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Plexon Inc. Introduces Modular Electrode Drives For Brain And Nervous System Electrical Activity Recording To Its Product Line


10/19/2005 5:08:56 PM

DALLAS, July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Plexon Inc. today announced the introduction of modular electrode drives for recording electrical activity of the brain and nervous system to its product line. Plexon is marketing the electrode drives in North America, South America and Asia through an agreement with the developer and manufacturer, NAN Instruments, Inc. (Nazareth, Israel).

"The Electrode Drives integrate seamlessly with the rest of Plexon's neurotechnology product line to create an end-to-end neural recording solution," said Harvey Wiggins, founder and president of Plexon. "In this collaborative effort with NAN Instruments, we can now offer our customers electrode drives with the flexibility and channel count they need for neurophysiological research."

Nabeel Abu Nassar, founder of NAN Instruments states, "We are pleased to collaborate with Plexon to market the NAN Electrode Drives, provided their growing number of customers in the US and internationally. We also look forward to future opportunities for additional collaborations."

As one of the first users of the NAN Electrode Drives, Dr. Joshua Gold, assistant professor of Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania who is researching on how the brain interprets sensory information and issues motor commands to guide behavior, states, "The NAN Electrode Drives are lightweight, accurate and easy to configure, set up and use. The drive was designed and manufactured so well that it instantly became the workhorse of my lab."

Through the use of the Electrode Drives, neurophysiology customers can more easily position electrodes or tetrodes (4-site electrodes) within a grid in the XYZ plane. The Electrode Drives come with a brushless motor and computer-controlled electrode advancement system which ensures accurate electrode positioning in the Z direction. A single drive can accommodate up to 25 single-site electrodes, or, with tetrodes, up to 100 electrodes.

In addition to the Electrode Drives, Plexon also develops and markets other neural data acquisition and recording hardware and software, including the Multichannel Acquisition Processor (MAP), a large-scale data acquisition hardware system that allows neuroscientists to record and process high-frequency brain signals ("spikes") from individual neurons, as well as lower-frequency analog signals. The NAN Electrode Drive and Plexon's other neurotechnology products will be showcased at the 4th Forum of European Neuroscience (FENS) conference from July 10-14 at Booth #33 in Lisbon, Portugal.

About Plexon

Plexon Inc. provides innovative data acquisition hardware and software for recording and analyzing signals from the brain and nervous system. Based in Dallas, Texas, Plexon supplies tools for basic brain and nervous system communication research, neural biosensors for drug and environmental screening, brain-machine interfaces and neuroprosthetics for the growing neurotechnology industry. Plexon's current customers include over 250 domestic and international academic research labs, research hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and military labs. For more information about the company and its products, call 214-369-4957 or visit http://www.plexoninc.com/. In Japan, contact Physio-Tech at +81 (0)3 3864 2781 or visit http://www.physio-tech.co.jp/.

About NAN Instruments

NAN Instruments, Inc. based in Nazareth, Israel, develops and manufactures electrode positioning systems for recording electrical activity of the brain and nervous system. The patent-pending design of the electrode positioning systems gives neuroscientists the tools to manipulate each electrode individually in the XYZ planes. For more information about the company and the electrode positioning system, visit http://www.naninstruments.com/.

Contact: Susan Vaughan Plexon Inc. Phone: 214-369-4957 Email: susan@plexoninc.com

Plexon Inc.

CONTACT: Susan Vaughan of Plexon Inc., +1-214-369-4957 orsusan@plexoninc.com



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