MindTrace Awarded NSF PHI SBIR


IPart is excited to announce the Phase I NSF SBIR award for $256,000 to MindTrace –  a Pittsburgh-based company focused on pioneering a new analytic field called Mind Tracing™ that combines advances in brain imaging and cloud-based computing to generate predictions of sensory, cognitive and motor abilities all before the first incision.

MindTrace’s software seamlessly integrates into existing clinical workflows to reduce personnel time spent testing, compiling, and analyzing brain imaging and behavioral data sets.

IPart assisted MindTrace with our Pre-Proposal Assistance, Technical Review and MicroVoucher Award, in 2020 for their SBIR PHI project to:

Support the development of a software product that enables neurosurgical teams to track patients’ mental function over the trajectory of their care, i.e., a type of cognitive dashboard. Current practice lacks a tool that identifies brain tissue that, if removed, would result in long-term cognitive deficits. This project’s core deliverable is a turn-key software platform that supports brain mapping protocols, as well as assessment, scoring, archiving and sharing of measures of mental function across the timeline of care of each patient. The software platform will integrate with critical existing systems already in place in all medical centers (e.g., cranial navigation, electroencephlogram (EEG), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) stimulus display systems). Follow-on work to this project’s core deliverable is based on the premise that data from prior studied patients can be used to train artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) algorithms which can then be used to simulate the expected effect of a given surgical plan on a new patient’s future cognitive function.

Please join us in wishing the MindTrace Team best of luck in the successful completion of their NSF PhI project, eventual PhII submission & commercialization of their beneficial innovation!.

(MindTrace Team, Pictured from L-R: Max Sims (PI) & COO, Hugo Angulo-Orquera, Project CTO, and Dr. Brad Mahon, Project CSO)