DOE Artificial Retina Project

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Funding for this work ended in FY 2011.

CRADA Established October 14, 2004

A Joint Research Partnership Between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), DOE Laboratories, Universities, and a Private Company

On October 14, 2004, the Department of Energy and Second Sight Medical Products, Inc. of Sylmar, California, held a press conference to announce the formal signing of a CRADA* for the Artificial Retina Project.

This press conference included a speech by Energy Secretary Abraham, five minute video presentation, and multiple press releases. The press releases and video are listed below.


A video explaining the artificial retina project and retinitis pigmentosa was shown during the press conference. This video is available on the video page. "See Artificial Retina Project Overview."

Press Releases from the CRADA Signing

DOE Labs, Universities and Second Sight Partner to Speed Development of “Artificial Retina”, DOE Office of Science.

Second Sight Medical Products Inc. announces DOE partnership to produce an Artificial Retina, Second Sight Medical Products, Inc.

DOE Pact With USC Will Speed Eye Device, University of Southern California.

ORNL is a major player in DOE artificial retina project, Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Los Alamos studies nerve activity to improve artificial retina, Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Livermore Scientists Join DOE Consortium In Partnering With Private Company To Develop Artificial Retina, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Argonne plays important role in development of artificial retina

*CRADA: Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) is a legal agreement between a federal laboratory and a non-federal party to conduct specified research or development efforts that are consistent with the missions of the federal laboratory.

The Artificial Retina Project was part of the
Biological and Environmental Research Program
of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science
Funding for this work ended in FY 2011.

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