Elon Musk's Neuralink raises $205m Series C funding
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San Francisco - Elon Musk-founded brain-machine interface company Neuralink has announced a Series C funding round of $205 million, led by Dubai-based venture capital firm Vy Capital.
"Our Series C funding round of $205 million, led by Vy Capital, with participation from Google Ventures, DFJ Growth, Valor Equity Partners, Craft Ventures, Founders Fund and Gigafund," the company said in a statement on Thursday.
The company said that they are also happy to share that a group of leading executives and entrepreneurs in areas of strategic importance are also joining the round, including Robert Nelson (Co-Founder of ARCH Venture Partners), Blake Byers (Byers Capital), Sam Altman (Chairman of YC Group and CEO of OpenAI), Fred Ehrsam (Co-founder of Paradigm and Coinbase) and Ken Howery (Co-Founder of PayPal and Founders Fund).
Neuralink has spent the last four years building the first high channel count brain machine interface intended for therapeutic use in patients.
"Our first product, the N1 Link, is a 1024 channel device that, once implanted, is completely invisible and transmits data via a wireless connection," the company said.
"The first indication this device is intended for is to help quadriplegics regain their digital freedom by allowing users to interact with their computers or phones in a high bandwidth and naturalistic way," it added.
The funds from the round will be used to take Neuralink's first product to market and accelerate the research and development of future products.
Neuralink was founded by Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk to help those with brain injuries in the near term and reduce Artificial Intellignce (AI) risk to humanity in the long term.
The company's mission is to develop brain-machine interfaces that treat various brain related ailments, with the eventual goal of creating a whole brain interface capable of more closely connecting biological and artificial intelligence.