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Thursday, 12 December 2019

Challenges and opportunities for graphene-based biomedical implants: Prof. Garrido’ s vision

ICREA Prof. Jose A. Garrido, leader of the ICN2 Advanced Electronic Materials and Devices group, shares his views about future biomedical applications of nanotechnology in an interview published on the Graphene Flagship website.

Can biomedical implants based on novel materials like graphene allow curing diseases and disabilities, such as vision loss? ICREA Prof. Jose A. Garrido, leader of the ICN2 Advanced Electronic Materials and Devices group and Deputy Director of our institute, bets on it, as he explained in an interview given to the Graphene Flagship press team.

As Deputy Leader of the Biomedical Technologies Work Package of the Flagship, Garrido is guiding a project aiming to develop graphene-based implants that can provide artificial vision to patients with serious impairments due to retinal degeneration. The consortium behind this project has been recently awarded a 1 million euro grant by the Caixa Foundation. He is also one of the leaders of a multidisciplinary collaboration (BrainCom project) developing brain implants able to record electrical signals from the human cortex, which will restore speech in patients who have lost control of the involved organs.

In addition, Garrido is engaged with facilitating the process of transferring technology developed in laboratory to industry and, then, to commercial diffusion. The Graphene Flagship itself is intensifying its efforts in this field, by providing Standardisation and Validation services and launching soon an Experimental Pilot Line to build a tool kit for creating prototype devices and assess their performance.

Read here the full interview with Prof. Jose A. Garrido.