Ybrain's Brainchild to Debut: Yband
The world's first wearable brain healthcare device
- Building on its advanced technology to improve brain functions, Ybrain is pouring efforts into the development of the world's first wearable device to help alleviate and treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and mild cognitive impairment (MCI).
Codenamed, "Yband," the product is easy to use at home since a patient with Alzheimer's disease (whose brain cells are dying or dysfunctional) or MCI has only to wear it like a hair band. The Yband is now in major clinical trials to confirm its efficacy and safety (see Figure 2).
Alzheimer's disease is believed to be caused by the loss of neurons accompanied by certain lesions such as the formation of senile plaques due to beta-amyloid deposits or the formation of neurofibrillary tangles due to the hyperphosphorylation of tau protein.
Yband increases brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) levels, thereby decreasing beta-amyloid and ultimately alleviating the symptoms of
Alzheimer's disease. Put differently, the anodic electrical stimulation delivered through the Yband activates brain cells, helps regenerate neurons, facilitates the formation of synapses associated with memory, and thereby helps the brain function better.
Efficacy and Safety of the Yband
- In cooperation with the Samsung Medical Center, Ybrain is carrying out large-scale clinical trials in order to confirm the Yband's efficacy and safety. Following the completion of the clinical trials, the Company will offer more accurate data on its efficacy and safety.
Ybrain's Yband is designed to use currents of minimum strength. In other words, it is safe since it sends only minute currents of 0.3 mW/kg (which is less than one-sixth of the currents produced from a smartphone, which is 2 mW/kg) into the brain.
Ybrain is doing its utmost according to its plan to apply the Yband, a wearable brain healthcare device, to mobile care of those with Alzheimer's disease or MCI with remote, customized diagnosis and treatment support so that their wellbeing will improve in the long run.