NeuraLight launches from stealth, raises $5.5 million to digitize neurology
After selling Chorus.ai to ZoomInfo for $575 million, co-founder Micha Breakstone is on to his next challenge
Using video generated by a smartphone or web camera, NeuraLight uses computer vision and deep learning algorithms to catch objective and sensitive digital markers to help accelerate drug development and raise the success rates of new drugs. These endpoints can be used during all phases of clinical trials and help for therapies including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and other neurodegenerative diseases.
“Neurological diseases are slow killers and are notoriously difficult to measure and treat, so often patients and their loved ones are at the mercy of the disease and it’s painful to watch,” remarks NeuraLight’s CEO and Co-Founder Dr. Micha Breakstone. “We are on a mission to help improve the quality of life for patients suffering from neurological disorders, and we’re doing that by giving pharmaceutical companies tools to find neurological patterns in patients during clinical trials and build more targeted and effective therapies.”
Breakstone co-founded NeuraLight alongside its CTO Edmund Benami. It is Breakstone’s latest venture following the acquisition of his last company, Chorus.ai, which was sold to ZoomInfo for $575 million earlier this year.
One billion people worldwide suffer from neurological disorders, most of which have no cure and making it the leading cause of global disability. In the U.S alone, incurring costs from neurological disorders can reach $800 billion annually. “In a very real sense, neurology is decades behind other areas of medicine,” Breakstone told CTech. “Neurological screening, diagnosis, and care are highly subjective and dependent on manual examination. This creates a significant challenge for drug development, clinical trials, and precision medicine. We are building an AI-driven platform to accelerate and improve drug development, monitoring, and care for patients with neurological disorders. Our mission is to transform the lives of the billions of people impacted by neurological disorders by digitizing neurological monitoring and care.”
NeuraLight’s team also includes Chief Innovation Officer Dr. Rivka Kretiman, previously Head of Global Innovative Research and Development of Teva Pharmaceuticals, and Professor Ruth Djaldetti, Head of The Movement Disorder Center at the Rabin Medical Center, as well as members from Google, Chorus.ai, and Viz.ai.
“Having worked in the pharmaceutical industry for the last two decades, I can confidently say that digital endpoints are the future of neurology,” added Dr. Kretiman. “This technology has been the missing piece pharma has needed to make drug development for neurological diseases effective and ultimately more successful, and will create a new standard of measurement for these companies’ drug development pipelines.”
The company is currently running an internal trial on healthy volunteers in its own facilities. It has also signed agreements to start two trials in institutions in the U.S and Israel, although the company cannot yet disclose their names.