Creating a world without paralysis

Imagine a world where everyone can walk, run and dance. Each year, there are over a quarter to half a million people in the world who suffer a spinal cord injury (SCI).

With advancements in Micro-electronics, Neuroscience, Signal Processing, Biomedical Engineering, Machine Learning, Control Systems, and Biology we are closer than ever to realizing the goal of fully recovering from SCI.

At ArianRF, we work as a multi-disciplinary team of experts in these seven fields, with one goal in mind:
Rebuilding the spinal cord after injury.

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Our Mission

Creating a world without paralysis

This is our single mission. Currently, there are about 5.9 million paralyzed people in the United States. That is about 2% of the population, or 1 in every 50 people. The leading causes of paralysis are 33.7% of stroke, 27.3% of spinal cord injury (SCI), and 18.6% of multiple sclerosis (MS)1. While there is no accurate data on the total number of people with SCI in the world, each year between 250,000-500,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury2.

At ArianRF, our mission is to end paralysis from SCI. The goal is to re-build the communication channel of the spinal cord using bio-electronics. The primary focus is to reverse engineer the spinal cord, following the implementation of a bi-directional wireless communication channel that involves signal processing and pattern recognition.

Our Team

ArianRF is a team of multidisciplinary experts in the fields of Micro-electronics, Neuroscience, Signal Processing, Biomedical Engineering, Machine Learning, Control Systems, and Biology. These are the seven crucial fields that are working together in creating a unique and interdisciplinary solution for the SCI problem.

Nader Kalantari, PhD

Founder & CEO

Nader Kalantari is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of ArianRF. He has a PhD in millimeter wave micro electronics from UC San Diego. His MS and BS degrees were on Machine Learning and Control Systems from Wright State University and Isfahan University of Technology, respectively. He has over 14 years of industry experience in both wireless and wireline communication circuits and has worked at various companies such as Broadcom, Mindspeed, Microsemi and Maxim-IC. Nader has a passion for solving the Spinal Cord Injury problem and started ArianRF to pursue his dream. He is a strong believer SCI can be solved with contribution from the above seven crucial fields.

James Aralis

Advisory Board Member

James Aralis joined Microsemi in January of 2007, where he served as chief technology officer and as senior vice president of advanced development until June 2018. Aralis retired after the acquisition of Microsemi. Aralis has spent more than 38 years in the development of analog, digital, and mixed signal integrated circuits, systems, and software/firmware. He has also contributed to the development of custom analog device and process technologies and CAD systems. Prior to joining Microsemi, Aralis started, staffed and managed the Maxim Integrated Products design center in Irvine, California, which designated physical layer ICs for fiber optic communications. He also managed an AFE design team designing high performance disk drive read channels for TI/SSi. In addition, Aralis worked on the design and design management of analog and digital integrated circuits for Hughes Aircraft Company. Aralis received a Bachelor of Science degree in Math Applied Science and Physics and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from UCLA. He holds numerous patents and publications and has given technical and keynote presentation in many conferences across the world.

Kurt Busch

Advisory Board Member

Kurt Busch is the chief executive officer of Syntiant Corp. He has extensive experience in product development, having driven the successful launch of new products, ranging from SAS and semiconductors for telecom and broadcast video to consumer electronics and data center systems. Prior to Syntiant, he was president, chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors at Lantronix (NASDAQ: LTRX), a global provider of secure data access and management solutions for Internet of Things (IoT) and information technology (IT). He also served as a senior vice president and general manager of high performance analog business unit at Mindspeed Technologies, acquired by MACOM. Prior responsibilities include technical sales and marketing roles at Analog Devices, Intel, Digital Equipment Corporation and two start-ups. Mr. Busch is an engineering hall of fame inductee of the University of California at Irvine, where he earned Bachelor of Science degrees in electrical engineering and biological science. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Santa Clara University.

Dr. V. Reggie Edgerton, PhD

Advisory Board Member

Dr. V. Reggie Edgerton received his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from Michigan State University, Masters from University of Iowa and BS from East Carolina University. He is the Director of the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory and Distinguished Professor of the Departments of Integrative Biology and Physiology, Neurobiology and Neurosurgery and a member of the Brain Research Institute at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has been teaching and conducting research at UCLA for over 45 years. His research is focused on how the neural networks in the lumbar spinal cord of mammals, including humans, regain control of standing, stepping and voluntary control of fine movements after paralysis, and how can these motor functions be modified by chronically imposing activity-dependent interventions after spinal cord injury. Many of these projects are being performed with national and international collaborators and he has published over 490 peer-reviewed papers on topics in this area. Dr. Edgerton is also the Chief Research Scientist for NeuroRecovery Technologies, Inc.

Steven C. Cramer, MD

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Steven C. Cramer is a Professor of Neurology, Anatomy & Neurobiology, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of California, Irvine. He is also the Clinical Director of the Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center and Associate Director of the UC Irvine Institute for Clinical & Translational Science at UC Irvine, and co-PI of the NIH StrokeNet. Dr. Cramer graduated with Highest Honors from University of California, Berkeley; received his medical degree from University of Southern California; did a residency in internal medicine at UCLA; and did a residency in neurology plus a fellowship in cerebrovascular disease at Massachusetts General Hospital. He also earned a Masters Degree in Clinical Investigation from Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on neural repair after central nervous system injury in humans, with an emphasis on stroke and recovery of movement. Treatments examined include robotic, stem cell, brain stimulation, biologic, drug, and telehealth methods. A major emphasis is on translating new drugs and devices to reduce disability after stroke, and on individualizing therapy for each person’s needs. Dr. Cramer co-edited the book “Brain Repair after Stroke” and is the author of over 250 manuscripts.

Saeed Babaeizadeh, PhD

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Saeed Babaeizadeh received his BSc (honors), MSc and PhD in Electrical and Biomedical Electrical from Isfahan University of Technology, Sharif University of Technology and Northeastern University in 1996, 1998 and 2006 respectively. Saeed has over 15 years of industry experience in the biomedical and electrical engineering. He is author or co-author of more than 20 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and author or co-author of more than 30 papers presented at international conferences. Dr. Babaeizadeh has over 10 patents, issued or pending, in the field of biomedical engineering. Currently he is the director of Advanced Algorithm Research Center of Philips Healthcare in Andover, Massachusetts.

Steven Bierer, PhD

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Steven Bierer is a research engineer at the University of Washington in Seattle. His research interests are in neural prostheses, sensory systems, and neural information processing. His work has involved the characterization of neural and behavioral responses to stimulation of the auditory system, both acoustically and electrically via a cochlear implant, and the development of a vestibular implant to treat balance disorders. Steven received the B.S and M.S.E. degrees in Biomedical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, followed by an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 2001, with support from a U.S. Department of Education GAANN Fellowship, he was awarded a Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Get in touch with us

We are continuously seeking people who are equally passionate and driven to this cause, and are interested in devoting their time, energy, experience, and heart in ending SCI. If this speaks to you and would like to join our team at ArianRF, or simply have questions, please fill out the form below and we will get back to you as soon as we can.