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Sanofi Ventures leads $17M investment in Click Therapeutics, finalist @ 2017 Brainnovations Pitch Contest

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Sanofi Backs Click Ther­a­peu­tics as Dig­i­tal Med­i­cines Gain Momen­tum (Xcon­o­my):

Drug mak­ers are mak­ing more bets on the nascent field of dig­i­tal med­i­cine. The lat­est exam­ple: Click Ther­a­peu­tics announced Mon­day that it grabbed a $17 mil­lion invest­ment led by Sanofi Ven­tures, the Cam­bridge, MA-based ven­ture cap­i­tal arm of the French phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal giant. Read the rest of this entry »

Update: Study finds continued birth of new neurons (neurogenesis) well into our 70s

New research:

New tools:

New thinking:

 

Final­ly, please Save the Date for the sec­ond edi­tion of the Brain­no­va­tions Pitch Con­test on Decem­ber 5th, 2018. Giv­en the suc­cess of the inau­gur­al event last year (details here), the 2018 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit will host a sec­ond con­test for 12 star­tups to pitch their inno­v­a­tive solu­tions to all Sum­mit par­tic­i­pants and to dis­tin­guished Judges –our very own “Sharp Tank.”

Have a great month of May,

The Sharp­Brains Team

–- Mem­bers of the Brain­no­va­tions Judg­ing Pan­el

Save the Date for Brainnovations Pitch Contest on December 5th

Giv­en the suc­cess of the first Brainnova­tions Pitch Con­test last year (details here), the 2018 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit will host a sec­ond Brainnova­tions edi­tion, for 12 select­ed star­tups to pitch their inno­v­a­tive solu­tions to to all Sum­mit par­tic­i­pants and to our dis­tin­guished Judges –our very own “Sharp Tank”:

  • Dr. Hag­it Alon, VP Sci­en­tif­ic Affairs at Joy Ven­tures
  • Dr. David Barash, Chief Med­ical Offi­cer at the GE Foun­da­tion
  • Nichol Brad­ford, Co-Founder and ED of the Trans­for­ma­tive Tech Lab
  • John Cam­mack, Angel Investor
  • Ariel Garten, Founder and Chief Evan­ge­lism Offi­cer at Inter­aX­on
  • Dr. Evian Gor­don, Exec­u­tive Chair­man of Brain Resource
  • 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)
  • Kath­leen Herath, Asso­ciate Vice Pres­i­dent Health & Pro­duc­tiv­i­ty at Nation­wide Insur­ance
  • Chris­t­ian Her­nan­dez, Man­ag­ing Part­ner at White Star Cap­i­tal
  • Dr. Edward Kli­phuis, Invest­ment Direc­tor at Mer­ck Ven­tures
  • Dr. Cori Lath­an, Co-Chair of the World Eco­nom­ic Forum’s Coun­cil on the Future of Human Enhance­ment
  • Dr. Manuel López-Figueroa, Ven­ture Part­ner at Bay City Cap­i­tal
  • Zack Lynch, Gen­er­al Part­ner at JAZZ Ven­ture Part­ners
  • Dr. Eddie Mar­tuc­ci, Co-Founder and CEO of Akili Inter­ac­tive Labs
  • Dr. Karen Postal, Pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Clin­i­cal Neu­ropsy­chol­o­gy (AACN)
  • Yan­nick Roy, Co-Founder of Neu­roTechX

We’ll announce more details by July 2nd, 2018. In the mean­time you can learn more herehere and here.

–-This will be the Brain­no­va­tions Judg­ing Panel…our very own “Sharp Tank”

Neuropsychologist Amy Serin, Co-Founder of Brainnovations Winner The Touchpoint Solution, would like to see everyone avoid the detrimental effects of an overactive stress response

Dr. Serin, what sur­prised you the most from the Judges’ ques­tions and feed­back dur­ing the Brain­no­va­tions Pitch Con­test?

It was great that at least one of the judges had already pur­chased and start­ed using our prod­uct so we could delve into the nuances of our tech­nol­o­gy quick­ly. And I was thrilled that all judges saw the pos­si­bil­i­ties to cre­ate sig­nif­i­cant glob­al impact.

In a nut­shell, what is the core idea behind Touch­Points?

Too many peo­ple suf­fer too much stress, often lead­ing to sleep­less­ness, crav­ings, anger, poor focus, poor per­for­mance, and feel­ing over­whelmed. Touch­Points aim at reduc­ing stress by deliv­er­ing hap­tic microvi­bra­tions via wear­able devices worn on both sides of the body. The Read the rest of this entry »

Top Brainnovations harnessing Big Data: WEKIT, Sapien Labs, MyndYou

Top Brain­no­va­tion har­ness­ing Big Data (full record­ing requires reg­is­tra­tion; view slid­edeck above or Here)The three Final­ists were:

  • WEKIT — Wear­able Expe­ri­ence for Knowl­edge Inten­sive Train­ing – pitch by Paul Lefrere, Inno­va­tion Lead
  • Sapi­en Labs (WINNER) – pitch by Tara Thi­a­gara­jan, Founder & Chief Sci­en­tist
  • Myn­dY­ou – pitch by Shi­ra Yama Nir, Project Man­ag­er
  • 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

This slid­edeck sup­port­ed the ses­sion held dur­ing the 2017 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit: Brain Health & Enhance­ment in the Dig­i­tal Age (Decem­ber 5–7th). All ses­sion record­ings avail­able for pur­chase (50+ Speak­ers, 15+ Hours, $150).

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