Over 50 million people worldwide suffer from epilepsy (WHO). The result of sudden, brief, excessive electrical discharges of neurons, epilepsy is characterized by seizures that lead to ￼unconsciousness, sensory disturbance, and disruption in mood and mental function. In addition to physical trauma, epilepsy carries the devastating consequence of social stigma associated with it. Across the world these social consequences cause even more suffering at times than the seizures themselves, as they affect all facets of life, such as education, employment, and personal relationships. Thus, devising an effective and sustainable treatment for epilepsy and reducing the suffering of millions is both an urgent challenge and a unique and worthwhile opportunity.
Our technology provides a combination of EEG with transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) for pre-seizure treatment of episodes in epileptic patients. With our technology, proprietary machine learning (ML) algorithms first detect pre-seizure activity through EEG recording streams. Then tDCS is used to target and stimulate the specific area of the brain predicted by our algorithm to have a seizure with high accuracy and specificity in a time span of milliseconds.
David Wei Jia, Co-founder, University of Oxford
Ignacio Perez Pozuelo, Co-founder, University of Oxford