MINIATURE IMPLANTABLE TRANSCUTANEOUS OPTICAL DATA LINK

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 16773
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1993
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Abiomed Inc.
33 Cherry Hill Dr, Danvers, MA, 01923
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Burt Ochs
 (508) 777-5410
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
BETWEEN COCHLEAR IMPLANTS AND QUADRI/PARAPLEGICS, THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 700,000 PERSONS IN THE U. S. WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM PROSTHETICS UTILIZING NEURAL OR NEUROMUSCULAR STIMULATION. SUCH SYSTEMS REQUIRE IMPLANTABLE, HIGH-SPEED, BI-DIRECTIONAL, TRANSCUTANEOUS DATA TRANSMISSION IMMUNE TO VARIATIONS IN THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT. TO DATE, DATA LINKS INDEVELOPMENT ARE NOT PROJECTED TO MEET THE COMBINED NEEDS OF SPEED AND INTEGRITY. THIS GRANT IS A PROOF-OF-CONCEPT PHASEI FOR AN OPTICAL DATA LINK WITH TRANSMISSION CAPABILITY IN THE MEGABIT PER SECOND RANGE. THE PHASE I PROGRAM WILL INCORPORATE A PROTOTYPE DATA LINK SYSTEM INTO AN OF-THE-SHELF TRANSCUTANEOUS ENERGY TRANSMISSION SYSTEM VERIFY ITS PERFORMANCE. THE DESIGN IS FLEXIBLE IN NATURE TO ALLOW SIMPLE INCORPORATION INTO A VARIETY OF PROSTHETIC DEVICES. PHASE II WOULD COMPLETE SUCH AN INCORPORATION, MINIATURIZE, AND DO IN VIVO TESTING. BETWEEN COCHLEAR IMPLANTS AND QUADRI/PARAPLEGICS, THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 700,000 PERSONS IN THE U. S. WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM PROSTHETICS UTILIZING NEURAL OR NEUROMUSCULAR STIMULATION. SUCH SYSTEMS REQUIRE IMPLANTABLE, HIGH-SPEED, BI-DIRECTIONAL, TRANSCUTANEOUS DATA TRANSMISSION IMMUNE TO VARIATIONS IN THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT. TO DATE, DATA LINKS INDEVELOPMENT ARE NOT PROJECTED TO MEET THE COMBINED NEEDS OF SPEED AND INTEGRITY. THIS GRANT IS A PROOF-OF-CONCEPT PHASEI FOR AN OPTICAL DATA LINK WITH TRANSMISSION CAPABILITY IN THE MEGABIT PER SECOND RANGE. THE PHASE I PROGRAM WILL INCORPORATE A PROTOTYPE DATA LINK SYSTEM INTO AN OF-THE-SHELF TRANSCUTANEOUS ENERGY TRANSMISSION SYSTEM VERIFY ITS PERFORMANCE. THE DESIGN IS FLEXIBLE IN NATURE TO ALLOW SIMPLE INCORPORATION INTO A VARIETY OF PROSTHETIC DEVICES. PHASE II WOULD COMPLETE SUCH AN INCORPORATION, MINIATURIZE, AND DO IN VIVO TESTING.

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