New game-based ADHD DTx programme launched in Singapore

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Singaporean tech startup Neeuro and the Institute of Psychological Well being have unveiled their home-based consideration coaching programme. 


The digital therapeutic programme known as Cogo seeks to unravel inattentiveness in youngsters aged 6-12 years by means of a 24-session guided sport that’s paired with the SenzeBand 2 EEG headband by Neeuro. It was developed primarily based on Neeuro’s Mind-Laptop Interface expertise.

Based on a press assertion, the intention of the cell sport is to maneuver a personality by means of a maze. However in contrast to in most video games the place customers management characters utilizing a gamepad or touchscreen, the characters in Cogo can solely be managed by brainwaves.

Its paired headband has seven EEG sensors with 4 particular person information channels to trace customers’ brainwaves. These are then transmitted in real-time by way of Bluetooth and are captured and interpreted by AI algorithms, whose studying is later used to drive challenges throughout the sport.

This non-invasive intervention programme had been examined in a large-scale randomised medical trial backed by the Nationwide Medical Analysis Council. Following the discharge of its findings in 2019, a pilot run of the programme was launched for 20 youngsters aged 6-12 years who had been being handled for ADHD at IMH.

Neeuro stated that primarily based on the medical findings, the optimum and beneficial session is 2 to 3 occasions every week for half-hour per session, and over the course of two to 3 months for a complete of 24 periods to get the perfect outcomes.


Annually, the IMH sees about 800 Singaporean youngsters and adolescents with ADHD, a neurodevelopmental dysfunction that affects up to 7% of children globally

Present ADHD administration contains medicine and behavioural interventions. A BCI programme is now additionally being supplied on the institute as a further home-based therapy choice to handle limitations in mainstay therapy. 


A significant participant within the ADHD DTx area, Akili Interactive, not too long ago went public in the USA by way of a SPAC merger. It gives the FDA-cleared EndeavorRx, a DTx presently accepted for kids aged 8-12 years. The corporate is now working to get the product accepted in Japan. 

Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma from Japan has additionally not too long ago jumped ship within the psychological well being DTx area. Final yr, it introduced its partnership with US-based behavioural well being agency BehaVR to develop prescription DTx for treating main psychological well being issues, together with social anxiousness dysfunction, generalised anxiousness dysfunction and main depressive dysfunction.

It has been projected that the worldwide DTx market will attain $13.8 billion in worth by 2027, rising at a 21% CAGR from 2019. 


“On this digital age, younger mother and father are savvy and are on a lookout for digital aids that may assist their youngsters enhance their well-being. [ADHD] is without doubt one of the most typical circumstances we see amongst younger sufferers, and the primary line of therapy can be behaviour administration remedy the place they be taught methods to assist them cope higher. Whereas skilled assist could also be crucial for some youngsters, others might profit from a home-based intervention just like the Cogo programme,” stated Dr Lim Choon Guan, senior marketing consultant and deputy chief of the Division of Developmental Psychiatry at IMH. 

Dr Guan stated they might provide the Cogo programme as an adjunct coaching choice for kids with delicate to average ADHD. 

“Apart from the comfort of with the ability to do that remedy at residence and with most with the ability to see improved focus, I consider younger youngsters will even discover the gameplay enjoyable,” he added.

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