The first generation of Neuropixels probes (single shank, ~1,000 recording sites) are available at cost price at www.neuropixels.org. To test them during development and guide further refinements, Tim Harris teamed up with scientists at UCL and Allen Institute for Brain Science.
Research is underway to develop further versions of the probes: four-shank probes with ~4,000 recording sites (ideal for chronic recordings), and optrodes that combine recording with optical stimulation (for optogenetic experiments).
The UCL team is led by Matteo Carandini and coordinated by Nicholas Steinmetz. The other Principal Investigators are John O'Keefe, Kenneth Harris, Michael Hausser, and Adam Kampff. This effort is funded by a Collaborative Award from the Wellcome Trust from 2017 to 2022.