Wireless brain-spine connection to overcome paralysis



Prof Grégoire Courtine and Dr. Jocelyne Bloch, both founders of LSP’s portfolio company G-Therapeutics, have published in Nature that a wireless brain implant – that stimulates electrodes in the leg by recreating signals recorded from the brain – enables monkeys with spinal-cord injuries to walk. Importantly, the animals regain not only voluntary and coordinated but also weight-bearing function, which is important for locomotion. G-Therapeutics already started a trial in Switzerland, using a pared-down version of the technology in people with spinal-cord injury (i.e. not yet combining it with brain implants).

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Wireless brain-spine connection to overcome paralysis



Prof Grégoire Courtine and Dr. Jocelyne Bloch, both founders of LSP’s portfolio company G-Therapeutics, have published in Nature that a wireless brain implant – that stimulates electrodes in the leg by recreating signals recorded from the brain – enables monkeys with spinal-cord injuries to walk. Importantly, the animals regain not only voluntary and coordinated but also weight-bearing function, which is important for locomotion. G-Therapeutics already started a trial in Switzerland, using a pared-down version of the technology in people with spinal-cord injury (i.e. not yet combining it with brain implants).

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