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Nicolas Vachicouras on starting a soft electrode neurotech company in Switzerland

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

Release Date: 06/14/2021

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Nicolas Vachicouras is the cofounder of Neurosoft Bioelectronics 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 important?"

11:45 How was it spinning off a company in Switzerland?

14:15 "You've seen the Swiss side and the American or, Boston side, how would you compare and contrast those?"

17:15 "You guys have been very successful with competitions and these kinds of grants in everything like that. Do you want to talk a little bit about this as well?"

20:15 "What are some kind of next steps or plans for the future?"

22:00 "You're utilizing such a soft device. Do you want to talk about this a little bit?"

24:00 "You guys also have the spinal cord stimulators, do you want to describe this?"

28:15 "Is there anything that we didn't talk about that you wanted to mention?"