HOUSTON – Armed with $3M in funding, BrainCheck plans to expand its mobile brain health app from sports concussions to dementia in seniors.
“Concussion and dementia are massive problems in desperate need of better solutions,” said George McLendon, an early investor in BrainCheck, in a press release. “BrainCheck has created an easy-to-use platform that anyone can use to check their brain function and watch for changes over time or after an injury.”
BrainCheck uses simple iPad or desktop screen games to measure reaction time, visual processing, cognitive processing, coordination and memory in just a few minutes.
The app is already being used by student athletes across the country to establish their baseline function and then check brain performance after an injury and during recovery.
“Professional athletes have doctors on the sideline to test them for concussion symptoms, but students and amateur athletes don’t have that luxury,” said Dr. David Eagleman, BrainCheck founder and chief science officer. “BrainCheck makes it easy for them to measure their cognitive function on a normal day and then measure changes after an incident or blow to the head.”
BrainCheck currently works with more than 40 school districts, hospitals, YMCAs and youth sports organizations.
Since its beginnings two years ago, BrainCheck has focused solely on concussions. The company is now developing new software for dementia patients.
BrainCheck said its goal is to help people understand what’s happening in their brains and help them take individual responsibility for their health. In addition to measuring neurocognitive function at a single point in time, users can log their data and track changes in performance over time.
“Our amazing team at BrainCheck is building a company that can revolutionize the science of cognitive health,” said Dr. Yael Katz, BrainCheck CEO, in a statement. “By deploying our apps to millions of users, we are able to collect data that will eventually deliver ‘personalized neuroscience.’”