Digital Health Startup With LucasArts Vets Seeks FDA Approval in 2018

Akili Interactive, a Boston-based digital medicine company that has former LucasArts employees on its team, announced positive results on a clinical study of Project Evo, a video game it developed to treat ADHD in children and adolescents. The company says it will now seek FDA approval in 2018, which would make it the first “digital therapeutic” to be approved by the agency, Boston Business Journal reported.

The study, which involved 348 children and adolescents with ADHD who either played Project Evo or a placebo, found that those who played Project Evo demonstrated a major improvement in sustained attention and inhibitory control while those on the placebo saw none.

“This innovative study represents, to my knowledge, the largest and most rigorous evaluation of a digital medicine,” Dr. Scott Kollins, a Duke University School of Medicine professor who led the study, said in a statement.

Among the LucasArts veterans who work for Akili are Matthew Omernick, a former executive art director; Kristina Academia, who had worked on the canceled Star Wars 1313; and Marianne Monaghan, who has also worked for Konami and 2K’s Hangar 13. Important to note, everyone who works on the game development side works in Akili’s other office in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Disclosure: BosBattle editor Stephanie MacDonald was an intern at Akili until recently.


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