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ADVANCED MICROFABRICATION TECHNOLOGY

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
R44DC010970
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
NIDCD
Solicitation Number:
PA09-113
Small Business Information
CLARK-MXR, INC.
7300 West Huron River Drive DEXTER, MI 48130-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: ADVANCED MICROFABRICATION TECHNOLOGY
Agency: HHS
Contract: 4R44DC010970-02
Award Amount: $797,662.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The broad, long-term objective of this program is to develop the tools, protocols and facilities needed to produce multielectrode arrays (MEAs) out of known biocompatible materials for eventual use in humans. This willrequire construction and commissioning of a computer-aided design (CAD), good manufacturing practice (GMP) facility and framework capable of fabricating a 2-dimensional MEA using an ultrashort (sometimes referred to as ultrafast) laser-based micromachiningprocess. The direct-write technology developed herein will enable fabrication of an MEA out of flat platinum sheet material without the handling steps that compromise material plasticity in current designs. This array will then be laminated between two encapsulating layers of biocompatible polymer that serve to electrically isolate each electrode while providing flexible, mechanical support. We will use this technology to fabricate a robust, high quality, reliable cochlear implant (CI) electrode array functionally similar to those in clinical use today. We anticipate this new process technology will eliminate defects introduced during the current, hand-assembly process that results in failure and subsequent loss of residual hearing, compromised functionality, and higher cost. This effort will be performed in collaboration with a third party who wishes to evaluate this new technology as a possible replacement for their current method of manufacture. We anticipate that this program will improve health and functionality for the deaf community, especially for children during their formative years, in support of NIH's mission to improve health by mitigating disability. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: The goal of this program is to develop the flexible, computer-assisted, integrated manufacturing cell required to fabricate neural prostheses of arbitrary shape and structure using ultrashort pulses of light. Commercial utility will be demonstrated by producing a novel, robust cochlear implant electrode array in collaboration with a well-known commercial manufacturer of cochlear implants. In furtherance of NIH's mission to reduce the burdens of illness and disability, we anticipate this program will result in a substantial improvement in quality, performance and size ofthis particular device and lay the foundation for production of a broad spectrum of medical device components serving other medical needs.

Principal Investigator:

Larry Walker
734-426-2803
lawalker@cmxr.com

Business Contact:

William Clark
734-426-2803
clark@cmxr.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

CLARK-MXR, INC.
7300 West Huron River Drive DEXTER, MI 48130-

EIN/Tax ID: 138308416
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No