Shark Tank Competition Winners
The Epilepsy Foundation’s Shark Tank Competition seeks to advance innovative ideas in epilepsy and seizure treatment and care. The winners will use their prize to accelerate their innovation to the next phase of development and closer to being accessible to people living with epilepsy.
In total, 26 individuals or teams entered the competition from across the United States and 9 countries throughout the world. From this pool, 6 teams were chosen as finalists. The finalists presented at the 2018 Epilepsy Foundation Pipeline Conference on February 22, 2018, in San Francisco, California.
2018 Shark Tank Competition Winners
3D Machine Vision System for Surgical Navigation of the Human Brain
Aaron Bernstein PhD, President and CEO, Advanced Scanners
Jeff Levine MIM, Advanced Scanners
- 3D vision platform to reduce the uncertainties and risks of brain surgery
- Project aims to track brain shift in real time to reduce navigational errors for surgeons
$50,000 Judges Award
Virtual Reality Medical Simulation for the Management of Status Epilepticus
Joshua M. Sherman MD, Faculty Attending – Division of Emergency Medicine, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Todd Chang MD, MACM, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, USC-Keck School of Medicine
- This project is an immersive virtual reality module that would train health professionals in an emergency, like status epilepticus, at a lower cost.
- This training would be portable and standardized while remaining immersive.
- Drs. Sherman and Chang will use Shark Tank funds to create virtual reality simulations for other epilepsy scenarios.
Shark Tank Finalists
Finalists were awarded a $5,000 prize.
Automated Detection of Epileptic Lesions from MRI
Nick Schmansky, Co-Founder and CEO, Cortico Metrics, LLC
Emily Lindemer, Staff Scientist, CorticoMetrics, LLC
- This team developed a software-based tool that can detect focal brain lesions, which can be tied to seizure activity, on an MRI scan, as well as other related brain abnormalities.
- This project will pilot this tool in epilepsy clinics across the United States. The pilot will look at patient outcomes, as well as look at the user experience for clinicians.
Machine Vision Based Solution for Noninvasive Seizure Quantification and Alarm
Kaapa Annala, CEO, NeuroEventLabs
- NeuroEventLabs aims to provide reliable data for improved treatment of epilepsy through a home monitoring system that captures seizure activity. This system would also serve as an alarm for caregivers.
- To identify seizures, the home monitoring system will look at breathing rhythm changes, seizure sound detection, and other elements.
Repositioning Compounds for Use in Refractory Epilepsy
John Somoza PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Gilead Sciences
- This project will identify compounds that could be used for treatment of epilepsy.
- To accomplish this, this team will build a network of individuals to speed up the identification and development of potential therapies. So far, there have been 4 compounds identified that could be effective in treating epilepsy.
Patrick McFarland, Co-Founder and CEO, Korwave
- Korwave is a mobile brain monitoring device for people living with epilepsy. Worn on the head, it is designed to mimic the look of a Nike’s headband or headphones.
- The device will notify caregivers when a seizure occurs. Medical providers will be able to access seizure activity recorded by Korwave on a web platform.
Shark Tank Judges
- Congressman Tony Coelho
- Robert Fisher MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Neurology, Stanford University Medical Center
- Daniel Friedman MD, Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, N.Y.U. Langone Medical Center
- Elizabeth Garofalo MD, Principal, EAG Pharma Consulting
- Shivkumar Sabesan PhD, Staff Hardware Engineer, Verily Life Sciences LLC
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