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    This Startup Wants To Track Your Smartphone — To Improve Your Mental Health

    June 16th, 2017 by Our Webmaster

    By Stephanie M. Lee

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    When star neuroscientist Thomas Insel left Verily, Alphabet’s life sciences division, last month, he joined a tiny startup called Mindstrong Health. Its mission overlaps with the project he’d led at Verily: Use the world’s smartphones to diagnose, track, and treat mental health disorders.

    But while Mindstrong has just 14 employees, compared to Verily’s 500 employees and its hundreds of millions of dollars in funding, the startup’s executives say they aren’t worried about their competition. Over the last two and a half years, they say, they’ve already quietly completed a handful of clinical trials that show promise in their patented technology. Last week, they teamed up with a pharmaceutical company that’s developing treatments for neurobehavioral disorders. And on Thursday, they announced that they’ve raised $14 million.

    “I’m not worried” about Google, Mindstrong’s CEO and cofounder Paul Dagum told BuzzFeed News. “It takes time collecting this data, getting people enrolled. You can’t take a 2.5-year study and make it three months. It’s gotta be 2.5 years. We feel like we’re very much ahead of the game at this point.”

    Based in Palo Alto, California, Mindstrong is building an app based on the emerging concept in psychiatry of “<a class="colorbox" rel="nofollow" …read more

    Via:: Health Topics by BuzzFeed


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