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TechEn Awarded DARPA Funding to Advance Brain Monitoring Device.

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BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 25, 2004

TechEn Inc. has received funding from DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) for the development of Continuous Brain Monitoring. TechEn, an electronic design center, received the award for advanced research and further development of a real-time, wireless brain monitoring device, which utilizes near-infrared spectroscopy technology (NIRS). The device measures the change in blood oxygen, allowing researchers to monitor brain activity non-invasively and continuously. This technology offers significant potential for improved understanding of brain functions and medical disorders, ranging from stroke rehabilitation to depression.

With over one billion nerve cells in the brain, medical researchers collect and analyze massive amounts of data, often requiring patients to remain motionless as in an MRI. TechEn's device allows patients to be more comfortable and even mobile, performing various functions as the device collects data continuously in real time. This allows researchers to study how specific events affect activity in the brain.

William Johnson, Chief Technology Officer of TechEn, commented on the work, "The funding provided by DARPA represents significant investment, paving the way for breakthroughs in brain research. Within a very short period of time, we have made great strides in technological advancements in brain monitoring instruments." TechEn's CEO, Buzz DiMartino, added, "this technology has many non-medical applications as well, including diverse opportunities in market research, security and stress management. This award further confirms DARPA's commitment to advancing technology for cutting edge solutions." TechEn is working in collaboration with Dr. David Boas, Assistant Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital-Martinos Center, Optical Imaging Laboratory.

About TechEn

TechEn is a full-service Electronic Product Design Center with capabilities ranging from technology design to product manufacturing. TechEn's core competencies include hardware and mixed signal design, PCB development, wireless technology, embedded firmware and software. TechEn is a third party developer for Analog Devices, ATMEL, TI and Microchip. Since 1982, TechEn has worked with medical, consumer and industrial clients, successfully developing products requiring advanced custom technology.

About DARPA

DARPA is the central research and development organization for the Department of Defense (DoD). It manages and directs selected basic and applied R&D projects for DoD. DARPA pursues research and technology, where risk and payoff are both very high and where success may provide dramatic advances for traditional military roles and missions.
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