ELECTRODE PROSTHESIS

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$40,000.00
Award Year:
1984
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
1801
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Gentronix Laboratories, Inc.
7503 Standish Place, Rockville, MD, 20855
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
JAMES H. MCALEAR
PRESIDENT/RESEARCH DIR.
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
A MERGER OF TECHNOLOGIES INVOLVING A) POLYMER FIBER OPTICS, B) POLYMER PHTHALOCYANI PHOTO VOLTAICS AND C) ELECTRODE CELL ADHESION SURFACES HAS RESULTED IN THE CONCEPT OF A NOVEL ELECTRODE PROSTHESIS WHICH USES FINE 5-10 W POLYMER OPTICAL FIBERS INSTEAD OF METAL WIRES. USING A PHOTO CONVERSION MECHANISM AT THEIR ENDS, THESE FIBERS CONVERT LIGHT ENERGY TO A NEGATIVE ELECTRICAL PULSE IN THE 100 MV RANGE. INTIMATE ATTACHMENT OF THESE FIBER ENDS TO TARGET CELLS BY USE OF NON-SPECIFIC (E.G., POLYLYSINE) OR SPECIFIC (MONOCLONAL ANTIBODY OR CELLS ADHESION MOLECULE) SURFACES ALLOWS THE TARGET CELLS TO BE FIRED. SUCH AN APPROACH ENHANCES THE POSSIBILITY OF HIGH DENSITY ELECTRODE SYSTEMS AND SPECIFICITY THEREOF.

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