Patents by Inventor Thomas F. Hinnenkamp

Thomas F. Hinnenkamp 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: 8048042
    Abstract: Medical devices are described that comprise surface capillary (SCF) fibers, which can impart desirable properties to the devices. For example, implantable prostheses are described comprising SCF fibers. In other embodiments, catheters are described having SCF fibers along the surface of the catheters. In addition, SCF fibers can be useful for the delivery of bioactive agents in association with the fibers. Due to the fluid flow capabilities of the fibers, medical devices are described that incorporate fiber matrices to facilitate blood delivery to cells within the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew F. Ogle, Thomas F. Hinnenkamp
  • Patent number: 7879067
    Abstract: Improved embolism protection devices comprises fibers that can have one configuration for delivery of the device and a second configuration in which the device is deployed for filtering of flow within a vessel. In some embodiments, the fibers can be connected to a fiber support, which is connected to an actuating element. The actuating element controls the transition from the delivery configuration to the deployed configuration. The embolism protection device can comprise a guidewire. The fibers can be attached at one end to a fiber support structure and at another end to the guidewire. A hypotube can be attached to the proximal end of the fibers while the guidewire is attached at the distal end of the fibers with the guidewire extending within a central channel of the hypotube. The hypotube can be used to guide the delivery of treatment structures, such as a balloon and/or a stent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Lumen Biomedical, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason A. Galdonik, Matthew F. Ogle, Jim Pokorney, Thomas F. Hinnenkamp
  • Patent number: 7879062
    Abstract: Improved embolism protection devices comprises fibers that can have one configuration for delivery of the device and a second configuration in which the device is deployed for filtering of flow within a vessel. In some embodiments, the fibers can be connected to a fiber support, which is connected to an actuating element. The actuating element controls the transition from the delivery configuration to the deployed configuration. The embolism protection device can comprise a guidewire. The fibers can be attached at one end to a fiber support structure and at another end to the guidewire. A hypotube can be attached to the proximal end of the fibers while the guidewire is attached at the distal end of the fibers with the guidewire extending within a central channel of the hypotube. The hypotube can be used to guide the delivery of treatment structures, such as a balloon and/or a stent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Lumen Biomedical, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason A. Galdonik, Matthew F. Ogle, Jim Pokorney, Thomas F. Hinnenkamp
  • Patent number: 7569062
    Abstract: A novel approach to mitral or tricuspid valve repair involves the performance of an edge-to-edge fastening/securing of opposing heart valve leaflets through a catheter entering the heart. Thus, a device is introduced including a leaflet fastener applicator through a cardiac catheter or other suitable catheter. The leaflet fastener applicator and cardiac catheter can be formed into a kit. A gripper can be used to hold the heart valve leaflets while they are fastened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen T. Kuehn, Thomas F. Hinnenkamp, William R. Holmberg, Darrin J. Bergman, Terry L. Shepherd
  • Publication number: 20040167539
    Abstract: A novel approach to mitral or tricuspid valve repair involves the performance of an edge-to-edge fastening/securing of opposing heart valve leaflets through a catheter entering the heart. Thus, a device is introduced including a leaflet fastener applicator through a cardiac catheter or other suitable catheter. The leaflet fastener applicator and cardiac catheter can be formed into a kit. A gripper can be used to hold the heart valve leaflets while they are fastened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2004
    Publication date: August 26, 2004
    Applicant: St. Jude Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen T. Kuehn, Thomas F. Hinnenkamp, William R. Holmberg, Darrin J. Bergman, Scott D. Moore, Terry L. Shepherd
  • Patent number: 6695866
    Abstract: A novel approach to mitral or tricuspid valve repair involves the performance of an edge-to-edge fastening/securing of opposing heart valve leaflets through a catheter entering the heart. Thus, a device is introduced including a leaflet fastener applicator through a cardiac catheter or other suitable catheter. The leaflet fastener applicator and cardiac catheter can be formed into a kit. A gripper can be used to hold the heart valve leaflets while they are fastened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen T. Kuehn, Thomas F. Hinnenkamp, William R. Holmberg, Darrin J. Bergman, Scott D. Moore, Terry L. Shepherd
  • Patent number: 6214043
    Abstract: A device for engaging a heart valve prosthesis during implantation includes a hanger and a holder. The holder includes a distal engaging surface adapted for engaging the heart valve prosthesis. The hanger is used to suspend the prosthesis in packaging and may be used to manipulate the prosthesis during implantation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt D. Krueger, Kimberly A. Anderson, Guy P. Vanney, Thomas F. Hinnenkamp
  • Patent number: 6165183
    Abstract: A novel approach to mitral or tricuspid valve repair involves the performance of an edge-to-edge fastening/securing of opposing heart valve leaflets through a catheter entering the heart. Thus, a device is introduced including a leaflet fastener applicator through a cardiac catheter or other suitable catheter. The leaflet fastener applicator and cardiac catheter can be formed into a kit. A gripper can be used to hold the heart valve leaflets while they are fastened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen T. Kuehn, Thomas F. Hinnenkamp, William R. Holmberg, Darrin J. Bergman, Scott D. Moore, Terry L. Shepherd
  • Patent number: 6110200
    Abstract: The present invention is a single apparatus that can be adjusted through a range of diameters to measure an anatomical tissue annulus. The apparatus includes an elongated support member having a proximal end and a distal end. An operator actuated movable member is joined to the proximal end of the elongated support member while an adjustable member is joined to the distal end of the elongated support member. The adjustable member has a reference axis and an outer curved surface selectively positionable in response to the operator actuated member. In particular, the outer curved surface can be selectively positioned between an inner position proximate the reference axis and an outer position spaced apart from the reference axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas F. Hinnenkamp
  • Patent number: 6019790
    Abstract: A prosthetic heart valve holder includes a set of jaws. Each jaw includes a distal end adapted for coupling to the prosthetic heart valve and a proximal end. A hinge assembly pivotally couples the jaws together between the distal and proximal ends. The hinge assembly allows movement of the jaws between an engaged position for grasping the prosthetic heart valve and an disengaged position in which the prosthetic heart valve is free from the distal ends. A locking collar is attached to the jaws and is movable between a first position in which the proximal ends are free from the collar, and a second position in which the collar holds the proximal ends of the jaws whereby the distal ends are held in position to engage the prosthetic heart valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: William R. Holmberg, Juan Carlos Ordonez, Mary T. Draney, Thomas F. Hinnenkamp
  • Patent number: 5814098
    Abstract: The present invention is a single apparatus that can be adjusted through a range of diameters to measure an anatomical tissue annulus. The apparatus includes an elongated support member having a proximal end and a distal end. An operator actuated movable member is joined to the proximal end of the elongated support member while an adjustable member is joined to the distal end of the elongated support member. The adjustable member has a reference axis and an outer curved surface selectively positionable in response to the operator actuated member. In particular, the outer curved surface can be selectively positioned between an inner position proximate the reference axis and an outer position spaced apart from the reference axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas F. Hinnenkamp, Mark A. Blazei, Jonathan Kagan, Brian M. Packard, Ricci D. Smelser, David M. Costello, Angela L. Hillyard, Tim T. Hidani