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2018 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Investing in Brain Health for All

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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 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?


The 2018 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 4-6th, 2018) will feature over forty of the world’s top experts, innovators and investors aiming to improve brain health and performance for all in light of growing neuroscience and digital tech.

Every year the Summit combines presentations with extensive Q&As and watercooler sessions for professionals to discuss the latest and connect with peers. You can access last year's roster of speakers and agenda here, and enjoy some great moments here.

Given the success of the first Brainnovations Pitch Contest last year (details here), the 2018 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 --our very own "Sharp Tank":

  • 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

Summit Agenda & Steering Group

We will announce the Preliminary Agenda (including details on the Brainnovations Pitch Contest) on July 2nd, 2018, carefully crafted and curated by SharpBrains staff with input and assistance by these distinguished members of the Summit Steering Group:

  • 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)
  • Alexandra Morehouse, Chief Marketing Officer at Banner Health
  • Dr. Alison Fenney, Executive Director of the Neurotechnology Industry Organization (NIO)
  • Álvaro Fernández, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of SharpBrains
  • Dr. Bob Bilder, Chief of Medical Psychology-Neuropsychology at UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience
  • Charlie Hartwell, Operating Partner at Bridge Builders Collaborative
  • Dr. David Barash, Chief Medical Officer at GE Foundation
  • Dr. Edward Kliphuis, Investment Director at Merck Ventures
  • Dr. Hagit Alon, VP Scientific Affairs at Joy Ventures
  • John Cammack, Angel Investor
  • Dr. Manuel López-Figueroa, Venture Partner at Bay City Capital
  • Dr. Peter Reiner, Co-Founder of the National Core for Neuroethics at the University of British Columbia
  • Yannick Roy, Co-Founder of NeuroTechX

If you're interested in becoming a Summit Sponsor or Partner, contact us to discuss details.

What Previous Participants Say

"Winning the SharpBrains Pitch Contest had a major impact for us. Our lead flow from pharma and device manufacturers has tripled compared to pre-competition. Additionally we are being approached by many other players – accelerators, academic partners, you name it. And all this in just a month!" Jam Samzelius, CEO and Founder of NeuraMetrix

"A perfect way to keep the pulse of 3 key innovation themes: consumer health, applied neuroscience, and apps and wearables." — Jack Young, Head of Qual­comm Life Fund

"I know of no better resource than SharpBrains Summits to explore the latest frontier in brain health promotion." — Dr. Michael P. O’Donnell, Editor-In-Chief of the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Health Promotion

“An impressive virtual convocation of leading scientists and developers and adopters of cognitive enhancement technology.” — Dr. Robert Bilder, Chief of Medical Psychology-Neuropsychology, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience

“Congratulations on convening, again, such a compelling group of speakers and participants." — Dr. Eddie Martucci, CEO of Akili Inter­ac­tive Labs

Every Summit is a seminal event, full of wonderful insights and remarkable initiatives, at a time when the brain is going mainstream.”— Dr. Evian Gordon, Executive Chairman of Brain Resource

"I was impressed by the forward-looking yet practical discussions about enhancing human performance." — Dr. Susan Jew­ell, Pres­i­dent of the Inter­na­tional Space Med­i­cine Consortium

“A beautiful example of how bringing scientific leaders and innovators together can spur thoughtful discussion about our most vital organ–the brain.” — Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, Director of the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas

“Every SharpBrains Summit delves into a well-curated variety of topics, both on macro and niche levels, making it the perfect forum for discovery and idea exchange “— Stanley Yang, CEO, NeuroSky

"Kudos for such a fantastic conference. The discussion about human vs. artificial intelligence and ethics was especially exciting." — Rajiv Pant, former Chief Tech­nol­ogy Offi­cer of The New York Times

A virtual summit is the way to go … no travel, no worry and no hurry. The SharpBrains team has again produced the best brain conference available today.” — Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, President of the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will the Summit take place? Online, over the Internet. Participate access the virtual meeting room from any location — all that is required is a computer with Internet connection.

What is a virtual conference? The SharpBrains Virtual Summit is just like a physical conference — registered participants can access all presentations, ask pressing questions, and connect with speakers and fellow participants. The main difference is, no one needs to travel.

I can­not par­tic­i­pate live in all ses­sions. Will they be recorded? Yes, all ses­sions will be recorded and avail­able at no extra cost to reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants for a full year after the Summit.

Do you offer press passes? Yes, please contact us with details on your publication and idea.

Do you offer CEUs/ CMEs? Sorry, we don’t. But we do offer a Cer­tifi­cate of Atten­dance to those who request it.

— Location of the participants in the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit. 190 were based in the US, and the rest in Canada, Australia, Europe and other regions[/caption]

What is the typical profile of Summit participants? By design, the Summit is cross-sector and multi-disciplinary, so there's no just one "typical profile" -- participants come from academia, industry and practice, looking to explore and discuss, the latest in brain health and performance.

Over 1,000 professionals in 20+ countries have participated in SharpBrains Virtual Summits since 2010. For the 2017 Summit alone, 250+ pioneers registered (represented by the dots in the image to the right), in 23 countries.

Who should attend? Innovators, decision-makers, researchers, and practitioners interested in technology, consumer/ behavioral/ occupational/ mental health, gaming, insurance, human resources, digital healthcare, senior services, cognitive and affective neuroscience.

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