Axorus is a French company that develops neuro-electronic interfaces.
We use a biomimetic artificial neuron as a link between the nervous system and
electronic devices or medical implants.
Our goal is to use this technology to develop a wide range of medical implants to treat the symptoms
of neurodegenerative diseases and enhance quality of life.
Our vision is to launch a brand new bionic industry that makes it possible for
people to buy spare parts to recover their lost capabilities.
Our first product will be an artificial retina for patients suffering from diseases
such as Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) or Retinitis pigmentosa (RP).
Engineering & Business Degrees
Driving force: being at the frontier of technology.
Hélène, PhD CTO
Engineering degree. PhD in physics applied to biology.
Driving force: inventing technologies that improve quality of life.
Arnaud Electronic Designer
Julien Material Engineer
Anna Material Engineer
Pr. Alain Cappy Inventor
Pr. Virginie Hoel Inventor
Dr. Vasily Smirnov Neuro-ophtalmologist
We are developing an Artificial Retina aiming to restore sight for people with
This medical implant is suitable for people who have damaged photoreceptors (cones and rods) but
otherwise a functioning retina, as is the case for many patients suffering from retinitis
pigmentosa or advanced dry AMD.
The implant will be inserted subretinally, where photoreceptors are located in a healthy retina. The
artificial retina acts as a substitute for the damaged photoreceptors by converting
light into a signal the brain can interpret.
This artificial retina is standalone and self-powered by ambient light, using
photovoltaic effect: it does not require external power sources or glasses-mounted camera.
We are using patented state-of-the-art analog electronic neuron developed by the
CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research) and Lille University. It is
currently manufactured using industrial processes.
This electronic neuron can detect and produce biomimetic spikes. It can consequently
listen to and send signals to biological neurons. It is a CMOS circuit up to 1000x more
energy-efficient and up to 10x smaller than a biological neuron. Its very high
sensitivity makes it ideal for medical implants.
The first implant based on this technology will be an artificial retina. The artificial retina is a
matrix of “pixels”, with each pixel an electronic neuron connected to a photodiode in order to
convert light into electrical intensity.
Axorus aims to use the electronic neuron as the main building block of a wide range of
implants. These implants will be developed in-house or through collaborations
with academic or industrial partners.
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