By Chris Welsch
MJN Neuroserveis was born from the efforts of a father trying to make life easier for his daughter, who has a form of epilepsy that is resistant to drug treatment.
The father, David Blánquez, never knew when Marina’s seizures would happen until they started, sometimes in very dangerous situations.
An engineer by training, David set out to do something about it. The result of years of work by David and the rest of the MJN Neuroserveis team is a device that looks like a hearing aid. It is essentially an electroencephalogram, or EEG, constantly monitoring brain activity, and communicating with a person’s smartphone. Using a personalised algorithm developed by MJN Neuroserveis, the system delivers a warning of an imminent seizure at least one minute before it occurs, enabling the person to get to a safe position before it happens.
“The word epilepsy comes from the Greek for a surprise attack,” says Jordina Arcal, the company’s chief strategic officer. “With this device, we’re changing the meaning of the name of the disease because it’s not going to be a surprise anymore.”