Greek-Australian Stan Skafidas is the man behind the latest biomedical invention - the world’s first bionic eye.
Currently the head of research at Australia’s Information and Communications Technology Research Centre of Excellence at the University of Melbourne, Skafidas’ research interests include high-speed mixed signal and radio frequency micro-electronics, wireless power transfer, and neural interface circuits.

Skafidas says this invention will cure age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is the leading cause of blindness in first-world countries. "This collaboration between biology and electronics is capable of developing new technologies that will benefit everyone," says the inventor.

The Australian government awarded the project AUS $42 million two years ago, and if all goes according to schedule, the world’s first bionic eye will be the next big invention in terms of coping with impaired vision since Louis Braille invented his special alphabet more than 200 years ago.

Athens News: Bionic eye in sight (June 11, p.12-13)