Neuraura’s mission is to unlock safe and effective treatments for brain-related disorders.
Neurological, psychiatric and sensory conditions are a global epidemic with a burden on society that is greater than cancer and cardiac conditions combined. Current treatment options are severely limited due to a legacy of stigma, our poor understanding of the brain and practical challenges in targeting drugs, such as the blood-brain barrier.
For some conditions, such as epilepsy, surgical intervention is proven to be one the medically proven best options available today. Neuromodulation, or the electrical stimulation of specific neurons, has been shown to be effective at the research level to treat a broad range of conditions including Alzheimer’s, addiction, depression and chronic pain.
Neuraura will unlock these treatment options by using its proprietary sensing technology to understand the electrical workings of the brain for personalized and adaptive brain care.
Combining world class expertise in neuroscience, microfabrication and clinical practice
We believe in pushing the boundaries of innovation while maintaining the highest ethical standards. Enhancing the patient and clinician experience is at the core of everything we do.
We partner with world-class researchers, health care professionals and medical organizations to build the brain care system that we all want to use.
Neuraura’s platform combines neuro-sensing, data visualization and machine learning to transform the standard of brain care.
Neuraura Biotech Inc., (“Neuraura”) was formed as a spin-out from the University of Calgary as part of a collaboration between the Hotchkiss Brain Institute (Cumming School of Medicine), a pioneering institution in the field of brain-chip interface, and the Schulich School of Engineering.
Our technical co-founders, Pierre and Colin, have collaborated since 2012 to develop novel microsensors as part of Pierre’s PhD. They joined the inaugural cohort of the Creative Destructive Lab Rockies in 2017, where they started working closely with Claire, our third founder, and incorporated Neuraura in December that year.
Leadership & Founding Team
Co-founder & CTO
Colin keeps our team grounded and out of trouble, being able to predict potential future issues. He has more than 20 years’ experience conducting collaborative research to advance healthcare solutions and is the Director of the Microsystems Hub, a multi user micro-fabrication research facility and an Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary. Colin holds a PhD in Electronic Engineering, specializing in Biotechnology from Bangor University, UK, as well as MSc and BEng degrees from the same institution.
Co-founder & CEO
Pierre’s superpower is his unshakeable vision and optimism. He previously founded a B2C healthcare community platform, consulted to the medical device industry and worked in collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada. Pierre holds a Doctorate in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Calgary and a MEng/MSc in Human Factors, Cognitive Engineering and User Interaction from the École Nationale Supérieure de Cognitique (“ENSC”) in Bordeaux – France.
Co-founder & COO
Claire has a unique ability to distill complex and disparate information into clear, concise insights. She is also our team whip, formidable despite her diminutive stature. She brings more than 20 years’ of strategy and operations experience to our team, including her formative years with L.E.K. Consulting and a number of senior operational roles at the Haskayne School of Business. Claire holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a MEng/MA in Mechanical Engineering from Cambridge University, UK.
World Class Advisors
Topaz is a veteran of the innovation ecosystem with experience spanning MedTech, Bioengineering, IT and e- commerce. In addition to being Co-Founder/Chair of Springboard Enterprises (“SBE”) Australia (an accelerator for women-led companies delivering the world class Springboard Accelerator) 2012-2018, Topaz is a Director of Cicada Innovations (New South Wales’ Deep-Tech incubator), Omni Tanker Pty Ltd, University of Technology (Sydney) Foundation and is Prof of Practice at UNSW School of Business Management. She served on the Advisory Council to the Minister of Research & Innovation in Alberta, Canada (“ARIAC”) until 2019, and was a Commercialisation Advisor to Australian government Accelerating Commercialisation Grant Program. She is past Chair of CleanSpace Technologies (ASX: CSX) a respiratory protection device company, and currently is an active investor, advisor and mentor.
Dr. Timothy Deer
Tim is internationally renowned in the field of neuromodulation as past President of the International Neuromodulation Society and President and CEO of the Spine and Nerve Centre in Charleston, West Virginia. He is also a Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology at West Virginia University and is also a former member of the board of directors of American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians ("ASIPP"). Tim is well known as a global thought leader and for his of publications spanning a range of topics including spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulation.