Neuralink — a neurotechnology startup launched by Elon Musk — is hiring a clinical director as it prepares to begin trials for human brain implants.
A job advertisement from the firm said that the position will “work closely with some of the most innovative doctors and top engineers, as well as working with Neuralink’s first Clinical Trial participants,” helping to “build the team responsible for enabling Neuralink’s clinical research activities and developing the regulatory interactions that come with a fast-paced and ever-evolving environment…”
As reported by Business Insider, Musk announced at The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council Summit in December that Neuralink wants to start implanting microchips in humans this year. According to Musk, the company’s “standards for implanting the device are substantially higher than what the FDA requires…”
A Neuralink blog post from last year explained that N1 Link — the company’s first device meant for humans — will help quadriplegics access the digital world without using their hands:
Neuralink has spent the last four years building the first high channel count brain machine interface intended for therapeutic use in patients. Our first product, the N1 Link, is a 1024 channel device that, once implanted, is completely invisible and transmits data via a wireless connection.
The first indication this device is intended for is to help quadriplegics regain their digital freedom by allowing users to interact with their computers or phones in a high bandwidth and naturalistic way.
The funds from the round will be used to take Neuralink’s first product to market and accelerate the research and development of future products.