Edwards Lifesciences. has filed a patent for implantable medical devices, specifically prosthetic valves, made of a textile material with different stretchability and flexibility. The devices aim to reduce crimped profile and improve PVL sealing. The patent also includes methods for manufacturing these devices. GlobalData’s report on Edwards Lifesciences gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Edwards Lifesciences, Prosthetic cardiac valves was a key innovation area identified from patents. Edwards Lifesciences's grant share as of January 2024 was 46%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Implantable prosthetic valves with reduced crimped profile

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Edwards Lifesciences Corp

The patent application (Publication Number: US20240033079A1) describes an implantable medical device with an annular frame and a textile component mounted around a portion of the frame. The textile includes a composite material made of two different materials, with varying flexibility, stretchability, and mechanical strength. This unique design allows the device to radially expand from a crimped profile, providing improved functionality compared to existing devices.

Furthermore, the patent application details a method for forming the implantable medical device, involving the circumferential mounting of the textile around the annular frame. The use of composite materials in the textile helps reduce the crimped profile of the device, enhancing its overall performance. By combining materials with different properties and utilizing specific joining techniques, the device can achieve optimal expansion capabilities while maintaining structural integrity. This innovation represents a significant advancement in the field of implantable medical devices, offering improved outcomes for patients in need of such interventions.

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