Patents by Inventor Michael J. Girard

Michael J. Girard 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: 10433954
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a radially collapsible frame (1) for a prosthetic valve, the frame (1) comprising an outflow end region (3) at a proximal end of the frame (1) and an inflow end region (2) at a distal end of the frame (1), opposite to the outflow end region (3). The frame (1) further includes at least two radially spaced commissure attachment regions (10, 10?, 10?) and a cell structure (30), composed of a plurality of lattice cells being arranged radially around a flow axis of the frame (1) and connecting the at least two commissure attachment regions (10, 10?, 10?). Finally, at least one anchoring/positioning arch (20, 20?, 20?) is provided, wherein said at least one anchoring/positioning arch (20, 20?, 20?) radially overlaps the cell structure (30) at least partially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: JenaValve Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Girard, Martin Schlun
  • Patent number: 10405973
    Abstract: A prosthetic heart valve includes an annular frame that is adapted for (1) delivery into a patient's native heart valve annulus in a circumferentially collapsed condition, and (2) circumferential re-expansion when in the annulus, the frame, in an expanded condition. The frame having a longitudinal axis, an inflow end and an outflow end, a first portion of the frame adjacent the inflow end inclining radially outwardly in a direction toward the inflow end, and a second portion of the frame between the first portion and the outflow end bulging radially outwardly, the second portion of the frame being positioned between a first axial distance from the inflow end and a second axial distance from the inflow end. The frame also includes a plurality of commissure members. The heart valve further includes a flexible leaflet structure disposed in the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Yousef F. Alkhatib, Michael J. Girard
  • Publication number: 20190224007
    Abstract: A method of placing an implant including a stent at a native heart valve site includes orienting an expandable body of the stent such that a first open end of the stent is upstream a second open end of the stent relative to a direction of blood flow through a native heart valve. The native heart valve includes native leaflets and an annulus. The method also includes radially expanding a plurality of positioning arches positioned around an outer perimeter of the expandable body. The method additionally includes inserting the plurality of positioning arches respectively within a plurality of pockets defined by leaflets of the native heart valve and a heart structure from which the native leaflets extend. The method further includes radially expanding the first open end of the stent into a position upstream of the annulus and out of contact with nerve bundles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Applicant: JenaValve Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Helmut STRAUBINGER, Johannes JUNG, Michael J. GIRARD, Arnulf MAYER
  • Patent number: 10154901
    Abstract: A device configured for implantation at a heart valve comprises an expandable stent. The stent comprises a first stent segment extending along a first length portion of the stent. The first stent segment is configured to be positioned and radially expanded against a vascular wall of a native aortic valve site. The first stent segment comprises a plurality of closed cell structures defining a circumference of the stent along the first length portion. The plurality of closed cell structures has a uniform density around the circumference. The stent also comprises a second stent segment disposed along a second length portion of the stent. The second stent segment comprises a plurality of interconnected strut members disposed around a circumference of the stent in alternating regions having a first strut density and a second strut density. The first strut density is higher than the second strut density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: JenaValve Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Helmut Straubinger, Johannes Jung, Michael J. Girard, Arnulf Mayer
  • Publication number: 20180333258
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a radially collapsible frame (1) for a prosthetic valve, the frame (1) comprising an outflow end region (3) at a proximal end of the frame (1) and an inflow end region (2) at a distal end of the frame (1), opposite to the outflow end region (3). The frame (1) further includes at least two radially spaced commissure attachment regions (10, 10?, 10?) and a cell structure (30), composed of a plurality of lattice cells being arranged radially around a flow axis of the frame (1) and connecting the at least two commissure attachment regions (10, 10?, 10?). Finally, at least one anchoring/positioning arch (20, 20?, 20?) is provided, wherein said at least one anchoring/positioning arch (20, 20?, 20?) radially overlaps the cell structure (30) at least partially.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Applicant: JenaValve Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Girard, Martin Schlun
  • Patent number: 9987133
    Abstract: A stent for implantation at a native heart valve includes an expandable body having a first open end and second open end opposite the first open end. The sent includes a plurality of positioning arches positioned around an outer perimeter of the expandable body. Each positioning arch terminates in an apex facing toward the first open end of the expandable body. In an implanted position, the expandable body is oriented such that the first open end is upstream the second open end relative to a direction of blood flow through the native heart valve. In the implanted position, the apex of each of the positioning arches is configured to be positioned within a respective one of a plurality of pockets of the native heart valve and the first open end is positioned upstream of an annulus of the heart valve and out of contact with nerve bundles of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: JenaValve Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Helmut Straubinger, Johannes Jung, Michael J. Girard, Arnulf Mayer
  • Patent number: 9867694
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a radially collapsible frame (1) for a prosthetic valve, the frame (1) comprising an outflow end region (3) at a proximal end of the frame (1) and an inflow end region (2) at a distal end of the frame (1), opposite to the outflow end region (3). The frame (1) further includes at least two radially spaced commissure attachment regions (10, 10?, 10?) and a cell structure (30), composed of a plurality of lattice cells being arranged radially around a flow axis of the frame (1) and connecting the at least two commissure attachment regions (10, 10?, 10?). Finally, at least one anchoring/positioning arch (20, 20?, 20?) is provided, wherein said at least one anchoring/positioning arch (20, 20?, 20?) radially overlaps the cell structure (30) at least partially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: JenaValve Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Girard, Martin Schlun
  • Patent number: 9867699
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a stent for the positioning and anchoring of a valvular prosthesis in an implantation site in the heart of a patient. Specifically, the present invention relates to an expandable stent for an endoprosthesis used in the treatment of a narrowing of a cardiac valve and/or a cardiac valve insufficiency. So as to ensure that no longitudinal displacement of a valvular prosthesis fastened to a stent will occur relative the stent in the implanted state of the stent, even given the peristaltic motion of the heart, the stent according to the invention comprises at least one fastening portion via which the valvular prosthesis is connectable to the stent. The stent further comprises positioning arches and retaining arches, whereby at least one positioning arch is connected to at least one retaining arch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: JenaValve Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Helmut Straubinger, Johannes Jung, Michael J. Girard, Arnulf Mayer
  • Publication number: 20180008405
    Abstract: The invention relates to a prosthetic heart valve (100) for an endoprosthesis (1) used in the treatment of a stenotic cardiac valve and/or a cardiac valve insufficiency. The prosthetic heart valve (100) comprises of a plurality of leaflets (102), which consist of a natural and/or synthetic material and have a first opened position for opening the heart chamber and a second closed position for closing the heart chamber, the leaflets (102) being able to switch between their first and second position in response to the blood flow through the heart.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: JenaValve Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. GIRARD, Randy LANE, Arnulf MAYER
  • Patent number: 9744031
    Abstract: The invention relates to a prosthetic heart valve (100) for an endoprosthesis (1) used in the treatment of a stenotic cardiac valve and/or a cardiac valve insufficiency. The prosthetic heart valve (100) comprises of a plurality of leaflets (102), which consist of a natural and/or synthetic material and have a first opened position for opening the heart chamber and a second closed position for closing the heart chamber, the leaflets (102) being able to switch between their first and second position in response to the blood flow through the heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: JENAVALVE TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Michael J. Girard, Randy Lane, Arnulf Mayer
  • Publication number: 20170189181
    Abstract: A prosthetic heart valve includes an annular frame that is adapted for (1) delivery into a patient's native heart valve annulus in a circumferentially collapsed condition, and (2) circumferential re-expansion when in the annulus, the frame, in an expanded condition. The frame having a longitudinal axis, an inflow end and an outflow end, a first portion of the frame adjacent the inflow end inclining radially outwardly in a direction toward the inflow end, and a second portion of the frame between the first portion and the outflow end bulging radially outwardly, the second portion of the frame being positioned between a first axial distance from the inflow end and a second axial distance from the inflow end. The frame also includes a plurality of commissure members. The heart valve further includes a flexible leaflet structure disposed in the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Applicant: St. Jude Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Yousef F. Alkhatib, Michael J. Girard
  • Patent number: 9615921
    Abstract: A prosthetic heart valve includes an annular frame that is adapted for (1) delivery into a patient's native heart valve annulus in a circumferentially collapsed condition, and (2) circumferential re-expansion when in the annulus, the frame, in an expanded condition. The frame having a longitudinal axis, an inflow end and an outflow end, a first portion of the frame adjacent the inflow end inclining radially outwardly in a direction toward the inflow end, and a second portion of the frame between the first portion and the outflow end bulging radially outwardly, the second portion of the frame being positioned between a first axial distance from the inflow end and a second axial distance from the inflow end. The frame also includes a plurality of commissure members. The heart valve further includes a flexible leaflet structure disposed in the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Yousef F. Alkhatib, Michael J. Girard
  • Publication number: 20170065410
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a stent for the positioning and anchoring of a valvular prosthesis in an implantation site in the heart of a patient. Specifically, the present invention relates to an expandable stent for an endoprosthesis used in the treatment of a narrowing of a cardiac valve and/or a cardiac valve insufficiency. So as to ensure that no longitudinal displacement of a valvular prosthesis fastened to a stent will occur relative the stent in the implanted state of the stent, even given the peristaltic motion of the heart, the stent according to the invention comprises at least one fastening portion via which the valvular prosthesis is connectable to the stent. The stent further comprises positioning arches and retaining arches, whereby at least one positioning arch is connected to at least one retaining arch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Applicant: JenaValve Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Helmut STRAUBINGER, Johannes JUNG, Michael J. GIRARD, Arnulf MAYER
  • Publication number: 20170049563
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a stent for the positioning and anchoring of a valvular prosthesis in an implantation site in the heart of a patient. Specifically, the present invention relates to an expandable stent for an endoprosthesis used in the treatment of a narrowing of a cardiac valve and/or a cardiac valve insufficiency. So as to ensure that no longitudinal displacement of a valvular prosthesis fastened to a stent will occur relative the stent in the implanted state of the stent, even given the peristaltic motion of the heart, the stent according to the invention comprises at least one fastening portion via which the valvular prosthesis is connectable to the stent. The stent further comprises positioning arches and retaining arches, whereby at least one positioning arch is connected to at least one retaining arch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: JenaValve Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Helmut STRAUBINGER, Johannes Jung, Michael J. Girard, Arnulf Mayer
  • Publication number: 20160331525
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a stent for the positioning and anchoring of a valvular prosthesis in an implantation site in the heart of a patient. Specifically, the present invention relates to an expandable stent for an endoprosthesis used in the treatment of a narrowing of a cardiac valve and/or a cardiac valve insufficiency. So as to ensure that no longitudinal displacement of a valvular prosthesis fastened to a stent will occur relative the stent in the implanted state of the stent, even given the peristaltic motion of the heart, the stent according to the invention comprises at least one fastening portion via which the valvular prosthesis is connectable to the stent. The stent further comprises positioning arches and retaining arches, whereby at least one positioning arch is connected to at least one retaining arch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Publication date: November 17, 2016
    Applicant: JenaValve Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Helmut STRAUBINGER, Johannes JUNG, Michael J. GIRARD, Arnulf MAYER
  • Patent number: 9439759
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a stent for the positioning and anchoring of a valvular prosthesis in an implantation site in the heart of a patient. Specifically, the present invention relates to an expandable stent for an endoprosthesis used in the treatment of a narrowing of a cardiac valve and/or a cardiac valve insufficiency. So as to ensure that no longitudinal displacement of a valvular prosthesis fastened to a stent will occur relative the stent in the implanted state of the stent, even given the peristaltic motion of the heart, the stent according to the invention comprises at least one fastening portion via which the valvular prosthesis is connectable to the stent. The stent further comprises positioning arches and retaining arches, whereby at least one positioning arch is connected to at least one retaining arch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: JenaValve Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Helmut Straubinger, Johannes Jung, Michael J. Girard, Arnulf Mayer
  • Publication number: 20160213465
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a radially collapsible frame (1) for a prosthetic valve, the frame (1) comprising an outflow end region (3) at a proximal end of the frame (1) and an inflow end region (2) at a distal end of the frame (1), opposite to the outflow end region (3). The frame (1) further includes at least two radially spaced commissure attachment regions (10, 10?, 10?) and a cell structure (30), composed of a plurality of lattice cells being arranged radially around a flow axis of the frame (1) and connecting the at least two commissure attachment regions (10, 10?, 10?). Finally, at least one anchoring/positioning arch (20, 20?, 20?) is provided, wherein said at least one anchoring/positioning arch (20, 20?, 20?) radially overlaps the cell structure (30) at least partially.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Publication date: July 28, 2016
    Applicant: JENAVALVE TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Michael J. GIRARD, Martin SCHLUN
  • Patent number: 9364321
    Abstract: A prosthetic heart valve is circumferentially collapsible for less invasive delivery into a patient. The valve re-expands to operating size at the implant site in the patient. A frame structure of the valve includes restraining structure that can help to push one or more of the patient's native heart valve leaflets radially outwardly so that this native leaflet tissue does not interfere with the operation or service life of the prosthetic valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Yousef F. Alkhatib, Michael J. Girard
  • Patent number: 9289290
    Abstract: A prosthetic heart valve is circumferentially collapsible for less invasive delivery into a patient. The valve re-expands to operating size at the implant site in the patient. A frame structure of the valve includes restraining structure that can help to push one or more of the patient's native heart valve leaflets radially outwardly so that this native leaflet tissue does not interfere with the operation or service life of the prosthetic valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Yousef F. Alkhatib, Michael J. Girard
  • Publication number: 20150374490
    Abstract: A prosthetic heart valve includes an annular frame that is adapted for (1) delivery into a patient's native heart valve annulus in a circumferentially collapsed condition, and (2) circumferential re-expansion when in the annulus, the frame, in an expanded condition. The frame having a longitudinal axis, an inflow end and an outflow end, a first portion of the frame adjacent the inflow end inclining radially outwardly in a direction toward the inflow end, and a second portion of the frame between the first portion and the outflow end bulging radially outwardly, the second portion of the frame being positioned between a first axial distance from the inflow end and a second axial distance from the inflow end. The frame also includes a plurality of commissure members. The heart valve further includes a flexible leaflet structure disposed in the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Publication date: December 31, 2015
    Applicant: St. Jude Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Yousef F. Alkhatib, Michael J. Girard