Patents by Inventor Maura G. Donovan

Maura G. Donovan 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: 8940522
    Abstract: Activation of an enzyme in a bodily fluid is detected based on the amount of cleavage of a substrate for the enzyme. The substrate is tagged with two fluorescent dyes—a donor and an acceptor. The tagged substrate is presented to the bodily fluid. A device emits energy at a first wavelength into the bodily fluid, and detects energy at second and third wavelengths emitted by the dyes in response to the energy at the first wavelength. Prior to enzymatic cleavage of the substrate, the acceptor emits energy at the third wavelength in response to energy at the second wavelength received through fluorescent resonant energy transfer (FRET) from the donor. After enzymatic cleavage of the substrate, the donor emits energy at the second wavelength. The device can determine the concentration of activated enzyme within the bodily fluid based on the relative intensities of energy at the second and third wavelengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Orhan Soykan, Maura G. Donovan, Amy E. Thompson
  • Patent number: 8691258
    Abstract: Implantable medical devices (IMDS) having anti-infective properties are described. Anti-infective agents are disposed in, on, or about at least a portion of a surface of the medical device. The anti-infective agents are disposed in or on a vehicle, which may be in the form of a coating layer or covering. The vehicle may be biodegradable so that, over time, the anti-infective agent is removed from a tissue location into which the device is implanted, reducing the likelihood that microorganisms resistant to the anti-infective agent will develop. IMDs having an anti-infective agent and an anti-activity agent disposed therein, thereabout, or thereon are also described. The anti-activity agent interferes with the activity of the anti-infective agent, may be released from a surface at the IMD at a time when activity of the anti-infective agent is no longer desired, and may reduce the likelihood that microorganisms resistant to the anti-infective agent will develop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth T. Heruth, Christopher M. Hobot, William J. Hooper, Mark S. Lent, Ruchika Singhal, Robert M. Skime, Randall V. Sparer, Maura G. Donovan, William J. Bertrand
  • Publication number: 20120046642
    Abstract: Activation of an enzyme in a bodily fluid is detected based on the amount of cleavage of a substrate for the enzyme. The substrate is tagged with two fluorescent dyes—a donor and an acceptor. The tagged substrate is presented to the bodily fluid. A device emits energy at a first wavelength into the bodily fluid, and detects energy at second and third wavelengths emitted by the dyes in response to the energy at the first wavelength. Prior to enzymatic cleavage of the substrate, the acceptor emits energy at the third wavelength in response to energy at the second wavelength received through fluorescent resonant energy transfer (FRET) from the donor. After enzymatic cleavage of the substrate, the donor emits energy at the second wavelength. The device can determine the concentration of activated enzyme within the bodily fluid based on the relative intensities of energy at the second and third wavelengths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Applicant: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Orhan Soykan, Maura G. Donovan, Amy E. Thompson
  • Patent number: 8003373
    Abstract: Activation of an enzyme in a bodily fluid is detected based on the amount of cleavage of a substrate for the enzyme. The substrate is tagged with two fluorescent dyes—a donor and an acceptor. The tagged substrate is presented to the bodily fluid. A device emits energy at a first wavelength into the bodily fluid, and detects energy at second and third wavelengths emitted by the dyes in response to the energy at the first wavelength. Prior to enzymatic cleavage of the substrate, the acceptor emits energy at the third wavelength in response to energy at the second wavelength received through fluorescent resonant energy transfer (FRET) from the donor. After enzymatic cleavage of the substrate, the donor emits energy at the second wavelength. The device can determine the concentration of activated enzyme within the bodily fluid based on the relative intensities of energy, at the second and third wavelengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Orhan Soykan, Maura G. Donovan
  • Patent number: 7658727
    Abstract: An implantable medical device comprising a drug-loaded polymer overlaid with a fabric that promotes tissue ingrowth is useful in a wide variety of tissue engineering applications. The invention includes, for example, prosthetic heart valves, annuloplasty rings, and grafts, having enhanced biocompatibility and biostability. Methods of making and using the implantable medical devices of the invention are also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc
    Inventors: Brian C. A. Fernandes, Maura G. Donovan, Randall V. Sparer, Jesus W. Casas-Bejar, Mark W. Torrianni
  • Patent number: 7473242
    Abstract: Method and systems for treating a vulnerable plaque associated with a blood vessel of a patient are disclosed. The method includes positioning an endoluminal device within a lumen of the blood vessel. An expandable member of the endoluminal device is expanded adjacent a wall of the blood vessel. A blood vessel coating substance is administered from the expanded expandable member. The administered blood vessel coating substance adheres to the wall of the blood vessel. A first system includes an endoluminal device including at least one aperture formed therein. An expandable member is operably attached to the endoluminal device. The expandable member comprises an outer surface including at least one groove disposed thereon. The expandable member is expanded within the blood vessel and a blood vessel coating substance is administered through the aperture and onto the expandable member outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Maura G. Donovan, Alexander J. Karnauskas
  • Patent number: 7473548
    Abstract: Activation of an enzyme in a bodily fluid is detected based on the amount of cleavage of a substrate for the enzyme. The substrate is tagged with two fluorescent dyes—a donor and an acceptor. The tagged substrate is presented to the bodily fluid. A device emits energy at a first wavelength into the bodily fluid, and detects energy at second and third wavelengths emitted by the dyes in response to the energy at the first wavelength. Prior to enzymatic cleavage of the substrate, the acceptor emits energy at the third wavelength in response to energy at the second wavelength received through fluorescent resonant energy transfer (FRET) from the donor. After enzymatic cleavage of the substrate, the donor emits energy at the second wavelength. The device can determine the concentration of activated enzyme within the bodily fluid based on the relative intensities of energy at the second and third wavelengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Orhan Soykan, Maura G. Donovan, Amy E. Thompson
  • Publication number: 20080227083
    Abstract: Activation of an enzyme in a bodily fluid is detected based on the amount of cleavage of a substrate for the enzyme. The substrate is tagged with two fluorescent dyes—a donor and an acceptor. The tagged substrate is presented to the bodily fluid. A device emits energy at a first wavelength into the bodily fluid, and detects energy at second and third wavelengths emitted by the dyes in response to the energy at the first wavelength. Prior to enzymatic cleavage of the substrate, the acceptor emits energy at the third wavelength in response to energy at the second wavelength received through fluorescent resonant energy transfer (FRET) from the donor. After enzymatic cleavage of the substrate, the donor emits energy at the second wavelength. The device can determine the concentration of activated enzyme within the bodily fluid based on the relative intensities of energy, at the second and third wavelengths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Inventors: Orhan Soykan, Maura G. Donovan
  • Publication number: 20080089867
    Abstract: A method of increasing retention, survival and proliferation of transplanted cells in diseased or damaged tissue types or organ by providing transplanted cells with autologously-derived platelet cells and forming a autologously-derived platelet gel prior or during administration to the tissue type or organ through a delivery device and immobilizing the transplanted cells in the tissue type or organ system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Inventors: Brian Fernandes, Carl A. Schu, Trevor C. Huang, Maura G. Donovan
  • Patent number: 7155288
    Abstract: An implantable system is provided that includes: a cell repopulation source comprising genetic material, undifferentiated and/or differentiated contractile cells, or a combination thereof capable of forming new contractile tissue in and/or near an infarct zone of a patient's myocardium; and an electrical stimulation device for electrically stimulating the new contractile tissue in and/or near the infarct zone of the patient's myocardium or otherwise damaged or diseased myocardial tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc
    Inventors: Orhan Soykan, Maura G. Donovan
  • Patent number: 7118567
    Abstract: A method for treating a vulnerable plaque associated with a blood vessel of a patient is disclosed. The method includes positioning an electrical lead adjacent a vulnerable plaque lesion, and then delivering at least one electrical pulse to the lesion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventor: Maura G. Donovan
  • Patent number: 7031775
    Abstract: An implantable system is provided that includes: a cell repopulation source comprising genetic material, undifferentiated and/or differentiated contractile cells, or a combination thereof capable of forming new contractile tissue in and/or near an infarct zone of a patient's myocardium; and an electrical stimulation device for electrically stimulating the new contractile tissue in and/or near the infarct zone of the patient's myocardium or otherwise damaged or diseased myocardial tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Orhan Soykan, Maura G. Donovan
  • Publication number: 20040253209
    Abstract: An implantable system is provided that includes: a cell repopulation source comprising genetic material, undifferentiated and/or differentiated contractile cells, or a combination thereof capable of forming new contractile tissue in and/or near an infarct zone of a patient's myocardium; and an electrical stimulation device for electrically stimulating the new contractile tissue in and/or near the infarct zone of the patient's myocardium or otherwise damaged or diseased myocardial tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2004
    Publication date: December 16, 2004
    Applicant: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Orhan Soykan, Maura G. Donovan
  • Patent number: 6824561
    Abstract: An implantable system that includes a carrier and eukaryotic cells, which produce and release a therapeutic agent, and a stimulating element for stimulating the release of the therapeutic agent. The system can also include a sensing element for monitoring a physiological condition and triggering the stimulating element to stimulate the delivery device to release the therapeutic agent. Alternatively, the patient in which the system is implanted can activate the stimulating element to release the therapeutic agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Orhan Soykan, Maura G. Donovan
  • Publication number: 20040220620
    Abstract: A method for treating a vulnerable plaque associated with a blood vessel of a patient is disclosed. The method includes positioning an electrical lead adjacent a vulnerable plaque lesion, and then delivering at least one electrical pulse to the lesion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Publication date: November 4, 2004
    Inventor: Maura G. Donovan
  • Publication number: 20040220607
    Abstract: Method and systems for treating a vulnerable plaque associated with a blood vessel of a patient are disclosed. The method includes positioning an endoluminal device within a lumen of the blood vessel. An expandable member of the endoluminal device is expanded adjacent a wall of the blood vessel. A blood vessel coating substance is administered from the expanded expandable member. The administered blood vessel coating substance adheres to the wall of the blood vessel. A first system includes an endoluminal device including at least one aperture formed therein. An expandable member is operably attached to the endoluminal device. The expandable member comprises an outer surface including at least one groove disposed thereon. The expandable member is expanded within the blood vessel and a blood vessel coating substance is administered through the aperture and onto the expandable member outer surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2004
    Publication date: November 4, 2004
    Inventors: Maura G. Donovan, Alexander J. Karnauskas
  • Publication number: 20040215134
    Abstract: Activation of an enzyme in a bodily fluid is detected based on the amount of cleavage of a substrate for the enzyme. The substrate is tagged with two fluorescent dyes—a donor and an acceptor. The tagged substrate is presented to the bodily fluid. A device emits energy at a first wavelength into the bodily fluid, and detects energy at second and third wavelengths emitted by the dyes in response to the energy at the first wavelength. Prior to enzymatic cleavage of the substrate, the acceptor emits energy at the third wavelength in response to energy at the second wavelength received through fluorescent resonant energy transfer (FRET) from the donor. After enzymatic cleavage of the substrate, the donor emits energy at the second wavelength. The device can determine the concentration of activated enzyme within the bodily fluid based on the relative intensities of energy at the second and third wavelengths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2003
    Publication date: October 28, 2004
    Applicant: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Orhan Soykan, Maura G. Donovan
  • Patent number: 6810286
    Abstract: Provided are novel stimulatory device for the controlled production of angiogenic growth factors. More specifically, a subthreshold pulse generator is used for the local production of vascular endothelial growth factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc
    Inventors: Maura G. Donovan, Orhan Soykan, D. Curtis Deno, Lawrence J. Mulligan, Brian C. A. Fernandes
  • Patent number: 6775574
    Abstract: An implantable system is provided that includes: a cell repopulation source comprising genetic material, undifferentiated contractile cells, or a combination thereof capable of forming new contractile tissue in and/or near an infarct zone of a patient's myocardium; and an electrical stimulation device for electrically stimulating the new contractile tissue in and/or near the infarct zone of the patient's myocardium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Orhan Soykan, Maura G. Donovan
  • Publication number: 20040087019
    Abstract: An implantable system is provided that includes: a cell repopulation source comprising genetic material, undifferentiated and/or differentiated contractile cells, or a combination thereof capable of forming new contractile tissue in and/or near an infarct zone of a patient's myocardium; and an electrical stimulation device for electrically stimulating the new contractile tissue in and/or near the infarct zone of the patient's myocardium or otherwise damaged or diseased myocardial tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2003
    Publication date: May 6, 2004
    Applicant: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Orhan Soykan, Maura G. Donovan