The AOD implant is comprised of a micro-porous membrane supported on a metal implant. The supporting frame for the AOD is fabricated from laser cut stainless steel tubing to allow low inflation pressure while maintaining optimal radial strength. The frame is completely encapsulated by an ultra-thin, porous polymeric membrane such that the interstices of the struts are webbed. The polymer used in Merlin’s AOD has gone through extensive biocompatibility and safety testing and enjoys broad market acceptance.
When placed and expanded in the parent vessel, the porous membrane serves to redirect blood flow from the aneurysm neck, thus occluding the aneurysm and reducing its potential for rupture. The porosity & pore-density of the membrane also allows flow to perfuse neighboring branch vessels that may be covered by the AOD.
The physicians have a better control of the overall shape of the implant, as they can post dilate (using Merlin’s PDB catheter) their way to a more conformable shape to the vessel.
Merlin’s products and technology are well protected by a family of patents.
|Country||# of Patents|
|Japan||3 (Utility) patents granted|
|Europe||2 (Utility) patents + 1 (Design) patent granted|
|United States||6 (Utility) patents, including CIP and 1 (Design) patent granted; Additionally 3 (Utility) Patents granted + 6 patents pending|
|Singapore||6 (Utility) + 1 (Design) patent granted|