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Executive Summary

Intelligent Medical Implants is one of a select group of companies, along with Optobionics and Second Sight Medical Products, developing a retinal implant. It sees itself as the leader, having implanted the first completely wireless retinal prosthesis in four patients with more than six months of follow-up.

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