Patents by Inventor Thomas E. Meyer

Thomas E. Meyer 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: 11000410
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a body and a pair of rigid legs extending from the body. The body includes an engagement feature configured to engage a deployment instrument. The legs are parallel with each other. Each leg has a sharp tip. The legs both extend along a plane. The body defines a guide opening. The guide opening is oriented transversely relative to the plane associated with the legs. The guide opening is sized to receive a cannula having a generally flat profile. The guide opening is configured to guide the cannula through a sclerotomy at a substantially tangential orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: GYROSCOPE THERAPEUTICS LIMITED
    Inventors: Brendan J. Oberkircher, Benjamin L. Ko, Robert H. Roth, Mark S. Ortiz, Thomas E. Meyer, Franklin S. Busch, Isaac J. Khan, Michael F. Keane, Anna R. Raymond, Jacob W. Schubert
  • Publication number: 20210127332
    Abstract: A monitor and control system and a method of monitoring and controlling an onboard system of an assembly includes one or more of a plurality of sensors detects whether an event occurred in the onboard system. The sensors communicate with a master controller when the master controller is in a nominal mode in which the master controller is powered on to actively monitor the sensors, and includes a sleep mode in which the master controller is powered off and does not monitor the sensors when in the sleep mode. An agent controller monitors the sensors when the master controller is in the sleep mode. One or more of the sensors signal the agent controller that the event has occurred. The agent controller signals the master controller to awaken from the sleep mode in response to the one or more of the sensors signaling the agent controller of the event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Fiona E. Meyer-Teruel, Thomas J. Timpf, JR., Tao Wang, Michael P. Barker, Charles A. Campbell
  • Patent number: 10980930
    Abstract: The invention relates to fluid flow paths and fluid connectors for use with detachable containers that can be seated in an infusate caddy for use in a dialysis machine. The detachable containers can contain infusates or other solutes or materials such as disinfectants or cleaners, and can be conveniently seated in the infusate caddy. The detachable containers can be removed from the infusate caddy for restocking, cleaning, or resupply, as needed. The infusate caddy can be positioned or seated in a receiving compartment of a dialysis machine, and can also be removed, as needed. The fluid path and fluid connectors of the present invention provide the required fluid fittings, valve arrangements, pumps, and paddle assemblies for using the infusate caddy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc
    Inventors: David B. Lura, Christopher M. Hobot, Martin T. Gerber, Thomas E. Meyer
  • Publication number: 20210106763
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a first member and a second member. The first member is configured to receive a portion of a syringe barrel and includes a first stop surface. The second member includes a second stop surface. Each stop surface is configured to engage the portion of a plunger to thereby arrest longitudinal movement of the plunger relative to the syringe barrel. The second member is operable to move relative to the first member from a first position to a second position. The second member remains coupled with the first member while in both the first position and the second position. The second stop surface engages the portion of the plunger when the second member is in the first position. The second stop surface does not prevent the portion of the plunger from reaching the first stop surface when the second member is in the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2020
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Inventors: Thomas E. Meyer, Tony C. Siebel, Daniel C. Hutchens, Jacob W. Schubert
  • Publication number: 20210052798
    Abstract: A blood based solute monitoring system for measuring at least one blood solute species that has a first recirculation flow path in communication with a dialyzer. The first recirculation flow path is configured to allow a fluid to recirculate through a dialyzer such that the concentration of at least one solute species in the fluid becomes equilibrated to the solute species concentration of the blood compartment of the dialyzer. The blood solute monitoring system has at least one sensor to measure a fluid characteristic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2020
    Publication date: February 25, 2021
    Applicant: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryant J. Pudil, Thomas E. Meyer, David B. Lura, Martin T. Gerber
  • Publication number: 20210030937
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods for the performance of kidney replacement therapy having or using a dialyzer, control components, sorbent cartridge, and fluid reservoirs configured to be of a weight and size suitable to be worn or carried by an individual requiring treatment are disclosed. The system has a controlled compliance dialysis circuit, where a control pump controls the bi-directional movement of fluid across a dialysis membrane. A first sorbent cartridge is provided for use in a portable treatment module having activated carbon and zirconium oxide. The system also provides for the monitoring of an inlet and outlet conductivity of a sorbent cartridge containing urease to provide a facility to quantify or monitor the removal of urea by a detachable urea removal module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2020
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Applicant: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas D. Kelly, SuPing Lyu, Bryant J. Pudil, Thomas E. Meyer
  • Patent number: 10905816
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing the sodium concentration of a dialysate fluid during hemodialysis therapy and adjusting sodium concentration using a sodium management system to generate a sodium-modified fluid are provided. The systems and methods also provide a mechanism for controlled addition of sodium ions to the dialysate to generate a predetermined total sodium concentration in a dialysate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryant J. Pudil, Martin T. Gerber, David B. Lura, Thomas E. Meyer
  • Publication number: 20210007890
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a body, a needle, a catheter, and an actuator assembly. The needle extends distally from the body. The needle has an inner wall defining a needle lumen. The needle lumen is in fluid communication with a fluid port of the body. The catheter is slidably disposed in the needle lumen. The catheter has a catheter lumen. The first actuator assembly is configured to translate the catheter within and relative to the needle. The apparatus may also include an actuator assembly that is configured to rotate the needle relative to the body. The apparatus may be used to first deliver a leading bleb of fluid to the subretinal space in a patient's eye via the needle. The apparatus may then be used to deliver a therapeutic agent to the subretinal space in the patient's eye via the catheter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Inventors: Michael F. Clem, Benjamin L. Ko, Robert H. Roth, Daniel J. Abbott, Thomas E. Meyer, Paul D. Gordon
  • Patent number: 10888648
    Abstract: The invention relates to devices, systems, and methods for priming, disinfecting, and preparing dialysate and related fluids for use in dialysis. The dialysate and related fluids can be prepared from solutes obtained from infusate containers seated in an infusate caddy. The infusate caddy can be removably positioned in a receiving compartment of a dialysis machine. Similarly, the infusate containers containing the necessary solutes for preparing the dialysate and related fluids can also be removably positioned in the infusate caddy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc
    Inventors: David B. Lura, Christopher M. Hobot, Martin T. Gerber, Thomas E. Meyer
  • Patent number: 10881777
    Abstract: A blood based solute monitoring system for measuring at least one blood solute species that has a first recirculation flow path in fluid communication with a dialyzer. The first recirculation flow path is configured to allow a fluid to recirculate through a dialyzer such that the concentration of at least one solute species in the fluid becomes equilibrated to the solute species concentration of the blood in a blood compartment of the dialyzer. The blood solute monitoring system has at least one sensor to measure a fluid characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryant J. Pudil, Thomas E. Meyer, David B. Lura, Martin T. Gerber
  • Patent number: 10874787
    Abstract: The invention relates to a degassing vessel and related systems and methods that can remove certain gases such as carbon dioxide from a dialysis system with minimal foaming inside the degassing vessel. The invention further relates to mechanical systems and methods for degassing a dialysate or any fluid used for, during or resulting from dialysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Meyer, Samuel J. Schmidt, William P. Hajko, Carl Wilbert Gomes, II
  • Patent number: 10874788
    Abstract: The invention relates to an infusate caddy for carrying, organizing, and operating infusate containers containing solutes for preparing dialysate and related fluids for use in dialysis. The infusate containers can be seated in the infusate caddy, and the infusate containers removed from the infusate caddy for restocking, cleaning, or resupply, as needed. The infusate caddy can be positioned or seated in a receiving compartment of a dialysis machine, and can also be removed, as needed, from the dialysis machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: David B. Lura, Christopher M. Hobot, Martin T. Gerber, Thomas E. Meyer
  • Patent number: 10857277
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods for the performance of kidney replacement therapy having or using a dialyzer, control components, sorbent cartridge, and fluid reservoirs configured to be of a weight and size suitable to be worn or carried by an individual requiring treatment are disclosed. The system has a controlled compliance dialysis circuit, where a control pump controls the bi-directional movement of fluid across a dialysis membrane. A first sorbent cartridge is provided for use in a portable treatment module having activated carbon and zirconium oxide. The system also provides for the monitoring of an inlet and outlet conductivity of a sorbent cartridge containing urease to provide a facility to quantify or monitor the removal of urea by a detachable urea removal module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas D. Kelly, SuPing Lyu, Bryant J. Pudil, Thomas E. Meyer
  • Patent number: 10850016
    Abstract: Systems and methods for cleaning and disinfecting a medical therapy device that delivers any one of hemodialysis, hemodiafiltration and hemofiltration. The system has a base module that has at least one segment of a controlled compliant flow path and at least one pair of jumpered ports configured on the base module. One or more components have connections connectable to the jumpered ports of the base module to provide for fluid communication between the segment of the controlled compliant flow path in the base module and a flow path defined by the one or more components. The base module is connected to the one or more components that define a flow path configurable for carrying out in part at least one function performed during any one of hemodialysis, hemodiafiltration or hemofiltration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Meyer, David B. Lura, Bryant J. Pudil, Martin T. Gerber, Mark F. Daniels
  • Patent number: 10821021
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a body, a needle, a catheter, and an actuator assembly. The needle extends distally from the body. The needle has an inner wall defining a needle lumen. The needle lumen is in fluid communication with a fluid port of the body. The catheter is slidably disposed in the needle lumen. The catheter has a catheter lumen. The first actuator assembly is configured to translate the catheter within and relative to the needle. The apparatus may also include an actuator assembly that is configured to rotate the needle relative to the body. The apparatus may be used to first deliver a leading bleb of fluid to the subretinal space in a patient's eye via the needle. The apparatus may then be used to deliver a therapeutic agent to the subretinal space in the patient's eye via the catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: GYROSCOPE THERAPEUTICS LIMITED
    Inventors: Michael F. Clem, Benjamin L. Ko, Robert H. Roth, Daniel J. Abbott, Thomas E. Meyer, Paul D. Gordon
  • Publication number: 20200330674
    Abstract: Systems and methods for the performance of kidney replacement therapy having or using a dialyzer, control components, sorbent cartridge and fluid reservoirs configured to be of a weight and size suitable to be worn or carried by an individual requiring treatment are disclosed. The system for performing kidney replacement therapy has a controlled compliance dialysis circuit, where a control pump controls the bi-directional movement of fluid across a dialysis membrane. The dialysis circuit and an extracorporeal circuit for circulating blood are in fluid communication through the dialysis membrane. The flux of fluid moving between the extracorporeal circuit and the dialysis circuit is modified by the rate at which the control pump is operating such that a rate of ultrafiltration and convective clearance can be controlled. The system provides for the monitoring of an inlet and outlet conductivity of the sorbent cartridge to provide a facility to quantify or monitor the removal of urea by the sorbent cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas D. Kelly, SuPing Lyu, Bryant J. Pudil, Thomas E. Meyer
  • Patent number: 10806630
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a pad assembly, an injector assembly, an injector driver, and a fluid source. The pad assembly is sized and configured to be placed on a forehead of a patient. The injector assembly includes a body, a flexible cannula, and a needle. The body is configured to be removably secured to the pad assembly. The cannula is sized to be inserted through an incision in an eye of a patient. The needle is slidably disposed in the cannula. The injector driver is operable to drive the needle longitudinally relative to the flexible cannula. The fluid source assembly is in fluid communication with the needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: GYROSCOPE THERAPEUTICS LIMITED
    Inventors: Daniel W. Price, Brendan J. Oberkircher, James G. Lee, Clinton Denlinger, Daniel J. Prenger, Geoffrey King, Scott Uhland, Mark C. Tsai, Michael F. Keane, Isaac J. Khan, Benjamin L. Ko, Thomas E. Meyer, Denis P. Turner
  • Patent number: 10806629
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a pad assembly, an injector assembly, an injector driver, and a fluid source. The pad assembly is sized and configured to be placed on a forehead of a patient. The injector assembly includes a body, a flexible cannula, and a needle. The body is configured to be removably secured to the pad assembly. The cannula is sized to be inserted through an incision in an eye of a patient. The needle is slidably disposed in the cannula. The injector driver is operable to drive the needle longitudinally relative to the flexible cannula. The fluid source assembly is in fluid communication with the needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: GYROSCOPE THERAPEUTICS LIMITED
    Inventors: Daniel W. Price, Brendan J. Oberkircher, James G. Lee, Clinton Denlinger, Daniel J. Prenger, Geoffrey King, Scott Uhland, Mark C. Tsai, Michael F. Keane, Isaac J. Khan, Benjamin L. Ko, Thomas E. Meyer, Denis P. Turner
  • Publication number: 20200306439
    Abstract: Systems and methods for the performance of kidney replacement therapy having or using a dialyzer, control components, sorbent cartridge and fluid reservoirs configured to be of a weight and size suitable to be worn or carried by an individual requiring treatment are disclosed. The system for performing kidney replacement therapy has a controlled compliance dialysis circuit, where a control pump controls the bi-directional movement of fluid across a dialysis membrane. The dialysis circuit and an extracorporeal circuit for circulating blood are in fluid communication through the dialysis membrane. The flux of fluid moving between the extracorporeal circuit and the dialysis circuit is modified by the rate at which the control pump is operating such that a rate of ultrafiltration and convective clearance can be controlled. The system provides for the monitoring of an inlet and outlet conductivity of the sorbent cartridge to provide a facility to quantify or monitor the removal of urea by the sorbent cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas D. Kelly, SuPing Lyu, Bryant J. Pudil, Thomas E. Meyer
  • Publication number: 20200297907
    Abstract: The invention relates to a degassing vessel and related systems and methods that can remove certain gases such as carbon dioxide from a dialysis system with minimal foaming inside the degassing vessel. The invention further relates to mechanical systems and methods for degassing a dialysate or any fluid used for, during or resulting from dialysis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Applicant: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Meyer, Samuel J. Schrnidt, William P. Hajko, Carl Wilbert Gomes