Kips Bay Medical Inc., Plymouth, has been issued a U.S. patent related to its eSVS Mesh techology, including 11 permitted claims covering the technology. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office also has issued a Notice of Allowance approving a second patent application, "Compliant Venous Stent," which includes three claims related to the eSVS Mesh design.


Ecumen, Shoreview, named Gilbert "Gil" Acevedo senior vice president of operations, effective Oct. 24. Acevedo now serves as deputy commissioner of veterans health care for the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs.

Cycle Country Accessories Corp., Minnetonka, elected Lance Morgan a new independent member of its board of directors. Morgan is founder, president and chief executive officer of Ho-Chunk Inc., an economic development corporation of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, and is a partner in the law firm of Fredericks Peebles & Morgan. Morgan replaces Paul DeShaw, who no longer satisfied the independence standards of Rule 10A-3 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 because he recently bought a large block of the company's common stock. DeShaw resigned from the audit committee but continues to serve as a director and is independent for all other purposes.