To date the company has successfully demonstrated in a large animal model that its technology can reliably receive electrical signals in the brain. This ground-breaking work has been published in Nature Biotech as an article entitled “Endovascular stent-electrode array for minimally invasive high fidelity chronic recordings of cortical neural activity”.
Synchron Inc., a company developing minimally invasive neural interface technology, today announced it has raised a total of $10 million to complete its Series A round of financing. Neurotechnology Investors (NTI) led the investment round, which included funding from the U.S. Department of Defense, including the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Synchron, a new U.S. based company dedicated to the development of minimally invasive neuromoducation technologies, today announced the appointment of neurovascular device-industry veteran Martin Dieck as Chairman.
A mind is a terrible thing to waste. At least, that appears to be the case, as hundreds of neurotech startups have begun popping up all over the professional ecosystem. From unique wearables to innovative software, these companies are making it easy to read your mind, save your skull, and general promote brain health throughout the world. - CONTINUE READING
This is where a team of researchers led by Thomas Oxley from the University of Melbourne comes in. They’ve developed a device capable of controlling exoskeletons using the human mind. The device is a metallic stent covered with electrodes. - CONTINUE READING
MIND CONTROL without the side effects. That’s the aim of a device that could help people control robotic limbs using thought alone – without the need for brain surgery. The device will be trialed in people with paralysis next year. - CONTINUE READING
The recent funding will allow Synchron to launch the first-in-human clinical trial of Stentrode's technology beginning in 2018, to be conducted in Australia with three patients. "We're taking a broader approach," said Oxley. "Our goal is to seek to have movement and communication outputs from the system." - CONTINUE READING
Oxley came up with his stentrode as an alternative to typical electrodes that are placed directly in the brain tissue. Those standard electrodes enable high-fidelity recording from individual neurons, but the stiff silicon and metal structures cause inflammation in the brain tissue, and scar tissue often forms around them over time. - CONTINUE READING
"NEW IDEAS REQUIRE new words. So if you want to know where change is happening, keep an eye on the language. That’s what author and artist Jonathon Keats has been doing in WIRED’s Jargon Watch column for more than a decade." - CONTINUE READING
Nicholas Opie and colleagues at the University of Melbourne and the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health are developing a device called a stentrode, which is so tiny it can sit within a human blood vessel. Surgeons insert a slim, flexible stent into a blood vessel in the groin, then guide the device up through the body and into the motor cortex, the brain’s movement command centre. - CONTINUE READING
Australian neurologist Tom Oxley was on vacation in the US in November 2010 when he decided to do a bit of work. So he pitched an electrode array for reading brainwaves to the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s (DARPA) Military Prosthetics program. - CONTINUE READING
The Stentrode is a radically new approach in the field of "brain-machine interfaces" - technology that delivers mind-control over computers, robotic limbs or exoskeletons and gives people with paralysis the chance for more independence, all using the power of thought. - CONTINUE READING
Tonight President Obama will continue his weeklong stint as the guest presenter on the Science Channel. On Science Presents DNews (9pmET/PT), the POTUS will talk about new research from Australian scientists who have created a "bionic spinal cord" that could give paralyzed people the hope of walking again through the power of thought. - CONTINUE READING
The tiny, injectable machine—the invention of neurologist Tom Oxley and his team at the University of Melbourne in Australia—could help researchers solve one of the most vexing problems with the brain modem: how to insert a transmitter into the brain without also drilling a hole in the user’s head, a risky procedure under any circumstances. - CONTINUE READING
Containing 12-electrodes, the stent is like a recording device which collects the electrical activity from neurons in the patient's motor cortex before translating the activity into commands. The commands are carried via 12 wires to a transmitter implanted just under the skin on the chest. The transmitter then sends the commands wirelessly to an exoskeleton - or to a wheelchair. - CONTINUE READING
In recent years, scientists have been developing new and creative ways to put electronics in the brain. These devices are useful for paralyzed patients to control prosthetic limbs with their minds, to help locked-in patients communicate with the outside world, or to help researchers better predict seizures in epileptic patients. - CONTINUE READING
The quest to give patients with paralysis the ability to walk is on the verge of a breakthrough — and it could come in this tiny package. It's called a stent-electrode recording array, and it has been used for the last few years to treat neurological conditions, according to a paper by University of Melbourne researchers. A 39-person team from the university think it could be used to make people walk again. - CONTINUE READING
The new device, dubbed the “bionic spine”, is the size of a small paperclip and will be implanted in three patients at the Royal Melbourne hospital in Victoria next year. The participants will be selected from the Austin Health spinal cord unit, and will be the first humans to trial the device, which so far has only been tested in sheep. - CONTINUE READING
The new development makes it easier to stick a computer chip or stentrode into a patient’s head. Instead of open-brain surgery, the method of inserting a BMI through blood vessels in the neck reduces the risk of inflaming tissue and other risks involved in such horrifying, invasive surgery. - CONTINUE READING
High-fidelity intracranial electrode arrays for recording and stimulating brain activity have facilitated major advances in the treatment of neurological conditions over the past decade. Traditional arrays require direct implantation into the brain via open craniotomy, which can lead to inflammatory tissue responses... - CONTINUE READING
A DARPA-funded research team has created a novel neural-recording device that can be implanted into the brain through blood vessels, reducing the need for invasive surgery and the risks associated with breaching the blood-brain barrier. - CONTINUE READING
Yes, it sounds like something out of a bad science fiction novel — or maybe an X-Men comic — but it's true: people with paralysis might soon be able to use mind control to walk again. It's the size of a paper clip, and it sits inside a blood vessel next to your brain. - CONTINUE READING