Ohio State researcher says Battelle brain-computer interface for paralysis could save $7B in annual home-care costs

If it were adapted for home use, Battelle’s technology that enables a man to move his paralyzed hand with his thoughts could save about $7 billion annually in home-care costs for people with quadraplegia in the U.S., the lead researcher at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center said.

Dr. Marcie Bockbrader, a physical rehabilitation specialist and OSU assistant professor, is working to finish a grant application ahead of a Saturday due date to fund the next round or research with Ian Burkhart, the 28-year-old Columbus man who was the first in the world to use the technology.

“Our rate-limiting factor in continuing development is the perception that investment value comes from the generation of intellectual property, rather than on the potential of that investment to change lives,” Bockbrader said in an email.

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Story excerpt provided by Columbus Business First.

Written by Carrie Ghose.

Originally published October 10, 2019.

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