Cellular Bioengineering, Inc. of Honolulu, Hawaii has announced that it has been selected by R&D Magazine to receive the 2005 R&D 100 Award on October 20th at the Navy Pier in Chicago, recognizing CBI's development of the Neural Matrix Chip as one of the most significant innovations in America.
Described as the "The Oscars of Invention" by The Chicago Tribune, The R&D 100 Awards were established in 1963 by R&D Magazine.
“We're looking for products and processes that can change people's lives for the better, improve the standard of living for large numbers of people, save lives, and more,” say the editors of R&D Magazine.
The Neural Matrix Chip technology is designed to allow nerve cells to reproduce and grow in a specific pattern, like a "circuit board" on the surface of a chip.
It is the technology for patterning and monitoring networks of growing neurons and provides a platform for a broad range of applications.
Initially designed to help scientists learn how neurons in the human brain and nervous system communicate with each other, the Neural Matrix Chip is the first step in creating combined biological and electronic chips that may enable the development of a new generation of computer chips for cognitive computing; restoring the use of limbs and eyesight, improving mental function, and providing networks of nerve cells as biosensors for detecting chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction.
“We are excited by the opportunity to develop the Neural Matrix Chip as a platform for intelligent sensory and memory systems as well as biosensors,” commented Dr. Hank C. K. Wuh, the surgeon and inventor who is CBI's founder and CEO.
“This technology will eventually allow scientists to understand how the brain processes information in a way not possible in the past.”