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The 2016 MedTech Boston 40 Under 40 Healthcare Innovators


Rikky Muller, PhD
Co-Founder at Cortera Neurotechnologies Inc., Assistant Professor of EECS at UC Berkeley
Rikky Muller, PhDDr. Rikky Muller didn’t discover neurotechnology until after she’d graduated from MIT with her Bachelors and Masters degrees. But once she began to learn about it, she realized the promise it had for treating neurological conditions and improving overall understanding of the brain. Inspired, she decided to pursue her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley with the hope of applying her knowledge of microelectronics to her newfound passion in neurotech.

Her work as the co-founder and CTO of Cortera Neurotechnologies originally focused on commercializing the work she developed as PhD student at Berkeley. Since then, Cortera has released several products, including arrays for subdural or epidural neural recordings and has developed systems that can be used to treat neuropsychiatric disorders such as Major Depressive Disorder and PTSD. But Cortera is looking to expand even further in the future. “We have been developing a medical device for neurological interfacing, but with a new clinical application,” says Muller. “We are looking forward to releasing our first clinical product and growing in that market.”

Muller, who is also an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the UC Berkeley, says that she’s excited to move Cortera into clinical technology. When asked about the most rewarding part of her job and work, she stated, “knowing that our device will transform patient care and improve quality of life for people with debilitating conditions and few options available to them today.”

MedTech Boston Staff

Abigail Ballou, Alexandra David, Shreya Iyer and Casey Nugent contributed to this story.

6 Comments

  1. Sraliceop@netscape says:

    Congratulations to Call9! I admire the motivation and purpose behind your work. May it enhance the Gift of Life for many people. And it all started with Al and Estelle! My best wishes and prayers!

    Alice Reichmeider, O.P.

  2. Chandra reddy says:

    Nina
    Way to go
    We are all so proud of you

  3. kusuma rao says:

    Hi Nina my name is KusumaRao classmate of your parents at MMC.i want you to know how proud i am of you not just the intelligence but the compassion for others at such an young age.To tell our own self for nthe good of others in not known in indian community. you made all of us feel good keepup the goodwork and God bless you love Kusuma aunty

  4. Dr. Harneet V Thakur says:

    Hi Anshuman,

    I am very proud of you and lucky to have you as my student. It was known during your M.tech project that you will shine. Many best wishes and congratulations. I wish you grand success in all your endevours.

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