BRAIN FOUNDATION, a 501c3 organization
The BRAIN Foundation is a California public benefit nonprofit organization. Its goal is to catalyze scientific research that can improve the quality of life for those with neurological disorders and developmental disabilities through safe and evidence-based medicine. BRAIN funds research that has the promise of evolving into FDA- approved treatments, organizes regular think tanks for researchers to develop new ideas and collaborate, and provides educational opportunities for clinicians and the public to learn about the latest state- of-the-art medicine and research in its focus area.
Pramila Srinivasan, PhD
Pramila Srinivasan is President and Board Member of BRAIN Foundation. She is responsible for its day-to-day operations, overseeing its participants and volunteers on a daily basis. She is also an entrepreneur in the healthcare industry and supporter of medical research. Ms. Srinivasan holds a Ph.D. from Purdue University. She founded MedicalMine Inc. in 2007 which is now a leading Electronic Health Records company. This foundation is motivated by her desire to catalyze medical research that could help lead to FDA approved therapies for comorbidities affecting those with mental health and developmental disorders.
Sarika Agrawal is a Co-founder and Board Member of the BRAIN Foundation. She is an autism advocate and philanthropist who has spent the past 13 years providing 1:1 support and mentoring to families with developmental disabilities. She is passionate about supporting translational research and therapeutics that improve visual-motor integration, apraxia, speech and executive functioning challenges in people with autism. She is also an active champion of access, choice, and development of augmentative/alternative communication (AAC) modalities and neurotechnology for those with speech disabilities. She is a former high-tech executive and McKinsey consultant with an MSEE from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from Stanford University. She welcomes you to connect with her here.
Sean O’Sullivan is a Board Member of the BRAIN Foundation and managing partner of SOSV, a venture capital firm which specializes in accelerator programs for very early stage companies and is one of the most active venture investors in the world. SOSV runs the world’s most active accelerators in hardware (HAX), life sciences (IndieBio), and Asia cross-border startups (Chinaccelerator/MOX) and blockchain (dlab). O’Sullivan’s first company, MapInfo, grew to a $200 million revenue public company with over 1,000 employees, and popularized street mapping on computers. His first internet company, NetCentric, developed many concepts in internet computing, and he is credited as the co-creator of the term “cloud computing”. A father of a son with Autism, Sean is the founder of the O’Sullivan Foundation, as well as a founding LP of the Autism Impact Fund.
Elizabeth Horn is Vice President and Board Member of BRAIN Foundation. She is also Founder and Executive Director of 2m Foundation, a California-based nonprofit featuring COMPASS as one of its major initiatives. Conceived in 2014, Compass now includes 350 clinicians, scientists, IT experts, investors and families affected by autism all committed to finding answers by systematically gathering multi-omic data on individuals with the disorder. Ms. Horn’s latest effort is on the investment side – working with successful venture and accelerator stakeholders to develop the Autism Impact Fund, combining high-tech industry funding and startup process with philanthropy to accelerate progress in all aspects of autism research, development and support. She is also co- founder of charmtracker.com and Board Member of MedicalMine, Inc.