PPMD Engineers Granted US Patent

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 10:45

Proven Process Medical Devices, Inc announced today that two of its engineers, Benjamin Piecuch and Robert Royce , were named as contributors on a design that was issued a patent by the US Patent Office for a machine that remotely controls catheter manipulation.

The patent for invention number 8,740,840 is for a system to remotely control the positioning of a cardiac catheter within the body of a patient. The design provides three degrees of catheter control, insertion and withdrawal, rotation, and tip deflection, for cardiac mapping and ablation catheters. The robot is compatible with conventional, commercially available mapping catheters and sheaths. Its remote controller replicates the form and function of a catheter handle. The device was developed such that any electrophysiology catheter model from any of several manufacturers may be mounted in the manipulation head.

The control system was developed without imbedded microprocessors and without software in order to minimize the compliance overhead by eliminating software verification and validation. Also designed and developed were several low-cost injection-molded and vacuum-formed sterile disposables necessary to operate this device in the sterile surgical field. The device is now commercially available.

PPMD would like to recognize Ben and Rob for their ingenuity, professionalism and hard work in creating this novel medical device for our customer.

This patent issuance brings the total number of US patents issued or pending by Proven Process employees to 57!