Two University of Cambridge PhD students are developing miniaturised sensors that can be implanted into the brain to provide an unparalleled stream of data to help treat serious medical conditions
Co-founders of Opto Biosystems, Elise Jenkins and Ben Woodington from the University’s Department of Engineering won the 2022 Wolfson Enterprise Competition earlier this year after successfully pitching their concept to a panel of judges, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.
Through Opto Biosystems, Elise and Ben are aiming to deliver a therapeutic device in an outpatient procedure for the first time. The idea being that readings can be taken over an extended period of time, monitoring brain episodes as they happen and tracking brain activity while a person is asleep – with no need for major surgery or an overnight stay in hospital.
The duo are conducting PhD research in the Department of Engineering’s Bioelectronics Laboratory, under the supervision of Professor George Malliaras,