Research & Development Projects

Electronics systems for MRI-compatible neuro-implants

New Electronics Systems for Intelligent Medical Technology – Smart Health, 2018-2021

Collaborative research project with the  University of Ulm and Max-Planck-Institute for Biological Cybernetics Tübingen

 

Under the leadership of CorTec, the project partners plan to research and develop the technological basis of MRI-compatible implants.

The project aims at developing the components of an active implant system which enables MRI examinations free of interferences. These components will be implemented into CorTec’s Brain Interchange system.

Developing a mobile,wireless system for recording field potentials from the brains of humans & awake, behaving animals (NAUTILOG)

EUREKA-Danube, 2018-2021

International collaborative project with Guger Technologies

 

Under the leadership of CorTec, the project partners aim at developing a novel, wireless recording system that is able to perform continuous recording of field potentials from the surface of the brain for research and diagnostic purposes.

Guger Technologies und CorTec both bring in their individual expertis in hardware like amplifier systems and electrode technology as well as in data processing to enable real-time mapping and research procedures. Medical and research related decisions can be taken in shorter time.

Implantable, Bidirectional Brain-Computer-Interface for the Restoration of Motor Functions (MOTOR-BIC)

 KMU innovativ, 2015-2018

Collaborative research project with the University of Freiburg, the University of Ulm, the University Medical Center Freiburg, the University Hospital TĂĽbingenand Max-Planck-Institute for intelligent Systems TĂĽbingen

 

Under the leadership of CorTec, the interdisciplinary consortium will work towards clinical applications of CorTec’s Brain Interchange system.

Hardware and software development by the universities and by CorTec will be complemented by preclinical research and two pilot clinical studies. At the University Medical Center Freiburg, the clinical study will focus on the support of communication by paralyzed patients. At the Medical Center TĂĽbingen, applications for stroke rehabilitation will be explored.

A Novel Real-Time System for More Accurate, Efficient and Reliable Cortical Neurosurgical Mapping (RAPIDMAPS 2020)

 Eurostars, 2015-2018

International collaborative project with Guger Technologies

 

The project aims at developing a next-generation tool for real-time brain mapping. The objective is to make neurosurgery quicker, safer, more cost-effective and informative.

The new system will be able to both stimulate and record as well as perform automated tests to identify important brain functions in real-time. The resulting data will help surgeons to avoid some additional mapping procedures and seizures, and to resect affected areas more effectively without impairing key functions.

Multisense

ZIM (Central Innovation Program for SME, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy), 2015-2018

European Collaborative Project with Guger Technologies,
EUREKA Project ?! 9933

 

This project will establish the possibility to combine data from wireless external sensors with the brain data recorded by the Brain Interchange implant system. This will enable an adaptive neuromodulation approach that can react not only to brain signals, but also to externally measured physiological data (like movement, respiration, skin conductance, etc.).

Inopro

Bringing Technology to the People, 2016-2021

Collaborative Project with 10 partners from industry, clinics and research,
coordinated by Otto Bock Healthcare

 

The program “Bringing Technology to the People” aims at enhancing the interaction of man and machine. Apart from other fields of use the BMBF especially wants to support the development of technologies which are easy to use and serve the real needs of the individual person.

The Innovation Cluster Inopro is focusing its research on intelligent prostheses and orthoses that can adjust actively to the needs of the person who is wearing them enabling an intuitive communication. One of the goals is to develop feeling prostheses which can sense touch and translate this into groping signals to the patient. CorTec contributes with its Brain Interchange technology to the project which will be responsible to establish communication between nerves and orthoses or prostheses.

Completed R&D Projects

Versa-BIC

ZIM (Central Innovation Program for SME, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy), 2015-2017

Collaborative research project with the University of Ulm

The project aimed at developing a novel prototype of the Brain Interchange implant system that is specifically adapted to preclinical research and will offer unprecedented flexibility and functionality.

To that end, a custom-designed microchip (ASIC) was developed and integrated into the system. In addition, further components of the implant system were improved significantly.

Neuronal-Control Assistance System for Communication and Environmental Control (NASS)

“Human-Machine-Collaboration”: Assistive Systems for the Support of Bodily Functions, 2012-2015

Collaborative research project with the University of Freiburg, the Bernstein Center Freiburg, the University Medical Center Freiburg, Incap GmbH and Multi Channel Systems GmbH

The project aimed at developing a system for communication and environmental control that can be operated by the user’s thoughts, thus enabling heavily paralyzed patients to regain a certain degree of independence.

Development of a Multifunctional Platform for Long-Term Recording & Stimulation of the Brain (Braincon)

KMU-innovativ (German Federal Funding for Innovative SMEs), 2011-2015

Collaborative research project with the University of Freiburg, the Bernstein Center Freiburg, the University Medical Center Freiburg and the University Medical Center TĂĽbingen

In this project, CorTec’s implant technology was further developed for clinical use in collaboration with academic partners. In addition, the system was tested preclinically tested in preclinical experiments.