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Lightning Talk | Reconstructing Prosthetics Technology

Room 101

Connor Glass
Phantom Neuro, Founder & CEO

Dr. Connor Glass is a physician, bionic interfacing researcher, and the founder of Phantom Neuro. He completed his medical degree at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine followed by a two-year research fellowship in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Johns Hopkins where he studied microsurgical interventions for nerve injury and connecting machines to the nervous system. Dr. Glass authored a chapter on human-machine interfacing and clinical translation in the upcoming edition of the Handbook of Neuroengineering and has multiple publications on the treatment of nerve injury. Dr. Glass is the Founder and CEO of Phantom Neuro which seeks to commercialize technology created and patented in the lab during his research fellowship.

The global prosthetics and orthotics market was valued at ~$6B in 2020 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.2% through 2028. Those figures aren’t surprising. The World Health Organization estimates that 30 million people are in need of prosthetic and orthotic devices right now. That number grows annually, with 185,000 Americans alone suffering the loss of a limb each year. But the prosthetics of tomorrow have the potential to work (and look) far different from those we use today — changing the market as well as the lives of millions.

In this Lightning Talk, Connor Glass will share how his team at Phantom is building a system to help people gain lifelike control of robotic limbs through a unique human-machine interfacing system. This technology, based in reconstructive surgery research at Johns Hopkins, combines small implantable sensors, AI, and software in an effort to allow people to control robotic prostheses and exoskeletons using existing muscles near the location of the amputation.