Working with the Google Developers Launchpad, BrainQ has developed a unique AI-powered brain-computer medical device, says their CEO, Yotam Drechsler. “It takes patients’ brainwaves as an input with a set of metadata and runs machine learning algorithms in the cloud and translates them into a tailored electromagnetic treatment aimed at facilitating their central nerve system recovery process,” says Drechsler.
AI-Based Medical Device to Treat Neural Disorders
BrainQ is developing an AI-based medical device aimed at getting powerless people following neural disorders, like stroke or spinal cord injury, back on their feet. Every single year, hundreds of millions of people around the world suffer from neural disorders. Stroke alone accounts for 15 million people every single year. And the entire neural disorders cost to the US economy is $1.5 trillion every single year.
My grandfather had a stroke several years ago. From being the center of the family, all of a sudden, he became paralyzed in half of his body. That means he can longer do simple things like grabbing a glass of water or dressing alone. That’s the reality for many people out there.
Using AI to Model Physical Therapy
The common treatment is what’s called physical therapy. It’s essentially exercising the hand or the leg back and forth. What BrainQ essentially does is modeling physical therapy and applying it directly to the brain. In a sense, we ask what happens for a patient or for a healthy person when he does a hand movement, like reaching his hand to grab a glass of water.
We are getting a lot of people to do these kinds of movements and then we learn the patterns. We take these patterns that we have learned and identified and reapply it back to him as a personalized treatment.
Developed Unique Brain-Computer Medical Device
We have developed a unique brain-computer interface-based medical device. It takes patients’ brainwaves as an input with a set of metadata and runs machine learning algorithms in the cloud and translates them into a tailored electromagnetic treatment aimed at facilitating their central nerve system recovery process.
We were very fortunate to have Google share this vision with us. We worked very closely with the GCP team on making this vision come true. We were fortunate to be on this program, and it really puts us on a fast track. And in all four fronts, we have developed the next generation of technology with precision medicine base, with the studio team, Peter Norvig, and the rest of the Googlers that were very, very keen in helping us.