Developing Collaborative Platforms to Advance Neurotechnology and Its Translation

Neuron. 2020 Oct 28;108(2):286-301. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2020.10.001.


Neurotechnological devices are failing to deliver on their therapeutic promise because of the time it takes to translate them from bench to clinic. In this Perspective, we reflect on lessons learned from medical device successes and failures and consider how such lessons might shape a strategic vision for translating neurotechnologies in the future. We articulate how the intentional design and deployment of "scientific platforms," from the technology stack of hardware and software through the supporting ecosystem, could catalyze a new wave of innovation, discovery, and therapy. We also identify specific actions that could promote future neurotechnology roadmaps and industrial-academic-government collaborative activities. We believe that community-supported neurotechnology platforms will prove to be transformational in accelerating ideas from bench to bedside, maximizing scientific discovery and improving patient care.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / organization & administration*
  • Biotechnology / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination
  • Neurosciences / instrumentation*
  • Neurosciences / methods
  • Neurosciences / organization & administration*
  • Translational Research, Biomedical / organization & administration*