Open Innovation: The Key to Advancing Brain Health

Increased Interest, Investment Seen in Idea


In this paper co-authored by Jason Searfoss, CFO of Boomtown, the presenters detail the exponential growth in investment attention to brain health—solutions spanning brain wellness to mental health to neurological disorders. They show that tech giants, payers, and biotechnology companies have been making forays into this field to identify technology solutions and pharmaceutical amplifiers. So far, their investments have had mixed results. The concept of open innovation (OI) was first coined by Henry Chesbrough to describe the paradigm by which enterprises allow free flow of ideas, products, and services from the outside to the inside and vice versa in order to remain competitive, particularly in rapidly evolving fields where there is abundant, relevant knowledge outside the traditional walls of the enterprise. In the article, the authors advocate for further exploration and advancement of OI in brain health.

Originally appeared in Cambridge University Press

Jason Searfoss
CFO, Co-founder