Posts Tagged ‘Cyberkinetics’

Androids, The Good Kind

This Mass High Tech story about the FDA Foxboro’s Cyberkinetics was useful only in pointing out that was a company in Foxboro called Cyberkinectics. Well, that and it pointed out that they are trying do something minor, like cure paralysis or something:

Cyberkinetics’ Andara OFS (Oscillating Field Stimulator) system is a nerve growth stimulator designed as a treatment for acute spinal cord injuries. The device is designed to be implanted in patients within 18 days following a spinal cord injury to stimulate nerves to grow across the area of injury.

OK, not exactly cure, but aid those who’ve suffered spinal cord injuries. From CK themselves:

Results from a ten-participant, Phase Ia trial published in the January 2005 issue of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, reported that all participants showed statistically significant improvement in sensation and some improvement in movement, including hand, arm and leg movement. For those with cervical spinal cord injuries, for example, there is evidence of a two-segment improvement, or the functional difference between non-movement of an arm or hand and the ability to grasp a utensil to feed oneself.

And a vid for the busy is here. This seems fairly radical. So why is it only Mass High Tech that is giving developments here ink? What more interesting business could there be to cover?


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