Six breakthrough neurotech start-ups win coveted Ontario Brain Institute award (press release):
“Canada’s most prestigious early-stage neurotechnology entrepreneur awards were announced today by the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI). The ONtrepreneurs program, the single largest funder of early-stage neurotech entrepreneurs in Canada, is investing in six early-stage ventures this year to help accelerate their path to commercialization through access to funding, resources, and mentorship … “The ONtrepreneurs program is at the heart of OBI’s mandate to unlock the huge commercial and medical potential from one of the largest communities of brain scientists in the world, right here in Ontario,” said Dr. Tom Mikkelsen, OBI’s President and Scientific Director. “This year’s winners are offering groundbreaking technologies to tackle some of the most pressing challenges for patients, families and caregivers living with brain disorders.”
Winners this year are:
Cerebian has developed a BrainOS, a Brain-Computer Interface based operating system that enables incapacitated patients to fully control electronic devices with their brainwaves.
Using monocular video, Curv transforms the camera on any mobile device into a diagnostic tool, using machine learning analysis of body movements to predict, diagnose, and monitor brain disorders.
Nanology Labs has developed a revolutionary non-toxic MRI contrast agent which circumvents efficacy limitations of other agents currently available. The agent, Manganescan™, uses the element manganese to illuminate early stage tumors, specifically in the brain. Early stage detection provides clinicians advance knowledge for diagnosis, better treatment options and patient outcome.
Supports Health is an app that empowers family caregivers with psychoeducation, digital therapeutics, and peer support. The app will be available in 2019 through a monthly subscription, and institutionally to hospitals, care centres, family health practitioners, universities and insurers.
TruReach is a self-help app for people with mild-to-moderate depression and anxiety. It allows users to complete step-by-step exercises and track symptoms to monitor their condition until they can meet with a psychologist. The app is available in the app store and has 25,000 downloads.
Welbi’s software helps retirement communities reduce social isolation by providing a rich and personalized experience to their residents and families. Welbi acts as a personal assistant automating administrative tasks, providing alerts and making recommendations so the staff can focus on building a unique community and meaningful relationships.
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