Shriya Srinivasan, the 2020 “Cure it!” Lemelson-MIT Student Prize graduate winner, has been named to MIT Technology Review’s prestigious annual list of Innovators Under 35. Every year, the Tech Review recognizes exceptionally talented individuals whose work has great potential to transform the world. Shriya has been recognized in the humanitarian category for her work to help amputee patients.
Shriya invented the Cutaneous Mechanoneural Interface (CMI), an amputation method to restore a sense of touch to patients with prostheses. CMI uses a new composite tissue that is surgically connected to a skin flap in the residual limb and activated through an electrical stimulation system. The interface generates and transmits nerve signals that represent touch and vibratory sensation.
The Managing Editor of MIT Technology Review, Tim Maher, says: “We get more than 500 nominations for the list every year, and getting that list down to 35—a task not only for the editors at MIT Technology Review but also for our 30+ judges—is one of the hardest things we do each year. We love the way the final list always shows what a wide variety of people there are, all around the world, working on creative solutions to some of humanity's hardest problems.”
Shriya has plans in place for a clinical trial of the CMI to test efficiency before implementation. She would also like to introduce the technique in low-resource environments where specialty surgical centers and advanced prostheses are inaccessible and amputations are more prevalent.
Learn more about this year’s honorees by visiting the MIT Technology Review website by clicking "here." The honorees will also be featured at the upcoming EmTech MIT conference, MIT Technology Review’s annual flagship event that offers a carefully curated perspective on the most significant developments of the year, with a focus on understanding their potential business and societal impact. EmTech MIT will be held online September 28-30, 2021.
And read more about Shriya by clicking "here."