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Wireless Power and Control Network for Neural Prosthese

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
66670
Program Year/Program:
2003 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
NS045419
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
VORTANT TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
88 HIGH COUNTRY RD WEAVERVILLE, NC 28787-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Wireless Power and Control Network for Neural Prosthese
Agency: HHS
Contract: 1R43NS045419-01
Award Amount: $97,865.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This R&D project will develop a novel wireless product for delivering power and control signals to implanted neural prosthetic devices. The new wireless technology uses the human body as a transmission medium, eliminating many of the undesirable side effects of implanting wires and power sources within the body. The major advantages of this technology are that it can power a diverse network of wireless implanted devices, and that it can transmit power from a single, convenient point throughout the body. The wireless product will be developed by a) adapting a novel E-field transmission technology developed on a previous DOD-funded effort, and by b) taking advantage of the well-known 'strength-frequency' properties of electrically excitable tissues - namely, that the excitability of nerve and muscle tissue is highest (i.e. thresholds are lowest) at sinusoidal stimulation frequencies below 1kHz. First, the electrical power requirements of a variety of neural prosthetic technologies will be established. Based on these requirements, several user-acceptable energy transmitter configurations will be defined. A study will examine several safety parameters to ensure that the technology is free of undesirable side effects. Finally, a proof of concept wireless stimulation device will be constructed and verified in a laboratory model.

Principal Investigator:

Philip R. Schaefer

Business Contact:


8286451026
Small Business Information at Submission:

VORTANT TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
VORTANT TECHNOLOGIES, LLC 88 HIGH COUNTRY RD WEAVERVILLE, NC 28787

EIN/Tax ID: 161641817
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No