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a disruptive implantable neurostimulator for the treatment of epilepsy

Project description

Therapeutic nervous system stimulation moves into the era of fibre optics

The nervous system modulates and mediates information propagation via both electrical and chemical signals. Disruption to these signalling pathways can lead to pathologies such as epilepsy or depression. Neural stimulation, particularly of the vagus nerve, located in the neck, has proven to be beneficial in some cases. Implantable vagus nerve stimulators are currently delivering electrical impulses using standard metal wires that go under a patient’s skin and connect to the nerve. Replacing these metal wires by optical fibres offer several advantages including improved safety, compatibility with MRI, better control over stimulation parameters, and increased device lifetime. The NAOS project has developed an implantable neurostimulator using optic fibres. EU-funding is supporting development of a business plan to get it to patients faster.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/metals
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics
  • /medical and health sciences/basic medicine/pharmacology and pharmacy/pharmaceutical drug
  • /engineering and technology/medical engineering/diagnostic imaging/magnetic resonance imaging
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/fibre optics
  • /medical and health sciences/basic medicine/neurology/epilepsy
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/neurobiology

Call for proposal

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Funding Scheme

SME-1 - SME instrument phase 1


Rue Emile Francqui 6
1435 Mont-saint-guibert
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 50 000