Project Explanation

Previewing Epileptic Seizures

Project

Epistemic

Innovating, our project is going to improve the life of people with epilepsy

Epilepsy is the most common of serious brain diseases reaching over 60 million people around the world, from which 80% are in developing countries. Although there are medications and surgeries available, they do not have any effect in one third of the patients. These patientas would benefit from an early alarm of an incoming seizure.

To date, there is no device that is able to predict an incoming seizure.

Espistemic has a tested and proved software and is finalizing its implementation in a portable device.

This device will improve quality of life of people with epilepsy, opening doors for a more independent life without serious consequences and so they are able to count on the security of a faster medical response BEFORE a seizure happens. In addition to alerting the user, the device sends an alert to an application that can be installed in the user's caregiver's smartphone.

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If patients could learn that a seizure was coming beforehand, they could prepare themselves to diminish its effects. Our device, offers just that, thus helping people with epilepsy around the world to be able to perform activities that they currently cannot without risking theirs or other people’s lives.

Epistemic

How the device works

  • Detection with an average of 25 minutes.

The device works using discrete detectors on the user's head. These detectors send a constant signal to the device (wearable), which analyzes, through the developed method, if there will be a seizure on the short term. If that is the case, the device sends an alert to the user and another to a mobile device of a caregiver.

Explanatory image of how the device works

If the device detects a seizure, it sends a warning signal to the user’s and to a caregiver’s phone.

The patient then can take preemptive measures to prevent disruptions to their daily lives, reducing the intake of medication and the dependence on others for tasks like driving.

For the hospitalized patient, the device can help doctors keep track of treatment by sending pre-configured alerts.

Our schedule

Project's Timeline

Data Analysis

A seizure is easily identifiable in an electroencephalogram at the moment it happens:

Patient’s electroencephalogram signal while having an epileptic seizure
Patient's electroencephalogram signal while having an epileptic seizure

Our method consists in data processing based on non-linear dynamic systems that allows the seizure to be detected 25 minutes in advance on average.

The data analyzed in this project came from two different sources:

Data handling

Image of the graph with the data
  • The chart shows the result of our studies: the distribution of “alerts” in real signals of epileptic patients.
  • The chart shows only the FIRST alert generated for each patient.
  • We observed that the majority of these alerts occurred in a range of 15 to 35 minutes before the outbreak.

News



Epistemic News

Epistemic on more news

The newspaper O Estado de São Paulo also reported Epistemic's reception of the award "Prêmio Empreenda Saúde" (Undertake Health Award) from the Sírio-Libanês Hospital and the Everis Foundation.

Newspaper article on the award received by Epistemic featured in O Estado de São Paulo

Interview with Epistemic's CEO, Paula Gomez

Check out Paula Gomez talking about the award Empreenda Saúde (Undertake Health Award) from the Sírio-Libanês Hospital and the Everis Foundation

Epistemic once again on the newspaper "O Estado de São Paulo"

Epistemic featured on another article of the newspaper "O Estado de São Paulo" on wearables and how they are helping health issues. Check out the article here.

Epistemic on Valor Econômico

Epistemic featured in an article of the magazine Valor Econômico on startups and big company's investing on new technologies. Check out the article here.

Epistemic featuring on news on the Empreenda Saúde Award

Epistemic was mentioned on this article about the Award Empreenda Saúde given by Everis, which Epistemic was the recipient of last year. Check out the article here.

Epistemic featured at Canaltech

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Canaltech has an article on Epistemic. Check it out!

Epistemic on the Check-up Website's news

Epistemic featured on the Check-up website.

Hilda e Paula receiving award

Epistemic won the Demo Day Berrini Ventures e-Health Summit HCFMUSP

Check out Epistemic's presentation at the Demo Day Berrini Ventures e-Health Summit HCFMUSP Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo.
 

Epistemic featured on JCNotícias

Article on JCNotícias

Epistemic fearured once again on the Newspaper "O Estado de São Paulo"

Image taken from the article from Estadão

Epistemic was once again news in "O Estado de São Paulo" in an article by André Cáceres on February 28, 2016. Check out the article here.

Epistemic featured on an Article on the Unesp Newsletter

Article from the Unesp Newsletter

Epistemic Wins the "Prêmio Empreenda Saúde" (Undertake Health Award) from the Sírio-Libanês Hospital and the Everis Foundation

Paula Gomez and Hilda Cerdeira Receiving the Undertake Health Award of the Sírio-Libanês Hospital for the Epistemic Project

Epistemic was awarded the "Prêmio Empreenda Saúde" (Undertake Health Award) from the Sírio-Libanês Hospital and the Everis Foundation and received an amount of R$ 50,000.00 for investments on the Project. This will help Epistemic on our goal of having a functioning device available for sale in 2018.

More on Epistemic's Award Reception on Everis's Website

Article on the award received by Epistemic featured in Everis's Website

Epistemic Received the Ignite Healthcare Award on September 29, 2015 from Pfizer and Berrini Ventures

Paula Gomez and Hilda Cerdeira Receiving the Ignite Healthcare Award for the Epistemic Project

Epistemic's Annual Shark Tank Nomination mentioned in the press

Epistemic's participation on the Annual Shark Tank of the Epilepsy Foundation of America has made the news. It was mentioned in the:

Epistemic on the news

The news website UOL reported Epistemic's reception of the award "Prêmio Empreenda Saúde" (Undertake Health Award) from the Sírio-Libanês Hospital and the Everis Foundation. Check out the article.

Epistemic Nominated for the Annual Shark Tank of the Epilepsy Foundation of America

Epistemic participated of the final phase of the Annual Shark Tank da Epilepsy Foundation of America, in May of 2015 in Miami, USA. Epistemic was awarded U$ 5,000.00.

Read more about this event at: Epilepsy Foundation Announces 2015 Shark Tank Prize Winners Back

Learn more about those behind the project

This is the result of a scientific research conducted for 7 years. The method has been perfected to the point where the seizures can be detected up to an average of 25 minutes in advance and was tested with signals from several different patients with epilepsy

For the development of this project, Epistemic brought together a highly qualified team. Learn more about them by clicking on the pictures below.

  • Hilda Cerdeira

    R&D Director and Partner and Co-founder

    Hilda Cerdeira

    PhD Physicist

    Professor at UNESP, Brazil

  • Paula Gomez

    CEO and Partner and Co-founder

    Paula Gomez

    PhD Electrical Engineering

    MBA - Insead

    Entrepreneur – Resp. for Business

  • Conrado de Vitor

    Partner and CTO

    Conrado de Vitor

    Electrical Engineer

    USP - University of São Paulo

  • Giuliano de Vitor

    Partner and CIO

    Giuliano de Vitor

    Computer Engineer

    Univ. São Francisco - Brazil

  • Ley Sanders

    Consultant

    Ley Sanders

    PhD. Neurologist specialized in epilepsy

    Professor at UCL, London

  • Adriana Cerdeira

    Web Development

    Adriana Cerdeira

    Web Developer

    Responsible for the development and maintenance of the Epistemic Website

  • Dr. Marco Aurélio Macedo

    Consultant

    Dr. Marco Aurélio Macedo

    Neurologist

    Md, Neurologist, EEG Specialist

  • Edgar Tanaka

    Data Analysis Engineer

    Edgar Tanaka

    Computer Engineer

    UNICAMP - University of Campinas - Brazil

  • Rafael Buchner Kaihatu

    Software Engineer

    Rafael Buchner Kaihatu

    Computer Engineer

    UNICAMP - University of Campinas - Brazil

  • Ana Hitomi

    Trainee

    Ana Hitomi

  • Mateus Duarte

    Trainee

    Mateus Duarte

    Electronic Technician

    SENAI - Brazil

  • Rafael Mosna

    Marketing

    Rafael Mosna

    Electrical Engineer

    USP - Brazil

  • Newton Bomeisel

    Lead Hardware Engineer

    Newton Bomeisel

  • Luan Miranda

    Mechanical Designer

    Luan Miranda

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