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1. (WO2017041052) DEVICE FOR ENDOSCOPIC ADVANCEMENT THROUGH THE SMALL INTESTINE

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/041052    International Application No.:    PCT/US2016/050290
Publication Date: Fri Mar 10 00:59:59 CET 2017 International Filing Date: Sat Sep 03 01:59:59 CEST 2016
IPC: A61B 1/005
Applicants: NEPTUNE MEDICAL
Inventors: TILSON, Alexander, Q.
DUVAL, Eugene, F.
GOMES, Garrett, J.
Title: DEVICE FOR ENDOSCOPIC ADVANCEMENT THROUGH THE SMALL INTESTINE
Abstract:
An apparatus for advancing a device through a gastrointestinal tract. In some embodiments, the apparatus includes first and second grabbing mechanisms adapted to grab and release tissue of the gastrointestinal tract, the first grabbing mechanism being releasably attachable to the device, the second grabbing mechanism being attached to an outer element configured to at least partially surround the device, the first and second grabbing mechanisms being axially movable with respect to each other along the gastrointestinal tract; and a radially expandable blocking element disposed proximal to the first grabbing mechanism and movable with the first grabbing mechanism with respect to the second grabbing mechanism, the blocking element being adapted to move tissue of the intestinal tract with respect to the second grabbing mechanism when the blocking element is moved toward the second grabbing mechanism. The invention also includes corresponding methods.