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Council Update: Upcoming call, industry news, and more

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Dear Council Members,

First of all, have an excellent 2012. Here you have a few important updates, including our first conference call in 2012: Read the rest of this entry »

Transcript: Alvaro Fernandez on Brain Health and Non-invasive Cognitive Enhancement

Below you can find the full tran­script of our engag­ing Q&A ses­sion yesterday on lifelong cognitive fitness, “mental capitalism”, and more,  with Alvaro Fernandez, co-author of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness, moderated by Harry Moody, Director of Academic Affairs at AARP.

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SharpBrains Council Monthly Insights: How will we assess, enhance and repair cognition across the lifespan?

When you think of how the PC has altered the fabric of society, permitting instant access to information and automating processes beyond our wildest dreams, it is instructive to consider that much of this progress was driven by Moore’s law. Halving the size of semiconductor every 18 months catalysed an exponential acceleration in performance.

Why is this story relevant to modern neuroscience and the workings of the brain? Because transformative technological progress arises out of choice and the actions of individuals who see potential for change, and we may well be on the verge of such progress. Read the rest of this entry »

SharpBrains Council Weekly Update: 54 Members, Events, Industry, Research, Ideas

Let me provide an overview of the great things going on with the SharpBrains Council for Brain Fitness Innovation – starting this week, we will share a brief update like this every Friday to maintain SharpBrains colleagues and readers informed. Please note that all links below require access to the Council’s online platform.

Council Membership
We have 54 Council Members right now (47 are already active in the Council’s online platform). To help Members quickly see who we all are and what we are interested in, there is a Member List available in the Library.

This week, based on level of Council participation and on having a nice profile pic, we are featuring 7 Council Members: Pascale Michelon, Philip Toman, Jamie Wilson, Luc Beaudoin, Joshua Steinerman, Adam Gazzaley and Sherrie All. Read the rest of this entry »

NovaVision selling assets (neuroplasticity-based Visual Restoration Therapy)

We mentioned in our recent market report that NovaVision had declared bankrupcy. The company tried to transform its business model in the last couple of years – obviously it didn’t work. Now the trustee is sharing a few more details and looking for ways to dispose of its assets:

NovaVision’s FDA-Cleared Visual Restoration Therapy (VRT) System and Company Assets Now Available (press release)

The bankruptcy trustee has engaged The Magnum Group, Inc., to solicit offers for NovaVision’s assets which include the NovaVision Visual Restoration Therapy (VRT) system, a neuroplacticity (sic) platform that has been cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of stroke, traumatic brain injury, amblyopia (“lazy eye”) and optic nerve damage.

NovaVision has received a total investment of $49,200,000 since its founding in 2003 and has generated revenues of approximately $1,000,000 each year for the past three years. The company’s non-invasive computer-based neuroplacticity (sic) products have treated more than 3,000 patients worldwide. NovaVision estimates the total market opportunity for its portfolio of products to exceed 300,000 units in U.S. optometry, ophthalmology, neurology, and primary care practices as well as rehabilitation centers.

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