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USC-led team receives Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Innovator Award for Retinal Implant


September 29, 2010 — The Breakthrough Awards, sponsored by Popular Mechanics, recognizes products and innovators that show progress in the scientific and technological world.  This year, the US Department of Energy Artificial Retina Team, which includes the University of Southern California’s Mark Humayun, James Weiland and Armand Tanguay, won the 6th Annual Breakthrough Innovators Award for their revolutionary retinal implant, Argus II. The Argus II retinal implant is designed to restore vision in patients diagnosed with degenerative retinal diseases like retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration.  Other team members come from the University of California, Santa Cruz, California Institute of Technology, Sandia National Laboratory, and Second Sight Medical Products, Inc.

Click on the titles below to read the original Popular Mechanics articles:
Next Gen Digital Sight Could Cure Blindness
Breakthrough Awards 2010

From The Gadgeteer:
DIGITAL SIGHT FOR THE BLIND: Argus II Retinal Implant

* U.S. Department of Energy Artificial Retina Project Team, including Mark Humayun, James Weiland, Doheny Eye Institute; Satinderpall Pannu, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Wentai Liu, University of California, Santa Cruz; Armand Tanguay, University of Southern California; Yu-Chong Tai, California Institute of Technology; Kurt Wessendorf, Sandia National Laboratory; Robert J. Greenberg, Second Sight Medical Products, Inc.: There are 10 million people in the United States with degenerative retinal diseases, such as macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. The Argus II retinal implant is designed to restore vision to people who are blind because of these conditions. The device takes images from an external video camera and sends electric signals to an array implanted in the eye, bypassing damaged photoreceptors to kick-start retinal cells that are still viable. Even as clinical trials for the second generation of the device continue, a massive effort involving six national labs, four universities and a commercial partner is developing technologies that will enable third- and fourth-generation models.

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