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Epilepsy Foundation Awards $200,000 in Shark Tank competition

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The Epilepsy Foundation awarded $200,000 to the winners of the 2018 Shark Tank competition for innovative ideas in epilepsy and seizure treatment and care at the 2018 Epilepsy Foundation Pipeline Conference. Winners will use the award money to accelerate their product from idea to market in a timeframe that matters for people with epilepsy.

Jeff Levine, M.I.M., and Aaron Bernstein, Ph.D., of Advanced Scanners won $75,000 from the Shark Tank judges and $75,000 from the audience award for their project, “3D Machine Vision System for Surgical Navigation of the Human Brain,” which aims to reduce the incidence of brain shift that can occur in brain surgery, leading to a lifetime of preventable disabilities.

Joshua Sherman, M.D., and Todd Chang, M.D., M.A.C.M., won $50,000 from the judges for “Virtual Reality Medical Simulation for the Management of Status Epilepticus,” an immersive education module that would train health professionals for emergency situations, like status epilepticus, at a lower cost.

“This competition has proven itself as a great incubator for new innovations in epilepsy diagnosis and care,” said Dr. Jacqueline French, Chief Scientific Officer of the Epilepsy Foundation. “A number of previous Shark Tank winners have progressed to the clinic, where they are helping people with epilepsy.”

In total, 26 individuals or teams entered the competition from across the United States and 9 countries across the world.

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