Congratulations to Brainnovations Winners: NeuraMetrix, AUGMENTx, Sapien Labs, and The Touchpoint Solution

Proud to announce the Winners of the Brainnovations Pitch Contest that took place during the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit last week. What a fascinating discussion and learning experience for everyone involved, already resulting in great media coverage such as Firms Race to Find New Ways to Scan Brain Health (WebMD)!

Please join us in celebrating their work so far and in wishing them all the best forward!

Winner — Top Brainnovation to measure Brain Health & Performance

NeuraMetrix: “NeuraMetrix measures brain health using a digital bio-marker based on consistency of typing cadence. It is passive, independent of language, culture and education and does not require tests or special equipment, sensors, gross motor skills or physician interaction.”

Winner — Top Brainnovation to improve Brain Health & Performance

AUGMENTx: “AUGMENTx’s augmented reality enabled neuromodulatory rehabilitation therapy aims to accelerate neurological recovery from stroke and traumatic limb amputations. The team’s vision is to make the therapy available to all stroke and limb amputation patients around the world at an affordable cost.”

Winner –Top Brainnovation harnessing Big Data

Sapien Labs: “Sapien Labs is a non profit that seeks to accelerate solutions for brain health by building the largest globally representative open access database and research platform for human EEG with stringent data standards to enable large scale analysis of the human brain.”

Winner — Top Brainnovation to boost Workplace Productivity & Resilience

The Touchpoint Solution: “What if you could lower stress by 71% in 30 seconds anytime, anywhere? Cost-effective, non-invasive TouchPoints neuroscience wearables represent next-gen life enhancement…improve focus, performance, calm, sensory integration, and onset of sleep with BLAST technology and live your best life.”

This was the Brainnovations Judging Panel…our very own “Sharp Tank”

 

 

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Thank you, Summit Sponsors @ 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit, for helping shape Brain Health & Enhancement in the Digital Age!

Thank you very much, great Summit Sponsors, for supporting the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit taking place next week (Dec. 5-7th) and gathering 50+ Speakers and 200+ participants to working on ways to enhance brain health and performance in the digital age!

Gold Sponsors

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, social welfare organization with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families. Its Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH), founded in collaboration with Age UK, is an independent collaborative created to provide trusted information on how to maintain and improve brain health.brain

VieLight has a mission to engineer and commercialize non-invasive devices based on photobiomodulation that are safe and effective, easy to use and affordable – all to truly help improve one’s quality of life. It focuses on developing new-generation home-use brain stimulation devices that are enjoying a growing reputation to be helpful for mental acuity in various presentations. Its products are used by both practitioners and consumers all over the world.

Silver Sponsors

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The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation(ARPF) has a mission to empower people to build healthy brains and reduce the incidence of Alzheimer’s Disease by conducting clinical research and providing educational and professional development outreach. For 20 years, the ARPF has been on the leading edge by researching, advocating, and educating for an integrative approach to preventing memory loss and Alzheimer’s.

Arrowsmith Program

The Arrowsmith Program, available in 80+ schools in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, is a comprehensive suite of cognitive programs for students with learning disabilities to train key brain functions involved in learning.

Banner Health, based in Phoenix, Arizona, is one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the USA, employing more than 50,000 staff members in 29 hospitals and other settings ranging from home care and long-term care, to laboratories and rehabilitation services.

EMOTIV is a bioinformatics company advancing understanding of the human brain using electroencephalography (EEG) with a mission to empower individuals and accelerate brain research globally.

Lumosity

Lumosity was founded to help people keep their brains challenged thanks to a simple online tool allowing anyone to train core cognitive abilities. From neuroscience to visual art, they combine diverse disciplines to create engaging brain training programs and, through the Human Cognition Project, they collaborate with over 100 leading researchers, clinicians and teachers from institutions around the world.

MindMaze has developed a breakthrough platform to build intuitive human machine interfaces combining virtual reality (VR), computer graphics, brain imaging & neuroscience, enabling exciting new applications in gaming, brain machine control, and healthcare.

During Expo Day–Thursday, December 7th–selected Summit Sponsors and Partners will showcase their most promising brain health & enhancement initiatives and solutions. All times below reflect US Pacific Time.

8.30-9am. Adam GazzaleyUCSF Professor of Neurology, will present Neuroscape.

9-9.30am. Dr. Walter Greenleaf, Medical VR/ AR Expert at Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab, will provide an overview of health applications of virtual & augmented reality (VR/AR).

9.30-10am. Dr. Lew Lim, Founder & CEO of Vielight, will discuss photobiomodulation as a new way to enhance brain function.

10.30-11am. Dr. Bob Schafer, Director of Research at Lumos Labs, will present their expanding vision for brain training, including mindfulness.

11am-Noon. Lunch break

Noon-12.30pm. Dr. Chris Walling, Chairman of the Educational Advisory Committee at
The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF), will present the new Brain Longevity Therapy Training.

12.30-1pm. Dr. Leanne Young, Executive Director of the Brain Performance Institute at UT-Dallas Center for BrainHealth will present the new 62,000-square-foot Brain Performance Institute.

1-1.30pm. Debbie Gilmore, Executive Director of The Arrowsmith Program, will present plans to better equip 100+ schools helping students with special needs.

1.30-2pm. Dr. Randal Koene, Lead Scientist at Kernel, will discuss future directions of neuroenginnering and human computer interfaces.

 

Looking forward to a great virtual summit!

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The landscape of digital brain health & enhancement: 177 experts and pioneers in 23 countries (and counting)

Registrants for the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th) as of November 23rd, 2017

Quick update on how registration stands for the upcoming 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Brain Health & Enhancement in the Digital Age (December 5-7th) — THANK YOU to everyone who has registered already 🙂

We are pleased to report that so far 177 experts, pioneers and practitioners are registered to participate. 130 seem to be based in the US and 47 abroad (based on IP address during registration), with the following country breakdown: 

  • United States 130
  • Australia 7
  • Canada 7
  • Israel 5
  • United Kingdom 5
  • France 3
  • Italy 2
  • Norway 2
  • Spain 2
  • Sweden 1
  • Portugal 1
  • Singapore 1
  • Taiwan 1
  • South Korea 1
  • Japan 1
  • Estonia 1
  • India 1
  • Ireland 1
  • Brazil 1
  • Argentina 1
  • United Arab Emirates 1
  • South Africa 1
  • Brunei  1

 

 

THANK YOU also to the 14 just confirmed excellent additions to the stellar Speaker Roster.

As director of the Infancy Studies Laboratory at the Rutgers Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience,  Dr. April Benasich’s research focuses on brain development in infancy and early childhood, specifically the neural processes necessary for normal language and cognitive development. She uses a mix of cutting-edge technologies, including measurement of auditory evoked brain potentials (EEG/ERPs) and naturally sleeping MRI/fMRI, that add converging noninvasive physiological measures to her lab’s extensive behavioral battery.

Dr. Olivier Oullier, just appointed as the new President of EMOTIV, is a neuroscientist, strategist, and contributor to Fortune Magazine, He is the former Head of Strategy in Global Health and Healthcare and Member of the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum, where he was in charge of an international project on value-based care involving more than 50 global companies and organizations. Olivier is a Full Professor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at Aix-Marseille University and taught at the Universities of Oxford and Geneva’s executive education programs.

And, pitching the latest thinking and solutions for brain health and performance, during the Brainnovations Pitch Contest we will see:

Dr. Albert Kwon, Co-Founder & CEO of AUGMENTx

Dr. Amy Serin, Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer at The Touchpoint Solution

Bill Wisialowski, COO of NeuraMetrix

David Klein, Co-Founder & CEO of Click Therapeutics

Greg Wong, VP Product Management at Savonix

Ignacio de Ramon, Co-Founder & CEO of Sincrolab

Jafar Sabbah, Founder & CEO of Beam Riders

Martina Ratto, Cognitive Scientist at MyCognition

Paul Lefrere, Innovation Lead at WEKIT — Wearable Experience for Knowledge Intensive Training

Ruth Poliakine Baruchi, Founder & CEO of MyndYou

Dr. Ryan D’Arcy, President & Chief Scientific Officer of HealthTech Connex

Tara Thiagarajan, Founder and Chief Scientist at Sapien Labs

 

Looking forward to a great conference!

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Please join us to explore the latest brain science, tech tools and market trends, and to help shape Brain Health & Enhancement in the Digital Age.

Learn more & Reserve your Spot HERE

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The future (of Brain Health & Enhancement) is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed

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The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed” — William Gibson

Last week we asked the question, Have you ever used–for yourself or for others–technologies or products that you think would fall into the category of brain enhancement? a) If Yes, what did you use and what lessons learned can you share? b) If No, what issues would you like to see addressed before considering doing so?

Thank you everyone for your great answers and comments!

They are very valuable in helping us finalize the agenda of the the upcoming 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Brain Health & Enhancement in the Digital Age (December 5-7th).

As a token of appreciation, we are issuing 4 complimentary Summit passes for Eva, A. Mark, Kitt and Gwyneth to join the Summit and add their perspectives and questions to the mix, based on these insightful answers (lightly edited for clarity). Read the rest of this entry »

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News: 12 Finalists named to take part in the Brainnovations Pitch Contest (December 6th, 2017)

We are proud and excited to announce the 12 groundbreaking startups that will get to pitch their idea and solutions at the Brainnovations Pitch Contest on December 6th, hosted during Day 2 of the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th).

These are the 12 selected Finalists, together with their summary elevator pitch: AUGMENTx, Beam Riders, Click Therapeutics, HealthTech Connex, MyCognition, MyndYou, NeuraMetrix, Sapien Labs, Savonix, Sincrolab, The Touchpoint Solution, WEKIT.

Please join us in celebrating their work so far and in wishing them all the best at the pitch contest!  Read the rest of this entry »

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Are you familiar with these research findings and neurotechnologies revolutionizing Brain & Mental Health?

Try adding 3 and 8 in your head.

That was easy. Now, trying adding 33 and 88. That was probably more difficult. Finally, try adding 333 and 888.

Time for SharpBrains’ October e-newsletter, this time discussing a range of research findings and technologies revolutionizing brain and mental health.

New thinking about cognition, brain and mind:

Emerging toolkit for brain health & enhancement:

News about the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th):

And finally, a couple of fun brain teasers to start the week of the right foot:

 

Have a great month of November!

The SharpBrains Team

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Reminder: Final days to submit pitches to the Brainnovations Pitch Contest!

This is the Brainnovations Judging Panel…our very own “Sharp Tank”!

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Just a quick reminder that the Brainnovations Pitch Contest is accepting submissions until October 31st, 11 PM US Pacific Standard Time. We are looking for startups worldwide, founded no earlier than 2012, for-profit or non-profit, working on ways to harness brain research and emerging technologies to help every human being thrive in the digital age.

Startups: Please submit your idea and pitch your solution in front of our expert Judges and 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit participants for a chance to get valuable feedback, boost industry recognition, meet like-minded pioneers and win a prize package that could give a boost to your venture and solution.

GUIDELINES, FAQS AND SUBMISSION FORM HERE

We look forward to a fantastic Pitch Contest and Summit overall!

12 Finalists will get to pitch on December 6th, and the Sharp Tank will select a Winner per category, facilitated by Alvaro Fernandez, SharpBrains‘ CEO & Editor-in-Chief, and Dr. Bob Bilder, Director of the UCLA Tennenbaum Center for the Biology of Creativity.

Top Brainnovations in Healthcare will be judged by:

  • Dr. Adam Haim, Chief of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  • Dr. David Barash, Chief Medical Officer and ED of Global Health at GE Foundation
  • Dr. Edward Kliphuis, Investment Director at Merck Ventures
  • Dr. Karen Postal, President of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN)

Top Brainnovations in the Workplace will be judged by:

  • Charlie Hartwell, Operating Partner at Bridge Builders Collaborative
  • Danny Dankner, CEO and Co-founder of Applied Cognitive Engineering
  • Lisa Neuberger, Managing Director of Strategy + Innovation at Accenture Corporate Citizenship
  • Kathleen Herath, Associate Vice President Health & Productivity at Nationwide Insurance

Top Brainnovations in Education will be judged by:

  • Bill Tucker, Senior Advisor to the K12 Education Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Eduardo Briceño, CEO and Co-founder of Mindset Works
  • Neil Allison, Director of Business Model Innovation at Pearson North America
  • John Cammack, Angel Investor

Top Brainnovations for Quality of Life will be judged by:

  • Alexandra Morehouse, Chief Marketing Officer at Banner Health
  • Ariel Garten, Founder and Chief Evangelism Officer at InteraXon
  • Dr. Bill Reichman, President and CEO of Baycrest
  • Colin Milner, Founder and CEO of the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA)
  • Zack Lynch, General Partner at JAZZ Venture Partners

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