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 .
Kendall Research Systems
Kernel acquired Kendall Research Systems’ (KRS) clinical development program and their neural interface technologies in 2017.
On October 20, 2016 Kernal completed their series A funding round with $100 million from Bryan Johnson.
Kernel brings in its first outside investement, a $53M Series C round of funding led by General Catalyst.
Kernel was founded by Bryan Johnson.
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- Cluster: Artificial intelligenceA cluster of topics related to artificial intelligence.
- Cluster: Brain-computer interfaceA collection of topics, research organizations, companies and technologies related to brain-computer interface (BCI) systems, also called brain-machine interface (BMI). These devices translate neuronal information into commands that can control software or hardware like computers or robotic devices.
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- OpenwaterOpenwater is a San Francisco company founded in 2016 that develops imaging technology for medical applications and brain-to-computer communications.
- Artificial intelligence (AI)Artificial intelligence (AI) is intelligence exhibited by machines.
- MetabrainMetabrain is a company building brain interfaces aimed to make communication between humans and computers faster
- Truust NeuroimagingA company developing high resolution neuro-imaging products.