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Vacuum-actuated percutaneous insertion/implantation tool for flexible neural probes and interfaces

United States Patent

9,586,040
March 7, 2017
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A flexible device insertion tool including an elongated stiffener with one or more suction ports, and a vacuum connector for interfacing the stiffener to a vacuum source, for attaching the flexible device such as a flexible neural probe to the stiffener during insertion by a suction force exerted through the suction ports to, and to release the flexible device by removing the suction force.
Sheth; Heeral (Oakland, CA), Bennett; William J. (Livermore, CA), Pannu; Satinderpall S. (Pleasanton, CA), Tooker; Angela C. (Dublin, CA)
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (Livermore, CA)
13/ 898,385
May 20, 2013
FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC52-07NA27344 between the United States Department of Energy and Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC for the operation of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.