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Pear Therapeutics raises $50M to develop and market a portfolio of digital therapeutics for mental health

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Pear Ther­a­peu­tics rakes in $50M to devel­op addi­tion­al dig­i­tal ther­a­peu­tics (Mobi­Health­News):

Boston- and San Fran­cis­co-based Pear Ther­a­peu­tics, mak­er of a pre­scrip­tion dig­i­tal ther­a­peu­tic plat­form, announced today the clo­sure of $50 mil­lion in Series B fund­ing. The round was led by Sin­ga­pore-based invest­ment com­pa­ny Temasek, with par­tic­i­pa­tion from return­ing investors 5AM Ven­tures, Arbore­tum Ven­tures, and JAZZ Ven­ture Part­ners, as well as new part­ners Novar­tis, EDBI, and the Bridge Builder’s Col­lab­o­ra­tive Read the rest of this entry »

Digital Mental Health: the Hurt, the Hype, the Hope, with Dr. Tom Insel

Kick­start­ed with a keynote by scientist/ pol­i­cy-mak­er/ entre­pre­neur Dr. Tom Insel,  the Sum­mit host­ed a Brainnova­tions Pitch Con­test (details HERE) to dis­cuss the lat­est tech­nolo­gies for Brain Health & Enhance­ment. 12 select­ed star­tups pitched their inno­v­a­tive approach and solu­tions to our dis­tin­guished Judges –our very own “Sharp Tank”– and to all Sum­mit par­tic­i­pants.

8.30–9.15am. Dig­i­tal Men­tal Health: the Hurt, the Hype, the Hope (record­ing requires reg­is­tra­tion; view slid­edeck above or Here)

  • Dr. Tom Insel, Pres­i­dent and Co-Founder of Mind­strong Health

Slid­edeck above sup­port­ed ses­sion held dur­ing the 2017 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit: Brain Health & Enhance­ment in the Dig­i­tal Age (Decem­ber 5–7th).

How can we harness digital technologies and artificial intelligence (AI) to scale up brain research, assessments and interventions?

How can we har­ness dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies and arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence (AI) to scale up brain research, assess­ments and inter­ven­tions?  (record­ing requires reg­is­tra­tion; view slid­edeck above or Here)

  • Dr. Oliv­er Har­ri­son. Chief Exec­u­tive of the Health Moon­shot at Tele­fóni­ca Inno­va­tion
  • Nan­cy Briefs, Pres­i­dent and CEO of Dig­i­tal Cog­ni­tion Tech­nolo­gies 
  • Emma Yang, 9th grad­er, Cre­ator of Time­less app and MIT Solver
  • Belén Guer­ra-Car­ril­loNSF Fel­low and grad­u­ate stu­dent researcher at Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­fo­nia, Berke­ley
  • Chaired byKayt Sukel, sci­ence writer

Slid­edeck above sup­port­ed 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).

Study finds limited benefits from cognitive bias modification (CBM) training, calls for further research

Faces along a pos­i­tive-neu­tral to neg­a­tive-neu­tral spec­trum, and a sad face, from Peters et al. (2017)‘s CBM for facial inter­pre­ta­tion train­ing. Cred­it: Uni­ver­si­ty of Bris­tol

Could cog­ni­tive inter­ven­tions be use­ful in treat­ing depres­sion? (Sci­ence News):

A new study by exper­i­men­tal psy­chol­o­gists from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Bris­tol has exam­ined whether cog­ni­tive bias mod­i­fi­ca­tion (CBM) for facial inter­pre­ta­tion, a dig­i­tal health inter­ven­tion that changes our per­cep­tion for emo­tion­al expres­sions from neg­a­tive to pos­i­tive, might be use­ful in treat­ing depres­sion. Read the rest of this entry »

SharpBrains Announces new Brainnovations Pitch Contest and ‘Sharp Tank’ to promote Brain Health & Enhancement in the Digital Age

– Judg­ing Pan­el for the Brain­no­va­tions Pitch Con­test

In order to spark inno­v­a­tive col­lab­o­ra­tions between brain sci­en­tists, tech­nol­o­gists and entre­pre­neurs world­wide, inde­pen­dent mar­ket research firm Sharp­Brains has launched a Brainnova­tions Pitch Con­test open to star­tups har­ness­ing brain research and emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies to help every human being thrive in the dig­i­tal age.

The Call for Sub­mis­sions is open until Octo­ber 31st, 11 PM US Pacif­ic Stan­dard Time. 12 Final­ists will pitch at the 2017 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit: Brain Enhance­ment in the Dig­i­tal Age (Decem­ber 5–7th, 2017).

We are hon­ored to count on such a dis­tin­guished ‘Sharp Tank’ to dis­cuss and select the most promis­ing star­tups in the dig­i­tal health and neu­rotech space,” says Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, Sharp­Brains‘ CEO & Edi­tor-in-Chief, who will co-facil­i­tate the con­test with Dr. Bob Bilder, Direc­tor of the UCLA Ten­nen­baum Cen­ter for the Biol­o­gy of Cre­ativ­i­ty.

Keep read­ing press release Here.

Learn more & Reg­is­ter Here.

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