EXTENSIBLE, WIRELESS, AND IMPLANTABLE NEURAL-INTERFACE MICROSYSTEMS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W911NF-14-P-0045
Agency Tracking Number: D142-006-0094
Amount: $149,616.54
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SB142-006
Solicitation Number: 2014.2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-09-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-09-11
Small Business Information
2224 Page Road, Suite 108, Durham, NC, 27703
DUNS: 092909741
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Morizio
 President
 (919) 361-2663
 jmorizio@trianglebiosystems.com
Business Contact
 James Morizio
Title: Dr.
Phone: (919) 361-2663
Email: jmorizio@trianglebiosystems.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Existing high-channel-count interfaces used to capture neural information from and to stimulate neural activity in tissues rely on transcutaneous connections to convey both information and power. These transcutaneous connections introduce a number of significant problems: limit patient comfort/mobility, increase infection risk, and significantly reduce the long-term system reliability. In this Phase I SBIR we plan to create a detailed technology-development plan for novel, extensible, wireless, hermetic, and implantable neural interface microsystems, capable of both multichannel recording and stimulation of CNS, PNS, and muscle tissues. The comprehensive system plan we propose to develop will leverage extensive prior work (SBIR supported) by Triangle BioSystems International, Inc. (TBSI), to successfully develop and rapidly commercialize high-channel-count wireless neural telemetry products. Our objective is to define a system-level approach to yield a manufacturable and commercializable general-purpose wireless neural telemetry system that will be broadly applicable to both the neuroscience and neuroengineering research and development communities. Our proposed implantable bi-direction system will have a scalable architecture capable of at least 64 channels of recording and more than 16 channels of stimulation. To maximize likelihood of approval from the FDA, FCC, and IEC, we will create our development plan informed by relevant standards and guidance documents.

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