Gamasutra: The Art & Business of Making Gamesspacer
View All     RSS
February 25, 2017
arrowPress Releases






If you enjoy reading this site, you might also want to check out these UBM Tech sites:


Akili gets $30.5 million investment for 'digital medicine' games
Akili gets $30.5 million investment for 'digital medicine' games
January 22, 2016 | By Christian Nutt




Games-for-health startup Akili has secured a $30.5 million investment for the development of apps to treat ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, depression, Alzheimer's, and trauamtic brain injury. 

The company calls its games "digital medicine" and will use the money to fund further development of its apps and seek potential approval from the U.S.' Food and Drug Administration with a view toward a 2017 launch of its "digital medicine platform."

The company has partnered with drug company Pfizer on its Alzheimer's app.

"Particularly in pediatric populations, we see a significant demand for non-pharmacological options," said co-founder and CEO Eddie Martucci, in a statement. Its ADHD game, Project: EVO, is the furthest along.

"The qualities of a good video game, things that hook you... could be a perfect vessel for actually delivering medicine," Akili's executive creative director Matt Omernick told NPR last year. 

The space has pitfalls, though: after Stanford neuroscientists raised $32.5 million for their startup Lumosity, the company ended up being fined $2 million by the Federal Trade Commission because its brain-games were judged to not live up to the advertisements. 

Akili will be under more scrutiny at the get-go, as it positions its games as "digital medicine" and seeks FDA approval to distribute them in a therapeutical context. Lumosity's games are widely available on major mobile app stores. 



Related Jobs

Lionbridge Technologies
Lionbridge Technologies — Bellevue, Washington, United States
[02.25.17]

Sr. Business Development Director--#2525
DreamSail Games
DreamSail Games — New York, New York, United States
[02.24.17]

Game Designer
Hangar 13
Hangar 13 — Novato, California, United States
[02.24.17]

TECHNICAL DESIGNER
Hangar 13
Hangar 13 — Novato, California, United States
[02.24.17]

LEAD VFX ARTIST









Loading Comments

loader image