Neuralink co-founder unveils Science Eye sight restoration implant

The Science Eye. [Image from Science]Neuralink co-founder Max Hodak and the Science team unveiled the Science Eye, the company’s brain-computer platform.

Now the Science CEO, Hodak helped start Neuralink, Elon Musk’s venture into brain-computer interfaces (BCIs). He served as president there until 2021. He’s now working on a new brain-computer platform. Contrary to Neuralink and other companies’ platforms, this one doesn’t require an in-skull implant.

The Science Eye is a visual prosthesis. It targets retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD), two forms of serious blindness. The combination device uses an optogenetic gene therapy targeted at the cells of the optic nerve. It combines that with an implanted, flexible thin-film, ultradense microLED display panel inserted directly over the retina.

Hodak, Yifan Kong, Alan Mardinly, Corey Wolin, Emma Zhou and the Science team authored a news release unv…

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