Company Also Announces Formation of Medical Advisory Board
WASHINGTON, D.C. October 5, 2009 —The BrainScope Company today announced that Gail Wilensky, Ph.D. has joined its Board of Directors and, separately, that it has also formed a Medical Advisory Board consisting of distinguished physicians from multiple fields applicable to BrainScope’s focus on developing products for assessment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) (including mild TBI, also referred to as “Concussion”).
“Dr. Wilensky is one of the predominant health care thought leaders in the world today,” said BrainScope Chief Executive Officer Michael Singer. “Her extensive background serving in top leadership positions throughout the federal government and healthcare community will be a vital asset to us as BrainScope continues to develop a medical device that can provide reliable, rapid and objective assessment of Traumatic Brain Injury.”
Throughout her career, Dr. Wilenksy has shown a strong commitment to improving healthcare both domestically and internationally. She currently serves as a senior fellow at Project HOPE, an international health education foundation. She has served as President of the Defense Health Board, a federal advisory board to the Secretary of Defense, from 2008-2009. In addition, she has chaired and participated in numerous advisory committees, such as the President’s Task Force to Improve Health Care Delivery for Our Nation’s Veterans and the President’s Commission on Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors. Dr. Wilensky also served as Administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration, now known as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), where she directed all aspects of the Medicare and Medicaid health programs. In addition, Dr. Wilensky has chaired the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), which advises Congress on payment and other issues relating to Medicare.
“I am honored to become a member of BrainScope’s Board of Directors,” said Dr. Wilensky. “With Traumatic Brain Injury rates on the rise, particularly in the military, there is an immediate need for BrainScope’s promising technology. I look forward to working with BrainScope’s Board members and management to help change how these injuries are assessed, providing clinicians crucial information that could help save lives.”
BrainScope also separately announced today the creation of a Medical Advisory Board comprised of prominent medical and health experts from across the country with expertise in emergency medicine, military medicine, sports medicine, pediatrics, neurology and neurosurgery. The Medical Advisory Board consists of the following members:
- General James B. Peake, M.D. - Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board – Former United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs and former Surgeon General of the U.S. Army
- Daniel L. Cohen, M.D. (Military Medicine and Pediatrics) Former Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Defense TRICARE program, Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP) and Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health of the United Kingdom
- T. Forcht Dagi, MD, MPH, MTS, FACS, FCCM (Neurosurgery) The Division of Health Sciences and Technology, the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology and Chair, Advisory Board, the Medical School of Queen’s University, Belfast. Vice Chair, the Committee on Perioperative Care of the American College of Surgeons, Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and former Director of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons
- James M. Ecklund, M.D. (Neurosurgery) Chairman, Department of Neurosciences, Inova Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, Virginia and Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons; former Professor and Chairman of the Neurosurgery Program of the National Capital Consortium (Walter Reed Army Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center and the Uniformed Services University).
- Edward A. Michelson, M.D., FACEP (Emergency Medicine) Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio
- Dighton C. Packard, M.D., FACEP (Emergency Medicine) Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, Texas; Chief Medical Officer, Emergency Medical Services Corporation
- Steven C. Schachter, M.D. (Neurology) Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School; Chief Academic Officer, Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology, Boston, Massachusetts
- Andrew M. Tucker, M.D. (Sports Medicine) Medical Director, Union Memorial Sports Medicine, Union Memorial Hospital (UMH), Baltimore, Maryland; Head Team Physician, Baltimore Ravens
Backed by Revolution LLC (created by AOL co-founder Steve Case), Alafi Capital and ZG Ventures, BrainScope is a health technology company that is developing a new generation of hand-held, simple-to-use, non-invasive instruments designed to aid medical professionals in rapidly, accurately, and objectively assessing brain function at the initial point of care. BrainScope’s first device, the ZOOM-100DC brain electrical activity data collection system, recently received 510(k) marketing clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The ZOOM-100DC is an advanced 8-channel, portable, handheld electroencephalogram (EEG) device capable of recording and displaying EEG waveforms and providing conventional EEG measures displayed in tables.
The BrainScope Company, Inc., is a privately held health technology company that is developing a new generation of hand-held, simple-to-use, non-invasive instruments to aid medical professionals in rapidly, accurately, and objectively assessing brain function at the initial point of care. BrainScope devices in development are based on a revolutionary and proprietary technology platform, which integrates databases of brainwave recordings with advanced developments in Digital Signal Processing (DSP), sophisticated linear and non-linear algorithms, miniaturized hardware, and disposable headset sensors.