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Final qualification testing for myoelectric implant to control prostheses

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W911NF-17-C-0058
Agency Tracking Number: D2-1947
Amount: $1,495,965.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SB142-006
Solicitation Number: 14.2
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-09-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-04-24
Small Business Information
2056 South 1100 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84106
United States
DUNS: 145387341
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Daneil Mcdonnall
 (801) 413-0139
Business Contact
 Magdalen Memmot
Phone: (801) 413-0139
Research Institution

The goal of this DARPA Phase II SBIR program is to evaluate an implantable system for recording myoelectric signals from residual muscles of individuals with forearm amputations. The signals will be wirelessly coupled to an external receiver for controlling prostheses. Compared to surface electrodes, this system will provide: more channels for prosthesis control from a larger number of muscles in the limb, improved specificity and repeatability for recording from individual muscles and muscle groups, higher reliability and quality for the recorded signals under different socket conditions, and selective, consistent signals from deep muscles. These multichannel recordings will also enable users to generate simultaneous multi-axis movements with a more natural feel of control than existing myocontrollers. In this DARPA Phase II SBIR, we will complete pre-clinical validation qualification testing, including: six-month GLP in vivo study, implant chemical characterization, and algorithm integration into the external transceiver. We will compile these results into a Master File for use in IDE submissions by future clinical teams. As an Option, we will further develop a smaller, wearable data acquisition system for animal subject researchers to provide near-term revenue to help cover costs of future clinical studies.

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