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Cybathlon - the Olympics of Brain Computer Interfaces, man and machine work together

Neural Implant podcast - the people behind Brain-Machine Interface revolutions

Release Date: 09/05/2023

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Neural Implant podcast - the people behind Brain-Machine Interface revolutions

Giovanni Lauricella is a Vice President of the Mullings Group which is a Medical Device Technology recruitment firm. He helps startups in the neurotech space find talented people from the most experienced down to the entry-level positions.   Top 3 Takeaways: "Always pull on your network, always pull on that trust factor because people go to work for people. That's what they do, especially in startups and especially really early-stage startups" "If you want to be headhunted, make yourself available to be found, build your LinkedIn profile. Let us find you, there's tools and platforms...

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Neural Implant podcast - the people behind Brain-Machine Interface revolutions

is the founder and CEO of which uses imaging tools to understand the brain in both health and disease.    Top Three Takeaways: Miniscopes were invented out of a need for tools that have the ability to monitor and record large-scale neural circuit activity Imaging tools have the advantage of scale, single-cell resolution, longitudinal recording capabilities, and labelling for specific cell types Inscopix technology has enabled over 150 scientific papers   0:45 "Do you wanna introduce yourself a little bit?"  5:00 "Why you did choose an imaging technique instead of,...

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Neural Implant podcast - the people behind Brain-Machine Interface revolutions

is a Professor at the in Germany working on some of the cutting edge and newest things in the field of neurotechnology.   Top Three Takeaways The 8 micron limit for not causing a foreign body response might actually be closer to 1 micron Magnetoelectric nanoparticles might be the solution towards getting to the dream of having a 0 dimensional neural probe Neural Implants seem to activate those genes found in brain tumors   3:00 "You're working in Freiburg, which is bottom southwest corner of Germany, but I actually just found out that you don't live there. Where do you live?"...

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Neural Implant podcast - the people behind Brain-Machine Interface revolutions

is a medical device veteran who is now the cofounder and CEO of , a medical device company making a wearable Vagus Nerve Stimulator to help with the problems brought about by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).   Top 3 Takeaways Not only veterans but first responders often get PTSD and 1/9 women will have it at some point in their lives Stimulating the auricular (ear) branch of the Vagus nerve has fewer side effects but with a calming effect on the body Diagnosing and curing PTSD is very difficult and subjective   1:15 "Do you want to introduce yourself and the technology?"...

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Neural Implant podcast - the people behind Brain-Machine Interface revolutions

Nicolas Vachicouras is the cofounder of which is focusing on utilizing a novel soft electrode material in neural implants. The company comes out of Switzerland and has partnerships with the Stephanie Lacour lab and the Wyss Center   1:45 "Do you want to talk a little bit about yourself and your work and Neurosoft?" 4:30 "What's the benefit of soft versus hard implant?" 7:00 "Is the foreign body response, something that happens in ECOG as well, does the body react poorly to that?" 9:45 "So your guys device also doesn't have MRI artifacts. What is that? How is that and why is it...

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is an analyst at Amplitude VC which is looking at investing in neurotech companies. In this episode we talk about what they look for when investing into a company   1:30 "Do you want to introduce yourself a little bit? " 10:30 "How is venture capital different in med tech versus Silicon Valley?" 14:15 "So you guys do, would you say that you guys put more research upfront into investments vs Silicon Valley-style investors?" 16:30 "Due Diligence for, six months or a year, what are you doing during that time? What takes so long?" 21:30 "If somebody wants to be like the best candidate, what...

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is a professor at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland focusing on developing neural interface implantations in patients. In particular, the following research fields are currently investigated: robotic systems for neurorehabilitation experiments for the investigation of neural control of movement development of neural interfaces with the central nervous system (CNS) and the peripheral nervous system (PNS). development of hybrid neuro-prosthetic systems   1:15 “Do you want to explain your work?” 2:25 “You guys are very much into the compliant...

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Neural Implant podcast - the people behind Brain-Machine Interface revolutions

is a professor of biomedical engineering at duke university. He is the chief scientific officer of Managing director of NDI Healthcare fund. He is the cofounder and chief scientific officer of Deep Brain innovations and His research interests are in neural engineering and neural prostheses including design and testing of electrodes and stimulation techniques, the electrical properties of tissues and cells, and computational neuroscience with applications in the restoration of bladder function, treatment of movement disorders with deep brain stimulation, and multi-joint limb movement. He has...

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Neural Implant podcast - the people behind Brain-Machine Interface revolutions

is a Neuroscientist and Assistant Professor at the Institutes of Bioelectronic Medicine and Molecular medicine at the . His areas of interests are Neuro-immunology, electrophysiology, microscopy and bioengineering. In today’s episode, Eric talks to us about his work with the vagus nerve and approaches being used in his lab to understand signalling between the nervous system and immune system.   Top three takeaways: We haven't got technology that can image individuals neurons connected to the vagus nerve but in the near future, the tools might evolve to do this. Recording neural...

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Neural Implant podcast - the people behind Brain-Machine Interface revolutions

is a Biomedical Engineer. He is a Professor at the City College of New York City and also the co-director of the . Marom has been at the City College of New York for over 15 years. He has a B.Sc in Biomedical Engineering from John Hopkins University and a PhD from Case Western University Cleveland. He cofounded . Marom's research group studies the effects of electricity on the human body and applies this knowledge toward the development of medical devices and electrical safety guidelines. In today’s episode, Marom talks about his work with Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation and how it...

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The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich’s Robert Reiner was one of the key figures to
initiate the Cybathlon in 2016. The Cybathlon is a unique event in the development of every-
day assistive devices in which people living with various disabilities compete while using the
latest developments. There are six disciplines from advanced wheelchairs to FES cycling. Florian
Haufe, a PhD candidate in Dr. Reiner’s lab, fills us in a little more about this premiere event and
what the expect in the 2020 competition.

Takeaways:
1. Showcase of technology for people with disabilities in the spirit of competitive sport.
2. Competitive challenges center around tasks for people with physical impairments in
every-day life and the use of assistive technology.


[0:00] Ladan introduces the episode and joins the conversation with Florian Haufe and Jen
French at RehabWeek 2019.
[1:16] Haufe tells about how he became involved in the Cybathlon and what the event is about.
[2:09} Discussion of the different competitive disciplines at the event and the tasks in the
competition highlighted the exoskeleton discipline.
[3:31] Haufe explains the scoring technique for the disciplines.
[3:51] Haufe further describes the initial event that took place in Zurich in 2016 with
competitors from academia and industry. There were 6 disciplines and over 5000 attendees.
[5:40] What makes up the team is the pilot or end user/athlete along with a technical team that
can range from students to licensed engineers to hobbyists.
[7:10] Haufe describes the overall goal of the event. Giving people with impairments a platform
for the use of assistive devices in the spirit of competition, allow technology developers to
show what their latest inventions can do and increase public awareness are the goals of the
event.
[9:24} Here are the details about the 2020 event and how to get involved. Go to
https://cybathlon.ethz.ch/cybathlon-2020.html