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Elon Musk's Neuralink All Set for Clinical Implant Trials in Humans

Published Tue, Jan 25 2022 13:31 pm
by The Silicon Trend

 

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Elon Musk's Neuralink All Set for Clinical Implant Trials in Humans

Neuralink Corporation is a neurotechnology firm founded in 2016 by Elon Musk and others. The company has hired several top neuroscientists from different universities for developing implantable BMIs. In 2017, the company publicized its target of developing devices to treat severe brain ailments in the short term, and the long-term goal is to obtain symbiosis with AI.

By 2019, Neuralink received a fund of $158Mn and employed a staff of a total of 90. That year, the company revealed its operation on a ''sewing machine-like device'' capable of implanting cadaverous threads into the brain. Last year, the company demonstrated a monkey playing the video game 'Pong' using the Neuralink implant.

 

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Clinical Trials

Elon Musk's brain chip startup is all set for clinical trials in humans. Musk has promised that the tech will enable people with paralysis to leverage a smartphone with their mind swifter than people using thumbs. The Silicon Valley company has successfully implanted AI microchips in the brains of a macaque monkey called Pager and a pig named Gertrude, is now set for a clinical trial director to run tests of the tech in humans.

The advert for the role in Fremont said, as the clinical trial director, one will be working closely with some of the top engineers, innovative doctors, and Neuralink's first trial participants. You will lead and assist in building the team responsible for enabling the company's clinical research programmes and creating the regulatory interactions that come with a swift-paced and ever-evolving environment.

 

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Musk said the company hopes to have implants in their first humans that suffer from acute spinal cord injuries such as quadriplegics and tetraplegics, allowing them to walk. He also said that the company has a chance of restoring the full-body functionality of someone suffering from spinal cord injury. The implants work well in monkeys, and they are running several tests to confirm that these implants are safe and reliable and removed safely.

 

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Musk said, "Progress will accelerate when we have devices in humans (hard to have nuanced conversations with monkeys) next year."" Neuralink, which counts Google's parent firm - Alphabet, among a series of famous Silicon Valley backers, is also hiring a clinical trial coordinator to create a team to run the trial and cooperate with regulators. Participants are told that they have the chance to change the world and work with some of the talented professionals from various fields.