Spiria Awarded Initial Funding from The Entrepreneurship Center at UCSF and Burrill & Company

Spiria Will Offer a New Standard of Care for Human Brain Mapping
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SAN FRANCISCO - April 29, 2013 - PRLog -- Connie Cheung, B.S., and David Gorczyca, B.S., have teamed together to create Spiria, an exciting venture in human brain mapping. On April 8, 2013, Spiria received $15,000 from The Entrepreneurship Center at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and life science venture capitalist firm Burrill & Company to aid in launching their venture, currently at concept stage.

Spiria is the result of a 12 week-long “Idea to IPO” course offered by The Entrepreneurship Center at UCSF. Led by Director Stephanie Marrus and lead members of Burrill & Company, the course taught students how to take their scientific or healthcare ideas, assess its potential, and build a viable business model with which to commercialize their products. Students were also partnered with seasoned industry mentors to guide them in the process. At the end of the course, teams presented their business proposals to a panel of investors.

Spiria’s winning team was composed of five UCSF scientists, Connie Cheung, B.S., David Gorczyca, B.S., Josh Bagley, B.S., Dr. Anu Madhavan, PhD, and Dr. Nam Lee, PhD, who presented a novel neurosurgical medical device. Their product, SMART Cart, is a turnkey neural recording system with proprietary brain mapping software that enables neurosurgeons to map eloquent cortex prior to surgical resection of cortex without electrical stimulation. Their product promises to “map without the zap” in a fraction of the time of the current mapping standard and with significant increase in patient safety.

Spurred by their success in the course competition, three members of Spiria, Connie, David, and Nam, have decided to continue to pursue their venture. Formerly known as Cortera, Spiria underwent a name change on April 15, 2013 as the team felt it better captured the adventurous spirit of their new endeavour.

Spiria co-founder Connie Cheung was inspired by the class, noting, “It made us feel that our concept-turned-venture is a tangible and attainable possibility. We have the support we need from the UCSF community to bring this product into market.”

The team is currently working on fine-tuning their prototype as they prepare for clinical trials.

About Spiria
Spiria is a human brain mapping venture that aims to revolutionize how mapping is done in the operating room. With their unique mapping methods, Spiria enables neurosurgeons to map the brain instantaneously and safely--reducing operating hours and eliminating dangerous seizures and pain. Spiria was launched in 2013 by Connie Cheung, B.S., and David Gorczyca, B.S., and are based in San Francisco, CA.

For additional information on the exciting projects developed in during this course, please visit UCSF news, keyword: Spiria.
For additional information on Spiria, please visit http://www.spirianeuro.com, or contact the company at info@spirianeuro.com
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