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NeuroCatch's Bimal Lakhani on building a vital sign for the brain

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Release Date: 09/05/2023

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Bimal Lakhani is the Vice President of Product Development at HealthTech Connex and NeuroCatch, a recent startup targeting the analytics of brain disorder diagnosis and improvements. He is also Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He holds a PhD in Rehabilitation Science. This conversation talks about the company, science behind it and where it is going in the future.

Takeaways:
We currently do not have a quick mechanism to check out brain health.
Clinical interfaces need to intuitive and easy to use for the clinician.
How is your brain today? Can we bring people to check their brain health like they check their smartphone?


[0:00] Jen French from Neurotech Reports kicks off the introductions on the RehabWeek exhibit floor.
[0:33] Bimal Lakhani describes the new venture of NeuroCatch to meet the need to get a comprehensive matrix of the brain in the clinical setting, in otherwords the “vital signs” of the brain.
[2:33] Lakhani talks about the NeuroCatch platform technology as a neurodiagnostic tool and their strategy for hardware industry partnerships.
[3:33] Description of the target areas for NeuroCatch and the gap in clinical need and the focus of their current research including concussion and other brain injuries.
[5:04] How is your brain doing today? Lakhani also describes the device and what it does.
[7:08] The walk-through of the software tool interface for an EEG evaluation and the keep it simple approach.
[11:19] The NeuroCatch device is approved for clinical use in Canada. Lakhani describes the other markets on their radar.
[11:53] Discussion of data collection and cybersecurity along with their relationship with clinical partners.
[1:26] What is the target market for the MyndTec neural re-education device? Plymale also talks about their pursuit for clinical partners, their strategic focus and the economics of the medical device as an early stage venture.
[12:36] Description of HeuroCanada partnership and clinical adoption in rehabilitation setting. He also talks about the parent company, HealthTech Connex, and their relationship with Helius Medical.
[14:25] Lakhani discusses the next steps for NeuroCatch and their future focus for people to be conscious of their brain health.