Texas Patent of the Month – September 2022

If you have participated in or witnessed a neuronal scan, you may have encountered microelectrodes. These are very small electronic devices used during brain experiments to record neuronal activity. They can also be used to reconstitute lost input to the brain or disrupt pathological patterns of activity associated with seizures. Often, microelectrodes have large surfaces that may compromise biological safety. They can also be difficult to manufacture and may not facilitate high-quality frequency recordings. 

Paradromics, Inc. specializes in manufacturing fully-implantable brain devices designed for long-term daily service. They aim to directly integrate data from the electrical probe into an external electronic device. Their unique and innovative design ensures biocompatibility and safety.

Paradromics, Inc.’s development involves a multiclad microwire system consisting of a metal core that is extremely resistant to temperatures as high as 300°C. The system has been specially organized to increase spacing between the microwires to facilitate adequate connection with one another to form a bundle of microelectrodes. These microelectrodes have a multi-layer coating of thermoplastic material to form a hermetic seal around each wire to ensure durability and resistance to external contaminants. The ends of each microwire are modified to ensure charge storage, efficient electrical contact and reduced impedance. The microelectrode bundle can be successfully implanted without damaging brain tissue and can collect and integrate data into an external electronic device, making this a highly unique, innovative, and futuristic technology.


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