AGILIS project

Restoration of hand Functions in Tetraplegia through Selective Neural Electrical Stimulation

The AGILIS project aims to deliver an innovative implanted stimulation device to enable individuals with tetraplegia to use their hands for functional grasping, thereby increasing their autonomy. AGILIS was supported in 2019-2020 by EIT Health. 2 participants with complete tetrapegia were implanted with 2 epineural electrodes wrapped around median and radial nerves. The electrodes were maintained over 30 days. Both participants were able to grasp different objects.

INRIA has realized a series of videos to detail the different aspects of the project and obtained results:

  1. Preparation of the electrode surgery – VIDEO 1
  2. Two hours of surgery to place the electrodes – VIDEO 2
  3. Functional testing, adjustment and measurement phase with the patients- VIDEO 3
  4. Interviews of the two participants- VIDEO 4

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and also a previous video to understand the genesis of AGILIS project.

Related publications:



2 multicontact epineural electrodes are wrapped around median and radial nerves just above the elbow. Electrical current profiles are programmed to selectively activate the different muscles of the forearm in order to obtain functional grasping gestures.





  • APHP Hospital
  • Heidelberg University
  • Centre Bouffard Vercelli, Peprignan
  • Clinique Saint Jean, Montpellier

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