Novel Neural-Electrical Interfaces for Neural Device Control

Period of Performance: 08/20/2008 - 11/12/2009

$99K

Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Nico Technologies Corp.
401 W. Morgan Road,
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Research Institution

University of Michigan
3003 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Institution POC

Abstract

A new method of manufacturing of deep brain stimulation devices is proposed. We will use proprietary method of processing of carbon nanotubes into ultrastrong and highly conductive thin sheets. Flexibility of the sheets and special electrode design will make possible effective integration of the designed implants into the brain tissues. This will greatly reduce inflammation which will be tested in-vivo (rats). High impedance and charge storage capacity comparable to that of irridium oxide will provide excellent interface for electrical excitation of neurons.