Patents by Inventor Richard A. Berg

Richard A. Berg 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: 10490106
    Abstract: Provided herein are systems, methods, and apparatuses for simulating ailments that can be diagnosed by an abdominal palpation exam. Furthermore, provided herein are systems, methods, and apparatuses for analyzing an abdominal palpation exam. An abdominal simulator may include a surface layer, a sensor layer beneath the surface layer, a muscle layer beneath the sensor layer, a tensing layer beneath the muscle layer, an ailment module layer beneath the tensing layer, and a control portion. The abdominal simulator may simulate an ailment that can be diagnosed by an abdominal palpation exam. The abdominal simulator may also detect at least one abdominal palpation that is performed by a user on the abdominal simulator to diagnose the ailment that was simulated by the abdominal simulator. Moreover, the abdominal simulator may determine data for the at least one abdominal palpation that was detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignees: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System, ACDET LLC
    Inventors: Richard A. Bergs, David G. Aldrich, Nicholas T. Papa, Jonathan E. Ruffin, David M. Huitt
  • Publication number: 20180311283
    Abstract: Uncultured amniotic cell and protein fraction products derived from amniotic fluid and methods of preparing and using those compositions are provided. According to the methods of the present invention, uncultured amniotic cell and protein products may be derived from a large sample of amniotic fluid to provide a higher concentration of tissue regeneration components. Described are methods for separating uncultured amniotic cells or protein fractions from other components of amniotic fluid and the resulting uncultured amniotic cell and protein products. Furthermore, the present invention includes methods for delivering the uncultured amniotic cell and protein products to the skin and eye, including before, during, or after a treatment procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Applicant: StimLabs LLC
    Inventors: John Daniel, Richard A. Berg, Sarah Griffiths
  • Publication number: 20180280572
    Abstract: Compositions comprising unseparated amnion/chorion derived from the placenta and methods of preparing and using those compositions are provided. Washing or preservation of placental tissue according to the methods of the disclosure may allow for one or more benefits such as more efficient removal of blood remnants, retention of wound healing and tissue regeneration components, better handling characteristics, increased absorption potential, or improved healing capacity. The present invention also includes methods of healing a wound of the skin, eye, nerve, tendon, or dura comprising applying the compositions of the invention to the wound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: StimLabs LLC
    Inventors: John Daniel, Sarah Griffiths, Richard Berg
  • Publication number: 20180250440
    Abstract: Compositions comprising perforated, unseparated amnion/chorion; perforated, separated amnion; and perforated, separated chorion derived from the placenta and methods of preparing and using those compositions are provided. Perforation of placental tissue before or during processing may allow for one or more benefits such as more efficient removal of blood remnants, retention of wound healing and tissue regeneration components, better handling characteristics, or improved healing capacity. The present invention also includes methods of healing a wound of the skin, eye, nerve, tendon, or dura comprising applying the perforated compositions of the invention to the wound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Applicant: StimLabs LLC
    Inventors: John Daniel, Sarah Griffiths, Richard Berg
  • Patent number: 9682167
    Abstract: Compositions and method of manufacturing carboxypolysaccharides (CPS) including carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) and polyethylene glycols (PEGs) are provided where the PEG is a PEG-epoxide covalently linked to the CPS. In certain embodiments, the PEG attaches to only one CPS, forming a decorated CPS. In other embodiments, the functional groups of a bi-functional PEG molecule (PEG diglycidyl ether) are attached to different CPSs, thereby forming a covalently cross-linked composition. Such compositions can be used as space-filling materials, load-bearing materials, anti-adhesion compositions, drug delivery vehicles, and lubricants of tissues and medical instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: FZIOMED, INC.
    Inventors: Samuel J. Falcone, Richard A. Berg
  • Patent number: 9627120
    Abstract: Apparatuses and systems for enabling electrical communication with a device positionable within a body cavity of a patient. Apparatuses and systems for magnetically positioning a device within a body cavity of a patient. Medical devices. Methods of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM
    Inventors: Daniel J. Scott, Raul Fernandez, Richard A. Bergs, Jeffrey A. Cadeddu
  • Publication number: 20160314718
    Abstract: Provided herein are systems, methods, and apparatuses for simulating ailments that can be diagnosed by an abdominal palpation exam. Furthermore, provided herein are systems, methods, and apparatuses for analyzing an abdominal palpation exam. An abdominal simulator may include a surface layer, a sensor layer beneath the surface layer, a muscle layer beneath the sensor layer, a tensing layer beneath the muscle layer, an ailment module layer beneath the tensing layer, and a control portion. The abdominal simulator may simulate an ailment that can be diagnosed by an abdominal palpation exam. The abdominal simulator may also detect at least one abdominal palpation that is performed by a user on the abdominal simulator to diagnose the ailment that was simulated by the abdominal simulator. Moreover, the abdominal simulator may determine data for the at least one abdominal palpation that was detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Publication date: October 27, 2016
    Applicants: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System, ACDET LLC
    Inventors: Richard A. Bergs, David G. Aldrich, Nicholas T. Papa, Jonathan E. Ruffin, David M. Huitt
  • Publication number: 20160303280
    Abstract: Compositions and method of manufacturing carboxypolysaccharides (CPS) including carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) and polyethylene glycols (PEGs) are provided where the PEG is a PEG-epoxide covalently linked to the CPS. In certain embodiments, the PEG attaches to only one CPS, forming a decorated CPS. In other embodiments, the functional groups of a bi-functional PEG molecule (PEG diglycidyl ether) are attached to different CPSs, thereby forming a covalently cross-linked composition. Such compositions can be used as space-filling materials, load-bearing materials, anti-adhesion compositions, drug delivery vehicles, and lubricants of tissues and medical instruments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Publication date: October 20, 2016
    Applicant: Fziomed, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel J. Falcone, Richard A. Berg
  • Patent number: 9381271
    Abstract: Uses of compositions comprising carboxypolysaccharides (CPS) including carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) and polyethylene glycols (PEGs) are provided where the PEG is a PEG-epoxide covalently linked to the CPS in the presence of NH4OH. In certain embodiments, the PEG attaches to only one CPS, forming a decorated CPS. In other embodiments, bi-functional PEG molecules are attached to adjacent CPSs, thereby forming a covalently cross-linked composition. Such compositions can be used as space-filling materials, load-bearing materials, anti-adhesion compositions, drug delivery vehicles, and lubricants of tissues and medical instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: FZIOMED, INC
    Inventors: Samuel J. Falcone, Richard A. Berg
  • Patent number: 9345809
    Abstract: Compositions comprising carboxypolysaccharides (CPS) including carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) and polyethylene glycols (PEGs) are provided where the PEG is a PEG-epoxide covalently linked to the CPS via an addition reaction. In certain embodiments, the PEG attaches to only one CPS, forming a decorated CPS. In other embodiments, bi-functional PEG molecules are attached to adjacent CPSs, thereby forming a covalently cross-linked composition. In certain of these embodiments, a PEG is linked to the CPS by way of an ether linkage, and in other embodiments, a PEG is linked to the CPS by way of an ester linkage, and in still further embodiments, PEG molecule(s) can be attached to CPS molecule(s) by way of both ether and ester linkages. Additional embodiments include PEG/CMC compositions where the PEG is a multi-branch PEG and/or a multi-arm PEG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: FZIOMED, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel J. Falcone, Richard A. Berg
  • Publication number: 20160120613
    Abstract: Medical devices having a platform and an arm movable between a collapsed position and an expanded position. In some embodiments, the platform comprises at least one of a magnetically-attractive material and a material capable of being magnetically-charged. Methods of use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Publication date: May 5, 2016
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. CADEDDU, Daniel J. SCOTT, Raul FERNANDEZ, Richard A. BERGS
  • Publication number: 20160038634
    Abstract: Uses of compositions comprising carboxypolysaccharides (CPS) including carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) and polyethylene glycols (PEGs) are provided where the PEG is a PEG-epoxide covalently linked to the CPS in the presence of NH4OH. In certain embodiments, the PEG attaches to only one CPS, forming a decorated CPS. In other embodiments, bi-functional PEG molecules are attached to adjacent CPSs, thereby forming a covalently cross-linked composition. Such compositions can be used as space-filling materials, load-bearing materials, anti-adhesion compositions, drug delivery vehicles, and lubricants of tissues and medical instruments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Publication date: February 11, 2016
    Inventors: Samuel J. Falcone, Richard A. Berg
  • Patent number: 9161987
    Abstract: Compositions comprising carboxypolysaccharides (CPS) including carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) and polyethylene glycols (PEGs) are provided where the PEG is a PEG-epoxide covalently linked to the CPS. In certain embodiments, the PEG attaches to only one CPS, forming a decorated CPS. In other embodiments, bi-functional PEG molecules are attached to adjacent CPSs, thereby forming a covalently cross-linked composition. Additional embodiments include PEG/CMC compositions where the PEG is a multi-branch PEG and/or a multi-arm PEG. PEG/CMC compositions can be made with desired viscoelastic properties, and such compositions can be used as space-filling materials, load-bearing materials, anti-adhesion compositions, drug delivery vehicles or lubrication of tissues and medical instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: FzioMed, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel J. Falcone, Richard A. Berg
  • Patent number: 9044256
    Abstract: Medical devices having a platform and an arm movable between a collapsed position and an expanded position. In some embodiments, the platform comprises at least one of a magnetically-attractive material and a material capable of being magnetically-charged. Methods of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Cadeddu, Daniel J. Scott, Raul Fernandez, Richard A. Bergs
  • Patent number: 9033957
    Abstract: The present invention is a device and system for manipulating a surgical tool at an intended location, e.g., a confined or inaccessible space, which includes a surgical anchor having at least one opening, wherein the opening provides a catch for a pin; and at least one anchor point to position and orient a surgical tool inside a human body. The apparatus and system of the present invention allows for the use of multiple intra-abdominal surgical tools inserted through a single incision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Cadeddu, Richard A. Bergs, Raul Fernandez, Linda Baker
  • Patent number: 8944997
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to medical devices and methods. The present medical devices comprises a platform comprising a magnetically-attractive material, and a camera coupled to the platform and configured to be moved in at least three degrees of freedom relative to the platform, where the camera's movement in each respective degree of freedom is controlled by a separate actuator coupled to the platform. The medical devices further comprise a housing disposed around at least a portion of the camera, the housing being at least partially transparent, and a wiper arm configured to move relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Raul Fernandez, Daniel J. Scott, Shou Jiang Tang, Jeffrey A. Cadeddu, Richard A. Bergs
  • Publication number: 20140358229
    Abstract: Embodiments of apparatuses, and methods and systems including apparatuses, configured to be magnetically coupled to a medical device within a body cavity of a patient. Some embodiments include one or more elements comprising at least one of a magnetically-attractive and magnetically-chargeable material; and a bumper extending around the one or more elements and configured to reduce the strength of a magnetic field of the one or more elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Richard A. BERGS, Heather E. BEARDSLEY, Jeffrey A. CADEDDU, Raul FERNANDEZ, Daniel J. SCOTT
  • Publication number: 20140309315
    Abstract: Compositions comprising carboxypolysaccharides (CPS) including carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) and polyethylene glycols (PEGs) are provided where the PEG is a PEG-epoxide covalently linked to the CPS. In certain embodiments, the PEG attaches to only one CPS, forming a decorated CPS. In other embodiments, bi-functional PEG molecules are attached to adjacent CPSs, thereby forming a covalently cross-linked composition. Additional embodiments include PEG/CMC compositions where the PEG is a multi-branch PEG and/or a multi-arm PEG. PEG/CMC compositions can be made with desired viscoelastic properties, and such compositions can be used as space-filling materials, load-bearing materials, anti-adhesion compositions, drug delivery vehicles or lubrication of tissues and medical instruments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Samuel J. Falcone, Richard A. Berg
  • Publication number: 20130245356
    Abstract: A device for manipulating a magnetic coupling force across tissue in response to a monitored coupling force is described. The device includes a magnetic field source assembly that includes at least one fixed magnet and a rotatable magnet positioned within a cavity defined by the fixed magnet that provide an external magnetic field source for providing a magnetic field across tissue. An actuation assembly is operatively connected to the magnetic field force assembly. A sensor is provided that senses a magnetic coupling force and communicates changes therein to a controller which directs the accuation assembly to adjust the speed of rotation of the rotatable magnet in response to the sensed changes in magnetic coupling force to effect a change of magnetic flux generated by the rotatable magnet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicants: Board of Regents of The University of Texas System, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Raul Fernandez, Sean P. Conlon, Richard Bergs
  • Patent number: 8480668
    Abstract: The present invention is a device and method of using a variety of laparoscopic or NOTES surgical tools at a confined or inaccessible space e.g., an intra-abdominal surgical and NOTES tool inserted through a single incision through the skin or hollow viscus. Generally, the laparoscopic or NOTES surgical devices include a device body having a first side and a second side, wherein the first side includes a positioning mechanism and the second side includes one or more of a variety of laparoscopic or NOTES tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Board of Regents of The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Raul Fernandez, Daniel J. Scott, Shou-Jiang Tang, Jeffrey A. Cadeddu, Richard A. Bergs