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Herramientas electroquímicas y microfluídicas y enfoques de neuroingeniería

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOUK20150826001
Publicado:
01/09/2015
Caducidad:
31/08/2016
Resumen:
Una universidad británica está desarrollando arrays de microelectrodos (MEA) con mejor capacidad para aprovechar la microfluídica en neuroingeniería. Los microelectrodos funcionan bidireccionalmente, son capaces de grabar desde distintos lugares y ofrecen la capacidad de controlar la liberación de medicamentos. Se buscan organizaciones que ofrezcan asistencia en bombeo de precisión, desarrollo de válvulas, reserva de fluidos internos, fuentes de energía y pilas de combustible recargables con el fin de establecer acuerdos de cooperación técnica.

Details

Tittle:
Electrochemical and microfluidic tools and approaches for neuro-engineering.
Summary:
A UK university is developing micro-electrode arrays (MEAs) with the enhanced capability of harnessing microfluidics for neuroengineeing working bidirectionally and able to record from multiple locations along with controlled drug release. The university is looking for technical cooperation with organisations able to help with precision pumping, valve development, internal fluid reservoir technologies and rechargeable internal fuel cells / power sources.
Description:
MEAs are in use in multiple situations already, especially for recording from the central nervous system (CNS) regions like the hippocampus in preclinical conditions. Similar electrode arrays were in use for the ´brain machine interface´ work in primates and patients. Similar electrodes have been devised for use as epidural stimulators by a few groups as well.
The electrodes developed by the university are distinct compared to these as they are custom made for use in preclinical conditions and for bidirectional use (stimulate and record) providing at the same time the ability to have controlled drug release at specified site/s along the electrode shank. It can be used for recording single or multiple units simultaneously or for even recording electroneurograms (ENGs) or electromyograms (EMGs) under terminal and chronic conditions.

Present electrodes are based on,
a) Stiff and sharp silicon shafts which are 90µm wide, 25µm thick and 4000µm-7000µm long, with multiple recording/stimulation sites spaced at 100µm intervals along the shaft.
b) Flexible polymer based electrodes which are 2cm long, 25µm thick polymer Summary of electrodes with 100+ recording sites spaced 200µm apart.
c) Bespoke associated electronics are under development to interface directly with commercial recording interfaces.

The university is looking for technical cooperation with organisations able to help with precision pumping, valve development, internal fluid reservoir technologies and rechargeable internal fuel cells / power sources.
Advantages and Innovations:
The bi-directionality and ability to record from multiple locations and controlled drug release. The ability to provide controlled drug release using a valve system.
Stage of Development:
Under development/lab tested
IPs:
Secret know-how

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
Type of partner sought: Commercial and academic

Role of partner sought: technical cooperation with organisations able to help with precision pumping, valve development, internal fluid reservoir technologies and rechargeable internal fuel cells / power sources.


Field of partner´s activity: micro engineering, neuro engineering, health care equipment and machinery, microelectronics, fluid technology, power sources development

Client

Type and Size of Client:
University
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
No
Languages Spoken:
English

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
01001001 Automation, Robotics Control Systems
01002001 Micro and Nanotechnology related to Electronics and Microelectronics
01002007 Nanotechnologies related to electronics & microelectronics
06001014 Neurología, investigación cerebral