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Brainy Innovation Tips from Edward Kliphuis, Investment Director with Merck Ventures

Edward Kli­phuis

Ques­tion: Edward, please share 1–2 major brain health needs you observe right now whose solu­tion demands a cre­ative and sig­nif­i­cant tech-enabled inno­va­tion.

Answer: We need to tar­get depres­sion, stress and fatigue in a quan­tifi­able man­ner (ie. no well­ness-like claims, but real data sup­port­ing an improve­ment in the afore­men­tioned indi­ca­tions). Treat­ments and ear­ly detec­tion too.

Also, ways  to mon­i­tor lon­gi­tu­di­nal cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties (ie. per­son-spe­cif­ic brain func­tion over the course of a num­ber of years). Done on a wider pop­u­la­tion this could pro­vide insights into the impact of cer­tain exter­nal fac­tors such as food, air qual­i­ty, etc.

 

Ques­tion: And what advice would you give an entre­pre­neur launch­ing an inno­va­tion to address those needs–for the approach to be suc­cess­ful and sus­tain­able?

Answer: Focus on the right mod­el from day one: You need to iden­ti­fy right away the best approach for the oppor­tu­ni­ty at hand — for exam­ple, reg­u­lat­ed med­ical approach vs. gen­er­al well­ness? Both are viable but going from unreg­u­lat­ed to reg­u­lat­ed is hard­ly pos­si­ble where­as the oppo­site is viable (although cre­ates a risk of off-label use…)

 

– Edward Kli­phuis is an Invest­ment Direc­tor with Mer­ck Ven­tures BV, the Cor­po­rate Ven­ture Cap­i­tal arm of Mer­ck KGaA, Darm­stadt, Ger­many. He is respon­si­ble for the New Busi­ness­es fund, which invests glob­al­ly in trans­for­ma­tion­al ideas dri­ven by great entre­pre­neurs. The New Busi­ness­es fund seeks to invest in strate­gic oppor­tu­ni­ties beyond Merck’s cur­rent busi­ness­es, make cross over invest­ments between busi­ness­es and invest in dig­i­ti­za­tion oppor­tu­ni­ties. The total vol­ume of the cor­po­rate ven­ture fund is €300 mil­lion. He will serve as a Judge in the first Brainnova­tions Pitch Con­test host­ed by the 2017 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit: Brain Enhance­ment in the Dig­i­tal Age (Decem­ber 5–7th, 2017).

– Brain­no­va­tions Judg­ing Pan­el

Final weeks to join 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit at early bird rates

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Just a quick heads-up: Ear­ly-bird rates end on Sep­tem­ber 15th. Please con­sid­er reg­is­ter­ing ear­ly to ben­e­fit from these heav­i­ly dis­count­ed rates and help us shape the Sum­mit Agen­da!

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Save the Date: Reinventing Brain Health at 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit — December 6–8th, 2016

2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Reinventing Brain HealthDear col­league,

The 2016 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit will take place on Decem­ber 6–8th, 2016, and fea­ture over 30 of the world’s top sci­en­tists, inno­va­tors and experts work­ing on ways to rein­vent brain health in light of emerg­ing sci­ence, tech­nol­o­gy, soci­etal needs and mar­ket demand.

A dis­tin­guished Steer­ing Com­mit­tee will shape the Sum­mit Agen­da and Speak­er Ros­ter over the next few months. Con­firmed mem­bers include:

  • Alexan­dra More­house, Chief Mar­ket­ing Offi­cer of Ban­ner Health
  • Álvaro Fer­nán­dez Ibáñez, CEO of Sharp­Brains
  • Anu Acharya, CEO of Map­MyGenome
  • Dr. Bob Bilder, Chief of Med­ical Psy­chol­o­gy & Neu­ropsy­chol­o­gy at UCLA
  • Char­lie Hartwell, Oper­at­ing Part­ner at The Bridge Builders Col­lab­o­ra­tive
  • Dr. Dou­glas Ziedo­nis, Pro­fes­sor and Chair of Psy­chi­a­try at UMass Med­ical School
  • Dr. Eddie Mar­tucci, CEO of Akili Inter­ac­tive Labs
  • Dr. Joshua Stein­er­man, Chief Neu­ro­sci­en­tist at Click Ther­a­peu­tics
  • Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, Founder of The Soor Cen­ter for Pro­fes­sion­al Ther­a­py and Assess­ment
  • Brig. Gen (Ret.) Pete Palmer, Direc­tor of the EDGE Inno­va­tion Net­work
  • Dr. Peter White­house, Pro­fes­sor of Neu­rol­o­gy at Case West­ern Reserve Uni­ver­si­ty
  • Tan Le, Founder and CEO of Emo­tiv 

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(10%-off pro­mo­tion­al code: sharp2016)

We hope you can join the con­fer­ence and con­ver­sa­tion!

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