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Finalists named to take part in the Brainnovations Pitch Contest next week

Excit­ed to announce the three ground­break­ing star­tups that will get to pitch their idea and solu­tions at the Brain­no­va­tions Pitch Con­test on May 8th, dur­ing Day 2 of the 2019 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit (May 7–9th).

These are the select­ed Final­ists, togeth­er with their sum­ma­ry ele­va­tor pitch. Please join us in cel­e­brat­ing their work so far and in wish­ing them all the best at the pitch con­test!

Final­ist: eQui­l­i­ty

  • Ele­va­tor pitch: Our vision is to devel­op dig­i­tal ther­a­pies heal­ing mind and body, lever­ag­ing inno­va­tion in con­sumer tech­nol­o­gy to deliv­er advanced, non-drug clin­i­cal inter­ven­tions for a wide range of con­di­tions in CNS and Inflam­ma­tion. We will com­bine con­sumer-fac­ing bio­elec­tron­ic devices with proven dig­i­tal ther­a­peu­tics in a mobile plat­form.
  • Pre­sen­ter: Kate Sharadin, Founder & CEO

Final­ist: Brain­Patch

  • Ele­va­tor pitch: We are devel­op­ing a brain-com­put­er com­put­er-brain inter­face that utilis­es lat­est tech­nolo­gies for deliv­er­ing safe, effec­tive and trust­wor­thy non-inva­sive brain stim­u­la­tion for appli­ca­tions rang­ing from focus and con­cen­tra­tion to med­i­ta­tion and beyond.
  • Pre­sen­ter: Nick­o­lai Vysokov,  Co-Founder & CEO

Final­ist: Sana Health

  • Ele­va­tor pitch: Sana is a neu­ro­mod­u­la­tion device for pain, addic­tion and anx­i­ety. The device uses puls­es of light and sound to guide the user into a deep state of relax­ation, and increase neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty. We have com­plet­ed suc­cess­ful tri­als in Opi­oid use dis­or­der and fibromyal­gia, and aim to pass FDA in Sep­tem­ber.
  • Pre­sen­ter: Richard Han­bury, Founder & CEO

Update: Meditation-based mental training can lead to clear –yet surprisingly varied– cognitive and emotional benefits

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Dear read­er,

Time for Sharp­Brains month­ly e-newslet­ter, dis­cussing lat­est think­ing, research and tools for life­long brain health and men­tal health.

Enjoy!

New thinking:

New research:

New tools:

 

Last but not least, we invite you try these 25 brain teasers and games when you have some down­time dur­ing the sum­mer — fas­ci­nat­ing, aren’t they?

Have a great month of August,

 

The Sharp­Brains Team

Could technology help cure depression among older adults? (Short answer: Yes)

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Why tech­nol­o­gy — not med­ica­tion — is the future of treat­ing old­er adults with depres­sion (McKnight’s Long-term Care News):

The go-to treat­ment for many cas­es of depres­sion is med­ica­tion.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, this treat­ment option can cause as many issues as the prob­lem it is try­ing to solve. Anti­de­pres­sants can put res­i­dents at greater risk of falls, neg­a­tive health com­pli­ca­tions and oth­er poor con­di­tions. Some stud­ies indi­cate that anti­de­pres­sants may not be effec­tive for most old­er Amer­i­cans. Read the rest of this entry »

Dr. Albert Kwon, CEO of Brainnovations Winner AUGMENTx, wants to harness Augmented Reality to significantly ease access to Neurological Rehabilitation Therapies

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Albert, what sur­prised you the most from the Judges’ ques­tions and feed­back dur­ing the Brain­no­va­tions Pitch Con­test?

It was a pleas­ant sur­prise to receive so many votes and such great feed­back, which solid­i­fied my con­vic­tion that there is a great need to cre­ate new ther­a­py options for stroke patients and oth­er neu­ro­log­i­cal injuries, espe­cial­ly giv­en our aging pop­u­la­tion.  Med­ical sys­tems world­wide will strug­gle to han­dle the grow­ing bur­den of chron­ic ill­ness­es unless we start act­ing soon.

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

The core idea is to lever­age visu­al-cog­ni­tive and visu­al-motor/sen­so­ry con­nec­tions of the brain to enhance per­for­mance in dis­ease states.  For exam­ple, mir­ror ther­a­py takes advan­tage of the mir­ror neu­ron path­way to improve post-stroke motor recov­ery and to alle­vi­ate phan­tom limb pain in limb amputees.  And we believe that these ther­a­pies can be deliv­ered on dig­i­tized AR plat­forms, instead of being always con­fined to few spe­cial­ized phys­i­cal reha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­ters.  Why not have them be acces­si­ble from the patient’s home Read the rest of this entry »

Nissan is developing brainwave technology to read and augment driver’s mind (not replace it)

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This car tech makes you a bet­ter dri­ver by read­ing your mind. We gave it a test dri­ve (The Wash­ing­ton Post):

Might the car of the future be able to read your mind?

At CES, the big tech trade show, cars dom­i­nat­ed much of the con­ver­sa­tion. But one expe­ri­ence stood out because it was so far-out: I donned an exper­i­men­tal cap from Nis­san that inter­pret­ed sig­nals from my brain with the goal of mak­ing me a bet­ter dri­ver. Read the rest of this entry »

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