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Neurocareers: Doing The Impossible!

Oct 24, 2023

Imagine a world where healthcare is transformed by the power of sono-optogenetics, where wearable devices seamlessly interface with our brains, and where neurostimulation pioneers push the boundaries of what's possible. It's not science fiction; it's the extraordinary realm of neurotechnology, where innovation knows no bounds.

Today, we're diving headfirst into this incredible world. But that's not all. We have a special guest who's here to share his insights and experiences about creating start-ups in healthcare and neurotech. Let us introduce our guest, Ilya Pyatnitskiy, MD, a visionary entrepreneur and neuroscientist. 

In the past, he co-founded successful startups, led groundbreaking projects in breast cancer screening, and earned patents for his contributions to neuroscience. But that's not all. He's currently at the forefront of developing neurostimulation, focused on the creation and assessment of wearable brain-computer interfaces, including applications in in-home stroke rehabilitation.

Join us in this episode as Ilya provides insights into healthcare start-up development. Learn about the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare and neurotechnology!

About the Podcast Guest:

Meet Ilya Pyatnitskiy (Eli Friday), MD

Ilya Pyatnitskiy, also known as Eli Friday, MD, is a dynamic force in the world of neuroscience and medical innovation. With a background spanning radiology, entrepreneurship, and groundbreaking research, he's making waves in the field of neurostimulation and brain-computer interfaces. Here's a glimpse into his remarkable journey:

Innovative Entrepreneur: Ilya was a co-founder of two pioneering startups in the European health tech sector. His entrepreneurial spirit led to a successful exit through Aqui-hire and IP Acquisition, leaving an indelible mark on the industry.

Medical Visionary: Ilya's dedication to improving healthcare is evident in his role as the mastermind behind the first-of-its-kind breast cancer screening program in Moscow. His visionary leadership catapulted this program to success.

Research Maven: In his research pursuits, Ilya's achievements are nothing short of remarkable. He conceived, developed, and patented novel MRI protocols and 3D visualization technologies for peripheral nerve imaging, pushing the boundaries of medical imaging.

Awards & Accolades: His contributions to the field have earned him the esteemed Basic Science Awards from the Sexual Medicine Society of North America in both 2019 and 2020.

Neurotech Trailblazer: Ilya's expertise in neurostimulation is unparalleled. His current focus lies in the development and evaluation of wearable brain-computer interfaces for commercial applications, with a particular emphasis on treating various diseases. Notably, he's pioneering a wearable system for in-home stroke rehabilitation.

The Wang Lab Connection: Ilya is currently a research associate at UT Austin, working within the Wang Lab, a renowned biomedical research laboratory led by Dr. Huiliang (Evan) Wang. The lab's core research areas encompass nanomaterials, electronics, and genetic approaches in neural interfacing, bridging the realms of neuroscience research and clinical applications.

For an in-depth exploration of Ilya's achievements and contributions, you can connect with him on LinkedIn:

Explore more about Ilya's groundbreaking work and insights through his Google Scholar profile here:

Discover the innovative research happening at the Wang Lab, UT Austin, by visiting their website:


About the Podcast Host:

The Neurocareers podcast is brought to you by The Institute of Neuroapproaches ( and its founder, Milena Korostenskaja, Ph.D. (Dr. K), a neuroscience educator, research consultant, and career coach for students and recent graduates in neuroscience and neurotechnologies. As a professional coach with a background in the field, Dr. K understands the unique challenges and opportunities facing students in this field and can provide personalized coaching and support to help you succeed.

Here's what you'll get with one-on-one coaching sessions from Dr. K:

  • Identification and pursuit of career goals
  • Guidance on job search strategies, resume and cover letter development, and interview preparation
  • Access to a network of professionals in the field of neuroscience and neurotechnologies
  • Ongoing support and guidance to help you stay on track and achieve your goals

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