Blackrock Neurotech and Pitt work on first at-home BCI system for remote trials

Blackrock Neurotech’s Utah array is used in its brain-computer interface implant to sense brain signals [Photo courtesy of Blackrock]

Blackrock Neurotech and the University of Pittsburgh’s Rehab Neural Engineering Labs (Pitt RNEL) are working together on the first portable brain-computer interface (BCI) to allow patients to participate in research trials from home.

A Blackrock representative said it’s the final step as the company prepares to launch its first commercial product early next year.

Salt Lake City-based Blackrock plans to submit its first commercial BCI device, called MoveAgain, to the FDA this year.

Blackrock wants its BCI platform to be the first one that’s commercially available to people with paralysis. Its implant has been used in patients since 2004 through research studies, with zero FDA-reported serious adverse events since then.

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Blackrock Neurotech and ClearPoint Neuro want to automate brain implant surgeries

The Utah Array platform [Image from Blackrock Neurotech/ClearPoint Neuro]ClearPoint Neuro (NSDQ:CLPT) announced an agreement with Blackrock Neurotech to develop automated technologies for brain implant surgeries.

The partnership will seek to develop an automated surgical solution for implanting brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) into patients with neurological disorders including from paralysis, ALS, blindness and hearing loss, among others.

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Blackrock Neurotech and ClearPoint Neuro want to automate brain implant surgeries

The Utah Array platform [Image from Blackrock Neurotech/ClearPoint Neuro]

ClearPoint Neuro (NSDQ:CLPT) announced an agreement with Blackrock Neurotech to develop automated technologies for brain implant surgeries.

The partnership will seek to develop an automated surgical solution for implanting brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) into patients with neurological disorders including from paralysis, ALS, blindness and hearing loss, among others.

Solana Beach, Calif.-based ClearPoint Neuro said in a news release that the partnership aims to leverage its platform and software with Blackrock Neurotech’s Utah Array to deliver a clinical solution for surgeons that is more streamlined and effective than other BCI implantation surgeries performed to date.

Salt Lake City-based Blackrock Neurotech’s Utah Array, touted as the leader in implantable BCIs and the only electrode array of its kind, holds …

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