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Shortlisted candidates

Dr Gregoire Courtine

Dr Gregoire Courtine is Full Professor of Neuroscience and Neurotechnology in the Center for Neuroprosthetics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne. He also works in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University Hospital Lausanne (CHUV) where he is director of the Defitech Center for Interventional Neurotherapies (NeuroRestore). His passion for translational neurosciences has fuelled his research in the development of neurotechnologies to improve recovery from neurological disorders.

Professor Warren M. Grill

Warren M. Grill is the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University. His research interests are in neural engineering and neuromodulation and include model-based design and analysis and quantitative physiology with applications to restoration of bladder function, treatment of movement disorders with deep brain stimulation, electrical stimulation for treatment of pain, and vagus nerve stimulation for regulation of organ function.

Professor Chris Hancock

Professor Chris Hancock is the founder of Creo Medical Group PLC with over 20 years’ experience in medical device research, innovation and development. He has dedicated the last 22 years to researching and developing novel therapeutic systems and devices, based on the generation and control of electromagnetic energy at a range of frequencies, to successfully address a number of unmet clinical needs.

Professor Dean Ho

Professor Dean Ho is Provost’s Chair Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Pharmacology, Director of the N.1 Institute for Health (N.1), Director of the Institute for Digital Medicine (WisDM), and Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the National University of Singapore. At N.1 and WisDM, Prof. Ho has led multiple pioneering clinical studies with CURATE.AI to use only a patient’s own data to personalise treatment for the entire duration of care.

Professor Stéphanie P. Lacour

Professor Stéphanie P. Lacour holds the Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Neuroprosthetic Technology at the School of Engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. Since January 2017, she is full professor in Microengineering and Bioengineering at EPFL. and manufacturing electronic devices with mechanical properties close to those of the host biological tissue so that long-term reliability and minimal perturbation are induced in vivo and/or truly wearable systems become possible. Stéphanie’s lab challenges and seeks to advance fundamental concepts in man-made electronic systems applied to biology. Specifically, the focus is on designing and manufacturing electronic devices with mechanical properties close to those of the host biological tissue so that long-term reliability and minimal perturbation are induced in vivo and/or truly wearable systems become possible.