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June 24, 2024 32 mins

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Episode Overview: 

What if we could advance brain health by making early detection of cognitive disorders accessible to everyone? 

Our next guest, Dr. David Bates, is on a mission to do just that as the CEO and co-founder of Linus Health. With a diverse background spanning science, engineering, and entrepreneurship, David brings a unique perspective to the challenges of brain health. 

Linus Health is leveraging cutting-edge neuroscience, clinical expertise, and artificial intelligence to transform how we detect and address cognitive and brain disorders. 

While together, David shares how Linus Health’s innovative digital cognitive assessment platform is empowering healthcare providers with actionable insights and supporting individuals with personalized action plans. 

Join us as we explore David's vision for a future where proactive brain health is the norm, potentially changing millions of lives worldwide. Let's go!

Episode Highlights:

  • David discusses the formation of Linus Health, inspired by his fascination with the brain and a pivotal conversation with a cognitive neurologist, leading to the company's founding in June 2019.
  • Linus Health uses AI, sensors, and advanced analytics to deliver brain health insights and action plans, enabling people to take agency over their brain health and live their best lives.
  • The company addresses a critical gap in healthcare, with 92% of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) cases currently undiagnosed and potentially long wait times for specialist care.
  • Linus Health's platform mimics the observational skills of neurological specialists using AI, allowing for detailed analysis of cognitive function and potentially reducing diagnosis time from months to a single appointment.
  • David envisions a future where brain health is given as much importance as heart health in standard care, with expanded capabilities to assess various neurological conditions and empower individuals to optimize their brain health from a younger age.

About our Guest: 

David is the CEO and co-founder of Linus Health. He is a scientist, engineer, inventor, entrepreneur and investor. David was a founding partner of Tamarisc Ventures and he co-founded Bode, a tech-enabled hospitality company for group travel. He is on the board of several technology companies, as well as the philanthropic TMCity Foundation. David has previously held positions at Morningside Ventures, F-Wave, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, University of Louisville, and Georgia Tech. David earned his PhD in Chemical and Materials Engineering from the University of Auckland and earned his BS and MSc in Applied Biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He resides in Boston with his wife and kids.

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