our mission is to restore limb functionality of people affected by upper and lower extremities amputation and with nerve damages

Product - Concept - Mission

Product

SENSY: a unique device, which allows amputees, unlike current available prostheses, to feel again from missing limbs. It is a neuroprosthetic device to be implanted within the residual nerves, or healthy part of the nerves, aimed at restoring the natural-like flow of the neural sensory information.

Concept

We are the first team worldwide who demonstrated the feasibility of this technology in a human amputee. Indeed, we performed a successful sub-chronic one-month proof-of-concept testing of the intraneural stimulation for the sensory restoration in human amputee.

Mission

The everyday life of this portion of population will be dramatically changed by restoring them feelings from the limb and by making their functionality similar to the healthy one. We will eliminate their neuropathic pain, and make them feel the prosthetic or injured limbs as the proper one.

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 Maria Petrini since 2010 developes smart and innovative strategies to create the link between the human peripheral nervous system and technology. He has received the bachelor and master degrees in biomedical engineering cum laude at University of Tor Vergata (Rome, Italy) in 2010 and got the PhD in neuroprosthetics and neural interfaces at 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). He holds 1 patent application.
Staniša Raspopović
PhD
Stanisa Raspopovic 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), as in Swiss and Italian collaborations. 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 2 patent applications.
Silvestro Micera
Professor
Silvestro Micera 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. Dr. Micera research interests are in the areas of development of neuroprosthetic and robotic solutions to restore sensory-motort 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.
Annarita Cutrone
PhD
Annarita Cutrone has over 6 years of experience in the field of neural engineering. Her main research interests are the design, mechanical analysis, microfabrication, characterization and packaging of invasive and innovative flexible neural interfaces for peripheral and central nervous system. She graduated with honors at the University of Pisa (Italy) in Biomedical Engineering (MEng) and got the PhD at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Biorobotics. She is currently a Post-Doc fellow at the Biorobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA, Italy). She was involved in international projects concerning invasive neural probes (TIME, MERIDIAN) and she visiting student for one year at the University of Utah (UofU, United States of America).

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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