The Honorable James Peake, M.D. Joins BrainScope’s Board of Directors - Former Secretary of Veterans Affairs and United States Army Surgeon General to Chair Company’s Medical Advisory Board
WASHINGTON, D.C.-May 04, 2009 – The BrainScope Company, Inc., the developer of medical devices with initial emphasis on brain injury assessment, today announced that retired Lieutenant General James Peake, M.D. will join its Board of Directors and will become Chairman of its Medical Advisory Board. Backed by Revolution LLC (the investment arm of AOL co-founder Steve Case), ZG Ventures and Alafi Capital, BrainScope is a health technology company that is developing a new generation of hand-held, simple-to-use, non-invasive instruments designed to aid medical professionals in rapidly, accurately, and objectively assessing brain function at the initial point of care. BrainScopeʼs products could eventually be used for assessment of suspected brain trauma in soldiers, athletes and accident victims.
Most recently Dr. Peake served as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and formerly as United States Army Surgeon General. Dr. Peakeʼs military and medical career also includes service as a surgeon, as a commander of several Army medical units in the U.S. and Korea, and a tour in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division. He is a highly decorated United States Army officer, having received a Silver Star, a Bronze Star with V and the Purple Heart for his service in Vietnam, as well as several other distinctions including the Distinguished Service Medal and the Legion of Merit in the course of his service.
“Dr. Peake is an extraordinary, mission-driven leader whose more than 38 years of accomplishments in military medicine – on and off the battlefield – will help bring to fruition the promise BrainScope holds for soldiers, athletes, and everyday people who experience brain trauma," said BrainScope Chief Executive Officer Michael Singer.
Dr. Peake grew up in a strong U.S. military family. His father began as an enlisted man in the Army and became an officer who spent most of his 30-year career in the Medical Service Corps. Dr. Peake’s mother was an Army nurse, and his brother was a naval aviator. After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1966, Dr. Peake was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Infantry. He attended Cornell University Medical College after Vietnam and is also a 1988 graduate of the United States Army War College.
After retiring from the Army in 2004, as a Lieutenant General, Dr. Peake served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Project HOPE, a non-profit international health foundation operating in more than 30 countries. Dr. Peake became Secretary of Veterans Affairs in December 2007.
“I am delighted to be involved both as a Board member and as Chairman of the BrainScopeʼs Medical Advisory Board to help develop novel products to rapidly assess traumatic brain injury," said Dr. Peake. “BrainScopeʼs technologies hold great promise to change the way in which brain injuries are assessed and treated, a problem I have seen first hand both in the army and at the Veterans Administration."
BrainScopeʼs Board of Directors will consist of 6 members: Dr. Peake; Venture Capitalists Miles Gilburne, Moshe Alafi and Phil Himelstein; Steve Case; and BrainScope CEO Michael Singer.
The BrainScope Company, Inc., is a privately held health technology company that is developing a new generation of hand-held, simple-to-use, non-invasive instruments to aid medical professionals in rapidly, accurately, and objectively assessing brain function at the initial point of care. BrainScope devices in development are based on a revolutionary and proprietary technology platform, which integrates databases of brainwave recordings with advanced developments in Digital Signal Processing (DSP), sophisticated linear and non-linear algorithms, miniaturized hardware, and disposable headset sensors.