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Universal Brain Activity Transmitter for Brain Disorder Treatment (Ref # WFU 02-33)
Wake Forest Innovations United States flag United States
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The Universal Brain Activity Transmitter (UBAT) is a compact, wireless recording system that analyzes, compresses and transmits individual neural activity data via Bluetooth technology, from distances up to 30 meters.
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Value Proposition

The global neurological devices market was valued at $5.0 billion and is expected to reach an estimated value of $13.6 billion by 2019 ( Current electrode devices to record and stimulate neural activity are spatially restrictive, impeding the collection of meaningful biological data. In contrast, the Universal Brain Activity Transmitter (UBAT) allows wireless neural stimulation and recording from distances up to 30 meters, greatly enhancing existing capabilities.

Invention Summary

The UBAT is a compact wireless recording system that analyzes, compresses and transmits select neural action potential data from the subject to computer via Bluetooth technology. The system can transmit action potential waveform data and timestamp data from identified neurons in active, awake subjects and can be employed to wirelessly program stimulation of neural tissue in subjects. The UBAT allows wireless, neural stimulation and recording from distances up to 30 meters and has significant potential to be used in future brain disorder treatment applications.

Competitive Benefits

Can study the neural basis of natural behaviors inaccessible by other wireless methods

Simplified surgical procedures for neural recording

Flexibly and reliably records individual neurons at longer intervals and ranges up to 30 meters

Self-contained configurable stimulation and recording via one set of electrodes

Application Fields

Diagnosis of human brain disorders and brain disorder treatment

Basic research involving human or animal models in diverse environments

Development of new neuromodulation systems of neuroprosthetics

Memory enhancement or replacement

Stage of Development

Scientifically-validated prototype device, the Universal Brain Activity Transmitter, issued U.S. Patent 7,460,904


Sam A. Deadwyler, PhD, Physiology & Pharmacology

Robert E. Hampson, PhD, Physiology & Pharmacology

Key Words

Brain disorder diagnosis and treatment

Wireless recording system

Neuromodulation system

Neural activity

Related Publications

A wireless recording system that utilizes Bluetooth technology to transmit neural activity in freely moving animals J Neurosci Methods. 2009 Sep .15;182(2):195-204.

Restorative encoding memory integrative neural device: "REMIND" Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2011; 2011:3338-41.
Type of Business Relationship Sought
Exclusive Licensing Arrangement
Possibility of a parallel Sponsored Research Agreement
Last Updated Feb 2014
Technology Type
Phase of Development PRECLINICAL


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