Patents by Inventor Richard M. Beane

Richard M. Beane 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: 9572582
    Abstract: A connector for joining a first hollow structure to the side wall of a second hollow structure, the connector comprising a first component comprising an inner collar; a hollow body; and a graft mounted to the inner collar and forming a conduit through the hollow body and the inner collar; and a second component comprising an outer collar and a hollow body, the hollow body of the second component being sized for coaxial disposition over the hollow body of the first component so that the outer collar of the second component can be adjustably positioned relative to the inner collar of the first component and so that the conduit of the graft provides fluid communication between (i) the region beyond the inner collar, and (ii) the region beyond the hollow body of the first component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Correx, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard M. Beane, Ronald Boudreau, James Alan Crunkleton, Anthony G. Liepert, Joseph L. Smith, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9468515
    Abstract: A method for performing a percutaneous valve bypass, the method comprising providing a bypass conduit having a first end and a second end; connecting the first end of the bypass conduit to a first vascular structure at a first anastomosis; connecting the second end of the bypass conduit to a second vascular structure at a second anastomosis; advancing a percutaneous valve along the bypass conduit to a deployment site located within the bypass conduit; and deploying the percutaneous valve at the deployment site so that fluid is permitted to pass from the second vascular structure to the first vascular structure but is prevented from passing from the first vascular structure to the second vascular structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Correx, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard M. Beane, James Alan Crunkleton, Anthony Liepert, Joseph L. Smith, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150173734
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for connecting a first conduit to the heart without cardiopulmonary bypass. The first conduit may be attached to a second conduit having a prosthetic device interposed. The second conduit may then be connected to the aorta. The prosthetic device may be a prosthetic valve (or pump). The apparatus includes an implantable connector with first conduit component, a coring component, a retractor expansion component slidably coupled to the coring component, and a pushing component. The retractor expansion component seats against and separates the inside wall of the left ventricle so that the coring component cuts cleanly through the myocardium, forming a tissue plug. By remaining seated against the inside wall, the retractor expansion component follows the tissue plug into the coring component. The surgeon applies force and rotary motion to the pushing component sufficient to cut the tissue plug and implant the prosthetic component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Publication date: June 25, 2015
    Applicant: Correx, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard M. Beane, John W. Brown, James Alan Crunkleton, James S. Gammie, Joseph L. Smith, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150031959
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus and method for forming a hole in a wall of a hollow organ. The applicator includes a hole forming element for forming a hole in the wall of the organ, a positioning means for positioning the hole forming element, and a retractor element. In addition, the applicator includes a sequencing means for coordinating the relative movement of the retractor element and the hole forming element in a sequential manner to thereby carry out a procedure for forming a hole in the wall of the hollow organ. The sequencing means may further include a safety latch element operatively coupled to the retracting means and the hole forming element. The safety latch of the invention keeps prevents damage to the internal surface of the organ during the formation of the hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: Correx, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard M. Beane, John W. Brown, James Alan Crunkleton, James S. Gammie, Joseph L. Smith, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140200501
    Abstract: An implantable connector for suturelessly connecting a conduit to a hollow organ, the implantable connector comprising: a hollow expandable stent, wherein the hollow expandable stent comprises an internal skeleton and a blood-retaining membrane covering the internal skeleton, and wherein the hollow expandable stent is constructed so that it is capable of assuming (i) a diametrically-reduced state for insertion into an opening formed in the side wall of the hollow organ in order to create a first interference fit therewith, and (ii) a diametrically-expanded state for expanding against the side wall of the hollow organ in order to create a second, enhanced interference fit therewith.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Correx, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard M. Beane, James Alan Crunkleton, Anthony G. Liepert, Joseph L. Smith, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140194909
    Abstract: A connector for joining a first hollow structure to the side wall of a second hollow structure, the connector comprising a first component comprising an inner collar; a hollow body; and a graft mounted to the inner collar and forming a conduit through the hollow body and the inner collar; and a second component comprising an outer collar and a hollow body, the hollow body of the second component being sized for coaxial disposition over the hollow body of the first component so that the outer collar of the second component can be adjustably positioned relative to the inner collar of the first component and so that the conduit of the graft provides fluid communication between (i) the region beyond the inner collar, and (ii) the region beyond the hollow body of the first component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Correx, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard M. Beane, Ronald Boudreau, James Alan Crunkleton, Anthony G. Liepert, Joseph L. Smith, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140155983
    Abstract: A connector for joining first and second hollow structures, comprising a fluid-constraining tube having a fluid-constraining neck extending therefrom, wherein the tube and the neck each comprise a lumen having first and second openings, the neck being joined to the tube such that fluid entering the first opening of the tube can exit the second opening of the tube, and fluid entering the first opening of the neck can exit the second opening of the tube; at least the portions of the tube adjacent to the first and second openings of the tube being biased radially outwardly so that they normally assume a radially-expanded configuration, but being capable of being restrained in a radially-contracted configuration, wherein the tube is sized so that, when it is in its radially-expanded configuration, it has an outer diameter which is larger than the inner diameter of the second hollow structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Richard M. Beane, John W. Brown, James Alan Crunkleton, James S. Gammie, Anthony G. Liepert, Joseph L. Smith, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8679138
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus and method for forming a hole in a wall of a hollow organ. The applicator includes a hole forming element for forming a hole in the wall of the organ, a positioning means for positioning the hole forming element, and a retractor element. In addition, the applicator includes a sequencing means for coordinating the relative movement of the retractor element and the hole forming element in a sequential manner to thereby carry out a procedure for forming a hole in the wall of the hollow organ. The sequencing means may further include a safety latch element operatively coupled to the retracting means and the hole forming element. The safety latch of the invention keeps prevents damage to the internal surface of the organ during the formation of the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Correx, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard M. Beane, John W. Brown, James Alan Crunkleton, James S. Gammie, Joseph L. Smith, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20130218261
    Abstract: An applicator for forming a hole in a wall of a hollow vessel and engaging a graft, the applicator comprising: a hole forming element adapted to form a hole in the wall of the vessel, the hole forming element comprising a cutting element adapted to cut a hole in the wall of the vessel and a positioning element adapted to hold the position of the applicator relative to the vessel; and an insertion element adapted to be inserted through the wall of the vessel, the insertion element comprising a retraction element adapted to enter into engagement with a graft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: Correx, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard M. Beane, John W. Brown, James Alan Crunkleton, James S. Gammie, Joseph L. Smith, JR.
  • Patent number: 8414603
    Abstract: The invention provides an applicator for forming a hole in a wall of a hollow organ and for connecting a hemostatic connection assembly to the hollow organ, wherein, when the hole is formed in the wall of the hollow organ, a first fluid seal exists between the hemostatic connection assembly and the wall of the hollow organ and a second fluid seal exists between the hemostatic connection assembly and the applicator, thereby minimizing fluid loss from the hollow organ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Correx, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard M. Beane, John W. Brown, James Alan Crunkleton, James S. Gammie, Joseph L. Smith
  • Patent number: 8277465
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method for forming a side branch on a hollow vessel, such as the aorta. The side branch is preferably adapted to be connected to a connector conduit, but any other suitable use is also acceptable. The system comprises a graft including a side branch portion, and an applicator comprising a hole forming element adapted to form a hole in the wall of the vessel and an insertion element adapted to be inserted through the wall of the vessel, the insertion element comprising a retraction element adapted to enter into engagement with the graft. The hole forming element may comprise a cutting element adapted to cut a hole in the wall of the vessel, and a positioning element adapted to hold the position of the applicator relative to the vessel. The system further comprises a graft protection element adapted to prevent the graft from being damaged by the cutting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Correx, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard M. Beane, John W. Brown, James Alan Crunkleton, James S. Gammie, Joseph L. Smith, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8226670
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for connecting a first conduit to the heart without the need for cardiopulmonary bypass. The first conduit may then be attached to a second conduit that has a prosthetic device interposed. The second conduit may then be connected to the aorta. The prosthetic device may be a prosthetic valve or a pump, for example. The apparatus of the present invention includes an implantable connector with first conduit component, a retractor expansion component, a coring component, and a pushing component. The retractor expansion component is slide-ably coupled to the coring component. The retractor expansion component serves to seat against and separate the inside apical wall of the left ventricle so that the coring component may cut cleanly through the myocardium to form a tissue plug without leaving any hanging attachments to the inside walls. By remaining seated against the inside wall, the retractor expansion component follows the tissue plug into the coring component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Correx, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard M. Beane, John W. Brown, James Alan Crunkleton, James S. Gammie, Joseph L. Smith, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20110196408
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus and method for forming a hole in a wall of a hollow organ. The applicator includes a hole forming element for forming a hole in the wall of the organ, a positioning means for positioning the hole forming element, and a retractor element. In addition, the applicator includes a sequencing means for coordinating the relative movement of the retractor element and the hole forming element in a sequential manner to thereby carry out a procedure for forming a hole in the wall of the hollow organ. The sequencing means may further include a safety latch element operatively coupled to the retracting means and the hole forming element. The safety latch of the invention keeps prevents damage to the internal surface of the organ during the formation of the hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Applicant: CORREX, INC.
    Inventors: Richard M. Beane, John W. Brown, James Alan Crunkleton, James S. Gammie, Joseph L. Smith, JR.
  • Publication number: 20110118763
    Abstract: A connector for joining a first hollow structure to the side wall of a second hollow structure, the connector comprising: a fluid-constraining tube having a fluid-constraining neck extending therefrom, wherein the tube comprises a lumen having a first opening and a second opening and the neck comprises a lumen having a first opening and a second opening, the neck being joined to the tube so that the neck is in fluid communication with the tube intermediate the length of the tube, such that fluid entering the first opening of the tube can exit the second opening of the tube, and fluid entering the first opening of the neck can exit the second opening of the tube; at least the portions of the tube adjacent to the first opening of the tube and the second opening of the tube being biased radially outwardly so that they normally assume a radially-expanded configuration, but being capable of being restrained in a radially-contracted configuration, wherein the tube is sized so that, when it is in its radially-exp
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventors: Richard M. Beane, John W. Brown, James Alan Crunkleton, James S. Gammie, Anthony G. Liepert, Joseph L. Smith, JR.
  • Publication number: 20110118651
    Abstract: A method for performing a percutaneous valve bypass, the method comprising: providing a bypass conduit having a first end and a second end; connecting the first end of the bypass conduit to a first vascular structure at a first anastomosis; connecting the second end of the bypass conduit to a second vascular structure at a second anastomosis; advancing a percutaneous valve along the bypass conduit to a deployment site located within the bypass conduit; and deploying the percutaneous valve at the deployment site so that fluid is permitted to pass from the second vascular structure to the first vascular structure but is prevented from passing from the first vascular structure to the second vascular structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventors: Richard M. Beane, James Alan Crunkleton, Anthony Liepert, Joseph L. Smith, JR.
  • Publication number: 20110118764
    Abstract: A connector for joining a first hollow structure to the side wall of a second hollow structure, the connector comprising: a first component comprising: an inner collar for disposition within the interior of the second hollow structure, the inner collar having a toroidal configuration characterized by an outer perimeter and an inner perimeter, with the inner collar being flexible; a hollow body connected to the inner collar and upstanding therefrom, the hollow body of the inner collar being aligned with the inner perimeter of the inner collar; and a graft element mounted to the inner collar and forming a conduit extending through the hollow body and the inner perimeter of the inner collar, the graft being formed out of a fluid-retaining material; and a second component for disposition outside the second hollow structure, the second component comprising an outer collar and a hollow body connected to the outer collar, the outer collar having a toroidal configuration characterized by an outer perimeter and
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventors: Richard M. Beane, Ronald Boudreau, James Alan Crunkleton, Anthony G. Liepert, Joseph L. Smith, JR.
  • Publication number: 20110071455
    Abstract: An implantable connector for suturelessly connecting a conduit to a hollow organ, the implantable connector comprising: a hollow expandable stent, wherein the hollow expandable stent comprises an internal skeleton and a blood-retaining membrane covering the internal skeleton, and wherein the hollow expandable stent is constructed so that it is capable of assuming (i) a diametrically-reduced state for insertion into an opening formed in the side wall of the hollow organ in order to create a first interference fit therewith, and (ii) a diametrically-expanded state for expanding against the side wall of the hollow organ in order to create a second, enhanced interference fit therewith.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventors: Richard M. Beane, James Alan Crunkleton, Anthony G. Liepert, Joseph L. Smith
  • Patent number: 7799041
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus and method for forming a hole in a wall of a hollow organ. The applicator includes a hole forming element for forming a hole in the wall of the organ, a positioning means for positioning the hole forming element, and a retractor element. In addition, the applicator includes a sequencing means for coordinating the relative movement of the retractor element and the hole forming element in a sequential manner to thereby carry out a procedure for forming a hole in the wall of the hollow organ. The sequencing means may further include a safety latch element operatively coupled to the retracting means and the hole forming element. The safety latch of the invention keeps prevents damage to the internal surface of the organ during the formation of the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Correx, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard M. Beane, John W. Brown, James Alan Crunkleton, James S. Gammie, Joseph L. Smith, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20100010500
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for connecting a first conduit to the heart without the need for cardiopulmonary bypass. The first conduit may then be attached to a second conduit that has a prosthetic device interposed. The second conduit may then be connected to the aorta. The prosthetic device may be a prosthetic valve or a pump, for example. The apparatus of the present invention includes an implantable connector with first conduit component, a retractor expansion component, a coring component, and a pushing component. The retractor expansion component is slide-ably coupled to the coring component. The retractor expansion component serves to seat against and separate the inside apical wall of the left ventricle so that the coring component may cut cleanly through the myocardium to form a tissue plug without leaving any hanging attachments to the inside walls. By remaining seated against the inside wall, the retractor expansion component follows the tissue plug into the coring component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Applicant: Correx, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard M. Beane, John W. Brown, James Alan Crunkleton, James S. Gammie, Joseph L. Smith, JR.
  • Publication number: 20090317448
    Abstract: The invention features methods of making living tissue constructs that can be used to repair perforations in tympanic membranes, the repair constructs themselves, and methods of repair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Inventors: Lawrence J. Bonassar, Morgan Hott, Clifford Megerian, Richard M. Beane