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The success of the project, all agree, is going to depend on collaboration between the nine different entities involved. The DOE national laboratories, universities and private-sector businesses that comprise the new project are:

  • USC's Doheny Eye Institute at the Keck School of Medicine, which is co-leading the effort and performing clinical testing of the implants;
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the program's other co-leader; Oak Ridge is working on developing advanced electrodes and fabrication techniques, and studying long-term stability of the implanted device;
  • Argonne National Laboratory, which is collaborating with Second Sight to use patented ultrananocrystalline diamond technology to make the implant biocompatible with the surrounding ocular tissue;
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which is developing a thin, flexible implant that can conform to the curved shape of the retina;
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory, which is developing advanced optical imaging techniques which provide a better understanding of how the prosthesis works, by mapping the interaction between brain and retina;
  • Sandia National Laboratories, where researchers are developing advanced electrodes using MEMS (microelectronic mechanical systems) research;
  • North Carolina State University, which is performing electrical and thermal modeling of the device to determine how much energy can be used to stimulate the remaining retinal cells
  • University of California, Santa Cruz, which will work on wireless communication technology to provide a strong link between the camera and the implant;
  • Second Sight, which created the prototype design currently in testing and will integrate DOE technology into product designs that will eventually move on to clinical trials.

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  • Contact: Jon Weiner
    jonweine@usc.edu
    323-442-2830
    University of Southern California
    14-Oct-2004


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