NERD (Neurotech Early Research & Development)



The NERD (Neurotech Early Research & Development) program provides milestone based non-dilutive funding to support product development. The program helps to de-risk investments in neurotechnologies by bridging the funding gap between research grants and private capital. Each project is assigned a product development team to advise, track, and evaluate progress throughout the project. Funds flow directly to contract research organizations (CROs) or service providers. All intellectual property remains with the company.


  • SUPPORT the next generation of technology and innovation-focused ventures in developing and/or validating products
  • PROVIDE early-stage neurotech ventures with access to business and investment networks and resources
  • ACCELERATE time to market for neurotech ventures
  • GENERATE economic outcomes such as job creation, revenue generation and follow-on investments


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Private and institutional investors interested in learning more about the neurotech industry or considering investments in this space can gain access to detailed profiles of OBI’s portfolio companies. To learn more, please contact