US Patent No: 7,604,646

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Locking mechanisms for fixation devices and methods of engaging tissue

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Devices, systems and methods are provided for tissue approximation and repair at treatment sites. In particular, fixation devices are provided comprising a pair of elements each having a first end, a free end opposite the first end, and an engagement surface therebetween for engaging the tissue, the first ends being moveable between an open position wherein the free ends are spaced apart and a closed position wherein the free ends are closer together with the engagement surfaces generally facing each other. The fixation devices also include a locking mechanism coupled to the elements for locking the elements in place. The devices, systems and methods of the invention will find use in a variety of therapeutic procedures, including endovascular, minimally-invasive, and open surgical procedures, and can be used in various anatomical regions, including the abdomen, thorax, cardiovascular system, heart, intestinal tract, stomach, urinary tract, bladder, lung, and other organs, vessels, and tissues. The invention is particularly useful in those procedures requiring minimally-invasive or endovascular access to remote tissue locations, where the instruments utilized must negotiate long, narrow, and tortuous pathways to the treatment site.

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EVALVE, INC.MENLO PARK, CA40

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Goldfarb, Eric A San Francisco, CA 66 2421
Madden, John P Redwood City, CA 13 261
Raschdorf, Alfred H San Francisco, CA 23 596
Sarabia, Jaime E San Jose, CA 34 745

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8,734,505 Methods and apparatus for cardiac valve repair 0 2009
8,052,592 Methods and devices for tissue grasping and assessment 2 2009
8,057,493 Fixation devices, systems and methods for engaging tissue 3 2009
8,123,703 Steerable access sheath and methods of use 0 2010
7,981,123 Surgical device for connecting soft tissue 0 2010
8,740,918 Surgical device for connecting soft tissue 0 2011
 
MAYO FOUNDATION FOR MEDICAL EDUCATION AND RESEARCH (1)
8,465,500 Thorascopic heart valve repair method and apparatus 2 2006
 
NEOCHORD, INC. (1)
8,758,393 Minimally invasive repair of a valve leaflet in a beating heart 0 2008
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