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Update: The Neurotech Revolution Could Lead To ‘Frankenstein’ Brains. Here’s How We Avoid It

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Time for SharpBrains’ August e-newsletter, this time starting with a conversation whose time has come…

New thinking:

Year 2030, your college-age daughter, who has normal hearing, has been pounding on you to get the latest hearing aid that allows one to cancel out noise on demand, amplify selected ambient conversations at will, and can easily connect to the music store. Should you buy one for her? Maybe you should buy one not only for her, but also for you as you enter your 60s? Keep reading The Neurotech Revolution Could Lead To ‘Frankenstein’ Brains. Here’s How We Avoid It

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Have a great September!

 

The SharpBrains Team

$3 million available for innovative solutions aimed at older adults via The Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI)

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Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation announces up to $3 million in funding available to support industry innovations in the field of aging and brain health (press release):

“The Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI) announced today the second round of funding available through its Industry Innovation Partnership Program (I2P2). This program is designed to enable Read the rest of this entry »

16 Finalists announced @ MIT Solve’s Brain Health Challenge

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As SharpBrains readers know, MIT Solve issued a call for brain health innovators worldwide to propose non-invasive, non-pharmacological, scalable technology solutions that Read the rest of this entry »

“We need low-cost monitoring technologies to track cognitive processes and capabilities at an individual level” — Danny Dankner, CEO and co-founder of Applied Cognitive Engineering

Danny Dankner

Question: Danny, 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 low-cost monitoring technologies to track cognitive processes and capabilities at an individual level. This would be critical to trace and diagnose deteriorating processes, especially among the “worried well” and older adults.

What advice would you give an entrepreneur launching an innovation to address that?

The same advice I’d give any entrepreneur: make sure you address a real need, be focused, shorten development cycles and work as close as possible to prospective customers. Of course you also need to assemble a group of capable and connected people which you are comfortable working with.

Finally, please share something exciting you’re working on.

We have been developing cognitive simulation systems to train and improve on-field decision-making performance  among competitive football (“soccer” in the US) players, and it’s exciting to start to see tangible results. For example, the Cologne Sport University just released this fascinating study about the efficacy of the Football IntelliGym, led by Prof. Daniel Memmert–the head of the sports cognition department there.

— Danny Dankner, a serial entrepreneur, is the CEO and co-founder of Applied Cognitive Engineering Ltd (ACE), a leader in the field of cognitive training for competitive athletes. Previously he was on the founding team of Kinetica Internetting Solutions, and led strategic initiatives at MobileSpear and Scepia Internet Solutions. Danny is a founding member of Tel Aviv University’s entrepreneurship forum and serves as board member of the Global Entrepreneurship Network Israel. 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

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

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