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News: 12 Finalists named to take part in the Brainnovations Pitch Contest (December 6th, 2017)

Proud and excit­ed to announce the 12 ground­break­ing star­tups that will get to pitch their idea and solu­tions at the Brainnova­tions Pitch Con­test on Decem­ber 6th, host­ed dur­ing Day 2 of the 2017 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit (Decem­ber 5–7th).

These are the 12 select­ed Final­ists, togeth­er with their sum­ma­ry ele­va­tor pitch. Please join us in cel­e­brat­ing their work so far and in wish­ing them all the best at the pitch con­test!

Finalists for Top Brainnovation to measure Brain Health & Performance

  • Savonix (USA): “The Savonix Mobile plat­form has tru­ly rev­o­lu­tion­ized access to cog­ni­tive data and is poised to trans­form how the med­ical com­mu­ni­ty will use mobile plat­forms and tech­nol­o­gy to gen­er­ate crit­i­cal insights into the cog­ni­tive sta­tus of each indi­vid­ual in the future.”
  • HealthTech Con­nex (Cana­da): “What if the world had a brain vital sign? HealthTech Con­nex has devel­oped and val­i­dat­ed the world’s first objec­tive, phys­i­o­log­i­cal brain vital sign tech­nol­o­gy, Neu­ro­CatchTM, mak­ing it pos­si­ble to trans­late com­plex brain waves into read­i­ly avail­able and eas­i­ly under­stand­able mark­ers of brain health.”
  • Neu­raMetrix (USA): “Neu­raMetrix mea­sures brain health using a dig­i­tal bio-mark­er based on con­sis­ten­cy of typ­ing cadence. It is pas­sive, inde­pen­dent of lan­guage, cul­ture and edu­ca­tion and does not require tests or spe­cial equip­ment, sen­sors, gross motor skills or physi­cian inter­ac­tion.”

Finalists for Top Brainnovation to improve Brain Health & Performance

  • Click Ther­a­peu­tics (USA): “Click­EFMT is a dig­i­tal pro­gram for the treat­ment of Major Depres­sive Dis­or­der. The pro­gram is dosed 3x a week over the course of 6 weeks, and has shown ~45% reduc­tion in MDD symp­toms in two peer-reviewed ran­dom­ized, con­trolled tri­als against an active con­trol which showed a ~25% reduc­tion.”
  • AUG­MEN­Tx (USA): “AUG­MEN­Tx’s aug­ment­ed real­i­ty enabled neu­ro­mod­u­la­to­ry reha­bil­i­ta­tion ther­a­py aims to accel­er­ate neu­ro­log­i­cal recov­ery from stroke and trau­mat­ic limb ampu­ta­tions. The team’s vision is to make the ther­a­py avail­able to all stroke and limb ampu­ta­tion patients around the world at an afford­able cost.”
  • Sin­cro­lab (Spain): “Sin­cro­lab is an eHealth com­pa­ny that devel­ops Smart Cog­ni­tive Solu­tions to mon­i­tor and design Per­son­al­ized Cog­ni­tive Train­ings through Mobile Appli­ca­tions for patients with cog­ni­tive impair­ments. Sin­cro­lab is based on the spe­cif­ic cog­ni­tive pro­file of each Patient, adapt­ing to them dai­ly.”

Finalists for Top Brainnovation harnessing Big Data

  • Myn­dY­ou (Israel): “Myn­dY­ou opti­mizes care for seniors with mild cog­ni­tive impair­ment by aid­ing clin­i­cians in track­ing and address­ing Alzheimer’s and oth­er types of Demen­tia. Myn­dY­ou com­bines remote inter­ac­tion, a seam­less mon­i­tor­ing app, ana­lyt­ics, and AI to indi­vid­u­al­ize care based on defin­i­tive and objec­tive data.”
  • WEKIT — Wear­able Expe­ri­ence for Knowl­edge Inten­sive Train­ing (6 EU coun­tries): “We pio­neer using AR & wear­ables to aug­ment human per­for­mance & to capture/refine/share knowl­edge & expe­ri­ences. We try out knowl­edge-inten­sive train­ing using HoloLens. Larg­er AR mar­kets (eg iPhone X) are com­ing. Also AI & brain health mar­kets (eg ways to com­pen­sate for fail­ing mem­o­ries & skills.”
  • Sapi­en Labs (USA): “Sapi­en Labs is a non prof­it that seeks to accel­er­ate solu­tions for brain health by build­ing the largest glob­al­ly rep­re­sen­ta­tive open access data­base and research plat­form for human EEG with strin­gent data stan­dards to enable large scale analy­sis of the human brain.”

Finalists for Top Brainnovation to boost Workplace Productivity & Resilience

  • Beam Rid­ers (USA): “Beams is the world’s first ded­i­cat­ed mobile cross-plat­form app designed by Beam Rid­ers to help cor­po­ra­tions boost their employ­ees’ inno­va­tion and cre­ative think­ing skills through fun games and quizzes based on neu­rocog­ni­tive research.”
  • MyCog­ni­tion (UK): “Poor cog­ni­tion is a major pre­dic­tor of men­tal ill­ness, main cause of absen­teeism in the work­place. MyCog­ni­tion PRO is the only app for employ­ees allow­ing to under­stand, mea­sure, mon­i­tor and improve cog­ni­tive fit­ness in an engag­ing and per­son­alised way with a self-admin­is­tered, blend­ed pro­gramme.”
  • The Touch­point Solu­tion (USA): “What if you could low­er stress by 71% in 30 sec­onds any­time, any­where? Cost-effec­tive, non-inva­sive Touch­Points neu­ro­science wear­ables rep­re­sent next-gen life enhancement…improve focus, per­for­mance, calm, sen­so­ry inte­gra­tion, and onset of sleep with BLAST tech­nol­o­gy and live your best life.”

– This is the Brain­no­va­tions Judg­ing Panel…our very own “Sharp Tank”

On Decem­ber 6th, 2017, each Final­ist will have 10 min­utes to pitch and 5 min­utes for Q&A from the Judges and oth­er Sum­mit par­tic­i­pants.

The selec­tion of Win­ners (one per cat­e­go­ry) will be live and shared with Sum­mit par­tic­i­pants to max­i­mize trans­paren­cy and lessons learned, and based on the fol­low­ing cri­te­ria. 1. Nov­el­ty; 2. Scal­a­bil­i­ty; 3. Research and IP approach; 4. Impact; and 5. Finan­cial sus­tain­abil­i­ty.

9.30–10.45am. Top Brain­no­va­tions to mea­sure Brain Health & Per­for­mance, judged by:

  • Dr. Adam Haim, Chief of the Small Busi­ness Inno­va­tion Research (SBIR) and Small Busi­ness Tech­nol­o­gy Trans­fer (STTR) Pro­grams at the Nation­al Insti­tute of Men­tal Health (NIMH)
  • Dr. David Barash, Chief Med­ical Offi­cer and ED of Glob­al Health at GE Foun­da­tion
  • Dr. Edward Kli­phuis, Invest­ment Direc­tor at Mer­ck Ven­tures
  • Dr. Karen Postal, Pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Clin­i­cal Neu­ropsy­chol­o­gy (AACN)

11.45am-1pm. Top Brain­no­va­tions to improve Brain Health & Per­for­mance, judged by:

  • Alexan­dra More­house, Chief Mar­ket­ing Offi­cer at Ban­ner Health
  • Dr. Bill Reich­man, Pres­i­dent and CEO of Bay­crest
  • Col­in Mil­ner, Founder and CEO of the Inter­na­tion­al Coun­cil on Active Aging (ICAA)
  • Dan­ny Dankn­er, CEO and Co-founder of Applied Cog­ni­tive Engi­neer­ing
  • Zack Lynch, Gen­er­al Part­ner at JAZZ Ven­ture Part­ners

1–2.15pm. Top Brain­no­va­tions har­ness­ing Big Data, judged by:

  • Bill Tuck­er, Senior Advi­sor to the K12 Edu­ca­tion Pro­gram at the Bill & Melin­da Gates Foun­da­tion
  • Eduar­do Briceño, CEO and Co-founder of Mind­set Works
  • John Cam­mack, Angel Investor
  • Neil Alli­son, Direc­tor of Busi­ness Mod­el Inno­va­tion at Pear­son North Amer­i­ca

2.30–3.45pm. Top Brain­no­va­tions to boost Work­place Pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and Resilience, judged by:

  • Ariel Garten, Founder and Chief Evan­ge­lism Offi­cer at Inter­aX­on
  • Char­lie Hartwell, Oper­at­ing Part­ner at Bridge Builders Col­lab­o­ra­tive
  • Kath­leen Herath, Asso­ciate Vice Pres­i­dent Health & Pro­duc­tiv­i­ty at Nation­wide Insur­ance
  • Lisa Neu­berg­er, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of Strat­e­gy + Inno­va­tion at Accen­ture Cor­po­rate Cit­i­zen­ship


Look­ing for­ward to a great con­fer­ence and Brain­no­va­tions Pitch Con­test!


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