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Meet the Designers Hoping to Treat ADHD and Alzheimer's with Gaming

This story appears in the June 2016 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Could a doctor treating or 's one day prescribe a ? Eddie Martucci and Matthew Omernick think so -- and the cofounders of -based Akili Interactive Labs recently raised more than $30 million from pharma companies, government grants and investors who agree. The team's tablet-based game, EVO, guides players (er, patients) through a series of foreign worlds, where they collect stars and gems and interact with aliens. What seems like superficial play at first is actually carefully designed to improve , inhibition and working memory in kids with ADHD.


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