The Ciklum Biowave Labs System Restores Blinking in One-Sided Facial Nerve Paralysis

The work done by the interdisciplinary team from Ukraine including Ciklum Biowave Labs was already awarded with Gold Medal at the 1st World Congress of Otology in Japan.

Kyiv, Ukraine., September 2, 2015 - (PressReleasePoint) - The system will restore blinking activity in the damaged part of the face where facial nerves are not able to force blinking anymore. In July, 2015 the “Implantable Bioelectrical System for Restoration of Blinking” was awarded with the Politzer Prize and Gold Medal for Basic Science Research in Otology in Japan. The work was done by the interdisciplinary team from Ukraine from medicine, academia, and engineering: the Ukrainian Institute of Otolaryngology, Research and Manufacturing Private Enterprise WEL and Ciklum Biowave Labs.

The implantable system will help patients to restore blinking in the part of the face damaged by the one-sided facial nerve paralysis. It will consist of the implantable device to register the eyelid activity from the healthy eye (electromyograph), a digital signal processor chip for preprocessing and blinking detection, and neuro-myostimulator to force blinking in the eye on the damaged side of face.

The work from Ukraine was done by the team from medicine, academia, and engineering:

  • initial idea, experimental and clinical approbation - Andrii Bobrov, MD, Oleg Borysenko, MD, PhD, Institute of Otolaryngology, Department of ear microsurgery and otoneurosurgery (Kyiv, Ukraine);
  • circuit design, functional prototype development - Research and Manufacturing Private Enterprise WEL (Kyiv, Ukraine), headed by Sergii Shoferistov;
  • algorithms for data preprocessing and analysis, and method for blinking detection, as well as software development - Anton Popov, PhD, Yevgenii Karpliuk, PhD, Oleg Bodilovskyi and Oleg Panichev, the core of Ciklum Biowave Labs team from the National Technical University of Ukraine “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”, Department of Physical and Biomedical Electronics (Kyiv, Ukraine).

The system was distinguished by the Politzer Society in July 2015. The Politzer Society is the International Society for Otologic Surgery and Science founded in 1970s and named after Adam Politzer, one of the pioneers and founders of otology. They distinguish every year the most promising researches in the field of otology and neurotology from all over the world. The meeting attracted over 700 participants from 50 countries with their recent findings in otology.

Ciklum Biowave Labs
Ciklum Biowave Labs is a part of Ciklum Research & Development (R&D) division specializing in biomedical engineering, signal and data processing, embedded development, wearable devices, and Internet of Things. Ciklum is the provider of custom software development and engineering services with Scandinavian roots and 2,500 IT specialists on board.

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