Sabera Talukder
Neuroengineer | Creator | Researcher

Neuroengineering Companies

June 11, 2019

  Over the past few months people have reached out to me wanting to know which companies do the neuroengineering work that we have been discussing. I hope the following list is a fairly comprehensive resource for all neuroscientists, hardware engineers, programmers, etc. that are interested in working in the space!

Previously we have discussed three main classes of neuroengineering:

  • Reading and writing information into or out of the central or peripheral nervous systems.
  • Controlling neurons to investigate neural circuits.
  • Using the brain to inform the algorithms and architectures used in hardware or software designs.

 For the purposes of this article we are going to break the companies up into different categories. Namely:
  • Neuromodulators / Neurorecorders / Brain-Machine-Interfaces
    • Non-invasive
    • Invasive
  • Controlling Neurons for Neural Circuit Investigation
    • X-genetics
    • Hardware / Software to Enable X-genetics
  • Neural Priciples in Hardware / Software

 If you click on a company logo or the company name you will be redirected to a page on their site so that you can learn more about what they do. In addition, if I have missed a company or you would like your company included in the list please reach out and let me know! With that let's dive in!

Neuromodulators / Neurorecorders / Brain-Machine-Interfaces

  • Cala Health: Wearable neuromodulator targeting the peripheral nervous system to alleviate essential tremor.
  • CTRL-Labs: Wearable electromyography (EMG) technology to decode neural signals for hand gestures. Acquired by Facebook in Sept 2019.
  • Dreem: A wearable electroencephalogram (EEG) headband for monitoring sleep activity.
  • Facebook: Acquired CRTL-Labs. We will see what comes of their electromyography (EMG) wristband technology.
  • Humm: A wearable patch that stimulates the brain using transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS).
  • Kernel: A non-invasive brain machine interface company.
  • Mind Affect: A wearable brain machine interface company allowing you to utilize your own stimulus of choice.
  • Muse: Wearable electroencephalogram (EEG) headset technology.
  • Neurable: Dry electroencephalogram (EEG) brain machine interface technology geared towards AR/VR applications.
  • Neurosigma: External and subcutaneous trigeminal nerve stimulation.
  • Neurosity: A wearable brain computer interface called "notion" that connects you to personalized applications.
  • Openwater: Skull-penetrating infrared light technology to measure blood flow.

Neuromodulators / Neurorecorders / Brain-Machine-Interfaces

  • Blackrock Microsystems: Supports many facets of neural recording and stimulation in the human central nervous system with Utah arrays.
  • Cortera Neurotechnologies: Implantable neurointerfaces for recording and stimulation in the human centeral nervous system. Acquired by Nia Therapeutics in July 2019.
  • Galvani Bioelectronics: Creates tiny implantables that read and modify electrical signals passing along nerves.
  • Iota Biosciences: Implantable ultrasonic motes that can record and stimulate nerves.
  • Medtronic: Develops many implantable technologies i.e. spinal cord stimulation, deep brain stimualtion etc.
  • Neuralink: Brain machine interface company.
  • Neuronexus: Neural probes, systems, and custom neural interface solutions.
  • Neuronoff: Neuromodulation with the injectrode in the dorsal root ganglion to alleviate pain and reduce opioid dependence.
  • Neuropace: Brain responsive neurostimulation system for epilepsy that responds in real time.
  • Neuspera: Implantable sacral neuromodulation to relieve urge urinary incontinence.
  • Nevro: Neuromodulation platform for the treatment of chronic pain.
  • Nia Therapeutics: An implantable brain stimulation technology to restore memory function. Acquired Cortera Neurotechnologies in July 2019.
  • Novela Neurotech: Smart probe technology for neurostimulation treatment.
  • Paradromics: Brain computer interface company.
  • Ripple Neuro: Develops various neural recording systems.

Controlling Neurons for Neural Circuit Investigation

Hardware / Software to Enable X-genetics:
Controlling Neurons for Neural Circuit Investigation

  • Inscopix: Develops miniaturized microscopes to record from neurons.
  • Neurophotometrics: Creates fiber photometry systems.
  • Neurolux: Builds implantable wireless hardware for optogenetic experiments.

Neural Priciples in Hardware / Software

  • ARM: Builds the Cortex-M4 chips which are used in the spiNNker (spiking neural network architecture) Project.
  • Brainchip: Neuromorphic systems on chips.
  • Deepmind: Borrowing neural principles to implement in artificial neural networks
  • IBM: Creates neuromorphic computing hardware, of which the True North chip is an example.
  • Intel: Creates neuromorphic computing hardware, of which the 64 chip Pohoiki Beach is an example.
  • Numenta: Builds large scale brain models in software leading towards artificial general intelligence.
  • Qualcomm: Develops zeroth processors for brain-inspired computing.

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