Patents by Inventor Michael Helmer

Michael Helmer 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: 20190307961
    Abstract: A drug delivery device includes a housing. The housing contains a syringe, and the syringe includes a container containing a liquid medicament. The container includes an aperture at a distal end and through which the liquid medicament can be dispensed. The syringe includes a stopper within the container. The stopper is moveable between a first longitudinal position and a second longitudinal position relative to the container, to cause dispensing of the liquid medicament through the aperture. The syringe includes at least one identifying means identifying the liquid medicament.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Helmer, Marc Schader
  • Publication number: 20190290859
    Abstract: A drug delivery device includes an inner body adapted to receive a pre-filled syringe with an injection needle, one or more flexible arms on the inner body extending in a distal direction, and one or more support members slidably arranged to operatively outwardly support the flexible arms. The flexible arms have respective inwardly directed protrusions adapted to engage a neck of the syringe. When the support member is in a distal position, it does not support the flexible arms. When the support member is in a proximal position, the support member supports the flexible arms and prevents them from being outwardly deflected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventor: Michael Helmer
  • Publication number: 20190290852
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a state indicator designed for indicating at least three states (S1 to Sn) of a drug delivery device and formed as a single indicator for indicating a respective state (S1 to Sn) at least before injection, during injection and after injection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventor: Michael HELMER
  • Patent number: 10376650
    Abstract: A drug delivery device (1) is provided comprising a housing (4) comprising a distal end and a proximal end and a cartridge (3) adapted and arranged to contain at least one dose of a drug (16), a bung (5) being movably arranged within the cartridge (3). In an initial state of the device (1), the bung (5) is arranged in a proximal end position with respect to the cartridge (3). The device (1) further comprises a piston rod (9) adapted and arranged to move the bung (5) in the distal direction with respect to the cartridge (3) for delivering a dose of the drug (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Helmer, Christoph Eissengarthen, Winfried Huthmacher, Carsten Mosebach
  • Publication number: 20190224424
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an injection needle assembly for use in a medicament delivery device. The injection needle assembly comprises an injection needle holder, an injection needle fixed to said injection needle holder, the injection needle having a proximal end and a distal end, and a sealing assembly for sealing the distal end of the injection needle. The sealing assembly comprises a spacer element surrounding the distal end of the injection needle and a sealing membrane for sealing the distal end of the injection needle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Applicant: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Helmer, Matthias Rau, Winfried Huthmacher
  • Publication number: 20190201627
    Abstract: In one aspect the present disclosure refers to a supplementary device for an injection device, the supplementary device comprising: a body attachable to a housing of the injection device, the body having a first portion facing towards the housing when attached to the housing, at least one light source attached to the body, and at least a first optical coupling located in or at the first portion, connected to the at least one light source in a light transmissive way and optically connectable to a second optical coupling arranged in or on the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Helmer, Ilario Melzi, Bodin Hon
  • Publication number: 20190175838
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an audible indicator for use with a drug delivery device, the audible indicator including a spring element configured to reside in one of a relaxed state and a biased state, wherein the audible indicator includes a rotatable element coupled to the spring element, and wherein the spring element releases stored energy to rotate the rotatable element such that the rotatable element impacts a surface to generate an audible signal when the spring element changes from the biased state into the relaxed state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventor: Michael Helmer
  • Publication number: 20180369498
    Abstract: A medicament injection device comprising: a main body; a medicament cartridge holder fixed with respect to the main body, wherein the medicament cartridge holder is configured to hold a medicament cartridge; a needle carrier carrying a needle, wherein the needle carrier is axially movable with respect to the main body; and a rotatable cap at a distal end of the device, wherein the cap comprises a first pre-stressed spring coupled to the needle carrier, wherein the cap is arranged so that rotational movement thereof causes release of the first pre-stressed spring thereby causing the needle carrier to move axially towards a proximal end of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Inventors: Marc Schader, Michael Helmer, Peter Nober
  • Publication number: 20180369497
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a medicament delivery device including a cartridge holder to which an injection needle holder can be fixed, the injection needle holder holding an injection needle having a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end being protected by an inner injection needle cap detachably connected to the injection needle holder, the cartridge holder being mounted in a housing and configured to receive a cartridge of medicament, a cap assembly detachably connected to the housing, and a gripping mechanism configured to remove the inner injection needle cap from the injection needle holder when the cap assembly is pulled away from the cartridge holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Inventors: Marc Schader, Michael Helmer, Winfried Huthmacher
  • Publication number: 20180361069
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a medicament injection device comprising a housing, a cartridge holder mounted in the housing and configured to receive a cartridge (14) containing a medicament, an injection needle having a proximal end and a distal end, an injection needle holder to which the injection needle is fixed. The medicament injection device (comprises an actuating mechanism for pivoting the injection needle holder relative to the cartridge holder between a storage position in which, when a cartridge is received in the cartridge holder, the distal end of the injection needle is spaced from the cartridge, and a use position in which, when a cartridge is received in the cartridge holder, the distal end of the injection needle can engage the cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: Marc SCHADER, Michael HELMER, Peter NOBER
  • Publication number: 20180353695
    Abstract: A medicament injection device comprising a main body configured to receive a medicament cartridge sealed by a penetrable barrier; a cap assembly having an inner needle part and an outer needle part, wherein the inner needle part is movable in a proximal direction with respect to the outer needle part, a needle carrier carrying a needle, the needle carrier being releasably coupled to the inner needle part, wherein, when the inner needle part is displaced in the proximal direction, the inner needle part causes the needle carrier to be displaced axially in the proximal direction; and wherein, subsequent to the axial displacement of the inner needle part, the cap assembly is separable from the main body by movement of the cap assembly in a distal direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Helmer
  • Publication number: 20180353699
    Abstract: A supplementary device is configured to be attached to a drug delivery device. The supplementary device comprises a non-contact sensor configured to output signals indicative of the position of a moveable component within the drug delivery device. The supplementary device further comprises a processor configured to receive the signals output from the non-contact sensor. This processor is additionally configured to determine, based on the signals, whether the drug delivery device is in a pre-activation state or a post-activation state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Inventors: Michael Helmer, Stefan Wendland
  • Publication number: 20180353704
    Abstract: A medicament injection device includes a main body having a cartridge receiving part configured to hold a medicament cartridge; a needle holder holding a needle; a needle sleeve at least partially surrounding the needle holder and needle and axially movable relative to the main body; a removable transverse blocking member separating the cartridge receiving part and the needle holder; and a compressed spring arranged between the needle holder and a distal end of the needle sleeve so that, upon removal of the blocking member, the spring is released, thereby causing the needle carrier to move axially towards cartridge receiving part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Helmer
  • Publication number: 20180353696
    Abstract: An injection device comprises a housing containing a cartridge, a needle holder including an injection needle, and a cap. The cap is removably engaged with the housing. The injection device also comprises a translating mechanism configured such that linear distal movement of the cap causes proximal movement of the needle holder such that the injection needle pierces the cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Inventors: Michael Helmer, Marc Schader, Peter Nober
  • Publication number: 20180353708
    Abstract: An injection device comprising: a housing arranged to contain a medicament cartridge; a needle holder holding an injection needle; a generally tubular needle sleeve fixed with respect to the needle holder and axially movable with respect to the housing; and a gear assembly comprising a rotary gear fixed to the needle holder, a first gear rack disposed on the needle sleeve and a second gear rack disposed on the housing, wherein the gear assembly is arranged so that movement of the needle sleeve in a proximal axial direction causes movement of the needle holder in the proximal axial direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Inventors: Marc Schader, Michael Helmer, Peter Nober
  • Publication number: 20180353709
    Abstract: A medicament injection device comprising: a main body configured to receive a medicament cartridge, a needle sleeve axially movable with respect to the main body, a needle holder holding a needle, and a displacement element coupled to the needle holder and disengageably coupled to the needle sleeve; wherein, upon axial displacement of the needle sleeve by a predefined distance in a proximal direction, the needle carrier and needle are displaced axially in a proximal direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Inventors: Marc Schader, Michael Helmer, Sebastian Braun, Michael Varga
  • Publication number: 20180344934
    Abstract: A medicament injection device comprising a main body arranged to receive a medicament cartridge; a needle carrier carrying a needle, wherein the needle carrier is axially movable with respect to the main body; and a rotatable cap at a distal end of the device, wherein the cap is removably coupled to the needle carrier, a releasable arrangement between the main body and the cap comprising a guide element and a slotted link, wherein the slotted link is arranged to cause the guide element to follow a predefined path at least partly in an axial direction during rotational movement of the cap, thereby causing the needle carrier to move axially towards a proximal end of the device as the cap is rotated up to a predefined point, wherein the main body comprises a medicament cartridge holder comprising the guide element depending therefrom for engagement with the cap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: Marc Schader, Michael Helmer, Peter Nober, Michael Varga
  • Publication number: 20180344932
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a medicament delivery device comprising: a housing configured to receive a cartridge containing a medicament; an injection needle having a proximal end and a distal end; an injection needle holder to which the injection needle is fixed, the injection needle holder being moveable relative to the housing between a rest position and a use position; and an injection needle cap detachably connected to the injection needle holder and enclosing the proximal end of the injection needle. The medicament delivery device is configured such that pushing the injection needle cap towards the cartridge causes the injection needle holder to move from the rest position in which the distal end of the injection needle is spaced from the cartridge towards the use position in which the distal end of the injection needle can engage the cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Helmer
  • Publication number: 20180339108
    Abstract: A medicament injection device comprising a main body configured to receive a medicament cartridge sealed by a first penetrable barrier; a cap assembly comprising a button cap and a carrier unit, the button cap being rotatable with respect to the carrier unit and wherein the button cap is prevented from being displaced axially in a proximal direction unless the button is rotated into alignment with respect to the carrier unit, a needle carrier releasably coupled to the carrier unit, the needle carrier carrying a needle having a proximal end and a distal end, the needle carrier being releasably coupled to the push button, wherein, subsequent to rotational alignment of the button cap with respect to the carrier unit, the button cap is axially displaceable in the proximal direction, wherein axial displacement of the button cap in the proximal direction causes the needle carrier to be displaced axially in the proximal direction; and wherein, subsequent to axial displacement of the button cap in the proximal direct
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Helmer
  • Publication number: 20180339105
    Abstract: A medicament delivery device is provided. The medicament delivery device may include, among other features, a cartridge holder mounted in a housing and configured to receive a cartridge containing a medicament. The device may also include an outer cap detachably connected to the housing, and a coupling mechanism configured to connect the outer cap to an injection needle holder to which an injection needle is fixed. The coupling mechanism may include a rotatable member configured to be connected to an injection needle holder. The coupling mechanism may also be threadedly engaged with, and rotatable to, the outer cap. The configuration of the device may allow for quicker and more efficient delivery of medicament.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: Marc Schader, Michael Helmer, Winfried Huthmacher