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.
About the Founders
Sarika is Secretary and Board Member of BRAIN Foundation and responsible for activities related to its marketing, outreach, fund-raising, scientific study proposal solicitation and review. She has spent the past 12 years connecting with families with developmental disabilities and providing direct 1:1 mentoring and support. Prior to this, she led Strategy and Solutions Marketing as Vice President of BEA Systems, a software company, until its acquisition by Oracle Corporation. She has also advised CEOs and senior executives of Fortune 500 companies on corporate strategy when she was at McKinsey and Company and volunteered at nonprofits enabling education for underprivileged kids. She holds an MSEE from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from Stanford University. Last but not the least, she is the mother of a boy diagnosed with autism and complex medical challenges.
Gita serves as a Board Member and Vice President of Emerging Research at Brain Foundation, responsible for identifying research initiatives. In addition, she serves as Executive Director of the Anurag and Gita Gupta Family Foundation. Gita serves on the board of directors of Communication First, an organization that advocates for the civil rights of children and adults on the autism spectrum who cannot speak. She spent over 20 years in Silicon Valley in senior executive roles in both startups and global Fortune 100 companies, including SAP and Oracle. Ten years ago, she began pursuing her passion to help families find answers to the complex medical symptoms their children experience. She also founded and manages a global, online forum aimed at raising awareness of medical co-morbidities in autism, which now has several thousand members worldwide.
Elizabeth 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.
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 holdsa Ph.D. from Purdue University. She founded MedicalMine Inc. in 2010 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.