With over 12 cities and 2500 members, the NeuroTechX network has provided us with an incredible opportunity to meet some truly amazing people. Many of these people are in the process of creating the next generation of innovation through their startup. From former SpaceX Directors to cybathlon participants, here are a few of our members and their companies:
Co-Founder: Adam Licthl
Affiliated Chapter: NeurotechLAX
Delta Brain Inc. is a Los Angeles-based medical software company combining data science with enterprise-level software engineering. For the past 20 years, the heart has been a major focus of medical innovation. Successes in that area have increased our life spans, and as people live longer, they’re realizing that longevity isn’t everything: it’s the quality of life that matters. Neurological illnesses take a tremendous toll, not only on the sufferers, but on their friends, families, and society as a whole. Delta Brain Inc. applies the latest advances in computational science (new algorithms, scalable hardware, and data pipelines) to unsolved problems in healthcare, greatly improving the lives of people affected by diseases of the central nervous system. Look for more news from them later in 2016!
Company Twitter: https://twitter.com/deltabrain
Adam has a background in Computational Physics and Business, with a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the Tepper School of Business. Prior to founding Delta Brain Inc., he was VP of Commodities Strategies at Morgan Stanley, followed by Director of Research at SpaceX, where he created their Machine Learning team. He founded the Los Angeles chapter of NeuroTechX, and is the proud father of a newborn baby girl.
Co-Founder: Salam Gabran
Affiliated Chapter: NeuroTechTO
Novela, a company which came out of 11 years of research at the CIRFE Lab in Waterloo University, have created a variety of implantable electrodes which could shape the future of brain interfacing and deep brain stimulation. Their uniqueness comes from the fact that their flexible electrode arrays have shown significant improvements in signal quality and electrical performance compared to the commercially available equivalents. To show the value of their electrode, they recently collaborated with Sick Kids hospital and were able to successfully create a closed loop system to detect and stop seizures. They were able to accurately do so 90% of the time within animal subjects which shows great promise as current systems within human brains are only successful 50% of the time. With their current product they are targeting the research labs and will be ready for the market in about 2 months time.
Salam Gabran is an entrepreneur and research scientist with the University of Waterloo. He received the B.Sc. degree in electronics and communications engineering from Cairo University in 2002. He also received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Waterloo in 2006 and 2012 respectively. In 2013, he co-founded Novela, and later in the same year, he joined the University of Waterloo as an NSERC Industrial R&D fellow. He travels back and forth from Egypt frequently to collaborate with researchers in the area.
Push The World
Co-Founder: AJ Keller
Affiliated Chapter: NeuroTechBOS
For the BCI enthusiasts out there who are infatuated with controlling their life with their mind, AJ is looking to make that a reality by slowly getting rid of the keyboard and mouse. As active contributors to OpenBCI, Push The World is currently working with the open source EEG, building applications on top of the hardware. They are also currently talking with gamers to design a solution which make their experience better. In the next three months they aim to build their application Thinker which will allow for you to convert brainwaves to action, giving you the opportunity to play classic games such as Pong with nothing but your thoughts.
AJ is a computer engineer graduate of Clemson University where he quickly excelled. He then went to work in the aerospace industry before focusing full time on his startup. While he is not working on new forms of interfaces, he works with his non for profit called Push the Code which aims to teach children how to program.
Co-Founder: Vera Nenadovic
Affiliated Chapter: NeuroTechTO
BrainsView Inc. is in the process of developing a valuable tool to help doctors treat brain conditions at the bedside. Originally a research project at SickKids, Matlab ® based software was developed to analyze EEG in quantitatively. The software looked promising in predicting outcome in paediatric traumatic brain injury. Caught in the changing US patent laws that have stalled development and funding, the company pivoted. Reaching out to colleagues in adult critical care and physicists in Europe, BrainsView is now developing an integrated monitoring device geared to adult neuropathologies. Recently the company successfully competed in the 2015 Ontario Brain Institute Entrepreneur Program. Currently the company is seeking funding to produce the prototype by summer 2016.
Vera has a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Toronto and a masters in Nursing from Athabasca. She has been involved in the clinical experience in neurology and critical care for 15 years. During that time, she has developed expertise in applying complexity theory and nonlinear dynamics to brain function in brain injury, epilepsy, autism and health care delivery. In her spare time she dances classical ballet, a passion that predates her passion for neuroscience.
Co-Founders: Ana Matrán & Davide Valeriani
Affiliated Chapter: NeurotechLDN
This startup is a little bit different from our others as Eyewink was a company that got its start by winning Hack the Brain Hackathon in London of last year. The co-founders Ana Matrán and Davide Valeriani, who are both PHD’s at the University of Essex’s Brain-Computer Interface laboratory, worked together to create an application which purely uses eye wink to control elements of your smart phone so that you can have full control without ever using your hands or voice. For example, if you are jogging and would like to change songs without reaching for your phone, you would simply need to blink with your left or right eye. After winning the Hackathon, they did a crowdfunding campaign to raise additional capital to continue building their prototype. They plan to launch in June of 2016, and are currently exploring the hardware solution to use.
About Ana and Davide
Ana originally comes from Spain and has a background in electrical engineering. She then went on to do her masters in biomedical engineering and eventually BCI’s. She has a expertise on collaborative BCI’s and will be defending her theses in March. Davide is originally from Italy and has a strong background in Computer engineering, having worked on a variety of hardware projects including robotics. He is currently in his third year of his PHD. Ana and Davide are both involved in the Cybathlon in October.