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Purdue researchers develop tiny implant chip to improve research on neurological disorders


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: July 25th, 2018

Researchers at Purdue University have developed a tiny, implantable electronic chip they hope will improve research on neurological disorders.

The technology reads signals from several nerve endings and transmits them wirelessly to a computer. The chip contains an antenna similar to the technology used to wirelessly charge smartphones. This eliminates the need for a battery and makes for a safer implant.

“This invention opens up even greater life-saving research into understanding the brain and central nervous system, various neural diseases and neuro-prosthetics,” says Saeed Mohammadi, associate professor at Purdue and co-developer of the chip. “Our breakthrough is that this chip is very small, about the size of a piece of dust, and can be made flexible for future brain implant applications.”

The technology can also be used to provide support for people with neural deficiencies or severed nerves.

“We can perhaps provide a technology that is more bio-compatible with brain tissues and can be implanted in the human brain or at nerve endings with a much better success rate,” says Mohammadi.

The research team worked with the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization to develop the chip for the marketplace. The team is now seeking investors and industrial partners to help commercialize the technology.

Source: Purdue University

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