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Cyberkinetics, Case to develop system to help restore extremity function

n limbs simply by thinking," said John Donoghue, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer of Cyberkinetics. "This contract is a critical first step toward achieving our goal. We are extremely enthusiastic to be working with Case and the FES Center's world-class team of investigators to advance restorative rehabilitation for paralyzed people. In addition, we are gratified that the NICHD has provided us the opportunity to develop our BrainGateTM technology that has the potential to improve the lives of those with severe paralysis."

"We are honored to be working with a premier academic institution and with renowned researchers and physicians to develop technology that aims to improve the lives of those with spinal cord injuries," added Timothy R. Surgenor, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cyberkinetics. "As a result of being awarded this contract, Cyberkinetics now has expanded resources to further develop applications of the BrainGateTM System with the goal of enabling those with severe motor impairments to control their own limbs."

The collaboration between Cyberkinetics and Case pairs two state-of-the-art technologies. Cyberkinetics is the first and, to date, the only group to obtain FDA-approval for a pilot trial in humans using an implantable multichannel, intracortical microelectrode array. The ongoing pilot study aims to test the ability of an individual with high cervical SCI to control computers and other external devices with signals obtained from the motor cortex. Cyberkinetics is currently reviewing data from two participants implanted with the BrainGate System. The Cleveland FES Center at Case Western has a track record in the implementation of upper-extremity FES systems covering more than 25 years with more than 300 users. Investigators from both teams have extensive experience in decoding cortical signals into multidimensional movement commands for real-time control of FES systems, computers, and robotic devices i
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