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17/02/2017 - PixiumVision: The bionic eye of the medtech was implanted in a new patient, in Spain this time

A busy week of announcements for the French medtech which yesterday welcomed the success of a new implantation and activation of its bionic vision system IRIS II, at the prestigious Institute of ocular microsurgery of Barcelona in the ongoing multi-center clinical trial.

17/02/2017 - La Tribune: Pixium launches its bionic eye in Spain and Germany

After obtaining CE mark in July, Pixium Vision received NUB innovation reimbursement status 1 for IRIS®II in Germany, and announced first implantation and activation of IRIS®II in Spain in the ongoing multi-center clinical trial.

15/02/2017 - France 3: ... to replace our damaged organs ...

This is the third episode of our series, devoted this week, to an inventory of what is possible ...

03/02/2017 - Crossing of Lake Baïkal : a remarkable adventure of blind people

With the objective to raise awareness about blind people and their abilities, a guided adventure, with the aim to cross the Siberian Lake Baïkal in winter, will be followed by RFI and scientific researchers from February 24th to March 2nd, 2017.

03/02/2017 - Capital: These 21 innovations which will push the future of medicine

Surgery revolution, nano-robotic growth, new bio-therapies, visual prosthesis... There have never been so many promises for improved treatments.

29/01/2017 - La bourse et la vie: Biomed Event 2017 which brings together biotech and medtech companies.

"Priority with the commercialization of the IRIS II project in 2017 in Europe"
Biomed Event 2017 which brings together biotech and medtech companies.

24/11/2016 - TV Sud Nîmes : first implant of a new generation retinal prosthesis

A new generation of retinal prosthesis was implanted for the first time at the University Hospital of Nimes. The principle of this implant is simple: a camera, integrated in glasses, will transform the image into electrical stimulation.

08/11/2016 - Evening Standard London : Blind man recovers some sight after getting 'bionic eye' from Moorfields London surgeons

He is the first in the UK to benefit from a trial of a pioneering system at Moorfields Eye Hospital.
The patient, 73, has retinitis pigmentosa, the most common cause of inherited blindness ? affecting 1.5 million people worldwide. He has been blind for more than 20 years....

05/10/2016 - Retina Today : Restoring Visual Function With a Bionic Retinal Implant: Mission Im?possible?

"Artificial bionic vision technology offers promising results, but postimplantation re-education and training are needed to provide more meaningful visual perception. Hope and expectations remain high on the frontier of neuroscience and neuroophthalmology, interfacing the worlds of the eye and the brain."

18/09/2016 - Raconteur - Developments in retinal implants give hope to those with sight loss

Clinical trials are underway in the UK for a new 'bionic' vision system with the potential to restore vision in patients with sight loss. Following approval from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, clinical trials of the Iris II have now begun at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Trust in London as part of a multi-centric European study to assess its safety and performance.

18/09/2016 - Bionic vision will change concepts of sight

Technological innovations are revolutionising eyecare and giving hope to millions with lost or impaired sight.
The second Moorfields project is part of a European multi-centre trial with the IRIS Bionic Vision System that uses a special camera, processor pack and a retinal implant to bypass the photo processors that atrophy in a range of conditions.

16/09/2016 - Challenges - Exoskeleton, artificial retina, bioactive glass: French ten technologies that have the ambition to change the lives of patients

Last week, the meetings on Medical Progress organized by Snitem had the opportunity to provide an overview of the "medical device" companies. In this very diverse industry, ranging from bandage to resuscitation equipment through to prosthesis, Challenges selected 10 disruptive technologies, already marketed or about to be. ... All these projects demonstrate a creativity and remarkable scientific excellence.

02/08/2016 - Foundation Fighting Blindness Eye on the Cure : Pixium Vision Reports Progress in Development of Two Bionic Retina Systems

While several companies and laboratories around the world are at various stages of bionic-retina development, Pixium Vision located in France, is progressing impressively down two paths ...


Pierre Kemula CFO of Pixium Vision, commented on market approval of the product IRIS II in the European Union to patients with retinitis pigmentosa and upcoming projects especially concerning future product of Pixium, PRIMA, for macular degeneration. Pierre Kemula CFO Pixium Vision, was the guest of Lucie Morlot on Direct Markets.

26/07/2016 - Bionic Eye from Pixium Vision to be commercialized shortly in Europe

Designed by the French company Pixium Vision, the bionic eye IRIS II allows blind patients with retinal degeneration, to regain form of vision. The company had succeeded with its first implant in a 58 yrs old patient. Following the progress, Pixium vision has received CE Mark to market its bionic eye in Europe. - With Bernard Gilly, President Pixium Vision. - Good Morning Business Tuesday, July 26, 2016, presented by Stéphane Soumier on BFM Business

25/07/2016 - Pixium Vision Announces CE Market Approval of IRIS®II

Good news for Pixium Vision, a company developing innovative bionic vision systems to enable patients with vision loss to live more independently. It has obtained the CE mark for its bionic vision system IRIS®II, for blind people suffering from retinal degeneration. This approval is an important step allowing Pixium Vision to start commercialising the bionic vision system Iris II in Europe. - With: Pierre Kemula CFO Pixium Vision. Bourse Integrale, Monday, July 25, 2016, presented by Gregory Favet on BFM Business.

07/07/2016 - EE Times Europe : From implantable retinal pixels to visual cortex stimulation

French Startup Pixium Vision is moving fast in the field of vision restauration. The company is not only developing two distinct retinal-implant technologies to circumvent retinal degenerative diseases, it also hopes to be able one day to feed visual stimulation (from its proprietary bioinspired neuromorphic imaging sensor) directly to the visual cortex.

09/06/2016 - Optometry Today : Moorfields Eye Hospital London is part of an international trial for an adaptable bionic retinal implant system

A Moorfields Eye Hospital surgeon believes that we now have the technology to replace the eye's degenerated photoreceptors with a new, modifiable bionic eye..... he described the IRIS II - which comprises an epi-retinal 150 electrodes implant and a "bio-inspired" camera - as a "second generation" system

08/06/2016 - medGadget : UK Regulatory Authority Grants Clinical Trial Approval for Pixium Vision's Bionic Vision System

The UK regulatory authority, Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), has granted clinical trial approval for Pixium Vision?s 150 Electrode IRIS II bionic vision system.

27/05/2016 - France 24 Tech 24 : Treating blindness with bionic eyes

Getting over your greatest fears with virtual reality, using a connected glove to translate sign language and treating blindness with bionic eyes... In this show, we explore the different ways in which technology is helping us heal our senses.

04/05/2016 - Bionic vision of this medtech to tackle AMD

New evidence of the effectiveness of the technology being developed by the French medtech to offset the loss of central vision caused by AMD were presented at a major conference ARVO 2016 in the United States.

31/03/2016 - "Blindness is no longer inevitable"

INTERVIEW - Professor José-Alain Sahel, Director of the Vision Institute, a pioneer in the field of retinal implants, returns to the spectacular advances that now allow to save or provide form of visual perception to millions of people.

29/03/2016 - France Culture with René Frydman : See with your eyes closed - Advances in artificial retina

Professor José Sahel, specialist in regenerative therapies for the eye, Director of the Vision Institute, will discuss in the program, what can be expected from the "bionic eye" or "artificial retina". Since many years the research teams have been trying to limit the loss of photo receptors from diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa or macular degeneration. Importantly, the implants are improving, they are placed on or below the surface of the retina, with increasing number of electrodes : is the exit from the tunnel near?

25/02/2016 - Pixium Vision developping IRIS®II bionic vision system - 25/02

Pixium Vision develops innovative bionic vision systems to artificially stimulate the degenerated retina inducing a form of vision. With 150 electrodes, this retinal implant is intended for patients who have become blind due to degenerative disorders of the eye, such as retinitis pigmentosa.

25/02/2016 - An implant IRIS®II allows the blind to perceive light signals again : BFM Business

It is an outstanding technological and medical achievement. A French company, Pixium Vision, specialized in bionic vision systems, has developed a bionic eye that can restore partially sight to some people who have lost their sight.

01/01/2016 - Pixium will deliver vision en 2016

The French company specialized in vision restoration could market its system for the blind in the second half of 2016.

10/12/2015 - The bionic eye, a hope for millions of blind and visually impaired - WE DEMAIN

Blindness is not without treatment! With the development of bionic eyes that have already allowed patients to partially recover form of sight.

26/11/2015 - How Neuromorphic Image Sensors Steal Tricks From the Human Eye

By prioritizing the dynamic parts of a scene, machines can capture images more efficiently. Inspired by the biology of the eye and brain, we began developing imagers containing arrays of independently operating pixel sensors ... natural application of neuromorphic vision sensors is in electronic retinal implants for restoring sight to those whose vision has been lost to disease.

25/10/2015 - The bionic eye that gives form of sight to the blind - le Journal du Dimanche

A French company is developing since 2011, a technology for visual restoration for certain serious ophthalmic pathologies. The first generation of Pixium implants should be marketed next year.

17/10/2015 - Pixium Vision is developing vision restoration system - Your health, presented by Alain Ducardonnet

Pixium Vision was the guest of "Your health interests me" on Saturday, October 17, 2015, presented by Alain Ducardonnet on BFM Business.

08/10/2015 - The Anthony Morel Chronicle: Technology for the blind - BFM TV RMC

Anthony Morel presented several technical innovations improving the lives of blind people. Those who suffer from macular degeneration can partially recover some sight with electronic goggles connected with retinal implants.

06/10/2015 - Discover the winners of the 2015 edition of the Innovation Prize by Universal Biotech

Winners announced from 6 finalists shortlisted from 136 eligible projects issued from the 289 applications representing 34 countries. Selection criteria were based on the scientific quality of the innovation, IP, industrial feasibility and HR quality.

24/09/2015 - Retinal Implants: Painting the Future

For the 15 M Americans who have been diagnosed with macular degeneration, vision deteriorates slowly from the center of the eye, out. It?s the leading cause of blindness and there is no cure. Now, a new implant could keep these patients from completely losing their sight. Stanford University's Daniel Palanker, PhD, is developing the first-of-its-kind, minimally invasive, retinal implant that could give sight to people.

25/07/2015 - Wireless subretinal implant holds promise for the visually impaired : EDN Network Tech Edge

The French company's PRIMA subretinal system is based on a tiny silicon implant containing several thousand electrodes that is placed just behind the retina?"the part of the eye containing photoreceptor cells. The honeycomb-shaped wireless device converts light transmitted from special glasses worn by the recipient into electrical current, which stimulates the retina's bipolar cells. According to Pixium, this approach enables a more physiological processing of the visual signal.

10/06/2015 - The Sharper Image : The Ophthalmologist

Photovoltaic pixels could help create a wireless retinal prosthesis with a much better spatial resolution than current offerings : The Ophthalmologist

28/04/2015 - Tiny implantable solar panels could help the blind see one day : Fusion Net

Inside your eye are tiny retinal cells whose job is to translate the visual signals you encounter every day - colors and edges - into signals your brain can understand. Without these photoreceptors, you can't see. And retinal degeneration, in which these receptors start to die off, is one of the leading causes of blindness. But one group of scientists may be nearing a solution. In a paper published in the journal Nature Medicine this week, researchers describe a tiny, honeycomb-shaped wireless implant that helps restore vision in rats with retinal degeneration.

28/04/2015 - A New Bionic Eye: Infrared Light-Powered Retina Implant Coming

At the IEEE Neural Engineering meeting in Montpellier, France last week, researchers described their progress toward this goal. In one talk, a Stanford scientist described a clever visual prosthetic that?s photovoltaic.... to be commercialized by the French company Pixium Vision, with clinical trials scheduled for 2016.

23/04/2015 - Bionic retina, how to give hope to the blind

New implant system allows some blind to distinguish light again. Some patients have benefited from these artificial bionic retinas. Meeting with one of these people who are in clinical testing at the Vision Institute in Paris.

07/04/2015 - The era of improved human body has begun

The technology allows to overcome the shortcomings of the body. The transhumanists dream has never been so real. Ophthalmology is also undergoing a profound revolution.

04/03/2015 - The artificial retina on the verge of becoming real

Blindness caused by retinitis pigmentosa and AMD will soon not be inevitable. Thanks to the IRIS system developed by Pixium Vision, patients could benefit from partial restoration of vision. Presented at the 1st Vision Innovation conference, the technology should be released by the end of 2015?..

21/02/2015 - The Economist: Treating Blindness - Bionic Eyes

The Economist : Treating Blindness - Bionic Eyes A new device may restore vision to those whose sight is dwindling

13/02/2015 - San Jose Mercury News: Bionic eyes offering better sight to blind

San Jose Mercury News: American Association for the Advancement of Science AAAS 2015 conference in San Jose - Bionic eyes offering better sight to blind

07/12/2014 - Bloomberg TV - Bionic eyes: a look into the future

What if the blind could see again - A look at Pixium Vision's vision restoration system.

02/11/2014 - This week's talent Pixium Vision - Europe1

The show presents Pixium Vision, private company composed of researchers and entrepreneurs, developing systems aimed at regaining vision for people who lost it.

30/10/2014 - « Bionic eye presented in Marseille » - La

The visual restoration system developed by Pixium Vision has been presented at the 4th Eurobiomed-Ophtabiotech convention in Marseille.

29/10/2014 - My dream, see my grandchildren - Le Parisien

Article and video presenting Jean who has been using Pixium Vision's visual restoration system. He explains what he can see and how he reeducate his vision.

03/10/2014 - What if the blind could see again - Ouest France

The system developed by PIxium Vision allows people who lost sight to regain a visual perception of their environment: patients testify.

31/08/2014 - Implants in sight - Libération

Article on technologies developed around neuro-implants, notably the IRIS and PRIMA systems developed by Pixium Vision among the most recent in the area.

11/08/2014 - Toward Graphene Based Bionic Vision - The Technologist

European physicists team up with a leading company to develop an artificial retina based on the remarkable properties of graphene. Retina implants could help restore vision in people suffering degenerative eye disease

09/07/2014 - Innovation : a French asset for our health ~ Marisol Touraine

France is at the forefront in the field of innovation for healthcare. An opportunity to seize : in addition to the therapeutic gain for patients, it also strengthens the competitiveness in our country and stimulates economic growth.
- Marisol Touraine is the minister of social affaires, health and women's rights

24/06/2014 - Retinal Implant Could Restore Functional Sight : Medical Design Technology

A team led by Stanford University researchers has developed a tiny wireless retinal implant. A paper describing the implant was published online April 27 in Nature Medicine.
Results in rat studies suggest it could provide functional vision to patients with retinal degenerative diseases, such as retinitis pigmentosa or macular degeneration.

24/06/2014 - The retinal implant revolution in vision- Les Echos

Just as the French company Pixium Vision, publicly traded for one week, several start-ups rely on electronic implants to restore sight to the visually impaired.

22/06/2014 - Bernard Gilly, President of Pixium Vision : The technology has evolved enough - La Bourse et la Vie

Bernard Gilly, President of Pixium Vision is invited to La Bourse et la Vie to talk about business strategy and perspectives, following the success of the IPO.

19/06/2014 - Pixium: successful IPO - Le Revenu

19/06/2014 - The price of the IPO was set at the lower end of the bracket. However, demand has been strong and opens the possibility for society to exercise its over-allotment option.

18/06/2014 - Intégrale Bourse : Today's company profile » - BFM Business

18/06/2014 - Invited on BFM Business on the day Pixium Vision is listed on Euronext, Bernard Gilly, Pixium Vision's CEO, presented the technology behind the firm's visual restoration systems.

13/06/2014 - « An eye implant to regain sight » - La Tribune

13/06/2014 - More details on Pixium Vision's strategy and IRIS' functioning (article in French)

13/06/2014 - « Interview with Bernard Gilly, CEO of Pixium Vision » -

13/06/2014 - Bernard Gilly comments on the Pixium Vision?s products and tells more on the on-going IPO (article in French)

07/06/2014 - Give vision back to blind people - Investir

07/06/2014 - The article describes the system developed by Pixium Vision meant to answer blind patients who lost sight and for whom no treatment exist. The journalist makes a buy recommendation.

06/06/2014 - France Info - IPO Pixium Vision

06/06/2014 - Radio interview with Bernard Gilly presenting Pixium Vision's public offering on Euronext Paris.

03/06/2014 - Le Revenu TV - «Pixium, a pioneer in visual restoration, goes public»

03/06/2014 - Bernard Gilly is interviewed to present Pixium Vision's visual restauration systems - technology and details the company's ambition through its public listing.

19/05/2014 - BFM Business - Good morning business

19/05/2014 - Stéphane Soumier speaks to Pixium Vision's Executive Chairman Bernard Gilly about the technology developed by Pixium Vision to enable patients who have lost their sight to regain vision and lead more independent lives. This has been made possible thanks to advances in neuromodulation technologies.

09/05/2014 - France Info - An implant gives sight back to some blind people, a 'miracle'

09/05/2014 - The implant developed by Pixium Vision has been presented in the show le Plus France Info presented by Bruno Rougier. It includes the testimony of Barbara, a patient participating in clinical trials, who describes this innovation as miraculous.

03/05/2014 - Le Monde - Pixium gives vision back to blind people

03/05/2014 - The article paints a portrait of Pixium Vision and describes its IRIS technology as well as its intentions to continue its innovation in the retinal implant space. The article also highlights the global need for new technology solutions for restoring sight and follows the progress of a blind patient undergoing rehabilitation following surgery to receive the IRIS implant.

16/04/2014 - TFI News: Progress in the Fight Against Blindness

A team of French doctors successfully implanted retinal implant systems, a significant advance towards vision restoration. The feature story reports the testimony of a patient, implanted 6 months ago and having lost sight 20 years ago, demonstrates her ability to seize objects. Bernard Gilly (Executive Chairman of Pixium Vison), Dr. Yannick Le Mer (eye surgeon) and Prof. José-Alain Sahel (Director of the Institut de la Vision) detail how such progress has been made possible.

15/04/2014 - FutureMag: An artificial retina for blind people

The Institut de la Vision in Paris has achieved a major technological breakthrough in the treatment of blindness with the ?artificial retina?, an implant that enables the partial restoration of lost vision. Following a surgical operation and 18 months of rehabilitation, the patient will at last be able to see the light again.

14/04/2014 - Le Quotidien du Médecin - The hope of electronic retinal implants

17/04/2014 - Pixium Vision develops visual restoration systems comprising retinal implants, allowing for the stimulation of neuronal cells, for people with defective photoreceptors. Within l'Institut de la Vision, the company has created two systems allowing the brain to interpret the signals received from the implant. Clinical trials are currently taking place for the first system (IRIS) and will begin in 2015 for the second system (PRIMA).

13/04/2014 - Video : Giving sight back to the blind, Bernard Gilly in Good Morning Business - 26/11

On November 26th, macular degeneration care was the topic discussed with Bernard Gilly, President of Pixium Vision, in Good Morning Business with Stéphane Soumier, of BFM Business.