Open Mind Neuromodulation Interface for the CorTec Brain Interchange
(OMNI-BIC): an investigational distributed research platform for
next-generation clinical neuromodulation research
The rise of adaptive stimulation approaches has shown great therapeutic
promise in the growing field of neuromodulation. The discovery and
growth of these novel adaptive stimulation paradigms has been largely
concentrated around several implantable devices with research
application programming interfaces (APIs) that allow for custom
applications to be created for clinical neuromodulation studies.
However, the sunsetting of devices and ongoing development of new
platforms is leading to an increased fragmentation in the research
environment- resulting in the reinvention of system features and the
inability to leverage previous development efforts for future studies.
The Open Mind Neuromodulation Interface (OMNI) is a previously proposed
solution to address the weaknesses of the DLL-driven API approach of
past neuromodulation research by utilizing an alternative gRPC-enabled
microservice framework. Here, we introduce OMNI-BIC, an implementation
of the OMNI framework to the CorTec Brain Interchange system. This paper
describes the design and implementation of the OMNI-BIC software tools
and demonstrates the framework’s capabilities for implementing
customized neuromodulation therapies for clinical investigations.
Through the development and deployment of the OMNI-BIC system, we hope
to improve future clinical studies with the Brain Interchange system and
aid in continuing the growth and momentum of the exciting field of