Vesatek has been recently awarded its third and fourth patents–US 9,119,941 & US 9,119,942–to solidify its innovation platform base in the guidewire controller and torque assist market. New claim additions will allow Vesatek to protect its current novel mechanical device offering, while expanding coverage to alternate embodiments, such as purely manual actuated devices. Vesatek’s broadening IP footprint continues to be guided by Knobbe Martens Olson and Bear.
The battery operated FireBow device is an easy-to-use, single handed wire controller that torques, spins and oscillates guidewires reducing hand fatigue without sacrificing distal wire feel, as the thumb and fingers never need to leave the wire. Expanding usual convention, the device can be manually slowed, halted with a light wire pinch or single finger interference in addition to standard electronic controls.
“This technology has the potential to improve operator performance during numerous other procedures in the cath lab and surgery as well,” said Brad Culbert, VP of engineering for Vesatek.
Company president David Look believes the market for these types of devices is fertile.
“We have seen an increased merger and acquisitions appetite for simple devices that solve complex issues in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI),” said Look. “Just last month, Merit Medical Systems licensed the SPINR platform IP from Distal Access.”