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Startup Aural Analytics raises $4.3M to monitor neurological health by analyzing speech patterns

Aur­al Ana­lyt­ics rais­es $4.3M for voice-based cog­ni­tive health mon­i­tor­ing (Mobi­Health­News):

Aur­al Ana­lyt­ics, a start­up using speech ana­lyt­ics algo­rithms to gauge changes in brain health, has raised $4.3 mil­lion in seed fund­ing … The arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence engine col­lects speech sam­ples through a smart­phone or tablet app, and uploads these to a cloud serv­er for analy­sis. From these, Read the rest of this entry »

Mental Health Innovation and Dr. Tom Insel: from the NIMH to Google/ Verily Life Sciences to Startup Mindstrong

For­mer Alpha­bet exec is work­ing on an idea to detect men­tal health dis­or­ders by how you type on your phone (CNBC):

Can a smart­phone detect whether a user is sui­ci­dal or depressed?

That’s the promise of an explod­ing num­ber of men­tal health entre­pre­neurs, who are explor­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties to mon­i­tor users’ smart­phone behav­ior to detect a vari­ety of symp­toms — all with their con­sent. Read the rest of this entry »

Brain health startup Neumitra secures investment from Peter Thiel’s philanthropic fund

mobilementalhealthPeter Thiel’s phil­an­thropic fund invests in brain health start­up Neu­mi­tra (Boston Busi­ness Jour­nal):

Break­out Labs, a Sil­i­con Val­ley-based phil­an­thropic fund launched by Pay­Pal founder Peter Thiel, has made its first Boston invest­ment, in brain health start­up Neu­mi­tra.

Neu­mi­tra’s tech­nol­o­gy mea­sures the effects of stress on brain health per­for­mance in var­i­ous ways, from wear­able tech­nol­o­gy to tablet and mobile soft­ware and algorithms…Though Break­out Labs did not dis­close the exact amount of the invest­ment, the grant-mak­ing orga­ni­za­tion typ­i­cal­ly invests up to $350,000 in each start­up…”

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