Stanford | Cambridge | Asilomar | Oxford
Stanford | Cambridge | Asilomar | Oxford
BrainMind is an ecosystem and platform for impact-oriented company creation in brain and mind science. The BrainMind Ecosystem is the first and only cross-disciplinary community of top brain scientists, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and academic institutions collaborating to accelerate impactful innovation in the BrainMind fields.
The Ecosystem supports the full spectrum of idea formation across neuroscience and the study of the human mind, from basic science research to commercial ventures. Brain science is in the midst of a transformative step change in capacity, akin to the sequencing of the human genome in genetics or development of nuclear fission in physics. During this vulnerable period for the field, the BrainMind ecosystem will both trailblaze ethical stewardship and catalyze impact-maximizing innovation using the following guiding principles:
1. Build a collaborative roadmap for effective forward progress in the science of the brain and mind with top scientists and leaders in the field.
2. Within this wider roadmap, surface and focus special attention on the areas and ideas that are currently under-supported relative to their importance.
3. Leverage new philosophies of capital formation and infuse leaders in the entrepreneurial, investing, and philanthropic communities to support these pivotal ideas from the lab to society.
BrainMind is cultivating a community of excellence with the shared goal of accelerating purposeful brain endeavors – intellectual, entrepreneurial, and ethical. This unique group is patient, risk-tolerant, and passionate about the brain, in addition to being at the pinnacle of their respective fields. The community is advancing ideas in neuroscience, psychology, brain health and vibrancy, optimized learning, and other cutting-edge BrainMind topics.
Because creating innovative ideas and companies in neuroscience requires an enormous amount of time and capital, the BrainMind ecosystem is developing a new capital formation philosophy and fostering the leadership to champion it. This collaboration involves coordination of the best funds, foundations, and philanthropists in the world around humanity's single most important organ system, the brain and mind itself.
Within our wider roadmap, BrainMind is surfacing and focusing special attention on ideas that are underfunded in relation to their importance. Examples include:
Prevention and wellness-focused innovations
Research tools that will enable faster discovery at scale
Mapping in the brain: from proteomics to cell types to circuitry to entire systems
Large-scale efforts to generate and share data
Educational neuroscience, and other areas of neuroscience focused on human flourishing
High risk / high return, non-venturable but sustainable, capital- or time-intensive ideas with high potential impact on public health
BrainMind is cultivating conscientious leadership and investment in the science of brain and mind. This organization is convening invite-only events hosted in collaboration with the world’s pre-eminent neuroscience and behavioral science research institutions. Participants include accomplished entrepreneurs, select investors from venture capital and foundations, respected thought leaders, and esteemed researchers from mind-focused fields. Attendees are engaged in dialogue on the state of the field and brought together to thoughtfully apply the most important findings in mind and brain science.
Learn more about our ongoing events here.
Over $33 billion dollars are donated annually to healthcare causes, much of which goes to basic research at universities. Government grants amount to over $72 billion annually for basic scientific and medical research. At the other end of the spectrum, venture capital invests $10 billion in healthcare companies. While basic research and commercial companies with high expected returns are funded readily, a "valley of death" of investment separates promising research from mass-scale innovations, especially for ideas that promise significant health impact but modest financial gain. BrainMind seeks to coordinate capital across philanthropy and venture capital to deliver stewardship of fundamental neuroscience to impact-focused stakeholders.
Today, a global network of scientists, engineers, and clinicians are doing tremendous work to uncover the underlying mechanisms of cognition, motivation, learning, memory, sleep, attachment, resilience, neurological disorders, and the process by which consciousness arises. The neurological underpinnings of the human mind are being explored in the nation’s most prestigious institutions, with the creation of multiple centers of excellence for these academic pursuits at Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Oxford, and many more.
Just as the scientific community has made significant strides in neurobiological research with the advent of fMRI, the medical community is converging on transformative discoveries of the phsyical and psychological impact of the human mind. The human mind is also being studied in the context of real-life interventions, including medical, personal, and social approaches. These practices are being studied for applications in stress and anxiety management, cognitive behavioral therapy, stroke recovery, chronic pain management, cancer treatment, child self-regulation, and more.
By exploring the intersection of brain and mind, we gain insight not only into the mechanisms by which the mind affects the brain and the body, but into consciousness itself. By convening the world’s top thinkers, researchers, and innovators on the convergence of neuroscience and the study of human consciousness, we open the door to collaborations and discoveries that will quicken the pace of innovation. The BrainMind team is uniquely equipped to execute on this strategy, with experience in medicine, social entrepreneurship, venture capital, and donor development.
(Photos from the 2018 BrainMind Summit, co-hosted by the Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences) Special thanks to John Werner for these wonderful photos.
(Photos from the 2016 BrainMind Summit, co-hosted by the Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences)