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.

Contact






OptoGenTech GmbH

c/o SNIC Accelerator

Friedrichstraße 3-4

37073 Göttingen

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OptoGenTech GmbH
Friedrichstraße 3-4
37073 Göttingen

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Data collection on this website
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How do we collect your data?
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What do we use your data for?
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What rights do you have regarding your data?
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Conclusion of a contract on order processing
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The operators of these pages take the protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data confidentially and in accordance with the legal data protection regulations and this data protection declaration.

When you use this website, various personal data is collected. Personal data are data with which you can be personally identified. This privacy policy explains what data we collect and what we use it for. It also explains how we do this and for what purpose. We would like to point out that data transmission over the Internet (e.g. communication by e-mail) can have security gaps. A complete protection of data against access by third parties is not possible.

Note on the responsible body
The person responsible for data processing on this website is
OptoGenTech GmbH
Friedrichstraße 3-4
37073 Göttingen

Phone: +49-(0)170-9161848
E-mail: support@optogentech.com

Responsible party is the natural or legal person who, alone or jointly with others, decides on the purposes and means of processing personal data (e.g. names, e-mail addresses, etc.).

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Right to limit processing
You have the right to request the restriction of the processing of your personal data. To do so, you can contact us at any time at the address given in the imprint. The right to restrict processing exists in the following cases:
• If you dispute the correctness of your personal data stored with us, we usually need time to check this. For the duration of the review, you have the right to demand the restriction of the processing of your personal data.
• If the processing of your personal data was/is unlawful, you may request the restriction of the processing instead of the deletion.
• If we no longer need your personal data, but you do need it to exercise, defend or assert legal claims, you have the right to demand restriction of the processing of your personal data instead of deletion.
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4. Data collection on this website


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Insofar as cookies are used by third-party companies or for analysis purposes, we will inform you separately about this within the scope of this data protection declaration and, if necessary, request your consent.


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This data is not merged with other data sources.
These data are recorded on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO. The website operator has a legitimate interest in the technically error-free presentation and optimisation of his website - for this purpose the server log files must be recorded.

Inquiry by e-mail, telephone or fax
If you contact us by e-mail, telephone or fax, your inquiry including all personal data (name, inquiry) will be stored and processed by us for the purpose of processing your request. We will not pass on this data without your consent.

This data is processed on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b DSGVO, provided that your inquiry is related to the fulfilment of a contract or is necessary for the implementation of pre-contractual measures. In all other cases, processing is based on our legitimate interest in the effective processing of the enquiries addressed to us (Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO) or on your consent (Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a DSGVO), provided that the enquiry was made.

The data sent to us by you via contact enquiries will remain with us until you request us to delete it, revoke your consent for storage or the purpose for which the data was stored no longer applies (e.g. after your request has been processed). Mandatory statutory provisions - in particular statutory retention periods - remain unaffected.


5. Social media



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The Twitter plugin is used on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO. The website operator has a legitimate interest in the widest possible visibility in the social media. If the appropriate consent has been requested, the processing is carried out exclusively on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a DSGVO; the consent can be revoked at any time. You can change your privacy settings on Twitter in the account settings at https://twitter.com/account/settings.


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To do this, the browser you are using must connect to Google's servers. This enables Google to know that this website has been accessed via your IP address. The use of Google WebFonts is based on Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO. The website operator has a legitimate interest in the uniform presentation of the typeface on his website. If a corresponding consent has been requested (e.g. consent to the storage of cookies), the processing is carried out exclusively on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a DSGVO; the consent can be revoked at any time.
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