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NEURAL PROSTHESIS RECIPIENT TO KEYNOTE 2003 NEUROTECH LEADERS FORUM
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. - August 29, 2003 (Send2Press Newswire) -- Jennifer
French, one of the first recipients of an experimental standing/transfer
prosthesis that allows paraplegics to stand up using their own paralyzed
leg muscles, will deliver the keynote talk at the 2003 Neurotech Leaders
Forum in San Francisco. The event, a full-day management and investment
conference directed at neurotechnology executives, entrepreneurs, and
investors, will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport on
September 9, 2003.
French sustained an incomplete spinal cord injury in 1998 and subsequently
received a surgically implanted stimulation system, which was developed at
the Cleveland FES Center. The device uses electrical stimulation to
activate the leg, trunk, and back muscles, allowing her to stand out of
the wheelchair and move around using a walker. French now serves as
executive director of a new nonprofit organization called Society To
Increase Mobility (STIM).
STIM's goal is to educate the public and
increase media awareness of neural prostheses, functional electrical
stimulation, and related technologies that stand to benefit individuals
with neurological disorders. The title of her talk is "Neurotechnology:
The User's Perspective."
Other sessions at the 2003 Neurotech Leaders Forum will be devoted to
market opportunities for neurostimulation and neurodiagnostic devices. A
special entrepreneur's panel will feature presentations from CEOs of six
start-up and early-stage neurotechnology firms. Presenting companies
include Afferent Corp., a Providence, RI manufacturer of sensory
stimulation devices for treatment of stroke; Cyberkinetics Inc., a
Foxborough, MA manufacturer of brain-computer interfaces and electrode
arrays; Robomedica Inc., a Culver City, CA manufacturer of robotic walking
systems and training technologies; Cyclotec AMT, a Lauderhill, FL
manufacturer of wireless stimulation devices for pain treatment; and Epic
Biosonics, a Victoria, British Columbia manufacturer of a totally
implantable cochlear prosthesis.
A morning session on neurotechnology
capital markets will feature a panel discussion include venture
capitalists from several leading VC firms in the field.
The 2003 Neurotech Leaders Forum is produced by Neurotech Reports, the San
Francisco, CA publisher of the Neurotech Business Report and several
market research reports in the industry. Quallion LLC, a Sylmar, CA
manufacturer of batteries for implanted stimulators, is the Platinum
Sponsor of the event. Neurotech Reports editor and publisher James Cavuoto
will serve as moderator for several sessions. Warren Grill, Ph.D.,
associate professor of biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve
University, will also serve as a moderator. Grill, who is also a senior
technical editor of Neurotech Business Report, is one of the nation's
leading experts in neural stimulation and a principal investigator at the
Cleveland FES Center.
More information on the event and the market for neurotechnology can be
found at http://www.neurotechreports.com.
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