Patents by Inventor Ulrich Berlemann

Ulrich Berlemann 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: 20190133777
    Abstract: A spine stabilization device having an interbody spacer shaped to be inserted between a vertebral body of an upper vertebra and a vertebral body of a lower vertebra. The device further includes a fixation device to be inserted after placement of the interbody spacer, the fixation device having a support portion securing the interbody spacer against escaping from between the vertebral bodies into a ventral direction. The support portion rests against a portion of an anterior surface of the interbody spacer, and includes an anchor. The anchor has an anchoring material portion that is inserted, in a liquid state, into cancellous bone tissue of at least one of the vertebral bodies of the upper and lower vertebra, to thereby infiltrate the cancellous bone tissue, and to harden thereafter so as to fix the support portion to the vertebral body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Andrea Müller, Milica Berra, Marcel Aeschlimann, Mario Lehmann, Urs Weber, Jörg Mayer, Stephen Hochschuler, Hansen Yuan, Frank M. Phillips, Stephanie Mehl, Elmar Mock, Andreas Wenger, Philipp Seiler, Ulrich Berlemann
  • Patent number: 10195045
    Abstract: A spine stabilization device having an interbody spacer shaped to be inserted between a vertebral body of an upper vertebra and a vertebral body of a lower vertebra. The device further includes a fixation device to be inserted after placement of the interbody spacer, the fixation device having a support portion securing the interbody spacer against escaping from between the vertebral bodies into a ventral direction. The support portion rests against a portion of an anterior surface of the interbody spacer, and includes an anchor. The anchor has an anchoring material portion that is inserted, in a liquid state, into cancellous bone tissue of at least one of the vertebral bodies of the upper and lower vertebra, to thereby infiltrate the cancellous bone tissue, and to harden thereafter so as to fix the support portion to the vertebral body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: SPINEWELDING AG
    Inventors: Andrea Müller, Milica Berra, Marcel Aeschlimann, Mario Lehmann, Urs Weber, Jörg Mayer, Stephen Hochschuler, Hansen Yuan, Frank M. Phillips, Stephanie Mehl, Elmar Mock, Andreas Wenger, Philipp Seiler, Ulrich Berlemann
  • Patent number: 9549962
    Abstract: A composition suitable for use as replacement material for all or part of a disc nucleus during percutaneous injection, the composition comprising: an injectable, curable, cross-linkable, non-immunogenic non-toxic protein hydrogel that (i) the protein component of the protein hydrogel contains at least one crosslinkable amino acid (ii) has a static compressive modulus of at least about 10 kPa, and (iii) has a dynamic compressive modulus of at least about 10 kPa; an iodinated contrast solution comprising an amount of an iodine compound sufficient to increase radiopacity to a discernable level, wherein the solution causes a decrease in the static and/or dynamic compressive modulus; and an amount of a crosslinker sufficient to restore at least about 100% of the decrease in static and/or dynamic compressive modulus caused by addition of the iodinated contrast solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Spine Wave, Inc.
    Inventors: Ulrich Berlemann, Thomas Wilson, Peter Wronski, Thomas Douville
  • Publication number: 20160074171
    Abstract: A spine stabilization device having an interbody spacer shaped to be inserted between a vertebral body of an upper vertebra and a vertebral body of a lower vertebra. The device further includes a fixation device to be inserted after placement of the interbody spacer, the fixation device having a support portion securing the interbody spacer against escaping from between the vertebral bodies into a ventral direction. The support portion rests against a portion of an anterior surface of the interbody spacer, and includes an anchor. The anchor has an anchoring material portion that is inserted, in a liquid state, into cancellous bone tissue of at least one of the vertebral bodies of the upper and lower vertebra, to thereby infiltrate the cancellous bone tissue, and to harden thereafter so as to fix the support portion to the vertebral body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Publication date: March 17, 2016
    Inventors: Andrea Müller, Milica Berra, Marcel Aeschlimann, Mario Lehmann, Urs Weber, Jorg Mayer, Stephen Hochschuler, Hansen Yuan, Frank M. Phillips, Stephanie Mehl, Elmar Mock, Andreas Wenger, Philipp Seiler, Ulrich Berlemann
  • Publication number: 20160058822
    Abstract: A composition suitable for use as replacement material for all or part of a disc nucleus during percutaneous injection, the composition comprising: an injectable, curable, cross-linkable, non-immunogenic non-toxic protein hydrogel that (i) the protein component of the protein hydrogel contains at least one crosslinkable amino acid (ii) has a static compressive modulus of at least about 10 kPa, and (iii) has a dynamic compressive modulus of at least about 10 kPa; an iodinated contrast solution comprising an amount of an iodine compound sufficient to increase radiopacity to a discernable level, wherein the solution causes a decrease in the static and/or dynamic compressive modulus; and an amount of a crosslinker sufficient to restore at least about 100% of the decrease in static and/or dynamic compressive modulus caused by addition of the iodinated contrast solution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Publication date: March 3, 2016
    Inventors: Ulrich Berlemann, Thomas Wilson, Peter Wronski, Thomas Douville
  • Patent number: 9220609
    Abstract: A spine stabilization device is provided, the spine stabilization device including an interbody spacer shaped to be inserted between a vertebral body of an upper vertebra and a vertebral body of a lower vertebra, and including a top surface oriented towards the lower endplate of the vertebral body of the upper vertebra and a bottom surface oriented towards the upper endplate of the vertebral body of the lower vertebra; and a fixation device to be inserted after placement of the interbody spacer, the fixation device including a support portion securing the interbody spacer against escaping from between the vertebral bodies of the upper and lower vertebra into a ventral direction, the support portion shaped to rest against a portion of an anterior surface of the interbody spacer, and further including an anchor, the anchor including an anchoring material portion that is configured to be inserted, in a liquid state, into cancellous bone tissue of at least one of the vertebral body of the upper vertebra and of th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: SPINEWELDING AG
    Inventors: Andrea Mueller, Milica Berra, Marcel Aeschlimann, Mario Lehmann, Urs Weber, Jörg Mayer, Stephen Hochschuler, Hansen Yuan, Frank M. Phillips, Stephanie Mehl, Elmar Mock, Andreas Wenger, Philipp Seiler, Ulrich Berlemann
  • Patent number: 9132207
    Abstract: A composition suitable for use as replacement material for all or part of a disc nucleus during percutaneous injection, the composition comprising: an injectable, curable, cross-linkable, non-immunogenic non-toxic protein hydrogel that (i) the protein component of the protein hydrogel contains at least one crosslinkable amino acid (ii) has a static compressive modulus of at least about 10 kPa, and (iii) has a dynamic compressive modulus of at least about 10 kPa; an iodinated contrast solution comprising an amount of an iodine compound sufficient to increase radiopacity to a discernable level, wherein the solution causes a decrease in the static and/or dynamic compressive modulus; and an amount of a crosslinker sufficient to restore at least about 100% of the decrease in static and/or dynamic compressive modulus caused by addition of the iodinated contrast solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: SPINE WAVE, INC.
    Inventors: Ulrich Berlemann, Thomas G. Wilson, Peter Wronski, Thomas Douville
  • Publication number: 20120276008
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the invention relates to a composition suitable for preparing a hydrogel useful as replacement material for all or part of a disc nucleus. The composition comprises: a curable, cross-linkable, non-immunogenic, non-toxic protein comprising a minimum of about 10% and a maximum of about 25% of the hydrogel by weight; a metal contrast agent comprising a minimum of about 2% and a maximum of about 70% of the hydrogel by weight; and a crosslinker comprising a minimum of about 0.1% and a maximum of about 10% of the hydrogel by weight; wherein the composition has a discernable radiopacity level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: SPINE WAVE, INC.
    Inventors: Jared W. Walkenhorst, Keith A. Collins, Dennis Y. Lee, Thomas G. Wilson, Thomas J. Douville, Ulrich Berlemann
  • Publication number: 20110097376
    Abstract: A composition suitable for use as replacement material for all or part of a disc nucleus during percutaneous injection, the composition comprising: an injectable, curable, cross-linkable, non-immunogenic non-toxic protein hydrogel that (i) the protein component of the protein hydrogel contains at least one crosslinkable amino acid (ii) has a static compressive modulus of at least about 10 kPa, and (iii) has a dynamic compressive modulus of at least about 10 kPa; an iodinated contrast solution comprising an amount of an iodine compound sufficient to increase radiopacity to a discernable level, wherein the solution causes a decrease in the static and/or dynamic compressive modulus; and an amount of a crosslinker sufficient to restore at least about 100% of the decrease in static and/or dynamic compressive modulus caused by addition of the iodinated contrast solution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Applicant: SPINE WAVE, INC.
    Inventors: Ulrich Berlemann, Thomas G. Wilson, Peter Wronski, Thomas Douville
  • Publication number: 20100274358
    Abstract: A spine stabilization device is provided, the spine stabilization device including an interbody spacer shaped to be inserted between a vertebral body of an upper vertebra and a vertebral body of a lower vertebra, and including a top surface oriented towards the lower endplate of the vertebral body of the upper vertebra and a bottom surface oriented towards the upper endplate of the vertebral body of the lower vertebra; and a fixation device to be inserted after placement of the interbody spacer, the fixation device including a support portion securing the interbody spacer against escaping from between the vertebral bodies of the upper and lower vertebra into a ventral direction, the support portion shaped to rest against a portion of an anterior surface of the interbody spacer, and further including an anchor, the anchor including an anchoring material portion that is configured to be inserted, in a liquid state, into cancellous bone tissue of at least one of the vertebral body of the upper vertebra and of th
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicant: SPINEWELDING AG
    Inventors: Andrea Mueller, Milica Berra, Marcel Aeschlimann, Mario Lehmann, Urs Weber, Jörg Mayer, Stephen Hochschuler, Hansen Yuan, Frank M. Phillips, Stephanie Mehl, Elmar Mock, Andreas Wenger, Philipp Seiler, Ulrich Berlemann