CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – Local technology company Blinkcns has partnered with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) to advance cutting-edge blink reflex technology.
The latest devices and software, known as EyeStat, collect real-time data on the patient’s blink reflex. The full scan takes only 30-40 seconds, is non-invasive, and can be used to monitor and track various central nervous system diseases.
Jeff Riley, Executive Chairman of Blinkcns, says that dozens of neurological health factors and risks can all be determined at a glance:
“So what will be cleared by MUSC is a patent surrounding the blink reflex… the blink reflex is when you blink, and believe it or not when you blink, that signal, that response, travels from your eye, to your brainstem, to your other eye.
Riley says the signal can be measured in several ways, such as with a noninvasive MRI. The concept has been around for years, but the latest iterations offer even deeper data:
“You can get a fingerprint. Literally a digital fingerprint of each of the different dates of illness… so everything from ADHD to Parkinson’s to concussion to TBI (traumatic brain injury). So each of these you can see what is going on inside the individual.
Troy Hughes of the Zucker Institute for Innovation Commercialization at MUSC says a clinical need was identified by MUSC researchers for this technology, and that all of their work has enabled both organizations to arrive at this new partnership :
“It’s great to see these technologies move to a local partner…and now we’re going to be working with them and a partnership as they kind of go the rest of the way, through this regulatory development, and through the refinement of the device, and ultimately bring it back to patients as a whole…not just at MUSC…but locally, statewide, nationally and maybe even in the whole world.
Ultimately, Riley says they hope to improve access even further, with the potential for new interfaces connecting technology to smartphones.
“I’m still hoping to import that onto an iPhone or Android and be able to use that to take a video of the eye and be able to give patients or potential clients a better resolution of what’s going on in their brains.”