Creasphere Insights – Brain-Computer-Interfaces
#1 Trend Overview for 2022
A Brain-Computer-Interface (BCI) is a software and hardware-based system that can track, monitor and analyze signals associated with brain activity with the aim to restore, replace and optimize the central nervous system capabilities. The new technical infrastructure opens up an entire novel array of new industry applications. Since neural signals and central nervous system activity are channelling an ongoing data exchange between the brain and the key organ functionalities, BCIs will introduce new insights into neuro-based disease diagnostics, therapeutics and monitoring, Dominant use cases in the healthcare market can be found in the rehabilitation for impaired patients ranging from conditions including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, sight and hearing loss. Moreover, BCI technology can be used as an impactful new digital biomarker in the drug development, disease diagnostics and management space introducing new perspectives on brain-to-disease interaction.
Top-5 Brain-Computer-Interface Startups to look out for in 2022
Hereinafter, we will explore a selection of pioneering companies that leverage BCI technology for targeted use cases in the healthcare system and beyond:
1. Leveraging neural signals between the brain and the central nervous system as a new digital biomarker for disease prediction and diagnostics:
Founded in 2015, BIOS Health is a Cambridge-based Brain-Computer-Interface startup that has developed an Ai-driven hardware and software system addressing a variety of nervous system correlated disorders. BIOS Health is able to track and analyze the neural signals at the Vagus nerve, channelling the data stream and interaction between the brain and the central nervous system. Translating the brain signals into code, the company actively screens and identifies defects that can predict adverse health events throughout the human body. Introducing a new digital biomarker, the company has put their initial focus on cardiovascular disease risk.
2. Tracking and analyzing neural activity from the visual cortex to engage with objects and environment via thought:
Founded in 2017, the French Brain-Computer-Interface startup NextMind decodes neural activity of the visual cortex in real-time, giving you the ability to control objects using your sight and mind. The company offers both a hardware and software interface to translate thoughts into actions and finds strong use cases in the integration of virtual reality and gaming. Moreover, the company also offers a software development kit to become an infrastructural ground for a broad range of new brain-sensing innovations.
3. Translating external information from real-world sensor data into personalized neural messages to the brain for neuromodulation and novel neuro-based therapies:
Founded in 2019, the Munich-based Brain-Machine-Interface startup CereGate is taking a reverse approach and is artificially restoring and/or extending the data processing capabilities of the brain. The company aims to capture and translate real-world sensor data and digital data streams into personalized neural messages that are sent via implanted electrodes to the brain. The novel communication interface then decodes the external neural messages into actual perception. The technology is envisioned to enable the development and implementation of novel neuro-based therapies.
4. Offering an underlying brain-sensing infrastructure and development kit for new BCI applications
Founded in 2017, CoMind is a London-based Brain-Computer-Interface startup that offers a technical infrastructure and software development kit for researchers, technologists, innovators and entrepreneurs to launch new Brain-Computer-Interface applications. The company’s platform enables users across a variety of industries to develop, design, measure, study, record, analyze and monitor neurological activity of the brain as an impactful data asset for new AI applications.
5. Rehabilitating and restoring the natural functionality of physically impaired patients:
Founded in 2020, the US-based Brain-Computer-Interface startup Invictus BCI has developed a platform technology to create prosthetic control interfaces for physically impaired patients. The platform combines machine learning capabilities and neuroscience to interconnect the brain signals and prosthetics for improved intuitive control, greater movement capability, and improved comfort for the individual patients involved.