Patents by Inventor Tom Saul

Tom Saul 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).

  • Publication number: 20200306031
    Abstract: An intraocular lens (TOL) for implantation within a capsular bag of a patient's eye comprises an optical structure and a haptic structure. The optical structure comprises a planar member, a plano convex member, and a fluid optical element defined between the planar member and the plano convex member. The fluid optical element has an optical power. The haptic structure couples the planar member and the plano convex member together at a peripheral portion of the optical structure. The haptic structure comprises a fluid reservoir in fluid communication with the fluid optical element and a peripheral structure for interfacing to the lens capsule. Shape changes of the lens capsule cause one or more of volume or shape changes to the fluid optical element in correspondence to deformations in the planar member to modify the optical power of the fluid optical element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: Amr Salahieh, Claudio R. Argento, Tom Saul, Bob Vaughan, Eric Willis
  • Publication number: 20200297491
    Abstract: A system for treating a diseased native valve in a patient includes a valve prosthesis and a delivery device. The prosthesis includes an anchor and a frame. The delivery device includes an outer sheath, an inner shaft, an anchor guide, and a tether. The anchor is shaped to encircle chordae or leaflets of a native valve. The frame is configured to sit within the anchor. The inner shaft is positioned within the outer sheath and translatable and rotatable relative to the outer sheath. The anchor guide is attached to a distal end of the inner shaft and has a curved distal section. The tether is configured to detachably couple to the anchor and to longitudinally translate the anchor within the inner shaft and anchor guide. The anchor is configured to be actuated from a delivery configuration to the deployed configuration when the anchor is translated out of the anchor guide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Inventors: Claudio ARGENTO, Andrew BACKUS, Alice YANG, Ali SALAHIEH, Jasper Ellington ADAMEK-BOWERS, Connor MULCAHY, Ryan William BOYD, Nicholas SPINELLI, Tom SAUL
  • Publication number: 20200297217
    Abstract: Intravascular blood pressure monitoring devices and methods that include an indwelling portion and a pressure transducer. The indwelling portion may include a tubular member, at least a portion of the tubular member configured to transmit fluid pressure from blood that is external to the tubular member to a fluid disposed within the tubular member, and the tubular member may be adapted to isolate the fluid from the blood, with the fluid within the tubular member being in pressure communication with a pressure transducer. The devices may include a stiffening member interface adapted to releasably interface with a stiffening member to stiffen at least a portion of the indwelling portion while delivering the indwelling portion to a position within the subject, and causing the indwelling portion to be less stiff after its removal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Applicant: SHIFAMED HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Tom SAUL
  • Patent number: 10736734
    Abstract: An accommodating intraocular lens (AIOL) for implantation within a capsular bag of a patient's eye comprises first and second components coupled together to define an inner fluid chamber and an outer fluid reservoir. The inner region of the AIOL provides optical power with one or more of the shaped fluid within the inner fluid chamber or the shape of the first or second components. The fluid reservoir comprises a bellows region with one or more folds of the bellows extending circumferentially around an optical axis of the eye. The bellows engages the lens capsule, and a compliant fold region between the inner and outer bellows portions allows the profile of the AIOL to deflect when the eye accommodates for near vision. Fluid transfers between the inner fluid chamber and the outer fluid reservoir to provide optical power changes when the eye accommodates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Shifamed Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Amr Salahieh, Claudio R. Argento, Tom Saul, Bob Vaughan, Eric Willis, Ali Salahieh
  • Patent number: 10722631
    Abstract: Devices for moving blood within a patient, and methods of doing so. The devices can include a pump portion that includes an impeller and a housing around the impeller, as well as a fluid lumen. The impeller can be activated to cause rotation of the impeller and thereby move fluid within the fluid lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Shifamed Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Amr Salahieh, Tom Saul, Brady Esch, Anna Kerlo, Daniel Hildebrand, Daniel Varghai
  • Publication number: 20200229977
    Abstract: Adjustable flow glaucoma shunts are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, for example, an adjustable flow shunt can include an outflow drainage tube having a proximal inflow region and a distal outflow region. The proximal inflow region can include aperture(s) defining a fluid inlet area positioned to allow fluid to flow therethrough. The shunt further comprises an inflow control assembly at the proximal inflow region. The inflow control assembly can include a control element configured to slidably engage the proximal inflow region and a spring element. The spring element is configured to be activated by non-invasive energy and, upon activation, slidably move the control element along the proximal inflow region such that (a) the one or more apertures are accessible and have a first fluid flow cross-section or (b) the one or more apertures are at least partially covered by the control element and have a second, different fluid-flow cross-section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Inventors: Colin Mixter, Claudio Argento, Andrew Backus, Tom Saul
  • Publication number: 20200229982
    Abstract: Systems and devices for facilitating the flow of fluid between a first body region and a second body region are disclosed herein. The devices generally include a drainage and/or shunting element having a lumen extending therethrough for draining or otherwise shunting fluid between the first and second body regions. Further, devices configured in accordance with the present technology may be selectively adjustable to control the amount of fluid flowing between the first and second body regions. In some embodiments, for example, the devices comprise an actuation assembly that drives movement of a flow control element to modulate flow resistance through the lumen, thereby increasing or decreasing the relative drainage rate of fluid between the first body region and the second body region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Inventors: Colin Mixter, Claudio Argento, Andrew Backus, Tom Saul
  • Publication number: 20200229981
    Abstract: Adjustable flow glaucoma shunts are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, for example, an adjustable flow shunt can include an outflow drainage tube having a proximal inflow region and a distal outflow region. The proximal inflow region can include aperture(s) defining a fluid inlet area positioned to allow fluid to flow therethrough. The shunt further comprises an inflow control assembly at the proximal inflow region. The inflow control assembly can include a control element configured to slidably engage the proximal inflow region and a spring element. The spring element is configured to be activated by non-invasive energy and, upon activation, slidably move the control element along the proximal inflow region such that (a) the one or more apertures are accessible and have a first fluid flow cross-section or (b) the one or more apertures are at least partially covered by the control element and have a second, different fluid-flow cross-section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Inventors: Colin Mixter, Claudio Argento, Andrew Backus, Tom Saul
  • Patent number: 10716663
    Abstract: The present invention relates to apparatus and methods for performing valvuloplasty. In some embodiments, the apparatus includes an expandable braid valvuloplasty device. In some embodiments, the methods and apparatus may be used as an adjunct to percutaneous heart valve replacement. In some embodiments, the apparatus and methods may provide a medical practitioner with feedback, monitoring or measurement information, e.g., information relevant to percutaneous transcatheter heart valve replacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Amr Salahieh, Dwight P. Morejohn, Daniel K. Hildebrand, Tom Saul
  • Patent number: 10709549
    Abstract: An accommodating intraocular lens comprises a first lens component, a second lens component, and an adhesive between portions of the two lens components. The cured adhesive bonds the lens components to form a fluid chamber. The lens components are bonded to one another along a seam which extends circumferentially along at least a portion of the lens components. The lens components may comprise the same polymer material. The cured adhesive also comprises the polymer or a prepolymer of the polymer to provide increased strength. The polymer is hydratable such that the lens components and the cured adhesive therebetween can swell together to inhibit stresses between the lens components and the cured adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Shifamed Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Claudio Argento, Bob Vaughan, Amr Salahieh, Tom Saul, Eric Willis
  • Publication number: 20200146813
    Abstract: The present technology is directed to an adjustable power intraocular lens comprising a container, an optical fluid in the container, and a transport substance in solution with the optical fluid. The container has an optical component and a peripheral component extending around at least a portion of the optical component. The optical component has an anterior optical element, a posterior optical element, and a fluid chamber having a chamber volume between the anterior optical element and the posterior optical element. The transport substance is configured to pass through the container. The adjustable power intraocular lens further comprises volume control elements in the container. The volume control elements are configured to be activated by a non-invasive energy and upon activation release the transport substance into the optical fluid to decrease the chamber volume and/or absorb the transport substance from the optical fluid to increase the chamber volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: Claudio Argento, Tom Saul, Colin Mixter
  • Publication number: 20200121447
    Abstract: An accommodating intraocular lens (AIOL) for implantation within a capsular bag of a patient's eye comprises first and second components coupled together to define an inner fluid chamber and an outer fluid chamber. The inner region of the AIOL provides optical power with one or more of the shaped fluid within the inner fluid chamber or the shape of the first or second components. A surface treatment or coating may be applied to one or more surfaces of the first and second components. The surface treatment is expected to decrease the roughness of the machined surfaces of the boundary surfaces of the first and second components, and thereby reduce the mass of water coalescing at such boundary surfaces. The disclosed surface treatments are also expected to increase the hydrophobicity (i.e., decrease the surface energy) of the corresponding surface(s), thereby decreasing the “wettability” of these surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventors: Claudio Argento, Syed Hasan Askari, Arindam Datta, Jacob Raquet, Tom Saul
  • Publication number: 20200114053
    Abstract: Devices for moving blood within a patient, and methods of doing so. The devices can include a pump portion that includes an impeller and a housing around the impeller, as well as a fluid lumen. The impeller can be activated to cause rotation of the impeller and thereby move fluid within the fluid lumen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Amr SALAHIEH, Tom SAUL, Brady ESCH, Anna KERLO, Daniel HILDEBRAND, Daniel VARGHAI
  • Publication number: 20200069364
    Abstract: Cardiac tissue ablation catheters including an inflatable and flexible toroidal or spherically shaped balloon disposed at a distal region of an elongate member, a flexible circuit carried by an outer surface of the balloon, the flexible circuit including, a plurality of flexible branches conforming to the radially outer surface of the balloon, each of the plurality of flexible branches including a substrate, a conductive trace carried by the substrate, and an ablation electrode carried by the substrate, the ablation electrode in electrical communication with the conductive trace, and an elongate shaft comprising a guidewire lumen extending in the elongate member and extending from a proximal region of the inflatable balloon to distal region of the inflatable balloon and being disposed within the inflatable balloon, wherein a distal region of the elongate shaft is secured directly or indirectly to the distal region of the inflatable balloon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Amr Salahieh, Jonah Lepak, Emma Lepak, Brian D. Brandt, John P. Claude, Tom Saul
  • Publication number: 20200061340
    Abstract: Intravascular catheters that include a handle assembly with first and second handle actuators, where the actuators are adapted to separately control inner and outer catheter shafts in at least one of axial displacement, deflection, or rotation. The catheters may also include a medical tool secured to the outer shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: Colin MIXTER, Marc BITOUN, Tom SAUL
  • Publication number: 20200060817
    Abstract: A medical implant deployment tool and deployment method are disclosed. One aspect of the invention provides an implant system including an implant adapted for endovascular delivery and deployment; and a deployment tool adapted to deploy the implant, with the deployment tool having an actuation controller; a plurality of actuation elements adapted to apply forces to one or more implant deployment mechanisms and each adapted to extend along an actuation element path within a patient's vasculature; and an actuation element compensation mechanism adapted to compensate for differences in length between the actuation element paths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Amr Salahieh, Ulrich R. Haug, Claudio Argento, Dwight Morejohn, Daniel Hildebrand, Tom Saul
  • Patent number: 10548718
    Abstract: An intraocular lens (IOL) for implantation within a capsular bag of a patient's eye comprises an optical structure and a haptic structure. The optical structure comprises a planar member, a plano convex member, and a fluid optical element defined between the planar member and the plano convex member. The fluid optical element has an optical power. The haptic structure couples the planar member and the plano convex member together at a peripheral portion of the optical structure. The haptic structure comprises a fluid reservoir in fluid communication with the fluid optical element and a peripheral structure for interfacing to the lens capsule. Shape changes of the lens capsule cause one or more of volume or shape changes to the fluid optical element in correspondence to deformations in the planar member to modify the optical power of the fluid optical element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Shifamed Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Amr Salahieh, Claudio R. Argento, Tom Saul, Bob Vaughan, Eric Willis
  • Patent number: 10537306
    Abstract: Medical tool positioning and control devices, systems, and methods. Handle assemblies that allow a steerable shaft to be steered, while allowing the separate movement of a medical tool. The handle assemblies can allow for rotation and axial movement of the medical tool, and optionally with an actuator disposed distal to a second actuator that controls steering of the steerable shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Shifamed Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Alan Schaer, Tom Saul, Amr Salahieh, Colin Mixter, Joseph C. Trautman, Marc Bitoun, Todor Jeliaskov
  • Publication number: 20200008931
    Abstract: An accommodating intraocular lens (AIOL) for implantation within a capsular bag of a patient's eye comprises first and second components coupled together to define an inner fluid chamber and an outer fluid reservoir. The inner region of the AIOL provides optical power with one or more of the shaped fluid within the inner fluid chamber or the shape of the first or second components. The fluid reservoir comprises a bellows region with fold(s) extending circumferentially around an optical axis of the eye. The bellows engages the lens capsule, and a compliant fold region between inner and outer bellows portions allows the profile of the AIOL to deflect when the eye accommodates for near vision. Fluid transfers between the inner fluid chamber and the outer fluid reservoir to provide optical power changes. A third lens component coupled to the first or second component provides additional optical power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: Claudio Argento, Tom Saul
  • Publication number: 20200000590
    Abstract: The invention includes methods of and apparatus for endovascularly replacing a heart valve of a patient. One aspect of the invention provides a method including the steps of endovascularly delivering a replacement valve and an expandable anchor to a vicinity of the heart valve in an unexpanded configuration; and applying an external non-hydraulically expanding or non-pneumatically expanding actuation force on the anchor to change the shape of the anchor, such as by applying proximally and/or distally directed force on the anchor using a releasable deployment tool to expand and contract the anchor or parts of the anchor. Another aspect of the invention provides an apparatus including a replacement valve; an anchor; and a deployment tool comprising a plurality of anchor actuation elements adapted to apply a non-hydraulically expanding or non-pneumatically expanding actuation force on the anchor to reshape the anchor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Amr Salahieh, Jean-Pierre Dueri, Hans F. Valencia, Brian D. Brandt, Dwight P. Morejohn, Claudio Argento, Tom Saul, Ulrich R. Haug