Client Successes

Samitaur Medical Technologies, LLC

We are indebted to NMSBA for providing the critical initial support that got our project started.


Samitaur_72.jpgThanks to technology and modern medicine, electronic brain implants help physicians and their patients regulate a wide array of neurological disorders such as epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease. Unfortunately, recharging brain implant batteries requires surgical removal, which is painstaking and often dangerous. Samitaur Medical Technologies’ partners Frederick and Laurie Samitaur Smith are seeking to transfer national laboratory technologies to medical applications and have focused their start-up company on developing a battery that recharges without removal.

Through NMSBA, LANL’s Kevin Farinholt and Gyu Hae Park conducted exploratory research to determine power sources that can potentially recharge in place. The LANL team collaborated with renowned University of California, Los Angeles, brain surgeon Antonio De Salles, who serves as Samitaur’s medical lead on the project.

The NMSBA project has led to a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between Samitaur and LANL for development of an innovative miniaturized neurological stimulator, a prototype the company hopes to test, manufacture, and ultimately distribute.