We restore limb functionalities to people affected by extremities amputation or nerve damages  

Product - Concept - Mission

Product

The solution we propose is called SENSY: a unique device worldwide, which allows amputees, unlike currently available prostheses, to feel again from missing limbs. It is a neuroprosthetic device, which will be implanted within the residual nerves (in amputees), or healthy part of the nerves (in the case of neuro-damaged subjects), restoring the natural-like flow of the neural sensory information. It will enable subjects to feel natural and complete sensations from the missing or non-functional limb.

Concept

Children who stepped over a mine, or people who were in a car accident, hit by drunken drivers, deserve the possibility to live a normal life. Bilateral amputees are unable to feel the touch of their children or texture of the beloved person’s skin. Amputees cannot perform basic manipulation tasks without complete attention, while more sophisticated ones are prohibitive. The prosthesis is a cumbersome foreign body causing also severe psychological problems, together with multiple problems during its control, which often result in its abandonment. People with severe nerve injuries often do not have any limb-functionality, and are even deciding to cut it, replacing it with limited commercial prosthesis.

Mission

Our mission is to restore complete functionality of upper and lower limb amputees, as well as those that had nerve-damage.

About Us

making people's lives better

We are uniquely motivated group of dreamers, hard-workers and close friends, who have technical know-how and the first ever worldwide experience in this field. As a result of the long-standing research, we acquired the knowledge reflected in the first proof-of-concept clinical trial, a patent and a highly qualified team, with strong international reputation.

Our Team

Meet the team behind the idea.
Francesco Maria Petrini
PhD
Francesco has worked at the business development during the first steps of the start-up: IPs preparation and filing, non-dilutive funds raising, business plan preparation. During his entrepreneurial activity he was awarded with several prizes and grants: Brain Forum start-up award (2015), Best 3 IROS start-up award (2015), Innogrant (2014), IMD award (2015), Spin-fund (2015), Venture Kick I & II (2016), top 25 Venture (2016). He is a biomedical engineer (University of Rome TorVergata) with a PhD in neural engineering (University Campus Bio-Medico, Rome). During his studies, he has visited for more than two years the most important technological schools of Europe, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland) and Imperial College of London, receiving certificates for business and management competencies. He has been for 2 years the manager of the SCRIPT European project for San Raffaele Pisana (Rome) and he has worked within several relevant European projects (TIME, EPIONE, NEBIAS). He holds 2 patent applications.
Staniša Raspopović
PhD
Stanisa has over 8 years of experience in neuroprosthetic field, especially in the algorithms development, modelling, animal and clinical experimentation. He was in charge of several relevant EU projects (Cyberhand, TIME, EPIONE, NEBIAS). Raspopovic graduated at University of Pisa (Italy) with honours in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering (MSc) and got the PhD at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA, Italy) in Neuroengineering and Robotics. He was scientist at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH, Switzerland) and École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland), and visiting at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB, Spain). He holds 3 patent applications.
Silvestro Micera
Professor
Silvestro is currently Professor of Neural Engineering at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA, Italy) and Associate Professor of Neural Engineering at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland) where he holds the Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Translational NeuroEngineering. His research interests are in the areas of development of neuroprosthetic and robotic solutions to restore sensory-motor functions in disabled people. In particular, he is a pioneer in the development of “bionic” hand prostheses based on the use of implantable neural interfaces.

OUR COLLABORATIONS

Clinical Collaborators

  • Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, Italy
  • The Clinical Centre of Serbia at Belgrade
  • Centre hospitalier universitaire vaudois (CHUV), Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Sheba Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel

Technical and R&D Collaborations

  • École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy
  • Wyss Center for Bio and Neuro-Engineering, Campus Biotech, Geneva, Switzerland

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