Who we are
The Linus Health story starts at the intersection of neuroscience and clinical practice—quite literally.
Two of our co-founders, David Bates, PhD, a scientist, investor, and entrepreneur—now our CEO—and Alvaro Pascual-Leone, MD, PhD, a world-renowned Harvard neurologist—now our Chief Medical Officer—crossed paths fortuitously at an event in 2018. They quickly discovered a shared interest in brain health and belief in the need for a fundamental shift towards more proactive detection of cognitive disorders and more personalized interventions to change their course. After a number of other fortuitous meetings and developments in the year that followed, they formed Linus Health in 2019 alongside two of David’s partners from Tamarisc Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on healthcare, technology, and real estate.
Shortly thereafter in 2020, Linus Health acquired Digital Cognition Technologies, a company that pioneered the modernization of the long-standing pen-and-paper Clock Drawing Test for cognitive impairment with the introduction of a digitized pen. Based on 10 years of research and development at MIT and Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, the innovation delivered more sensitive results and paved the way for the now fully digital DCTclock, which generates new insights from the drawing process itself, not just the final outputs. Building on its origins in drawing-based tests, Linus has rapidly expanded to deliver an expansive platform that couples objective, multimodal assessments with actionable guidance for both providers and patients.
Our company name, Linus Health, is an homage to Charlie Brown’s best friend in the PEANUTS comics; like the beloved character Linus, we see our role as that of a trusted partner to the organizations we collaborate with, the customers we support, and the patients we ultimately serve with our platform. We also share Linus' eternal optimism and resolve, with a team united in their commitment to re-shaping the future of brain health and reducing the impact cognitive and brain disorders have on people’s lives across the world.
Linus Health is a Boston-based digital health company focused on transforming brain health for people across the world. By advancing how we detect, and address cognitive and brain disorders—leveraging cutting-edge neuroscience, clinical expertise, and artificial intelligence—our goal is to enable a future where people can live longer, happier, and healthier lives with better brain health. Linus Health’s digital platform delivers a proven, practical means of enabling early detection; empowers providers with actionable clinical insights and recommendations; and supports individuals with personalized action plans.
We are proud to partner with leading research institutions, life sciences companies, healthcare delivery organizations, and other care facilities to accelerate more proactive intervention and personalized care in brain health. Linus Health raised $55M in new funding in 2021 to fuel the next phase of our growth and we now have a team of more than 90 people collaborating to advance our mission. Learn about our leadership.
Hear from our CEO
David Bates, Chief Executive Officer, sat down for an interview with VentureFizz to discuss what we do, where we are headed, and what it’s like to work at Linus Health.