Partners in Research & Development
(University of Freiburg)
Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) /
Laboratory for Biomedical Microtechnology
Prof. Dr. Thomas Stieglitz
In collaboration with Prof. Dr. Thomas Stieglitz and his team, CorTec has developed the proprietary °AirRay electrode technology. His department also supports further development of various aspects of the CorTec Brain Interchange implant system. Professor Stieglitz’s laboratory is certified according to DIN EN ISO 13485 (standard for medical devices) for the development and production of neurotechnological implants.
Bernstein Zentrum Freiburg
Prof. Dr. Ad Aertsen
Prof. Dr. Ad Aertsen, professor for neurobiology and biophysics at the Faculty of Biology of the University of Freiburg, is an internationally renowned brain researcher and co-founder of the Bernstein Center Freiburg. The research conducted by his work groups has resulted in the initial idea of developing a product based on the brain-machine-interface (BMI) technology.
With the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN) and the Bernstein Focus: Neurotechnology (BFNT), the Bernstein Center bundles research units that investigate and decode brain functions. Their findings are also contributing to CorTec’s developmental work.
University Medical Center Freiburg
Neurology / Epilepsy Center
Prof. Dr. Andreas Schulze-Bonhage, Dr. Tonio Ball
Under the direction of Prof. Dr. Andreas Schulze-Bonhage, the Epilepsy Center focuses on diagnostics and therapy of epilepsy patients. In case surgical treatment is necessary, some of the patients need to have electrodes implanted for precise diagnosis. These patients represent the only medically motivated case in which brain activity can be recorded directly from the human brain over a longer period of time.
Dr. Tonio Ball directs a research group that functionally analyzes the brain with the help of these patients (among other subjects) in order to use the results for brain-machine-interface (BMI) technologies such as those developed by CorTec.
Prof. Dr. Volker Coenen, OA Dr. Peter Reinacher, OA Dr. Mortimer Gierthmühlen
The Department of Neurosurgery is an important partner of the Epilepsy Center. All surgical procedures with the Center’s patients are performed here. In addition, Prof. Coenen’s Department for Stereotactic Neurosurgery collaborates with CorTec towards clinical studies using the CorTec Brain Interchange system.
University Medical Center Tübingen
Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology
Prof. Dr. Niels Birbaumer, Dr. Ander Ramos Murguialday
Prof. Dr. Niels Birbaumer is an internationally renowned pioneer in the field of BMI. For instance, his group investigates ways in which severely paralyzed patients – up to the complete locked-in state – can communicate with the outside world again. Searching for improved methods for rehabilitation after a stroke is also part of his research. His findings provide CorTec’s work with key insights.
Prof. Dr. Ulf Ziemann
Prof. Dr. Ulf Ziemann is an important clinical partner in the exploration of vascular neurological diseases. He is the medical director of the Department of Neurology with a focus on vascular neurology at the University Medical Center Tübingen. In addition, he heads the related research department at Hertie Institute for clinical brain research in Tübingen.
Prof. Dr. Alireza Gharabaghi
Prof. Dr. Alireza Gharabaghi contributes a neurosurgeon’s perspective on new possibilities for stroke rehabilitation.
University of Ulm
Institute of Microelectronics
Prof. Dr. Maurits Ortmanns
Research at Prof. Dr. Maurits Ortmanns’ institute is focused on circuits and electronics for biomedical applications. He supports CorTec in the development of the implant electronics, especially with a custom-designed microchip that is tuned exactly to the application in the Brain Interchange implant system.
University of Houston
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Prof. Dr. Nuri Firat Ince
The research in Dr. Ince’s clinical neural engineering laboratory works on invasive brain machine interfaces and neuromarkers that could improve deep brain stimulation for the therapy of Parkinson’s disease. In addition, his team is currently investigating the application of state-of-the-art neural decoding algorithms with high density electrodes for the improvement of brain surgery in glioma and epilepsy. He cooperates with CorTec as a beta user for innovative research electrodes.
Multi Channel Systems GmbH (MCS)
The company, located in Reutlingen, specializes in the development and production of instruments for finest measurements of electrochemical signal transmissions in the nervous system, as they are employed in electrophysiology. The first versions of the CorTec Brain Interchange implant electronics were developed in collaboration with MCS.
R & D Projects
Research and development are the focus of our work.
In several funded projects, we work closely together with our partners to promote and deploy the technology developed by us.
We believe that scientific findings are the basis of innovation.
We base our developmental work on current global research as well as on our own findings.