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Stephen T Kuehn, Thomas F Hinnenkamp, William R Holmberg, Darrin J Bergman, Scott D Moore, Terry L Shepherd: Mitral and tricuspid valve repair. St Jude Medical, Peter S Dardi, Hallie A Finucane, Westman Champlin & Kelly P A, December 26, 2000: US06165183 (431 worldwide citation)

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 suitabl ...


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Stephen T Kuehn, Karen P Montpetit: Devices with a bendable tip for medical procedures. St Jude Medical, Hallie A Finucane, Altera Group, June 1, 2004: US06743239 (365 worldwide citation)

An improved device for performing medical procedures, preferably minimally invasive medical procedures, includes a shaft with a proximal and distal end and a bendable tip extending from the distal end of the shaft. In some preferred embodiments, a fastener applicator extends from the bendable tip. I ...


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Thomas G Schoon, Eric S Buchanan: Driver tool with multiple drive gear layers for heart prosthesis fasteners. St Jude Medical, Hallie A Finucane, Altera Law Group, September 7, 2004: US06786925 (290 worldwide citation)

A driver tool drives multiple fasteners simultaneously through the outer ring of a heart valve component into the surrounding tissue annulus of a heart. The driver tool includes two stacked satellite gear layers that drive flexible shafts that simultaneously drive the fasteners into tissue surroundi ...


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Michael J Girard, Todd D Campbell, M William Mirsch II, Kristen Swanson: Integral supporting structure for bioprosthetic heart valve. St Jude Medical, Hallie A Finucane, February 10, 1998: US05716417 (281 worldwide citation)

A stent for receiving and supporting a tissue heart valve for ultimate implantation into a human, the heart valve including tissue leaflets joined at circumferentially spaced commissures, wherein the stent includes at least one commissure support post and at least one sinus support structure each si ...


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Guy Vanney, Kurt D Krueger, Michael J Girard: Suture guard for prosthetic heart valve. St Jude Medical, Hallie A Finucane, November 5, 1996: US05571175 (257 worldwide citation)

An artificial heart valve prosthesis for use in a heart includes an orifice defining a lumen therethrough for blood flow. An occluder is carried in the orifice and is movable between an open position which allows blood flow through the lumen and a closed position in which flow through the lumen is b ...


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Stephen T Kuehn, Thomas F Hinnenkamp, William R Holmberg, Darrin J Bergman, Scott D Moore, Terry L Shepherd: Mitral and tricuspid valve repair. St Jude Medical, Hallie A Finucane, Altera Law Group, February 24, 2004: US06695866 (247 worldwide citation)

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 suitabl ...


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Matthew F Ogle, Andrea L McConico: Biocompatible adhesives. St Jude Medical, Hallie A Finucane, Peter S Dardi, Patterson Thuente Skaar & Christensen P A, October 22, 2002: US06468660 (222 worldwide citation)

Novel adhesive compositions are described that include an epoxyamine and, preferably, a curing agent. The adhesive composition can be used in surgical settings such as implanting bioprostheses and/or in manufacturing of bioprostheses. Biocompatible substrates can be adhered together by an adhesive b ...


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Matthew F Ogle, Matthew S Reimink, Richard F Schroeder: Medical devices with metal/polymer composites. St Jude Medical, Hallie A Finucane, Peter S Dardi, Patterson Thuente Skaar & Christensen P A, November 27, 2001: US06322588 (216 worldwide citation)

Medical devices are formed from metal/polymer composites that have improved characteristics. The metal/polymer composites have a relatively thick metal coating with an average metal thickness of greater than about 3 microns. The composite has mechanical properties, such as mechanical strength, durab ...


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R Brian Williams, Richard F Schroeder, Matthew F Ogle: Differential treatment of prosthetic devices. St Jude Medical, Peter S Dardi, Hallie A Finucane, Westman Champlin & Kelly P A, October 17, 2000: US06132473 (173 worldwide citation)

An apparatus is disclosed for differentially treating a medical device. One portion of the device is treated with a first fluid and a separate portion is treated with a second fluid. The second fluid generally is substantially different from the first fluid. The first fluid can be contacted with an ...


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Terry L Shepherd, Guy Vanney, Kurt D Krueger: Direct suture orifice for mechanical heart valve. St Jude Medical, Hallie A Finucane Esq, July 7, 1998: US05776188 (133 worldwide citation)

A mechanical heart valve for implantation in a heart of a patient includes an orifice body having an outer circumference and defining a lumen for blood flow therethrough. At least one leaflet carried in the lumen of the orifice body is movable between an open position, allowing flow through the lume ...