Edwards Lifesciences has patented a prosthetic valve assembly with a collapsible frame for implantation at a cardiac valve annulus. The device includes a delivery catheter with a balloon and a leaflet structure for blood flow control. The design allows for easy deployment and expansion within a patient’s body. 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 April 2024 was 46%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Prosthetic heart valve assembly with collapsible and expandable frame

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

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11969340B2) discloses an assembly comprising a delivery catheter with a balloon and an implantable prosthetic valve that is radially collapsible to a collapsed configuration and radially expandable to an expanded configuration. The implantable prosthetic valve includes an annular frame with specific configurations of angled struts and axial frame members, along with a leaflet structure to control blood flow. The prosthetic valve can be mounted around the balloon and expanded inside a patient's body, providing a novel solution for medical interventions.

Furthermore, the patent details additional features such as an outer skirt secured to the frame, specific arrangements of angled struts defining cells in the frame, and the positioning of axial frame members to ensure proper functionality of the prosthetic valve. The use of plastically expandable materials like stainless steel or cobalt-chromium alloys in the annular frame adds to the durability and effectiveness of the assembly. With a focus on intricate design elements and functional aspects, this patented assembly showcases advancements in medical technology for improved patient outcomes and treatment options in the field of prosthetic valves.

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