- Eric Dolan, 24; Alex Dolan, 26
Eric Dolan, co-founder of software company Neutun Labs, is clear about the importance of the disease that led him to become an entrepreneur. "Epilepsy is a highly stigmatizing and traumatizing condition," he says. No surprise, then, that he doesn't want to elaborate when he says epilepsy is "in his family." There's no doubt, though, that an intimacy with the condition is the motivating force behind Neutun, which Dolan, a software developer, and his brother Alex, who had just finished a degree in health care informatics, co-founded in 2014. The software company uses digital wearables that are already on the market--such as a Pebble or Apple watch--to track epileptic seizures. When the person wearing the watch starts to move in a way that indicates one coming on, Neutun automatically sends an email or text alert to a family member or caregiver. Neutun is not the first to attempt this. But its approach--using available hardware to create a discrete monitoring system--is relatively new. The company aims to be the standard tracking and notification technology for a variety of seizures, whether they're caused by epilepsy, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, or another condition.
Note: All data as of 1/31/16