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Allen Institute for Brain Science partners with imec for development of next-generation tools
Date:11/7/2013

ring, bringing us closer to the day when we will fully decipher their meaning and thereby understand the language of the brain," said Christof Koch, Ph.D., chief scientific officer of the Allen Institute for Brain Science.

Engineers at imec will work closely with scientists at HHMI, the Allen Institute and UCL (with grant funding from Gatsby and Wellcome) to design, develop and test the new probes. Over the course of the 38-month project, imec will leverage its state-of-the-art silicon design and processing capabilities to develop and test the new tool, and produce a version that can be manufactured and made available to the scientific research community.

"We continually strive to bring value to HHMI and the other leading institutes by customizing state-of-the-art semiconductor technology through our dedicated and experienced semiconductor development teams," stated Peter Peumans, director bionanoelectronics at imec. "This research partnership will enable imec to provide the most advanced neural probe technology to academia and research institutes, enabling the acquisition of signals from whole brain regions rather than small samples of those regions."

"We're launching this project because current methods for studying brain activity are inadequate," said Tim Harris, director of the Applied Physics and Instrumentation Group at HHMI's Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia. "We are committed to creating better tools that will enable us to collect better quality data and reduce the number of animals that are needed for this essential research."


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