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Kristoffer Famm and colleagues unveil a multidisciplinary initiative to develop medicines that use electrical impulses to modulate the body's neural circuits.

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  1. Kristoffer Famm is vice-president of bioelectronics research and development at GlaxoSmithKline, Brentford TW8 9GS, UK.

    • Kristoffer Famm
  2. Brian Litt is a professor in the Departments of Neurology and Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, USA.

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  3. Kevin J. Tracey is president of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Manhasset, New York 11030, USA.

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  4. Edward S. Boyden is associate professor of synthetic neurobiology in the Departments of Biological Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, USA.

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  5. Moncef Slaoui is chairman of Global R&D and Vaccines at GlaxoSmithKline, Brentford TW8 9GS, UK.

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Competing interests

B.L. has licensed intellectual property (IP) to and holds stock in NeuroPace. He has also licensed IP to and consults for mc10, Inc. K.J.T. is the co-founder of SetPoint Medical and is the inventor on patents around vagus nerve stimulation and the inflammatory reflex. E.S.B. receives funding through the MIT Media Lab from numerous companies (see, has consulted for GlaxoSmithKline and Medtronic, is a co-founder of Eos Neuroscience and an inventor on numerous neurotechnology patents (owned by MIT).

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