Gerald E. Loeb, M.D.

President of the technical committee of experts

Dr. Loeb was born in New Brunswick , NJ , received his B.A. ('69) and M.D. ('72) from Johns Hopkins University , and trained in surgery at the University of Arizona . He spent 15 years in the Laboratory of Neural Control at the National Institutes of Health and 12 years at Queen's University where he was Professor of Physiology and Director of the Bio-Medical Engineering Unit. He served as Chief Scientist (consulting) for Advanced Bionics Corp. of Sylmar , California , from 1994-1999. Dr. Loeb joined USC in September, 1999. He has published over 250 journal articles and chapters, a book on electromyography, and holds 58 patents.


Research
Dr. Loeb works on neural prosthetics - interfaces between electronic devices and the nervous system that are used to replace sensory and motor functions and correct dysfunctions in people with neurological problems. He was one of the developers of the cochlear implant now used to restore functional hearing to the deaf and continues to pursue improvements in this mature technology. His research group developed BIONs - BIOnic Neurons that are small enough to be injected into paralyzed muscles where they receive power and send and receive data by radio links with an external controller. In addition to developing and testing technology, Dr. Loeb has been active in basic neurophysiological studies of the sensorimotor nervous system in order to understand normal biological control. Computer models based on experimental data from muscles, motoneurons and proprioceptors are being developed to test new theories of control that may permit the reanimation of paralyzed limbs via functional electrical stimulation ( FES ). Similar models and interfaces are also being applied to the design and control of powered prosthetic arms and hands.  Details of these projects and complete recent reports can be found at http://mddf.usc.edu. Dr. Loeb is also an inventor of the BioTac ®, a biomimetic tactile sensing system being commercialized by Syntouch LLC, for which he is Chief Executive Officer (www.syntouchllc.com). SynTouch was designated a Technology Pioneer for 2014 by the World Economic Forum.

 

 

Raymond A. Peck

Mechanical  Engineering Consultant

Ray has 20+ years of experience in the design and fabrication of microelectrode arrays and solutions in electromechanical design of medical devices including implantable micro-pumps, RF neuromuscular stimulators, and cochlear electrode arrays.

 

 

Hao Ding

Project manager, technical director of hardware.

Bachelor of Chinese University of Hong Kong Master of the University of Southern California, Syracuse University and a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. with experience in large-scale integrated digital circuits and RF analog circuits.

 

 

XIaobo Li

Software technical director.

PhD in electrical engineering from Louisiana State University, University of Toronto postdoctoral University of Tennessee medical electronic engineering post.

 

 

Bin Xia       

ASIC chip technology director 

Physics PhD Washington State University, Master of the integrated circuit. 20 years of experience in R & D of high-performance chips, has designed high-speed test chip to 20GHz.

 

 

Xuechen Huang

NUSTIM Clinical Studies and Project R&D

Xuechen Huang received his B.S. (‘12) in Biomedical Engineering from First Military University in China and graduating with distinction in Biomedical Engineering and receiving the Award for Outstanding Thesis Research. He receive his M.S. (‘14) from the University of Southern California in Biomedical Engineering. He is currently a University of Southern California Provost’s Ph.D Fellow working in Biomedical Engineering in Medical Device Development Facility (MDDF). In his current research, he is development and testing the electronics of a percutaneously implantable neural stimulator, to be used as general neural interface in electrophysiology. His interests include clinical trial design and study for novel medical application, RF communications in biomedical device, and embedded system development.