Frank Reynolds's story is obviously a complex, multi-year affair that involved years of research, but for the attention-span deprived, a summary: He was paralyzed. He researched neuroscience. Created a company. Tested a new surgical procedure on himself. He walked again.
Boom! And now he's readying an IPO for his company, InVivo, which he hopes will extend this amazing research to the masses.
A video of his 17-minute TEDx talk from August is here. An absolutely incredible moment involving a monkey occurs at about 10:50 (Note: There is some blood and animal testing in this video):