The Israel Brain Technologies (IBT) has announced the launch of one-million US$ B.R.A.I.N. Prize (Breakthrough Research And Innovation in Neurotechnology) to support the development of a disruptive and medically significant neural technology toward its commercialization. An international judging committee, composed of distinguished leaders in neurotechnology and business including two Nobel Prize Laureates, will select an individual or a group from across the globe to support continued development and commercialization of the technology in collaboration with Israeli researchers and entrepreneurs. The applicants must have already produced a working prototype and be able to demonstrate a clear path to commercialization.
“The B.R.A.I.N. Prize will bring together the best minds across geographic boundaries to create the next generation of brain-related innovation, from Brain Machine Interface to Brain Inspired Computing to urgently-needed solutions for brain disease,” says Dr. Rafi Gidron, Founder and Chairman of IBT. “It’s a global brain-gain. Our aim is to open minds…quite literally.”
“We invite innovators around the world to enter the B.R.A.I.N. Prize competition, so we can tackle some of the most exciting challenges facing our planet,” said IBT Executive Director Miri Polachek. “Our aim is to bring Israeli technology to the world, and the world to Israeli technology. We want to turn the ‘Start-up Nation’ into the ‘Brain Nation.’”
In the words of Israeli President Shimon Peres, a leading proponent of brain research and technology. “There is no doubt that brain research in the next decade will revolutionize our lives and impact such major domains as medicine, education, computing, and the human mind, to name but some. Moreover, it will not only relieve the suffering of patients of such debilitating diseases as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, but it will also engender large economic rewards as well.”
Prize winners could, for example, help treat neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, PTSD or even sports-related brain trauma. Or they could create the next cutting-edge brain-inspired technology that will alter our day-to-day lives.
Interested contestants can visit www.IsraelBrain.org to receive more information and to apply online. The submission deadline is March 15, 2013, and the Prize will be awarded at IBT’s International Brain Technology Conference in October 2013.