Edwards Lifesciences had 14 patents in advanced materials during Q4 2023. The abstracts describe various inventions related to sensor implant devices, prosthetic valves, and fabricating docking devices. The sensor implant devices include shunt bodies with anchor structures and sensor-retention structures to hold sensor devices in sensing positions. Prosthetic valves are designed to seal flow at implantation sites, conform to native valve shapes, and utilize micropatterns and support rings. The method of fabricating a docking device involves a 3D weaving technique to form a textile structure. The prosthetic valve design includes a body member with a conduit, an elongate member for orientation changes, and a covering for the conduit. GlobalData’s report on Edwards Lifesciences gives a 360-degreee view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Edwards Lifesciences grant share with advanced materials as a theme is 28% in Q4 2023. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Shunt implant devices with offset sensor arms (Patent ID: US20230414177A1)

The patent filed by Edwards Lifesciences Corp. describes a sensor implant device that includes a shunt body forming a fluid conduit, with a first anchor structure at one end and a first sensor-retention structure at the other end to hold a sensor device in a position where the sensor transducer is partially outside the fluid conduit's channel area. The sensor device can be aligned with the conduit's axis and retained using a coil form that wraps around it, with the anchor structure also capable of holding a second sensor device aligned with the shunt body.

The device can be compressed into a state where the sensor-retention structure is within the conduit's channel area, and the shunt body is made of coil winds, with the sensor-retention structure formed by additional coil winds. The coil wireform can include shape memory material for deployment from a catheter, with the ability to transition between a deployed configuration where the sensors are held outside the conduit and a compressed delivery configuration. The sensor implant device offers a versatile and efficient design for accurate sensor placement within a fluid conduit.

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