Management

Tom Bales

Chief Science Officer

Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1970).

Registered Professional Engineer since 1981 (State of Florida).

Worked in medical device manufacturing engineering for 15 years for Cordis Corporation and Baxter International.

Worked in medical product development for 15 years for Cordis Corporation, Theratek International, Symbiosis Corporation, and Boston Scientific in the fields of neurosurgery, cardiac pacers and leads, radiographic and angiographic catheters and accessories, angioplasty devices, stents, atherectomy (rotary and ultrasonic), trocar ports, laparoscopic surgical instruments, fluid-management systems, access and biopsy needles, arthroscopic instruments, endo-robotic surgery systems, flexible and endoscopic instruments.

Worked for 5 years in the field of hybrid rocket propulsion, including development, testing, and launch operations for scientific sounding rockets and military tactical rockets. Performed research and development activities for NASA, DARPA, and the US Air Force Propulsion Laboratory and participated in an industry consortium for the demonstration and development of hybrid-propulsion launch boosters.

Holds over 130 issued United States patents and many international patents in the field of medical devices. Several patent applications are pending in the fields of medical devices, wiremaking technology, and rocket propulsion systems (some under DOD secrecy order).

Founder of Theratek International, Inc.—a joint venture of Cordis Corporation and Kensey-Nash Corporation to develop a rotary atherectomy system.

Founder of Cross Products Engineering, Inc.—an independent consultancy in the area of manufacturing and medical device technology

Founder of Symbiosis Corporation—the world’s leading manufacturer of flexible biopsy forceps and laparoscopic surgical instruments (sold to American Home Products in 1992 and subsequently acquired by Boston Scientific Corporation).

Founder of Environmental Aeroscience Corporation—developers and manufacturers of hybrid rocket motors for consumer, scientific, and military applications (holds the world record for hybrid-rocket launch altitude).
Founder of General Science and Technology Corporation—developed intellectual property in the field of wiremaking for mechanical, electrical, aerospace, and medical applications.
Founder of Syntheon LLC
Other interests and activities include watchmaking, astronomy, and raising three boys.

  PAT. NO.   Title
1 4,682,596   Electrosurgical catheter and method for vascular applications
2 4,598,466   Feedthrough
3 4,723,550   Leakproof hemostasis valve with single valve member
4 4,726,374   Leakproof hemostasis valve
5 33,925   Electrosurgical catheter aned method for vascular applications
6 5,133,727   Radial jaw biopsy forceps
7 5,049,124   Catheter drive apparatus having fluid delivery bearing
8 5,275,612   Insulating ferrule for disposable laparoscopic surgical instrument
9 5,133,736   Investment cast end effectors for disposable laparoscopic surgical instrument
10 5,171,256   Single acting disposable laparoscopic scissors
11 5,133,735   Thumb-activated actuating member for imparting reciprocal motion to push rod of a disposable laparoscopic surgical instrument
12 5,139,485   Verress needle with enhanced acoustical means
13 5,234,453   Cobalt base alloy end effectors for laparoscopic surgical scissors
14 5,258,004   Double acting, dual pivot thoracoscopic surgical lung clamps
15 5,269,804   Endoscopic colo-rectal bowel clamp
16 5,170,800   Hermaphroditic endoscopic claw extractors
17 5,174,300   Endoscopic surgical instruments having rotatable end effectors
18 5,176,702   Ratchet locking mechanism for surgical instruments
19 2,065,089   Disposable laparoscopic surgical instruments
20 1,992,017,115   Clevis for endoscopic surgical instrument
21 5,228,451   Biopsy forceps device having stiff distal end
22 5,256,148   Verress needle with enhanced acoustical means
23 5,342,390   Thumb-activated actuating member for imparting reciprocal motion to a push rod of a disposable laparoscopic surgical instrument
24 5,281,197   Endoscopic hemostatic agent delivery system
25 5,331,971   Endoscopic surgical instruments
26 5,257,632   Coaxial bone marrow biopsy coring and aspirating needle assembly and method of use thereof
27 5,354,291   Probe for endoscopic suction-irrigation instruments having a proximal port for receiving an additional probe therethrough
28 5,314,406   Endoscopic electrosurgical suction-irrigation instrument
29 5,350,356   Endoscopic suction-irrigation instrument with insertable probe lockable in partially withdraw position
30 5,336,172   Endoscopic suction-irrigation instrument having insertible probes with lateral ports
31 5,295,956   Endoscopic suction instrument having variable suction strength capabilities
32 353,886   Endoscopic electrosurgical suction-irrigation instrument
33 5,312,400   Cautery probes for endoscopic electrosurgical suction-irrigation instrument
34 5,312,327   Cautery override safety systems endoscopic electrosurgical suction-irrigation instrument
35 2,080,994   Double acting, dual pivot disposable endoscopic surgical instruments
36 5,293,878   Endoscopic surgical instruments having stepped rotatable end effectors
37 5,452,335   Temperature cycle counter
38 5,359,993   Apparatus for counting the number of times a medical instrument has been used
39 1,993,015,663   Endoscopic surgical instruments having stepped rotatable end effectors
40 5,312,332   Endoscopic surgical methods utilizing a suction-irrigation instrument with a port for endoscopic manipulating instruments
41 5,312,363   Low friction slit valve
42 5,549,565   Reusable surgical trocar with disposable valve assembly
43 1,994,015,536   Apparatus for counting the number of times a medical instrument has been sterilized
44 5,613,499   Endoscopic biopsy forceps jaws and instruments incorporating same
45 5,554,011   Medical fluid pump powered by a constant source of vacuum
46 5,632,764   Snap fit collar for coupling the end of a flexible coil to the actuator or clevis of an endoscopic surgical instrument and an endoscopic surgical instrument incorporating the same
47 5,624,398   Endoscopic robotic surgical tools and methods
48 5,893,846   Ceramic coated endoscopic scissor blades and a method of making the same
49 6,367,244   Propulsion system containing a mixed-phase propellant and a method for propelling an object with the same
50 6,494,881   Apparatus and method for electrode-surgical tissue removal having a selectively insulated electrode
51 6,215,073   Multifilament nickel-titanium alloy drawn superelastic wire
52 6,449,834   Electrical conductor coils and methods of making same
53 6,313,409   Electrical conductors and methods of making same
54 6,125,763   Integral solid booster and hybrid thrust sustaining system and projectile incorporating the same
55 6,482,143   Raidoactive therapeutic seed having selective marker configuration
56 1,999,048,109   Multifilament nickel-titanium alloy drawn superelastic wire
57 1,999,049,475   Electrical conductors and methods of making same
58 6,273,851   Radioactive therapeutic seeds
59 6,200,258   Radioactive therapeutic seed having selective marker configuration
60 6,264,617   Radial jaw biopsy forceps
61 6,409,727   Multifilar flexible rotary shaft and medical instruments incorporating the same
62 6,585,694   Knob-controlled endoscopic needle device
63 6,569,105   Rotatable and deflectable biopsy forceps
64 6,579,301   Intragastric balloon device adapted to be repeatedly varied in volume without external assistance
65 6,527,938   Method for microporous surface modification of implantable metallic medical articles
66 6,716,226   Surgical clip
67 6,684,625   Hybrid rocket motor using a turbopump to pressurize a liquid propellant constituent
68 6,640,536   Hybrid rocket motor using a turbopump to pressurize a liquid propellant constituent
69 6,969,402   Helical stent having flexible transition zone
70 6,878,162   Helical stent having improved flexibility and expandability
71 7,128,752   Emboli and thrombi filter device and method of using the same
72 2,513,697   Methods and apparatus for treating the interior of a blood vessel
73 8,211,119   Endoscopic surgical instrument having a rotational actuator
74 7,727,248   Surgical clip
75 7,357,806   Clip ejector for endoscopic clip applier
76 2,574,429   An occludable intravascular catheter for drug delivery and method of using the same
77 7,780,721   Stent and method for manufacturing the stent
78 1,784,267   Stent and method for manufacturing the stent
79 2,006,083,728   End effector for surgical instrument, surgical instrument, and method for forming the end effector
80 7,771,411   Methods for operating a selective stiffening catheter
81 1,983,931   Highly flexible stent and method of manufacture
82 8,573,462   Electrical surgical instrument with optimized power supply and drive
83 20,080,221,664   Tapered helical stent and method for manufacturing the stent
84 2,529,671   Surgical instrument
85 20,110,004,290   Highly flexible stent and method of manufacture
86 2,120,785   Highly flexible stent and method of manufacture
87 2,008,100,780   Highly flexible stent and method of manufacture
88 20,090,143,800   Cordless Hand-Held Ultrasonic Cautery Cutting Device
89 9,050,098   Cordless medical cauterization and cutting device
90 20,090,143,805   Cordless Hand-Held Ultrasonic Cautery Cutting Device
91 20,090,138,006   Cordless power-assisted medical cauterization and cutting device
92 20,100,150,370   Anti-Tangle Device and Method for Preventing Cord Tangling
93 20,090,171,354   Cordless Medical Cauterization and Cutting Device
94 20,090,240,245   Method for Powering a Surgical Instrument
95 20,090,240,246   Cordless Medical Cauterization and Cutting Device
96 8,425,545   Cordless hand-held ultrasonic cautery cutting device and method
97 8,061,014   Method of assembling a cordless hand-held ultrasonic cautery cutting device
98 8,435,257   Cordless hand-held ultrasonic cautery cutting device and method
99 8,196,819   Method and device for authenticating economic transactions
100 20,100,096,431   Active braking electrical surgical iinstrument and method for braking such an instrument
101 20,110,071,554   Surgical Clips Particularly Useful in the Endoluminal Treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
102 9,439,651   Methods for cryptographic identification of interchangeable parts for surgical instruments
103 20,110,054,506   Two-Stage Switch for Cordless Hand-Held Ultrasonic Cautery Cutting Device
104 20,110,057,608   Surgical Sterilizer with Integrated Battery Charging Device
105 9,155,585   Battery-powered electrosurgical forceps with multi-turn selectable-ratio transformer
106 8,663,262   Battery assembly for battery-powered surgical instruments
107 20,110,167,619   Cordless Hand-Held Ultrasonic Cautery Cutting Device
108 20,120,062,171   Surgical Sterilizer With Integrated Battery Charging Device
109 20,110,210,156   Electrically Self-Powered Surgical Instrument With Manual Release
110 20,120,071,796   Battery-Powered Hand-Held Ultrasonic Surgical Cautery Cutting Device
111 2,750,482   Battery-powered hand-held ultrasonic surgical cautery cutting device
112 20,120,078,278   Battery-Powered Hand-Held Ultrasonic Surgical Cautery Cutting Device
113 20,120,261,066   Sealed Device and Method of Sealing
114 2,774,751   Battery powered hand-held ultrasonic surgical cautery cutting device
115 20,120,221,031   Method of Maintaining Constant Movement of a Cutting Blade of an Ultrasonic Waveguide
116 20,120,277,780   Cordless Hand-Held Ultrasonic Cautery Cutting Device
117 8,487,199   Method of switching a surgical device
118 20,130,046,373   Actively Controllable Stent, Stent Graft, Heart Valve and Method of Controlling Same
119 20,130,090,721   Highly Flexible Stent and Method of Manufacture
120 20,130,166,017   Actively Controllable Stent, Stent Graft, Heart Valve and Method of Controlling Same
121 2,865,013   Actively controllable stent, stent graft, heart valve and method of controlling same
122 20,170,112,495   Electrically Self-Powered Surgical Instrument With Cryptographic Identification of Interchangeable Part
123 20,160,367,244   Electrically self-powered surgical instrument with manual release
124 20,140,188,101   Radio Frequency Generator and Method for a Cordless Medical Cauterization and Cutting Device
125 20,140,276,042   Integrated catheter and powered injector system for use in performing radial angiography
126 20,140,296,962   Actively Controllable Stent, Stent Graft, Heart Valve and Method of Controlling Same
127 2,996,641   Actively controllable sten, stent graft, heart valve and method of controlling same
128 9,561,123   Highly flexible stent and method of manufacture
129 20,150,142,021   Multiple-Firing Crimp Device and Methods for Using and Manufacturing Same
130 9,314,261   Battery-powered hand-held ultrasonic surgical cautery cutting device
131 2,016,094,680   Multiple-firing securing device and methods for using and manufacturing same
132 2,970,522   Multiple-firing securing device and methods for using and manufacturing same
133 20,170,095,252   Electrically Self-Powered Surgical Instrument with Manual Release
134 2,571,830   Endoprótesis y procedimiento de fabricación de la endoprótesis