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The FDA creates new Digital Health unit to reimagine regulatory paths in the age of scalable, AI-enhanced innovation

Medicine Is Going Digital. The FDA Is Racing to Catch Up (Wired):

“WHEN BAKUL PATEL started as a policy advisor in the US Food and Drug Administration in 2008, he could pretty much pinpoint when a product was going to land in front of the reviewers in his division. Back when medical devices were heavy on the hardware—your pacemakers and your IUDs—it would take manufacturers years to get them ready for regulatory approval. FDA reviewers could keep up pretty well Read the rest of this entry »

Monitoring health, wellness and fitness via wearable devices: Key Neurotech Patent #29

— Illustrative image from US Patent No. 7,261,690.

Today we are sharing a fascinating 2007 patent assigned to Bodymedia. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 7,261,690: Apparatus for monitoring health, wellness and fitness.

  • Assignee(s): Bodymedia, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Eric Teller, John M. Stivoric, Christopher D. Kasabach, Christopher D. Pacione, John
  • L. Moss, Craig B. Liden
  • Technology Category: Neuro-monitoring
  • Issue Date: August 28, 2007

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘690 patent discloses an apparatus for monitoring human health and wellness, including mental health elements, through a wearable device with physiological and contextual (environmental) sensors. Read the rest of this entry »

Microsoft ranked #4 Holder of Pervasive Neurotech Intellectual Property*

microsoft logoMicrosoft Corporation is a worldwide leader in software solutions for businesses and consumers.  In addition, Microsoft has expanded into entertainment, gaming, tablets, phones, and other communication technology.  To provide the ideal experience for users, Read the rest of this entry »

New $100M investment in Canada to accelerate brain health innovation

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Brain research at Toronto health centre gets $100M funding boost in federal budget (National Post):

“Ottawa is helping fund a $100 million initiative with Toronto’s Baycrest Health Sciences to develop a national hub for brain research…“Past generations of adults said they were most concerned about cancer or heart disease. This generation says they’re most concerned about their brains,” said Dr. Reichman. Read the rest of this entry »

Cognitive maintenance 2.0: From crossword puzzles to targeted mental stimulation

neuroimagingThe Silver Economy: Brain training fired up by hard evidence (Financial Times):

“Not so long ago, people kept ageing brains active through reading and writing, talking with friends and family, and perhaps playing cards or doing puzzles. Now a rapidly growing number are taking a high-tech approach to cognitive maintenance, through computer programs designed to stimulate the brain… Read the rest of this entry »

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