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Here’s a landscape of new ideas harnessing digital tech to upgrade cognitive and mental healthcare

We hope you enjoy this slid­edeck sup­port­ing great for­ward-look­ing ideas shared by pio­neers at Mind­strong Health, Savonix, HealthTech Con­nex and Neu­raMetrix dur­ing the 2017 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit (Decem­ber 5–7th, 2017).

And please learn more and con­sid­er reserv­ing your spot @ 2018 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit: Invest­ing in Brain Health for All (Decem­ber 4–6th, 2018).

Lifestyle and neurotechnology over genetics

Dear col­league,

It’s remark­able how quick­ly things are chang­ing, final­ly, in brain health and men­tal health — see for exam­ple what’s new with Inter­ax­on, Akili, Neu­raMetrix, Apple, Calm, Halo Neu­ro­science, Mind­strong Health, Novar­tis, Pear Ther­a­peu­tics, and life­long neu­ro­ge­n­e­sis, all in the last 6 months!

Please enjoy the May edi­tion of Sharp­Brains eNewslet­ter below, and con­sid­er join­ing the Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit this Decem­ber to dis­cuss the lat­est and help shape the next 🙂

New research:

New tools:

 

Have a great month of June,

 

The Sharp­Brains Team

Coming soon: Assessing your mental health while you talk on a phone, type on a keyboard, or scroll through a website

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Tech Watch­es You for Dig­i­tal Symp­toms of Brain Dis­or­ders (IEEE Spec­trum):

The med­ical pro­fes­sion­als tasked with car­ing for our minds don’t have an easy job. To diag­nose peo­ple with neu­ropsy­chi­atric dis­eases, doc­tors can per­form brain scans, but such scans are expen­sive and the results are some­times inscrutable. The oth­er options include con­duct­ing time-­con­sum­ing cog­ni­tive tests, or rely­ing on doc­tors’ own sub­jec­tive analy­ses.

See­ing an oppor­tu­ni­ty, a num­ber of star­tups have devised quan­ti­ta­tive meth­ods to diag­nose dis­eases or assess men­tal health while patients com­plete rou­tine activ­i­ties, like talk­ing on a smart­phone, typ­ing on a key­board, or scrolling through a web­site. Here are three com­pa­nies that say they can lift the “fin­ger­prints” of men­tal dis­or­ders from people’s mun­dane behav­iors.

Con­tin­ue read­ing arti­cle to get a good update on Mind­strong Health, Neu­raMetrix and Win­terLight Labs. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan Samzelius, CEO of Brainnovations Winner NeuraMetrix, encourages pioneers to focus on “simple, elegant solutions to big problems”

What sur­prised you the most from the Judges’ ques­tions and feed­back dur­ing the Brain­no­va­tions Pitch Con­test last month?

Even with only a brief pre­sen­ta­tion the judges imme­di­ate­ly got the poten­tial impact of our tech­nol­o­gy to mea­sure and mon­i­tor brain health and began to think about oth­er appli­ca­tions for us – sev­er­al we had not thought about. That was fun.

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

Typ­ing Cadence is among the strongest habit we have. If the brain is attacked by a dis­ease, the habit will begin to break – very slow­ly and in very small incre­ments. Our way of mea­sur­ing is so sen­si­tive that we can pick up changes at the lev­el of 1/100th of sec­ond – many orders of mag­ni­tude bet­ter than today’s tools.

When and how did the idea come to you?

Com­ing from data secu­ri­ty, our first idea was to use typ­ing cadence for authen­ti­ca­tion, and then were alert­ed to the brain health appli­ca­tion by an out­sider. Read the rest of this entry »

Savonix, HealthTech Connex, NeuraMetrix: Top Brainnovations to measure Brain Health & Performance


 Top Brain­no­va­tion to mea­sure Brain Health & Per­for­mance (record­ing requires reg­is­tra­tion; view slid­edecks above or Here).

The three Final­ists were:

  • Savonix– pitch by Greg Wong, VP Prod­uct Man­age­ment
  • HealthTech Con­nex – pitch by Dr. Ryan D’Arcy, Pres­i­dent & Chief Sci­en­tif­ic Offi­cer
  • Neu­raMetrix (WINNER) – pitch by Jan Samzelius, Co-Founder & CEO
  • Judged by: 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); Dr. David Barash, Chief Med­ical Offi­cer and ED of Glob­al Health at GE Foun­da­tion; Dr. Edward Kli­phuis, Invest­ment Direc­tor at Mer­ck Ven­tures; Dr. Karen Postal, Pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Clin­i­cal Neu­ropsy­chol­o­gy (AACN)

Slid­edeck sup­port­ing 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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