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Council Update: Upcoming call, industry news, and more

(You can learn more about the Sharp­Brains Coun­cil Here. If you par­tic­i­pat­ed in the 2011 Sharp­Brains Sum­mit and want to join Coun­cil on a com­pli­men­ta­ry basis before 01/31, please con­tact us.)

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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