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PEDOT coating paired with low frequency alternating currents enables physiological nerve blocks

Delivering electrical currents to nerves can not only serve to stimulate them, by inducing action potentials that are carried along the nerve and finally activate the end organ (e.g., a muscle). Certain stimulation patterns can also suppress nerve activity, leading to an inhibitory effect on the respective end organs. This is of specific interest for …

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Bernstein-CorTec Award & the Bernstein Special Seminar

For the second time the Bernstein-CorTec Award was given in recognition of outstanding achievements at the University of Freiburg. The cooperation between CorTec and the Bernstein-Center Freiburg [BCF] makes it possible to award a prize money of 1000 € for master and doctoral theses in the interdisciplinary field of Neurotechnology and Computational Neuroscience. This year, …

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A software tool for optimizing peripheral motor stimulation

CorTec’s cuff electrodes have proven extremely helpful as interfaces for electrically interacting with the peripheral nervous system. The range of possible applications is vast. Cuff sizes, shapes and contact arrangements can be tailored to the specific target nerves, and the electrodes can both, stimulate and record. Nerve stimulation is often used for activating muscles, e.g. …

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Seeing the light for treatment-resistant epilepsy

Most users of CorTec’s implantable electrodes use electrical energy to power their neurostimulation device. Our long-standing collaboration partner Synergia Medical  is exploring an alternative option: Light! A special promise of optoelectronic solutions is based on the fact that they can use light conductors instead of metallic cables for energy transmission. Metallic cabling poses a risk …

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Bladders need flexibility

Our urinary bladders have to fulfil two very different functions: On the one hand, they need to reliably collect urine throughout the day without any unintentional leakage. On the other hand, they need to empty as completely as possible during urination. To that end, the muscles involved in those two processes need to perform opposite …

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CorTec introduces Moore4Medical

Research and development are the focus of our work. With a highly skilled team we are working closely together with our partners to promote and deploy the technology developed by us in funded projects. Today we would like to introduce the Moore4Medical* project to you. It is the overarching objective of Moore4Medical to accelerate innovation …

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Fast Design Iterations for Precise Silicone Moulds for Active Implants

CorTec is offering a wide spectrum of services accompanying you all the way through the development of innovative technologies leading to an approved medical device in the end. One step on that way is to design application specific mouldings to protect the sensitive parts of the implant, such as its electronics with our encapsulation technology. …

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