal set of arms may be advanced past the catheter opening to a subannular position (e.g., below the mitral valve) and reconfigured from a low-profile delivery configuration to a deployed securement configuration. The proximal arm members may then be deployed such that the distal and proximal arm members may grip the leaflets between the two sets of arms to stabilize the leaflets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Twelve, Inc.
    Inventors: Hanson S. Gifford, III, James I. Fann, John Morriss, Mark Deem, Jeffry J. Grainger
  • Publication number: 20190201191
    Abstract: A heart valve repair device, comprising an atrial-fixation member having an expandable mesh configured to have oval or circular shape in a deployed configuration, the atrial-fixation member defining a central lumen; and a baffle extending from a portion of the atrial-fixation member, the baffle having an anterior portion with a smooth, atraumatic surface configured to coapt with at least a portion of one or more native leaflets of a native heart valve, a posterior portion configured to engage and displace at least a portion of another native leaflet of the native heart valve, wherein the baffle extends radially inward from the atrial-fixation member into the central lumen to approximate a closed position of the displaced native leaflet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Matt McLean, Hanson S. Gifford, III, James I. Fann, Douglas Sutton
  • Publication number: 20180311037
    Abstract: Prosthetic heart valve devices for percutaneous replacement of native heart valves and associated systems and method are disclosed herein. A prosthetic heart valve device configured in accordance with a particular embodiment of the present technology can include an anchoring member having a first portion configured to engage with tissue on or near the annulus of the native heart valve and to deform in a non-circular shape to conform to the tissue. The device can also include a valve support coupled to a second portion of the anchoring member, configured to support a prosthetic valve and having a cross-sectional shape. In some embodiments, the first portion of the anchoring member is mechanically isolated from the valve support such that the cross-sectional shape of the valve support remains sufficiently stable that the prosthetic valve remains competent when the anchoring member is deformed in the non-circular shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Inventors: John Morriss, Hanson Gifford, James I. Fann, Jean-Pierre Dueri, Matt McLean, Darin Gittings, Michael Luna, Mark Deem, Douglas Sutton, Jeffry J. Grainger
  • Patent number: 10016271
    Abstract: A prosthetic heart valve (100) includes a flexible anchoring member (110) at least partially surrounding and coupled to an inner valve support (120). The device can further include a prosthetic valve (130) coupled to, mounted within, or otherwise carried by the valve support. The valve support includes a plurality of posts (122) connected circumferentially by a plurality of struts (124), where the posts extend along an axial direction generally parallel to the longitudinal axis (101) and the struts extend circumferentially around and transverse to the longitudinal axis. The posts extend an entire longitudinal height HI of the valve support 120. The device also includes one or more sealing members (140) and tissue engaging elements (170) like spikes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Twelve, Inc.
    Inventors: John Morriss, Hanson Gifford, III, James I. Fann, Jean-Pierre Dueri, Matt McLean, Darin Gittings, Michael Luna, Mark Deem, Douglas Sutton, Jeffry J. Grainger
  • Patent number: 9901443
    Abstract: Prosthetic heart valve devices for percutaneous replacement of native heart valves and associated systems and method are disclosed herein. A prosthetic heart valve device configured in accordance with a particular embodiment of the present technology can include an anchoring member having a first portion configured to engage with tissue on or near the annulus of the native heart valve and to deform in a non-circular shape to conform to the tissue. The device can also include a valve support coupled to a second portion of the anchoring member, configured to support a prosthetic valve and having a cross-sectional shape. In some embodiments, the first portion of the anchoring member is mechanically isolated from the valve support such that the cross-sectional shape of the valve support remains sufficiently stable that the prosthetic valve remains competent when the anchoring member is deformed in the non-circular shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Twelve, Inc.
    Inventors: John Morriss, Hanson Gifford, III, James I. Fann, Jean-Pierre Dueri, Matt McLean, Darin Gittings, Michael Luna, Mark Deem, Douglas Sutton, Jeffry J. Grainger
  • Publication number: 20180008413
    Abstract: Systems for mitral valve repair are disclosed where one or more mitral valve interventional devices may be advanced intravascularly into the heart of a patient and deployed upon or along the mitral valve to stabilize the valve leaflets. The interventional device may also facilitate the placement or anchoring of a prosthetic mitral valve implant. The interventional device may generally comprise a distal set of arms pivotably and/or rotating coupled to a proximal set of arms which are also pivotably and/or rotating coupled. The distal set of arms may be advanced past the catheter opening to a subannular position (e.g., below the mitral valve) and reconfigured from a low-profile delivery configuration to a deployed securement configuration. The proximal arm members may then be deployed such that the distal and proximal arm members may grip the leaflets between the two sets of arms to stabilize the leaflets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Inventors: Hanson S. Gifford, III, James I. Fann, John Morriss, Mark Deem, Jeffry J. Grainger
  • Patent number: 9839518
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a mechanism and procedure for adjusting a cardiac implant during the early post-operative period, such as, for example, the first 2-5 days after surgery. During the implant procedure, an adjustment tool is releasably attached to the adjustable implant. The adjustment tool remains connected to the implant following the procedure and extends from the patient's body to allow for post-operative adjustment under normal beating heart conditions. Once the implant is adjusted, the adjustment tool is configured to release from the implant and be removed from the patient's body without requiring access to the patient's heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventor: James I. Fann
  • Patent number: 9770331
    Abstract: Systems for mitral valve repair are disclosed where one or more mitral valve interventional devices may be advanced intravascularly into the heart of a patient and deployed upon or along the mitral valve to stabilize the valve leaflets. The interventional device may also facilitate the placement or anchoring of a prosthetic mitral valve implant. The interventional device may generally comprise a distal set of arms pivotably and/or rotating coupled to a proximal set of arms which are also pivotably and/or rotating coupled. The distal set of arms may be advanced past the catheter opening to a subannular position (e.g., below the mitral valve) and reconfigured from a low-profile delivery configuration to a deployed securement configuration. The proximal arm members may then be deployed such that the distal and proximal arm members may grip the leaflets between the two sets of arms to stabilize the leaflets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Twelve, Inc.
    Inventors: Hanson S. Gifford, III, James I. Fann, John Morriss, Mark Deem, Jeffry J. Grainger
  • Patent number: 9763780
    Abstract: A prosthetic heart valve device (100) for percutaneous replacement of a native heart valve includes an expandable retainer (110) at least partially surrounding and coupled to an inner valve support (120). The device can further include a prosthetic valve (130) coupled to the valve support. The retainer forms a donut-shaped flange (190) having an arcuate outer surface (142) for engaging tissue and an inner lumen defining a passage for blood to flow through the valve support. The retainer can include a plurality of circumferentially positioned, resiliency deformable and flexible ribs (114) which are coupled at their downstream ends 116 to the valve support 120. The flexible ribs, in one embodiment, can have a general C-shape configuration with the tips (117) of the flexible ribs and an opening (119) of the C-shape configuration oriented toward a longitudinal axis (101) of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Twelve, Inc.
    Inventors: John Morriss, Hanson Gifford, III, James I. Fann, Jean-Pierre Dueri, Darin Gittings, Michael Luna, Mark Deem, Douglas Sutton
  • Patent number: 9492276
    Abstract: An implantable device is provided for controlling at least one of shape and size of an anatomical structure or lumen. An implantable device has an adjustable member configured to adjust the dimensions of the implantable device. An adjustment tool is configured to actuate the adjustable member and provide for adjustment before, during and after the anatomical structure or lumen resumes near normal to normal physiologic function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard Y. Lee, James I. Fann, Richard G. Cartledge
  • Publication number: 20160324640
    Abstract: Systems for mitral valve repair are disclosed where one or more mitral valve interventional devices may be advanced intravascularly into the heart of a patient and deployed upon or along the mitral valve to stabilize the valve leaflets. The interventional device may also facilitate the placement or anchoring of a prosthetic mitral valve implant. The interventional device may generally comprise a distal set of arms pivotably and/or rotating coupled to a proximal set of arms which are also pivotably and/or rotating coupled. The distal set of arms may be advanced past the catheter opening to a subannular position (e.g., below the mitral valve) and reconfigured from a low-profile delivery configuration to a deployed securement configuration. The proximal arm members may then be deployed such that the distal and proximal arm members may grip the leaflets between the two sets of arms to stabilize the leaflets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Publication date: November 10, 2016
    Inventors: Hanson S. Gifford, III, James I. Fann, John Morriss, Mark Deem, Jeffry J. Grainger
  • Patent number: 9421098
    Abstract: Systems for mitral valve repair are disclosed where one or more mitral valve interventional devices may be advanced intravascularly into the heart of a patient and deployed upon or along the mitral valve to stabilize the valve leaflets. The interventional device may also facilitate the placement or anchoring of a prosthetic mitral valve implant. The interventional device may generally comprise a distal set of arms pivotably and/or rotating coupled to a proximal set of arms which are also pivotably and/or rotating coupled. The distal set of arms may be advanced past the catheter opening to a subannular position (e.g., below the mitral valve) and reconfigured from a low-profile delivery configuration to a deployed securement configuration. The proximal arm members may then be deployed such that the distal and proximal arm members may grip the leaflets between the two sets of arms to stabilize the leaflets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Twelve, Inc.
    Inventors: Hanson S. Gifford, III, James I. Fann, John Morriss, Mark Deem, Jeffry J. Grainger
  • Patent number: 9326857
    Abstract: An implantable device system for controlling the dimensions of internal anatomic passages corrects physiologic dysfunctions resulting from a structural lumen which is either too large or too small. Implantable devices are disclosed which employ various mechanisms for adjusting and maintaining the size of an orifice to which they are attached. Systems permit the implants to be implanted using minimally invasive procedures and permit final adjustments to the dimensions of the implants after the resumption of normal flow of anatomic fluids in situ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventor: James I. Fann
  • Publication number: 20150351903
    Abstract: A prosthetic heart valve device (100) for percutaneous replacement of a native heart valve includes an expandable retainer (110) at least partially surrounding and coupled to an inner valve support (120). The device can further include a prosthetic valve (130) coupled to the valve support. The retainer forms a donut-shaped flange (190) having an arcuate outer surface (142) for engaging tissue and an inner lumen defining a passage for blood to flow through the valve support. The retainer can include a plurality of circumferentially positioned, resiliency deformable and flexible ribs (114) which are coupled at their downstream ends 116 to the valve support 120. The flexible ribs, in one embodiment, can have a general C-shape configuration with the tips (117) of the flexible ribs and an opening (119) of the C-shape configuration oriented toward a longitudinal axis (101) of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Publication date: December 10, 2015
    Inventors: John Morriss, Hanson Gifford, III, James I. Fann, Jean-Pierre Dueri, Darin Gittings, Michael Luna, Mark Deem, Douglas Sutton
  • Publication number: 20150335429
    Abstract: Prosthetic heart valve devices for percutaneous replacement of native heart valves and associated systems and method are disclosed herein. A prosthetic heart valve device configured in accordance with a particular embodiment of the present technology can include an anchoring member having a first portion configured to engage with tissue on or near the annulus of the native heart valve and to deform in a non-circular shape to conform to the tissue. The device can also include a valve support coupled to a second portion of the anchoring member, configured to support a prosthetic valve and having a cross-sectional shape. In some embodiments, the first portion of the anchoring member is mechanically isolated from the valve support such that the cross-sectional shape of the valve support remains sufficiently stable that the prosthetic valve remains competent when the anchoring member is deformed in the non-circular shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Publication date: November 26, 2015
    Inventors: John Morriss, Hanson Gifford, III, James I. Fann, Jean-Pierre Dueri, Matt McLean, Darin Gittings, Michael Luna, Mark Deem, Douglas Sutton, Jeffry J. Grainger
  • Patent number: 9107750
    Abstract: An implantable device system for controlling the dimensions of internal anatomic passages corrects physiologic dysfunctions resulting from a structural lumen which is either too large or too small. Implantable devices are disclosed which employ various mechanisms for adjusting and maintaining the size of an orifice to which they are attached. Systems permit the implants to be implanted using minimally invasive procedures and permit final adjustments to the dimensions of the implants after the resumption of normal flow of anatomic fluids in situ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard G. Cartledge, Leonard Y. Lee, James I. Fann
  • Publication number: 20150142100
    Abstract: A prosthetic heart valve (100) includes a flexible anchoring member (110) at least partially surrounding and coupled to an inner valve support (120). The device can further include a prosthetic valve (130) coupled to, mounted within, or otherwise carried by the valve support. The valve support includes a plurality of posts (122) connected circumferentially by a plurality of struts (124), where the posts extend along an axial direction generally parallel to the longitudinal axis (101) and the struts extend circumferentially around and transverse to the longitudinal axis. The posts extend an entire longitudinal height HI of the valve support 120. The device also includes one or more sealing members (140) and tissue engaging elements (170) like spikes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: John Morriss, Hanson Gifford, III, James I. Fann, Jean-Pierre Dueri, Matt McLean, Darin Gittings, Michael Luna, Mark Deem, Douglas Sutton, Jeffry J. Grainger