Kernel

Kernel

Kernel is a neuroscience and engineering company founded in 2016, based in Los Angeles. Kernel is developing neuroprosthetics that mimic or assist brain functions for patients with neurological and degenerative brain diseases. In the long term Kernel plans to develop less invasive brain implants that can augment human intelligence.

Kernel is developing hardware and software for implantable devices for people with neurological and degenerative diseases like epilepsy, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease . Kernel plans to collect data from human clinical trials where patients have implantable devices . Kernel is researching how the brain carries out core functions. In the future, Kernel aims to use brain implants to augment human intelligence as a way of helping human intelligence co-evolve with artificial intelligence .

Kernel was founded by Bryan Johnson (CEO) in 2016 and is a team of neuroscientists and engineers . Johnson previously founded Braintree and sold it to PayPal in 2013. They have also brought on KRS CEO and founder, neuroengineer Christian Wentz . Theodore Berger of University of Southern California is acting chief science officer. Ed Boyden (MIT) is chief scientific advisor and Adam Marblestone (MIT) is chief strategy officer .

Acquisitions

Kendall Research Systems

Kernel acquired Kendall Research Systems’ (KRS) clinical development program and their neural interface technologies in 2017.

Funding

Seed

On October 20, 2016 Kernal completed their series A funding round with $100 million from Bryan Johnson.

Timeline

July 9, 2020

Kernel brings in its first outside investment, a $53M Series C round of funding led by General Catalyst.

Funding rounds

Funding round
Funding type
Funding round amount (USD)
Funding round date
Investment
Kernel, Venture Round, October 2016
54,000,000
October 2016
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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Adam Marblestone

Chief Strategy Officer

Bryan Johnson

CEO, Founder

Christian Wentz

Clinical Development

Ed Boyden

Chief Scientific Advisor

Theodore Berger

Acting Chief Science Officer

Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

Hi. I am Bryan Johnson.

Bryan Johnson

Web

Inside the Race to Hack the Human Brain

John H. Richardson

Web

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

Rebooting The Brain | Bryan Johnson | Web Summit Keynote 2018

November 16, 2017

Companies

Company
CEO
Location
Products/Services

News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
Darrell Etherington
July 9, 2020
TechCrunch
LA-based bio science startup Kernel has raised $53 million from investors including General Catalyst, Khosla Ventures, Eldridge, Manta Ray Ventures, Tiny Blue Dot and more. The funding is the first outside money that Kernel has taken in, though it's a Series C round, because founder and CEO Bryan Johnson has provided $54 million in investment [...]
Christine Hall
July 9, 2020
Crunchbase News
Kernel's Neuroscience-as-a-Service platform give users access to brain imaging devices and the ability to perform experiments remotely.

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