"Fatherly Love Fuels Fight to Cure Autism"
THE paternal bond between dad and daughter is one that knows no boundaries.
But a Brisbane father who knows what it is like to grow up with autism is putting more than his heart on the line to build technology to help his daughter and others with neurological disorders.
Casey Pfluger, a medical researcher who has devoted the past 20 years to searching for a cure to cancer, MS and Motor Neuron Disease has now turned his skills to a therapy device to help his nine-year-old daughter to live without the learning difficulties linked to autism and ADHD.
The founding director of CortexEEG, a brain therapy hardware startup, Casey heads to Melbourne on July 5 to deliver an interactive presentation for a panel of medical and finance experts at the MedTech Actuator headquarters.
“We’ve reached the final stage of the MedTech Actuator Accelerator Grants Program and I will be pitching for $80,000 in startup funding in return for 14 per cent of the business,” Casey said.
“It has been a massive journey to get to this level, but the best is yet to come – we are very well on the verge of starting patient trials with the technology we have created.
“We’re developing a new type of brain therapy hardware device to help people with neurological conditions such as ADHD, autism, PTSD and traumatic brain injury to reduce the symptoms of their conditions using brain biofeedback.
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“The headset we are developing is a wearable device which is worn comfortably on the head with small sensors that sit on the skin to measure brain activity rather than penetrate it – it’s very non-invasive.”
While his motivation was fuelled by his daughter’s autism diagnosis, Casey’s quest for a cure went up a level when he commenced the New Business Assistance with NEIS program with Sarina Russo Entrepreneurs in October, 2018.
“I had completed a degree in Applied Science at University of Queensland, served 5 years in the military and studied and researched in medical research for 20 years,” Casey said.
“My skills were in research and I had to learn business from the ground up. The training and mentoring through the NEIS program was supportive and it made business feel much less daunting and more achievable.
“Learning alongside other business founders during the NEIS training was the perfect way to turn founding a business from a solitary pursuit into something I was working on alongside other people with the same worries and questions I had. I loved it.”
For more information please visit www.cortexeeg.com