Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors





Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


android tablet pc

Home > Press > Nano Retina Announces BIRD Foundation Grant

Abstract:
Grant to help fund development of the Bio-Retina, a "bionic retina" designed to restore full sight to the blind

Nano Retina Announces BIRD Foundation Grant

Herzliya, Israel | Posted on April 14th, 2010

Nano Retina announced today that it has received a grant for just under three-quarters of one million dollars from the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation. The financing will be used to further develop the Bio-Retina, a "bionic retina" designed to return full sight to those blinded by retinal degenerative conditions.

The BIRD Foundation acts to encourage collaboration between Israeli and American companies in various fields of technology. Eitan Yudilevich, Ph.D., executive director of the BIRD Foundation said, "Returning sight to those blinded by a retinal degeneration condition is a goal of enormous importance. U.S. and Israeli reviewers thoroughly examined the activity and plans of this exciting and challenging initiative. Nano Retina is combining outstanding U.S. and Israeli human resources and technologies to develop a 'bionic retina', which if successful, will likely change the lives of millions for the better."

Bio-Retina is a tiny implant designed to replace the damaged retina in the eye. The implant's nano-sized components are powered by a special pair of activation eyeglasses. Bio-Retina will be surgically implanted in a minimally invasive, 30-minute procedure, which requires only local anesthesia. Full sight is anticipated instantaneously.

"50,000 people in the United States become blind annually. In addition, there are currently 3.6 million Americans aged 40 and older who are legally blind. Bio-Retina is designed to restore full sight to those blinded by degenerative conditions such as AMD, Diabetes Retinopathy or Retinitis Pigmentosa. By full sight we mean the patient will be able to watch TV and identify faces," said Ra‟anan Gefen, managing director of Nano Retina.

He continued, "We have a working 'electrical' prototype and have demonstrated proof of concept. We intend to use the generous funding from BIRD to miniaturize the system and develop a 'nano' prototype. All of the medical and technology industry experts with whom we have consulted agree that our product development expectations are attainable. We have laid the development foundation and now expect to begin clinical trials in 2012."

####

About Nano Retina
Nano Retina is a joint venture of Rainbow Medical (www.rainbowmedical.co.il) and Zyvex Labs (www.zyvexlabs.com). Rainbow Medical, headquartered in Herzliya, Israel and backed by worldwide investors, is an operational investment company formed to support the many medical devices invented by visionary Yossi Gross. Zyvex Labs, founded by nano industry icon Jim Von Ehr, is a leading nano technology developer based in Dallas, Texas. Nano Retina is open to collaboration discussions.

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
Ra'anan Gefen
Nano Retina
Managing director
+972-(0)52-3349161

Copyright © Nano Retina

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

Measuring the Smallest Magnets July 28th, 2014

WITec to host the 11th Confocal Raman Imaging Symposium from September 29th - October 1st in Ulm, Germany July 28th, 2014

FEI adds Phase Plate Technology and Titan Halo TEM to its Structural Biology Product Portfolio: New solutions provide the high-quality imaging and contrast necessary to analyze the 3D structure of molecules and molecular complexes July 28th, 2014

Production of Toxic Gas Sensor Based on Nanorods July 28th, 2014

Nanomedicine

FEI adds Phase Plate Technology and Titan Halo TEM to its Structural Biology Product Portfolio: New solutions provide the high-quality imaging and contrast necessary to analyze the 3D structure of molecules and molecular complexes July 28th, 2014

New imaging agent provides better picture of the gut July 25th, 2014

Scientists Test Nanoparticle "Alarm Clock" to Awaken Immune Systems Put to Sleep by Cancer July 25th, 2014

Researchers create vaccine for dust-mite allergies Main Page Content: Vaccine reduced lung inflammation to allergens in lab and animal tests July 22nd, 2014

Announcements

Measuring the Smallest Magnets July 28th, 2014

WITec to host the 11th Confocal Raman Imaging Symposium from September 29th - October 1st in Ulm, Germany July 28th, 2014

FEI adds Phase Plate Technology and Titan Halo TEM to its Structural Biology Product Portfolio: New solutions provide the high-quality imaging and contrast necessary to analyze the 3D structure of molecules and molecular complexes July 28th, 2014

Production of Toxic Gas Sensor Based on Nanorods July 28th, 2014

Personal Care

Nanotechnology used in sunscreens: a Mexican achievement May 14th, 2014

Production of Nanocapsule from Sea-Buckthorn Extract in Iran May 3rd, 2014

Good vibrations: Using light-heated water to deliver drugs - Researchers use near-infrared light to warm water-infused polymeric particles April 1st, 2014

Iranian Food Industry Utilizes Lipid Nanocarriers for Beta-Carotene Enrichment January 23rd, 2014

Grants/Awards/Scholarships/Gifts/Contests/Honors/Records

New imaging agent provides better picture of the gut July 25th, 2014

Hysitron is Awarded TWO R&D 100 Awards for Highly Innovative Technology Developments in the Areas of Extreme Environments and Biological Mechanical Property Testing July 23rd, 2014

Researchers create vaccine for dust-mite allergies Main Page Content: Vaccine reduced lung inflammation to allergens in lab and animal tests July 22nd, 2014

EPFL Research on the use of AFM based nanoscale IR spectroscopy for the study of single amyloid molecules wins poster competition at Swiss Physics Society meeting July 22nd, 2014

Nanobiotechnology

Seeing is bead-lieving: Rice University scientists create model 'bead-spring' chains with tunable properties July 28th, 2014

FEI adds Phase Plate Technology and Titan Halo TEM to its Structural Biology Product Portfolio: New solutions provide the high-quality imaging and contrast necessary to analyze the 3D structure of molecules and molecular complexes July 28th, 2014

Scientists Test Nanoparticle "Alarm Clock" to Awaken Immune Systems Put to Sleep by Cancer July 25th, 2014

Production of Non-Virus Nanocarriers with Highest Amount of Gene Delivery July 17th, 2014

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE



  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More














ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project







© Copyright 1999-2014 7th Wave, Inc. All Rights Reserved PRIVACY POLICY :: CONTACT US :: STATS :: SITE MAP :: ADVERTISE