Patents by Inventor Sean M. O'Connor

Sean M. O'Connor 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: 11033679
    Abstract: A fluid pathway assembly includes a needle insertion mechanism, a fluid conduit, and a fluid pathway connection. The fluid pathway assembly may further include a drug container to hold a drug fluid prior to initiation of the injection. The assembly may include a carrier disposed along at least a portion of the fluid pathway assembly, and/or a drug container. The fill-finish cartridge functions to retain the components of the fluid pathway assembly in a sterile condition, while allowing for easy integration of the fluid pathway assembly and the drug container into a standard fill-finish process. Methods of constructing a cartridge, filling a drug container included in a cartridge, and incorporating the same into a drug delivery device are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: UNL HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: Ian B. Hanson, Paul F. Bente, IV, Sean M. O'Connor, Matthew J. Clemente, Ryan M. Agard, Nicholas J. Ciccarelli
  • Patent number: 10933189
    Abstract: A variable rate controlled delivery drive mechanism includes a drive mechanism housing, at least partially within which initially resides a biasing member positioned in an initially energized state within an inner cavity of a piston. The drive mechanism may include a gear drive having one or more screws and one or more corresponding nuts. The piston contacts a plunger seal and is configured to axially translate the plunger seal, by force asserted upon it from the biasing member, from a first position to a second position within a drug container for drug delivery. The biasing member is metered from free expansion from its energized state by the gear drive and a gear assembly mechanism having a motor. A drug delivery pump utilizes such variable rate controlled delivery mechanisms. A status reader configured to recognize one or more corresponding status triggers is utilized to provide feedback to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: UNL Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Paul F. Bente, IV, Ian B. Hanson, Vincent E. Mandes, Sean M. O'Connor
  • Publication number: 20210046244
    Abstract: A replaceable fluid restriction mechanism 500, 1500 includes: an aperture 520A residing adjacent to a fluid pathway connection and configured to permit flow of a drug fluid through the aperture 520A when the fluid pathway connection is open; an entry point 520B of a fluid channel 520C configured such that the flow of drug fluid can travel through aperture 520A to the entry point 520B and through the fluid channel 520C to an exit point 520D; and an outlet aperture 514 of a port 512 through which the flow of drug fluid may travel after exiting the exit point 520D, wherein a fluid conduit 30 is connected to the fluid restriction mechanism at the outlet aperture. A configurable fluid restriction mechanism 500, 1500 includes a plurality of fluid channels 520C, 521C, 522C, 523C, selectable to align with the entry point 520B and an exit point 520D of the fluid restriction mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Inventors: Sean M. O'Connor, Ian B. Hanson, Paul F. Bente, IV, Matthew J. Clemente
  • Patent number: 10918788
    Abstract: A drive mechanism having integrated status indication includes a drive housing, a status switch interconnect, a drive biasing member, a piston, and a drug container having a cap, a pierceable seal, a barrel, and a plunger seal, wherein the drive biasing member is configured to bear upon an interface surface of the piston. Drive mechanism may include an incremental status stem having a stem interconnect, wherein the stem resides within the drive housing and the piston, and wherein the stem has an interconnect which engages one or more contacts on the piston to provide incremental feedback. A drug delivery pump with integrated status indication includes a housing and an assembly platform, upon which an activation mechanism, an insertion mechanism, a fluid pathway connection, a power and control system, and the drive mechanism having a drug container may be mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: UNL HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: Sean M. O'Connor, Kevin Bokelman, Ian B. Hanson, Paul F. Bente, IV
  • Patent number: 10821239
    Abstract: An insertion mechanism having a vented fluid pathway includes an insertion biasing member 210, a hub 212, a needle 214, a retraction biasing member 216, and a manifold 240 having a septum 230 and a cannula 234, wherein the annular space between the septum 230 and the cannula 234 defines a manifold header 242. The manifold and fluid conduit are ventable through the membrane prior to or just after needle 214 and cannula 234 are inserted into the user. Such insertion is caused by the insertion biasing member(s) 210, after which only the needle 214 or another occlusion element is retracted. Such retraction may open a fluid pathway from the manifold header 242 to the body through the cannula 234 and/or needle 214. A drug delivery pump 10 includes such an insertion mechanism 200 having a vented fluid pathway. The drug delivery pump 10 may contain the insertion mechanism 200 having a vented fluid pathway in either an internally i or an externally tethered configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: UNL Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Ian B. Hanson, Paul F. Bente, IV, Sean M. O'Connor, Jaimin B. Shah
  • Patent number: 10806854
    Abstract: An insertion mechanism for a drug pump includes an insertion mechanism housing; a manifold guide; an insertion biasing members initially held in an energized state; a retraction biasing member and a hub connected to a proximal end of a needle, wherein the retraction biasing member is held initially in an energized state between the hub and the manifold guide; and a manifold having a septum and a cannula, wherein the annular space between the septum and the cannula defines a manifold header. The needle and cannula are inserted into the body of a user by the insertion biasing member(s), after which only the needle is retracted. Retraction of the needle may open a fluid pathway from the manifold header to the body through the cannula. A drug delivery pump includes an activation mechanism, a drive mechanism, a fluid pathway connection, and the insertion mechanism. Assembly and operation methods are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: UNL Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Sean M. O'Connor, Robert Decker, Gautam N. Shetty, Mark A. DeStefano, Ian B. Hanson, Paul F. Bente, IV
  • Publication number: 20200316291
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a wearable drug delivery device including a container filled at least partially with a drug including at least one of a PCSK9 (Proprotein Convertase Subtilisin/Kexin Type 9) specific antibody, a granulocyte colony-stimulating factor CSF), a sclerostin antibody, or a calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) antibody. The wearable drug delivery device includes a needle and an insertion mechanism configured to insert the needle into a patient. A fluid pathway connector defines a sterile fluid flowpath between the container and the insertion mechanism. A cannula initially disposed about the needle is included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Inventors: Scott Robert Gibson, Sheldon B. Moberg, Basel Hasan Taha, Margaux Frances Boyaval, Mark A. Destefano, Lawton Laurence, John C. Love, Ian B. Hanson, Paul F. Bente, IV, Matthew J. Clemente, Antonio Ubach, Rajan Ramaswamy, Daniel S. Codd, Scott Beaver, Kevin L. Bokelman, Ian P. Dardani, Sean M. O'connor, Danielle Feldman
  • Patent number: 10617820
    Abstract: A replaceable fluid restriction mechanism includes: an aperture residing adjacent to a fluid pathway connection and configured to permit flow of a drug fluid through the aperture when the fluid pathway connection is open; an entry point of a fluid channel configured such that the flow of drug fluid can travel through aperture to the entry point and through the fluid channel to an exit point; and an outlet aperture of a port through which the flow of drug fluid may travel after exiting the exit point, wherein a fluid conduit is connected to the fluid restriction mechanism at the outlet aperture. A configurable fluid restriction mechanism includes a plurality of fluid channels, selectable to align with the entry point and an exit point of the fluid restriction mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: UNL Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Sean M. O'Connor, Ian B. Hanson, Paul F. Bente, IV, Matthew J. Clemente
  • Patent number: 10549029
    Abstract: A drive mechanism includes a housing, a piston adapted to impart movement to a plunger seal within a drug container, a plurality of biasing members disposed in parallel, and a retainer. The biasing members are disposed to release energy to cause movement of the piston from a retracted first position to the extended second position, the piston bearing against the plunger seal to dispense medicine. The retainer is disposed to maintain the biasing members in the energized position and to release the biasing members to permit the piston to dispense the medicine. The drive mechanism may also include an end-of-dose indicator to identify at least one of when the sleeve assembly is disposed subjacent a window in the housing the relative motion of the sleeve assembly with reference to the window or another reference component, the stoppage of such motion, and the rated or change of rate of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: UNL Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Ryan M. Agard, Ian B. Hanson, Nicholas J. Ciccarelli, Sean M. O'Connor, Kevin Bokelman, Paul F. Bente, IV, John C. Love, Christopher Edward Hatch
  • Publication number: 20190358394
    Abstract: A user-initiated fluid pathway connection includes: a connection hub, a piercing member, a sterile sleeve, and a drug container having a cap, a pierceable seal, a barrel, and a plunger seal, wherein the piercing member is initially retained within the sterile sleeve between the connection hub and the pierceable seal of the drug container. The connection hub may include an internal aperture within the connection hub which functions as a flow restrictor and wherein a piercing member is connected to one end of the internal aperture and a fluid conduit is connected to another end of the internal aperture. A drug delivery pump with integrated sterility maintenance features includes a housing, upon which an activation mechanism, an insertion mechanism, a fluid pathway connection as described above, a power and control system, and a drive mechanism connected to a drug container are mounted. Methods of assembly and operation are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Inventors: Sean M. O'Connor, Ian B. Hanson, Paul F. Bente, IV, Rajan Ramaswamy, Daniel S. Codd, Scott W. Beaver, Kevin Bokelman, John C. Love
  • Publication number: 20190262534
    Abstract: A drive mechanism includes a housing, a piston adapted to impart movement to a plunger seal within a drug container, a plurality of biasing members disposed in parallel, and a retainer. The biasing members are disposed to release energy to cause movement of the piston from a retracted first position to the extended second position, the piston bearing against the plunger seal to dispense medicine. The retainer is disposed to maintain the biasing members in the energized position and to release the biasing members to permit the piston to dispense the medicine. The drive mechanism may also include an end-of-dose indicator to identify at least one of when the sleeve assembly is disposed subjacent a window in the housing, the relative motion of the sleeve assembly with reference to the window or another reference component, the stoppage of such motion, and the rated or change of rate of motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Inventors: Ryan M. Agard, Ian B. Hanson, Nicholas J. Ciccarelli, Sean M. O'Connor, Kevin Bokelman, Paul F. Bente, IV
  • Patent number: 10369274
    Abstract: A user-initiated fluid pathway connection includes: a connection hub, a piercing member, a sterile sleeve, and a drug container having a cap, a pierceable seal, a barrel, and a plunger seal, wherein the piercing member is initially retained within the sterile sleeve between the connection hub and the pierceable seal of the drug container. The connection hub may include an internal aperture within the connection hub which functions as a flow restrictor and wherein a piercing member is connected to one end of the internal aperture and a fluid conduit is connected to another end of the internal aperture. A drug delivery pump with integrated sterility maintenance features includes a housing, upon which an activation mechanism, an insertion mechanism, a fluid pathway connection as described above, a power and control system, and a drive mechanism connected to a drug container are mounted. Methods of assembly and operation are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: UNL Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Sean M. O'Connor, Ian B. Hanson, Paul F. Bente, IV, Rajan Ramaswamy, Daniel S. Codd, Scott W. Beaver, Kevin L. Bokelman, John C. Love
  • Patent number: 10322231
    Abstract: A drive mechanism includes a housing, a piston adapted to impart movement to a plunger seal within a drug container, a plurality of biasing members disposed in parallel, and a retainer. The biasing members are disposed to release energy to cause movement of the piston from a retracted first position to the extended second position, the piston bearing against the plunger seal to dispense medicine. The retainer is disposed to maintain the biasing members in the energized position and to release the biasing members to permit the piston to dispense the medicine. The drive mechanism may also include an end-of-dose indicator to identify at least one of when the sleeve assembly is disposed subjacent a window in the housing, the relative motion of the sleeve assembly with reference to the window or another reference component, the stoppage of such motion, and the rated or change of rate of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: UNL Holdings
    Inventors: Ryan M. Agard, Ian B. Hanson, Nicholas J. Ciccarelli, Sean M. O'Connor, Kevin Bokelman, Paul F. Bente, IV
  • Patent number: 10251996
    Abstract: A variable rate controlled delivery drive mechanism includes a drive mechanism housing, at least partially within which initially resides a biasing member positioned in an initially energized state within an inner cavity of a piston. The drive mechanism may include a gear drive having one or more screws and one or more corresponding nuts. The piston contacts a plunger seal and is configured to axially translate the plunger seal, by force asserted upon it from the biasing member, from a first position to a second position within a drug container for drug delivery. The biasing member is metered from free expansion from its energized state by the gear drive and a gear assembly mechanism having a motor. A drug delivery pump utilizes such variable rate controlled delivery mechanisms. A status reader configured to recognize one or more corresponding status triggers is utilized to provide feedback to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: UNL Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Paul F. Bente, IV, Ian B. Hanson, Vincent E. Mandes, Sean M. O'Connor
  • Publication number: 20190022306
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a wearable drug delivery device including a container filled at least partially with a drug including at least one of a PCSK9 (Proprotein Convertase Subtilisin/Kexin Type 9) specific antibody, a granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF), a sclerostin antibody, or a calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) antibody. The wearable drug delivery device may include a needle and an insertion mechanism configured to insert the needle into a patient. A fluid pathway connector may define a sterile fluid flowpath between the container and the insertion mechanism. Optionally, a cannula initially disposed about the needle may be included. The cannula may be retained in the patient at an injection site created by the needle after the needle is withdrawn from the patient. Methods of assembly and operation are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: Amgen Inc.
    Inventors: Scott R. GIBSON, Sheldon B. MOBERG, Basel Hasan TAHA, Margaux Frances BOYAVAL, Mark A. DESTEFANO, John C. LOVE, Ian B. HANSON, Paul F. BENTE, IV, Matthew J. CLEMENTE, Rajan RAMASWAMY, Daniel S. CODD, Scott BEAVER, Kevin L. BOKELMAN, Sean M. O'CONNOR, Robert DECKER, Gautam N. SHETTY, Ryan M. AGARD, Nicholas J. CICCARELLI, Daniel DAVENPORT
  • Publication number: 20180304006
    Abstract: A variable rate controlled delivery drive mechanism includes a drive mechanism housing, at least partially within which initially resides a biasing member positioned in an initially energized state within an inner cavity of a piston. The drive mechanism may include a gear drive having one or more screws and one or more corresponding nuts. The piston contacts a plunger seal and is configured to axially translate the plunger seal, by force asserted upon it from the biasing member, from a first position to a second position within a drug container for drug delivery. The biasing member is metered from free expansion from its energized state by the gear drive and a gear assembly mechanism having a motor. A drug delivery pump utilizes such variable rate controlled delivery mechanisms. A status reader configured to recognize one or more corresponding status triggers is utilized to provide feedback to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Inventors: Paul F. Bente, IV, Ian B. Hanson, Vincent E. Mandes, Sean M. O'Connor
  • Publication number: 20180264193
    Abstract: A drive mechanism having integrated status indication includes a drive housing, a status switch interconnect, a drive biasing member, a piston, and a drug container having a cap, a pierceable seal, a barrel, and a plunger seal, wherein the drive biasing member is configured to bear upon an interface surface of the piston. Drive mechanism may include an incremental status stem having a stem interconnect, wherein the stem resides within the drive housing and the piston, and wherein the stem has an interconnect which engages one or more contacts on the piston to provide incremental feedback. A drug delivery pump with integrated status indication includes a housing and an assembly platform, upon which an activation mechanism, an insertion mechanism, a fluid pathway connection, a power and control system, and the drive mechanism having a drug container may be mounted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Inventors: Sean M. O'Connor, Kevin Bokelman, Ian B. Hanson, Paul F. Bente, IV
  • Patent number: 9999727
    Abstract: A drive mechanism having integrated status indication includes a drive housing, a status switch interconnect, a drive biasing member, a piston, and a drug container having a cap, a pierceable seal, a barrel, and a plunger seal, wherein the drive biasing member is configured to bear upon an interface surface of the piston. Drive mechanism may include an incremental status stem having a stem interconnect, wherein the stem resides within the drive housing and the piston, and wherein the stem has an interconnect which engages one or more contacts on the piston to provide incremental feedback. A drug delivery pump with integrated status indication includes a housing and an assembly platform, upon which an activation mechanism, an insertion mechanism, a fluid pathway connection, a power and control system, and the drive mechanism having a drug container may be mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: UNL Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Sean M. O'Connor, Kevin Bokelman, Ian B. Hanson, Paul F. Bente, IV
  • Publication number: 20180043091
    Abstract: A drive mechanism includes a housing, a piston adapted to impart movement to a plunger seal within a drug container, a plurality of biasing members disposed in parallel, and a retainer. The biasing members are disposed to release energy to cause movement of the piston from a retracted first position to the extended second position, the piston bearing against the plunger seal to dispense medicine. The retainer is disposed to maintain the biasing members in the energized position and to release the biasing members to permit the piston to dispense the medicine. The drive mechanism may also include an end-of-dose indicator to identify at least one of when the sleeve assembly is disposed subjacent a window in the housing, the relative motion of the sleeve assembly with reference to the window or another reference component, the stoppage of such motion, and the rated or change of rate of motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Inventors: Ryan M. Agard, Ian B. Hanson, Nicholas J. Ciccarelli, Sean M. O'Connor, Kevin Bokelman, Paul F. Bente, IV
  • Publication number: 20180008769
    Abstract: A user-initiated fluid pathway connection includes: a connection hub, a piercing member, a sterile sleeve, and a drug container having a cap, a pierceable seal, a barrel, and a plunger seal, wherein the piercing member is initially retained within the sterile sleeve between the connection hub and the pierceable seal of the drug container. The connection hub may include an internal aperture within the connection hub which functions as a flow restrictor and wherein a piercing member is connected to one end of the internal aperture and a fluid conduit is connected to another end of the internal aperture. A drug delivery pump with integrated sterility maintenance features includes a housing, upon which an activation mechanism, an insertion mechanism, a fluid pathway connection as described above, a power and control system, and a drive mechanism connected to a drug container are mounted. Methods of assembly and operation are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: Unitract Syringe PTY LTD
    Inventors: Sean M. O'Connor, Ian B. Hanson, Paul F. Bente, IV, Rajan Ramaswamy, Daniel S. Codd, Scott W. Beaver, Kevin L. Bokelman, John C. Love