Mobile Memory is a healthtech application that looks to provide a costeffective way to detect and screen for early signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
Current methods to diagnose and detect can be invasive in nature, require several different types of tests, and have limited availability. Using AI and natural language processing, Mobile Memory aims to overcome these barriers to early detection. Their app records and processes an individual’s vocal data. The insights can help inform the primary care physician in making an early diagnosis, improving a patient’s outlook, and reducing healthcare costs.
As a co-founder of Mobile Memory, Daniel Hariyanto has a clear passion for tackling Alzheimer’s. It’s a motivation shared with his other co-founders: “We were united by our interest in the Alzheimer space. We all had experience, I guess, in this field. From loved ones or from our own personal education.”
Although the idea started at The Johns Hopkins medical hackathon competition, it’s Brandeis Innovation that has helped them bring the concept to its current level of development. After the hackathon, Daniel and his team continued to work on the project, with Daniel submitting Mobile Memory to Brandeis Innovation’s Spark program. Their entry went on to win 1st place at the annual SparkTank competition in 2021, taking the grand prize of $5,000.
Daniel’s goal is the ongoing development of the app, ultimately becoming another weapon against Alzheimer’s. After SparkTank, the team went on to win several prestigious student startup competitions, including the Rothberg Catalyzer Prize at the Startup Yale competition. They have also won a place in the Harvard University iLab.
The skills the team gained through the Spark program played a vital role in helping them research their market, develop their technology, and pitch potential supporters. Importantly, gaining business skills through Spark trainings gave the Mobile Memory team the confidence they needed to take their application to a broader audience.
“Going through Spark, it was really mind opening. We found the mentors and workshops really insightful. Once we did the competition, it also gave us the confidence that this is a technology people are really interested in. Participating in Spark gave us the evidence we needed that we have a viable concept.”