A medical device company that started at Rutgers University has moved to the Commercialization Center for Innovative Technologies building, a tech incubator operated by the NJEDA on Route 1 South in North Brunswick.
According to the NJEDA, Bright Cloud International Corp. makes a device that uses virtual reality games to help dementia sufferers and patients who have sustained traumatic brain injuries. The Rutgers University spinoff moved its operations into the CCIT in March.
BCI’s BrightBrainer Rehabilitation System is a mobile rehabilitation medical device with a suite of custom virtual reality therapeutic games. The games target various motor skills, including motor control, speed of movement, endurance, hand-eye coordination, and task sequencing. They also target cognitive abilities such as attention, short term visual and auditory memory, working memory, reading comprehension, and dual tasking.
The company says its system can be used in outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, and medical adult day programs. A team of researchers, engineers, physicians, therapists, and game developers created the games, which adapt to individual patients. BrightBrainer says its games improve motor and cognitive skills and benefit patients’ emotional states.
“We know that the brain can rewire itself to bypass non-working neurons, so our technology helps patients build that bypass to regain use of their bodies,” BCI founder and president Grigore (Greg) Burdea, says. “It also puts a new and interactive spin on the monotony of occupational therapy, bringing an age-old industry into the 21st century.”
With a background in robotics and virtual rehabilitation, Burdea, who is originally from Romania, has been a professor at Rutgers’ Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering for more than 30 years.
Burdea’s work has been recognized both internationally and state-wide. He received the 2017 Virtual Reality Career Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his lifetime contribution to virtual and/or augmented reality. In 2014 he received the New Jersey Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Award. BCI repeatedly received Small Business Innovation Research funding from National Institutes of Health, helping the medical device company to further its efforts.
Bright Cloud International, 6675 Route 1 South, Suite B203, North Brunswick 08902. 732-640-0400. Grigore Burdea, president. http://brightcloudint.com.
WIRB Copernicus Group (WCG), 212 Carnegie Center, Suite 301, Princeton 08540. 609-945-0101. Donald A. Deieso, chairman and CEO. www.wcgclinical.com.
WCG, a clinical research consulting company, has acquired ACI Clinical, a company that provides endpoint adjudication and data monitoring safety committees for clinical trials. ACI is based in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.
“We are delighted to welcome ACI Clinical to the WCG family of companies,” said Donald A. Deieso, CEO of WCG. “With its industry leading clinical trial committees and clinical trial advisory services, ACI Clinical provides clients with expert reviews that deliver reliable and trusted information to support critical decisions around clinical development programs. ACI Clinical manages a global network of more than 500 medical, statistical and safety experts that can serve as committee members and advisors to our clients.”
“ACI is thrilled to join WCG,” said Jonathan Seltzer, CEO of ACI Clinical. “Our endpoint adjudication and safety monitoring committees are a valuable addition to WCG’s existing portfolio of product safety solutions. Together with WCG, we will work with clinical trial sponsors, academic experts and regulatory agencies to enhance trial integrity, reduce variation in important clinical trial events and ultimately mitigate risk and enhance patient safety in clinical trials.”
ACI Clinical will continue to operate as an independent service organization within WCG’s clinical services division.
Financial details about the transaction were not disclosed.
Integro Insurance Brokers, 125 Village Boulevard, Suite 250, Princeton 08540. 609-987-0221. Richard A. Maloy Jr. integrogroup.com.
Maloy Risk Services, a risk management and insurance placement services company, has merged with Integro Insurance Brokers, an international firm.
Billtrust, 1009 Lenox Drive, Lawrenceville 08648. 609-235-1010. Flint Lane, president. www.billtrust.com.
The provider of billing services has moved from American Metro Boulevard to Lenox Drive after receiving a $12 million economic development incentive from the state EDA. (U.S. 1, November 15, 2017.) It had been considering a move to Pennsylvania.
Volpe and Koenig PC, 830 Bear Tavern Road, Suite 303, Ewing 08628. 609-924-7900. Stephen Schott, www.vklaw.com.
The intellectual property law firm has moved from Carnegie Center to Bear Tavern Road.
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Math Genie, 10 Schalks Crossing Road, Suite 21, Plainsboro 08536. 609-288-2500. Mohit S. Jain, founder. www.mathgenie.com.
The after-school enrichment program, which specializes in teaching children to do math with an abacus, has opened a location in Plainsboro Shopping Center. It is the fifth location of the franchise, which provides after school enrihment in math, reading, and writing to children aged 3 and a half to 13.
Phyllis Spiegel, 85, on February 24. She was a freelance writer for U.S. 1 and other publications and ran a public relations agency for many years. Services will be held Saturday, June 23, at 11 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton.
Mark S. Sylvester, 56, on March 10. He worked at New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company as an IT specialist for 23 years.
Harry Williams, 90, on March 22. Shortly after graduating from Lehigh University, he built a “House of Tomorrow” on a small lot carved out of an Allentown cornfield. No one bought the house, but he lived there and founded Williams Builder, which constructed many homes throughout the Princeton area. Services will be held Saturday, April 14, at 2 p.m. at the Crosswicks Friends Meeting House.
Gerald Heupel, 89, on March 17. He was vice president of accounting for Opinion Research in Princeton.