Concussion detection startup Avert selected for national demo day


Avert CEO Preston Badeer presents his company’s concussion technology during UNeMed’s 2016 Demo Day event in October. (File photo)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 6, 2017)—Avert, an Omaha company developing a concussion-detection device, was one of just 40 university startup companies selected for a national demo day later this month.

Based on research by Nick Stergiou, Ph.D., director of UNO’s Department of Biomechanics, the device uses a person’s balance as a way to measure brain health.

All healthy people make constant, subconscious adjustments to their balance as they stand in place. Dr. Stergiou’s innovative approach was to find a way to recognize the hidden patterns in those adjustments. After a person suffers a brain injury, such as a concussion, it changes the pattern of those subconscious adjustments.

Even when a person exhibits no outward symptoms, Avert’s technology can still detect the injury without relying on subjective questionnaires or clinical judgements.

Using the device would be similar to standing on a bathroom scale for about 30 seconds.

Hosted by the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer, the University Startups Conference and Demo Day begins the three-day event on April 18. Organizers plan to bring together more than 300 entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, industry professionals, angel investors, and corporate executives, among others.

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