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14 new Speakers, including Rutger’s April Benasich and EMOTIV’s Olivier Oullier, at the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th)

Proud to announce excellent additions to the stellar Speaker Roster at the upcoming 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Brain Health & Enhancement in the Digital Age (December 5-7th).

As director of the Infancy Studies Laboratory at the Rutgers Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience,  Dr. April Benasich’s research focuses on brain development in infancy and early childhood, specifically the neural processes necessary for normal language and cognitive development. She uses a mix of cutting-edge technologies, including measurement of auditory evoked brain potentials (EEG/ERPs) and naturally sleeping MRI/fMRI, that add converging noninvasive physiological measures to her lab’s extensive behavioral battery.

Dr. Olivier Oullier, just appointed as the new President of EMOTIV, is a neuroscientist, strategist, and contributor to Fortune Magazine, He is the former Head of Strategy in Global Health and Healthcare and Member of the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum, where he was in charge of an international project on value-based care involving more than 50 global companies and organizations. Olivier is a Full Professor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at Aix-Marseille University and taught at the Universities of Oxford and Geneva’s executive education programs.

And, pitching the latest thinking and solutions for brain health and performance, during the Brainnovations Pitch Contest we will see (you can check out their bios here): Read the rest of this entry »

Survey: Have you ever used technologies or products for brain enhancement?


Question: Have you ever used–for yourself or for others–technologies or products that you think would fall into the category of brain enhancement? a) If Yes, what did you use and what lessons learned can you share? b) If No, what issues would you like to see addressed before considering doing so?

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Note: As a token of appreciation, we will issue 3 complimentary passes for most insightful respondents to participate at the upcoming 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Brain Health & Enhancement in the Digital Age (December 5-7th). Names will be announced on Monday, November 20th, so please don’t wait to share your insights 🙂

Responsible neuroengineering: Neurotechnology and artificial intelligence (AI) can enhance our lives if it preserves our 1) privacy, 2) identity, 3) agency and 4) equality, researchers say

After having electrodes implanted in the brain to stimulate neural activity, some people have reported feeling an altered sense of identity.


Four ethical priorities for neurotechnologies and AI (Nature):

Artificial intelligence and brain–computer interfaces must respect and preserve people’s privacy, identity, agency and equality, say Rafael Yuste, Sara Goering and colleagues.

“Consider the following scenario. A paralysed man participates in a clinical trial of a brain–computer interface (BCI). A computer connected to a chip in his brain is trained to interpret the neural activity resulting from his mental rehearsals of an action. The computer generates Read the rest of this entry »

Dr. Anna Wexler to discuss the Present and Future of DIY Brain Enhancement at the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th)


Proud to confirm that Dr. Anna Wexler, a science writer, filmmaker and postdoc fellow in advanced biomedical ethics at the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss the Present and Future of DIY Brain Enhancement (especially brain stimulation modalities such as tDCS) at the upcoming 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit.

Her research centers on the ethical, legal and social implications of emerging neurotechnology. Dr. Wexler received Read the rest of this entry »

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.

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