Microchannel Scaffolds and Microtube Electrodes for a Neural Interface System

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Background
Although cultured neuronal networks have shown a variety of mechanisms of neuronal functionality, individual neuron interfaces have not yet been introduced during in vivo animal studies. State-of-the art electrophysiological techniques can only access a group of neurons, and this makes modality specific applications difficult.
Technology Overview
This invention develops a neural interface that connects the peripheral nervous system with external devices, such as prosthetic limbs, and provides a direct communication pathway between the two. This invention leverages on a microchannel integrated neural network device and a system which can control the reinnervated muscles and interpret neurological signals that can then be used for the interpretation of mind and create a neural map.
With this technology, bi-directional individual neuron communication can be achieved using the proprietary peripheral nerve interference. ()
Stage of Development
Prototyping stage.
Benefits

Advances rehabilitation capabilities of disabled individuals
Nerve regeneration through microchannel scaffolds
Direct neuron communication using microtube electrodes
Bio-degradable materials used

Value Proposition
This novel technology provides direct communication between prosthetic limbs and peripheral nerves by utilizing microchannel PDMS scaffolds for nerve regeneration and microtube electrode for individual neuron communication.

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