Innovation Optogenetics

Implantable optogenetic microstimulation:


Optogenetics - the optical control of genetically modified cells with light - is a rapidly developing approach that is revolutionizing the life sciences with photonic methods.

In contrast to the established, clinically widespread electrical cell stimulation (cochlear implant, cardiac pacemaker, deep brain stimulation), optogenetics allows cell type-specific and spatially confined optical control of cell activity.

Medical device oCI










Cochlear implants are prostheses that enable the deaf to hear again.

The electric cochlea implant (eCI) already allows hearing impaired people to participate in vocal communication in their daily lives again.
There are more than 700,000 eCI users worldwide.

The bottleneck of hearing with an electrical cochlear implant is the broad spread of the current stimulus in the cochlea. 
If one compares the cochlea in the inner ear with a spiral staircase where each step corresponds to a pitch, each of the 12-24 eCI electrodes activates auditory nerve cells over an entire landing.
This makes it difficult for eCI users to understand speech in noisy environments and to recognize melodies.

Our optical cochlear implant (oCI) promises a fundamental improvement in hearing.

With our technology, we densely integrate a large number of micro-scale emitters to stimulate the optogenetically altered auditory nerve.
This enables us to achieve an unprecedented spatial resolution or in other words to address the individual steps of the staircase again.
Thus, the oCI can transmit more spectral information about the sound. We hope that this will give patients more natural hearing, more pleasure in melodies and better speech understanding in background noise.

In order to get an impression of what music sounds like with a cochlear implant, an audio example of electrical stimulation (8 channels) and optical stimulation (128 channels) can be found below the respective illustrations.

In comparison the unchanged original:

Johann Sebastian Bach - Air





"The optical cochlear implant promises better hearing for the hearing impaired."


Prof. Dr. Tobias Moser

From a science project to a business enterprise





Products for research and development of a medical device!

The foundation of OptoGenTech GmbH is based on research work at the Göttingen University Medical Center, the German Primate Center in Göttingen, the University of Freiburg and the Chemnitz University of Technology as well as the seed funding of Photonik Inkubator GmbH Göttingen.

The focus of OptoGenTech GmbH is the development, production and marketing of optogenetic multichannel stimulators for biomedical research and clinical application, as well as systems for the assessment of animal behavior in biomedical research.

Founders





Prof. Dr. Tobias Moser


CEO and founder

Dr. Daniel Keppeler


COO and founder

Dr. Christian Goßler


CTO and founder

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schwarz


Founder



Investors





You like the idea?

We are seeking enthusiastic support by long-term investors, ready to partner with us on the way to the medical product. In return, we offer the possibility to access a billion market at the early stage of series A. Please click here for a PDF version of our onepager or contact us to receive a pitch deck.

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OptoGenTech GmbH

c/o SNIC Accelerator

Philipp-Reis-Str. 2a

37075 Göttingen

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