The New Scale MPM System on display in the NeuroNexus booth at Neuroscience 2017

Ultra-compact system automatically positions multiple high-density silicon neural probes for electrophysiology, optogenetics research

Victor, NY — November 13, 2017— Neurotechnology innovator NeuroNexus has added New Scale Technologies’ MPM Multi-Probe Micromanipulator System to its line of high-value neural interface technology, components, systems, and software. NeuroNexus will demonstrate the MPM System positioning three NeuroNexus A32 silicon neural probes at Neuroscience 2017, Nov. 11-15 in Washington, DC, at booth # 2234.

NeuroNexus develops and sells high-quality microelectrode arrays for electrophysiology and optogenetics research, including acute in-vivo recording of neural activity in the brain. The MPM System is the only micromanipulator designed specifically for use with the new high-density silicon probes. It enables independent positioning and control of multiple neural probes in an extremely compact space, suitable for recording in small behaving animals.

“The MPM System is ideal for simultaneous recording with silicon probes,” said Rio Vetter, Director of R&D at NeuroNexus. “It is easy to set up and use, with excellent repeatability across multiple experiments. This makes it a practical and powerful tool for our customers to accelerate data collection and discovery. Together with our neural probes and SmartBox data acquisition system, it creates a total system solution for electrophysiology and optogenetics research.”

Each probe arm in the MPM System has four degrees of freedom for initial pre-adjustment, and three axes of motorized motion for precise x-y positioning and z-axis insertion. The motorized positioners automatically and independently move each probe to the optimum location in the brain. Up to five probe arms can be controlled from a single PC interface.

The small footprint of the manipulators enables close spacing and ample clear space for virtual task environments, allowing neuroscientists to investigate multiple brain areas simultaneously as animals perform a variety of behaviors.

“We’re pleased that NeuroNexus, a world leader in the development and commercialization of silicon probes, has included the MPM System as a key part of their solution for this exciting new area of research,” said David Henderson, CEO of New Scale Technologies. “As internationally recognized experts in neurotechnology, biomedical engineering and neural interface product development, the NeuroNexus team understands the needs of researchers and is well positioned to support users with this system.”

About New Scale Technologies, Inc.

New Scale Technologies develops and manufactures the smallest and most precise closed-loop positioning solutions available. Our “all-in-one” M3 Smart Modules – piezoelectric motor systems and microstages with built-in controllers – are easy to integrate into smaller, smarter imaging systems, scientific instruments, medical devices, aerospace and defense systems and more.

About NeuroNexus

NeuroNexus powers neuroscience research through innovative neural probes, systems, and data analytics software. NeuroNexus probes include a full line of high-quality, customizable microelectrode arrays for electrophysiology and optogenetics research. NeuroNexus systems provide integrated plug-and-play solutions to support diverse neurophysiology experiments and workflows. The NeuroNexus data analytics software platform provides powerful, scalable, cross-platform analytical and visualization tools for managing and analyzing neurophysiological data – from individual experiments to complex multi-investigator ‘big data’.