Zrenner Lab

Pathophysiology of Vision

Developments in Electronic Visual Prosthetics

Last revised: Dec. 12 2016

Active Projects

Consortium Name Home Institution Commercial Partner City Country PI(s) Device Name(s) Contact Info Website
ARP (Artificial Retina Project, USA) USC Dept. Ophthalmology Second Sight Medical Products LLC Sylmar, CA USA M. Humayun, J. Weiland Argus II, Argus I M. Humayun artificialretina.energy.gov
BRIP (Boston Retinal Implant Project) Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School Bionic Eye Technologies Inc. Boston, MA USA J. Rizzo, J. Wyatt (deceased), W. A. Drohan Boston Retinal Prosthesis Joseph Rizzo bostonretinalimplant.org
BVA (Bionic Vision Australia) Bionics Insitute, Centre for Eye Research Australia, University of Melbourne, Data61 Bionic Vision Technologies Melbourne Australia R. Shepherd, C. Williams, P. Allen, R. Guymer, P. Blamey, A. Burkitt, N. Barnes 44ch Fully-Implantable Suprachoroidal, 24ch Prototype Suprachoroidal Rob Shepherd, Chris Williams, Penny Allen, Robyn Guymer, Tony Burkitt bionicvision.org.au
BVA (Bionic Vision Australia) University of NSW Bionic Vision Technologies Sydney Australia G. Suaning, N. Lovell, A. Burkitt Phoenix 99 Suprachoroidal Gregg Suaning, Nigel Lovell, Tony Burkitt bionicvision.org.au
BVA (Bionic Vision Australia) University of Melbourne Bionic Vision Technologies and iBionics Melbourne Australia S. Prawer, H. Meffin, A. Burkitt Diamond-based Epiretinal Steven Prawer, Hamish Meffin, Tony Burkitt bionicvision.org.au   
ibionics.ca
CORTIVIS (Cortical Visual Neuro-prosthesis for the Blind) Universidad Miguel Hernandez, Spain Biomedical Technologies, SL Elche Spain E. Fernandez CORTIVIS Eduardo Fernandez cortivis.umh.es
nbio.umh.es
C-Sight (Chinese Project for Sight) People's Hospital-Peking University Medical School - Beijing China Q. Ren, X. Li C-Sight Qiushi Ren en.coe.pku.edu.cn
ICVP (Intracortical Visual Prosthesis) Illinois Institute of Technology MicroProbes, Sigenics Chicago, IL USA P. Troyk ICVP Philip Troyk neural.iit.edu/research/icvp
InAuKa University of Bremen - Bremen Germany A. Kreiter, U. Ernst, W. Lang - none - (Basic Research) A. Kreiter isee.uni-bremen.de
I-See (Creative Unit I-See) University of Bremen - Bremen Germany W. Lang, S. Paul, A. Kreiter, K. Pawelzik - none - (Basic Research) David Rotermund isee.uni-bremen.de
MGH Thalamic Visual Prosthesis Massachusetts General hospital Bionic Eye Technologies Inc. Boston, MA USA J. Pezaris MGH Thalamic Visual Prosthesis John Pezaris sight2blind.org
MVG (Monash Vision Group Consortium) Monash University Grey Innovations, MiniFAB Melbourne Australia A. Lowery, J. Rosenfeld, M. Rosa, R. Rajan Gennaris bionic vision system. Direct-to-brain bionic eye  Jeffrey Rosenfeld, Arthur Lowery , Jeanette Pritchard monash.edu/bioniceye
NanoRetina Rainbow Medical NanoRetina Herzliya Israel E. Cohen-Arazi, Y. Milstain NanoRetina Y. Milstain? nano-retina.com
OUReP Okayama University MINORI INDUSTRY CO., LTD.  Okayama Japan T. Matsuo OUReP Toshihiko Matsuo en.coe.pku.edu.cn/
Pixium Pixium Pixium Paris France R. Hornig PRIMA, IRIS (Intelligent Retinal Implant System) V1, IRIS V2 (150 trodes) pixium-vision.com pixium-vision.com/en
Polystim-Cortivision Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Polystim Neurotechnologies Laboratory Cortivision Montreal Canada M. Sawan PolySTIM Mohamad Sawan polystim.polymtl.ca
polystim.org
QuantumRetina Tel Aviv University - Tel Aviv Israel Y. Hanein, U. Banin QuantumRetina Yael Hanein nano.tau.ac.il/hanein/
SNU Artificial Retina Project Seoul National University, Nano Bioelectronics and Systems Research Center - Seoul Republic of Korea J.-M. Seo, S. J. Kim Seoul Artificial Retina Jong-Mo Seo helios.snu.ac.kr
The vOICe Metamodal BV Metamodal BV Eindhoven Netherlands P. Meijer The vOICe Peter Meijer seeingwithsound.com
TSIC, Taiwan Sub-retinal Implant Consortium National Chiao Tung Univerity, Biomimetic Systems Research Center A-Neuron Electronic Corp. Hsinchu City Taiwan C.-Y. Wu AmazingVision Chung-Yu (Peter) Wu betrc.nctu.edu.tw
Tuebingen Retinal Implant, previously SUBRET, previously part of the German Retina Implant Consortium Univesity of Tuebingen Retina Implant GmbH Tuebingen Germany E. Zrenner Alpha IMS, Alpha AMS Eberhart Zrenner www.retina-implant.de
UIEA (Utah Intracortical Electrode Array) University of Utah Blackrock Salt Lake City, UT USA R. Normann Utah Cortical Prosthesis, Utah Intracortical Electrode Array (UIEA) Richard Normann bioen.utah.edu/cni
VISNE: VISual neuroprosthesis based on adaptive Neuron-silicon interfaces Complutense University of Madrid, Neurorobotics Research Group Nerve Biomed S.L. Madrid  Spain F. Panetsos VISNE Fivos Panetsos ucm.es/grupos/grupo/120
VPP (Visual Prosthesis Project) Osaka Univ. Med. School / NIDEK NIDEK Co. Ltd. Osaka / Gamagori Japan T. Fujikado, Y. Tano (deceased), NIDEK STS retinal prosthesis, OUReP, AV-DONE, VPP, biohybrid Takashi Fujikado nidek-intl.com/visual_prosthesis

Inactive Projects

Consortium Name Home Institution Commercial Partner City Country PI(s) Device Name(s) Contact Info Website
ASR (Artificial Silicon Retina) Loyola University of Chicago, School of Medicine Optobionics Chicago, IL USA A. Chow, V. Chow ASR - Artificial Silicon Retina - -
AV-DONE project Osaka Univ. Med. School / NIDEK NIDEK Co. Ltd. Osaka/Gamagori Japan M. Kamei, Y. Tano (deceased), NIDEK  AV-DONE,  None -
Biohybrid Retinal Implant? Tokyo Institute of Technology None Tokyo Japan T. Yagi Biohybrid Retinal Implant T. Yagi io.mei.titech.ac.jp/research/retina/index.html
EPIRET, previously part of the German Retina Implant Consortium Institut für Neuroinformatik der Universität Bonn Epi-Ret GmbH Bonn Germany R. Eckmiller EPIRET 3, EPIRET 2, EPIRET (1) - www.nero.uni-bonn.de/projekte/ri/ri-index-en.htm  
www.nero.uni-bonn.de/projekte/ri/phase1/ri-phase1-en.html 
German Retina Implant Consortium University of Tuebingen, Pathophysiology of Vision Lab Retina Implant GmbH, Epi-Ret GmbH Tuebingen Germany R. Eckmiller, E. Zrenner - R. Eckmiller -
IRPG (Intraocular Retinal Prosthesis Group) Wilmer Eye Institute - Baltimore, MD USA M. Humayun, J. Weiland MARC1, MARC2, MARC3 (multiunit artificial retina chipset), IRP (intraocular retinal prosthesis), Model 1 Retinal Stimulator M. Humayun -
NPP (Neural Prosthesis Program) National Institutes of Health (NIH) - Bethesda, MD USA E.M. Schmidt, T. Hambrecht "hat-pin" - -
OptiVip Louvain University - Brussels Belgium Delbeke, Veraart OptiVip, MiVip Jean Delbeke www.gren.ucl.ac.be/Projets/optivip.html
RTNC (Research Triangle, North Carolina) Duke Eye Center, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina - Raleigh, NC USA E. de Juan, W. Lu, R. Propst, H. Phillips, M. Humayun - M. Humayun -

Further Information

Starting list originally from S.J. Garg and  J. Federman, Optogenetics, visual prosthesis and electrostimulation for retinal dystrophies. Curr. Opin. Ophthalmol. 24: 407-414 (2013).

Revised and curated by Dr. Daniel Rathbun. For corrections, revisions and updates, please contact: daniel.rathbun[at]uni-tuebingen.de