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Final 24 Hours for Brain Health Start-ups to Submit Pitches @ 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

Heads-up: The Brainnovations Pitch Contest, to be hosted at the 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit, will highlight 8 startups worldwide working on ways to harness brain research and emerging technologies to help every person thrive in the digital age.

Startups submit their ideas and solutions to pitch in front of our expert Judges and Summit participants for a chance to get feedback, boost industry recognition and win a prize package that could give a boost to their venture and solution. The period for submissions is open till Tuesday, April 30th, and the 8 Finalists will be announced on Thursday, May 2nd.

You can learn more about the first edition of the Brainnovations Pitch Contest and about the upcoming second Brainnovations editioncheck page for Guidelines, FAQs and Submission Form.

We’re looking forward to hearing about many innovative ideas, products and services!

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Learn More & Register:

2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: The Future of Brain Health (May 7–9th)

–-This will be the Brainnovations Judging Panel…our very own “Sharp Tank”

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Let’s discuss how to Outsmart Smart Technology to Reclaim our Health and Focus

I’m excited to share that the upcoming 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit will feature, on May 8th, a fascinating presentation and discussion with Dr. Margaret Morris, who spent 13 years as a researcher at Intel and recently wrote a very timely book — Left to Our Own Devices: Outsmarting Smart Technology to Reclaim Our Relationships, Health, and Focus (MIT Press, 2018).

Please learn more about the fantastic Summit Agenda and consider joining us!

To better understand Dr. Morris’ work and insights you can read this great book review over at Psychiatric Times:

Morris is a skillful storyteller and takes that challenge to task. Across eight easy-to-read chapters, she illustrates how people, most likely younger users, “hack” technologies to foster connection, mindfulness, and well-being. The chapters are centered around a collection of personal narratives from people who personalized their digital devices and experience positive results. Morris records these stories with a gentle, engaging, and upbeat tone that requires no formal background in either mental health or technology … This book is a good read for today’s digital health initiatives and for clinicians hoping to keep up to date in current trends in mental health technology. It reminds us that putting a device in a patient’s hands will often lead to outcomes that we could never have imagined. It also pokes holes in the once reigning view that robotics and chatbots are dehumanizing and antisocial. If anything, the narratives suggest that technology can help patients monitor their emotional states and improve sharing and connections. The book underscores how useful it is to study how patients use apps in real-world settings and to learn from their lived experiences.

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El Cerebro que Cura: Descubre la mejor forma de mantener un cerebro sano como fuente de salud By: SharpBrains

Para tener una vida plena y feliz, lo más importante es tener un cerebro sano. Esta es la premisa que defienden los autores: cómo una mente sana puede dar lugar a un cuerpo igualmente saludable. Read the rest of this entry »

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What will neurotechnology look like in 10-20 years?

Credit: University of Nottingham

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Will it be about a new generation of portable brain scanners that can significantly lower the price of research, like the one being developed by researchers at the University of Nottingham and University College London in the UK?

Or will it be about sophisticated neural interfaces, like the ones the US military is working on, to change the ways our minds interact with the world around us?

Or, perhaps, will it be about inexpensive, data-rich approaches to detect patterns in your smartphone usage and detect mental health and brain disorders in their early stages — such as what MindStrong HealthNeuraMetrix and others are already doing?

–> Continue reading We need to rethink neuroscience. And you can help us, over at the World Economic Forum.

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Have a Kindle? Order The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness at a sharp discount and help fight Alzheimer’s Disease

As you probably know September is World Alzheimer’s Month, and we’d like to help improve public knowledge about brain health and Alzheimer’s risk factors by making The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize your Brain Health and Performance at Any Age easier to access and read.

From Saturday, September 29th, until Monday, October 1st, we’ll be running a Kindle Countdown Deal via Amazon in which you can order the book with discounts of up to 90%.

We hope you enjoy the book and it helps you protect your most important asset: your amazing human brain.

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Imagine the future of Brain & Mental Health

Imagine a videogame cleared by the FDA to treat ADHD, depression, or substance abuse — how will doctors prescribe it, patients access it, and insurers pay for it?

Imagine a free “annual brain check-up” — what may it look like, and how can it lead into personalized interventions to improve function and prevent/ delay/ treat cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s Disease?

Imagine being responsible for the health & wellness of a million people — how will you educate them to navigate most-likely-to-help interventions, such as breathing/ exercise/ meditation/ apps/ biofeedback/ tDCS to regulate stress?

Imagine investing $100 million in startups developing noninvasive, digital neurotechnologies — where, and how, will you find great opportunities to generate financial and social returns?

Learn more & Save the Date to participate @ 2018 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Investing in Brain Health for All (December 4–6th)…

Additionally, given the success of the first Brainnovations Pitch Contest last year (details here), the 2018 SharpBrains Virtual Summit will host a second Brainnovations edition, for 12 selected startups to pitch their innovative solutions to to all Summit participants and to our distinguished Judges:

  • Dr. Hagit Alon, VP Scientific Affairs at Joy Ventures
  • Dr. David Barash, Chief Medical Officer at the GE Foundation
  • Nichol Bradford, Co-Founder and ED of the Transformative Tech Lab
  • John Cammack, Angel Investor
  • Ariel Garten, Founder and Chief Evangelism Officer at InteraXon
  • Dr. Evian Gordon, Executive Chairman of Brain Resource
  • 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)
  • Kathleen Herath, Associate Vice President Health & Productivity at Nationwide Insurance
  • Christian Hernandez, Managing Partner at White Star Capital
  • Dr. Edward Kliphuis, Investment Director at Merck Ventures
  • Dr. Cori Lathan, Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Council on the Future of Human Enhancement
  • Dr. Manuel López-Figueroa, Venture Partner at Bay City Capital
  • Zack Lynch, General Partner at JAZZ Venture Partners
  • Dr. Eddie Martucci, Co-Founder and CEO of Akili Interactive Labs
  • Dr. Karen Postal, President of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN)
  • Yannick Roy, Co-Founder of NeuroTechX

We’ll announce more details by July 2nd, 2018. In the meantime you can learn more herehere and here.

–-This will be the Brainnovations Judging Panel…our very own “Sharp Tank”

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Jan Samzelius, CEO of Brainnovations Winner NeuraMetrix, encourages pioneers to focus on “simple, elegant solutions to big problems”

What surprised you the most from the Judges’ questions and feedback during the Brainnovations Pitch Contest last month?

Even with only a brief presentation the judges immediately got the potential impact of our technology to measure and monitor brain health and began to think about other applications for us – several we had not thought about. That was fun.

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

Typing Cadence is among the strongest habit we have. If the brain is attacked by a disease, the habit will begin to break – very slowly and in very small increments. Our way of measuring is so sensitive that we can pick up changes at the level of 1/100th of second – many orders of magnitude better than today’s tools.

When and how did the idea come to you?

Coming from data security, our first idea was to use typing cadence for authentication, and then were alerted to the brain health application by an outsider. Read the rest of this entry »

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