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Opening Ceremony

ALBANY, N.Y. (Oct. 5, 2017) – Local elected officials, community members and UAlbany students, faculty and staff came together on Tuesday to celebrate the opening of a new Center for Neurotechnology.

In September, it was announced that g.tec neurotechnology USA, part of UAlbany’s START-UP NY portfolio, was expanding their operations in Albany by opening the center on the University’s Health Sciences Campus this month.

The center will feature state-of-the-art brain-computer interface technology designed for rehabilitation, assessment, communication and training for both stroke patients and those with disorders of consciousness, including ALS, locked-in syndrome, unresponsive wakefulness and minimally conscious state.

The opening ceremony included a press conference, presentations from neurotechnology experts, including Gerwin Schalk, an associate professor in the School of Public Health, and hands-on demonstrations of g.tec’s innovative technology.

It was held at the University’s Cancer Research Center in Rensselaer.

“Today we launch yet another collaboration with a private industry partner on the Health Sciences campus, which is home to the largest concentration of health science related researchers in the Capital Region,” said UAlbany Vice President for Research James Dias, during the press conference.

“I’d would like to thank g.tec neurotechnology USA CEO Dr. Christoph Guger for his belief and vision to bring this cutting-edge technology and research endeavor in brain computer interface therapy to the United States and specifically to UAlbany.”

Also in attendance was New York State Senator George Amedore Jr., along with New York State Assemblyman John T. McDonald III and Empire State Development (ESD) Regional Director Mike Yevoli. g.tec was honored with a senate proclamation from Senator Amedore for bringing the new center to the Capital Region.

“This partnership speaks volumes for the great advancements New York State has made in helping companies succeed in both the public and private sector,” said Amedore. “We know that g.tec’s technologies are going to go a long way in helping those who suffer from strokes, comas and other neurological issues in the Capital Region.”

“The potential, hope and opportunity that will come from the research being done here is what we are all excited about,” McDonald added. “From patients with traumatic brain injuries to children with autism, this research has potential to lead to greater outcomes that can shape our future. This is why New York State wisely invests and supports companies like g.tec.”

Members of the University community who are interested in collaborating with g.tec can contact Matt Grattan, UAlbany’s director of community and economic development.

You can also learn more about the Center for Neurotechnology here.

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