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Smart brains up in Canada: 11 early-stage neurotech entrepreneurs receive award by The Ontario Brain Institute (OBI)

A record 11 Ontario innovators awarded $50,000 to become Ontario Neurotech Entrepreneurs (press release):

“The Ontario Brain Institute [OBI] today announced the 2017 winners of its pioneering Ontario Neurotech (ONtrepreneurs) program to help early-stage entrepreneurs take their ideas “from the lab to the marketplace.”

Since 2012, the ONtrepreneurs program has awarded $50,000 to each winner and has supported 34 entrepreneurs to-date. The program flows directly from OBI’s mandate to unlock the huge commercial and medical potential from what is already one of the largest communities of brain scientists in the world. One new benefit, through a collaboration with IBM Canada, is the opportunity to access the entrepreneurial services offered through IBM Global Entrepreneur Program…”

The vast majority of the Winners are working on Digital Brain Health solutions and devices:

Ahmed Elmeligi
HiNT is developing a wearable point-of-care device that monitors high-risk patients, and alerts them if they are having a stroke, enabling immediate medical attention before it’s too late.

Joseph Geraci
NetraMark services pharmaceutical companies by using a new machine-learning process in order to save time and money during the clinical trial process by revealing precise insights about patient populations.

Andrea Palmer
Awake Labs
Awake Labs is building a platform to measure indicators of anxiety in real-time to empower care and self-management for people with neurological disorders using machine learning to analyze behavioral and physiological data collected through a phone app and a wearable.

Adam Palter
Using eye-tracking technology, Pronura is developing a non-invasive, and inexpensive method for testing multiple neurological diseases simultaneously with accuracy unseen in any current tests.

Eliav Shaked
RetiSpec is developing a non-invasive retinal scanner for early detection of Alzheimer’s Disease pathology years before symptoms occur, so that clinicians can intervene with emerging therapeutics early, when there’s a chance of actually impacting the disease.

Mark Thoburn
Mobio Interactive
Mobio Interactive’s mobile meditation platform delivers measurable, validated mindfulness meditation programs to high stress clinical and workplace populations.

Michael Willand
Epineuron Technologies
Epineuron Technologies is building the world’s first electroceutical device engineered to supercharge and accelerate regeneration of injured nerves. Our technology delivers electrical stimulation that boosts the nerve’s natural biochemical process to heal and repair itself when injured.

Erica Tatham
ParticipAid provides neuroscientists with engagement and knowledge translation tools to make their research more accessible, transparent, and engaging. At the same time, ParticipAid makes it easier for the public to discover, learn about, and participate in research, all the while making the experience more rewarding.

David Groppe
Waveminer produces AI-powered software to help physicians more accurately and efficiently identify seizure-producing brain regions in patients suffering from epilepsy. Our software will improve surgical access and outcomes for the 250,000 patients in North America who could benefit from epilepsy surgery.

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