An Integrated Wireless Neural Interface for Chronic Recording and Stimulation

The envisioned system integrates, wirelessly, a neural electrode array with a signal processor and a RF-communication module. The neural array can talk simultaneously with many individual neurons on the brain and the entire system can be implanted chronically inside the body thus eliminating the need for supplemental wiring and intermediate electrical and mechanical interfaces.

Existing neural interfaces are implanted in the tissues with wires that come out and across the skin which increases chances of infection. This is the first ever neural interface device that integrates power consumption, signal processing and signal transmission into a hermetically encapsulated device which is coated with a unique biocompatible layer. In addition to continuing research and studies of the nervous system, applications include neural prosthetics control such as robotic arms, legs, bowel and bladder control etc. The applications could also be extended to bridging of severed neural paths / spinal cord injuries.

Stage of Development
We have received a notice of allowance from the USPTO. This technology is part of an active and ongoing research program and is available for developmental research support/licensing under either exclusive or non-exclusive terms.

Additional Info

Inventor(s): Richard Normann, Florian Solzbacher, Reid Harrison

Type of Offer: Licensing

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