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Intellectual Property

Below is a list of MINT's patent portfolio of 27 patents which include, 8 issued patents and 19 pending:

Vascular Graft

SpiderGraft is a novel biocompatible, hemocompatible, thrombus resistant vascular graft that more closely resembles the properties of human vessels when compared to commercial PTFE grafts.  With SpiderGraft we aim to significantly improve patency beyond current grafts in dialysis access and vascular bypass applications.

The device comprises a layer of porous silk fibroin matrix and a layer of knitted silk fibers. The invention further relates to processes of manufacture of such medical devices and methods of use of such devices.

Endolumenal Surgical Platform

MINT has developed the Endolumenal Surgical Platform, allowing GI surgeries to be performed entirely from within the channel of the intestine – shortening hospital stays and reducing healthcare costs. The platform creates a stabilized, isolated diagnostic and therapeutic-zone within the intestine, allowing clinicians to visualize, manipulate, and treat isolated segments of bowel.

Apparatus for straightening and flattening a side wall of a body lumen or body cavity so as to provide three dimensional exposure of an abnormality within the body lumen.

Method and apparatus for manipulating the side wall of a body lumen or body cavity so as to provide increased visualized of the same and/or increased access to the same, and/or for stabilizing instruments relative to the same.

Method and apparatus for stabilizing, straightening, expanding and/or flattening the side wall of a body lumen and/or body cavity so as to provide increased visualization of the same and/or increased access to the same, and/or for stabilizing instruments relative to the same

Method and apparatus for straightening and flattening the side wall of a body lumen or body cavity so as to provide three dimensional exposure of a lesion or abnormality within the body lumen or body cavity, and/or for stabilizing an instrument relative to the same

Sphere

Cerebral aneurysms commonly develop at bifurcation points where vessel walls are subject to higher levels of stress. MINT has developed the Sphere Endovascular Flow Diverter: a novel, minimally invasive flow-diverter/coil-containment device designed for the treatment of cerebral aneurysms at vessel bifurcations.

A two dimensional filament shape produced from a flexible sheet material, capable of being formed into a complex three dimensional Spheroid shape. In addition, the filaments forming the sphere may have variable geometries to promote superior reconfiguration within the vasculature.

A single flexible wire loop is stretched out on a delivery system, allowing the implant to navigate through a tortuous path. The implant passively recoils when it is deployed at the site of the aneurysm.

A single flexible wire loop is stretched out on a delivery system, allowing the implant to navigate through a tortuous path. The implant passively recoils when it is deployed at the site of the aneurysm.

Method and apparatus for sealing an opening in the side wall of a body lumen, and/or for reinforcing a weakness in the side wall of a body lumen, while maintaining substantially normal flow through the body lumen

A two dimensional filament shape produced from a flexible sheet material, capable of being formed into a complex three dimensional Spheroid shape. In addition, the filaments forming the sphere may have variable geometries to promote superior reconfiguration within the vasculature.

Method and apparatus for restricting flow through an opening in the side wall of a body lumen, and/or for reinforcing a weakness in the side wall of a body lumen, while still maintaining substantially normal flow through the body lumen

A single wire is formed into a spheroid with a dense face to direct blood flow away from the aneurysm and promote thrombus in the sac of the aneurysm while maintaining blood flow in the body lumen.

Zone Isolation and Bypass System and the Injectable Mold

MINT has developed the Zone Surgical Platform to isolate and stabilize a segment of a blood vessel for treatment while maintaining distal flow of blood. The Zone Surgical Platform could be used to repair abnormalities in a body lumen wall by using an Injectable Mold.

Method and apparatus for accessing USPC the wall of a vascular structure or other body lumen while simultaneously providing zone isolation and fluid bypass capability.

Method and apparatus for accessing the wall of a vascular structure or other body lumen while simultaneously providing zone isolation and fluid bypass capability

Method and apparatus for repairing vascular abnormalities and/or other body lumen abnormalities using an endoluminal approach and a flowable forming material.

Method and apparatus for repairing vascular abnormalities and/or other body lumen abnormalities using an endoluminal approach and a flowable forming material

Rectal Prolapse

Rectal prolapse is a medical condition in which the walls of the rectum are not properly held in place and prolapse outside the body. To avoid significant trauma for patients, MINT has developed a minimally invasive treatment with an expandable or rectum-gripping apparatus to return the rectum to its normal non-prolapsed state.

Rectum-gripping and advancement apparatus for treatment of rectal prolapse

Rectum-gripping and advancement apparatus for treatment of rectal prolapse.

Method and apparatus for endoscopically treating rectal prolapse

Method and apparatus for endoscopically treating rectal prolapse

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