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September 24, 2020

Improved app designed to increase the diagnostic power of the pupil for neurologists, optometrists

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Legacy Concussion Foundation estimates that 5 out of 6 concussions are undiagnosed.

New advances for a neurological diagnostic tool for traumatic brain injury and various cognitive issues are helping more health care professionals access the technology to treat patients.

The Reflex product suite from brightlamp, a Purdue Foundry-affiliated company, allows a broad spectrum of medical professionals to securely capture critical diagnostic pupillary light reflex data. Next month, the company will release its third version of Reflex, Reflex Pro, a powerful iPad solution for clinicians.

“This new advanced form-factor for Reflex makes it accessible to clinics across the country and significantly outpaces hardware pupillometers in performance and usability,” said Kurtis Sluss, CEO and founder of brightlamp. “Our team has revamped the Reflex tool with a fresh design, better workflow, and heightened analytics. The problem with diagnostic tools today is that they’re ugly and hard to use. We’ve crafted a better experience to provide cleaner and concise information that neurologists, optometrists and general clinicians need in a format that’s easy to understand.”

Reflex’s proprietary SaaS platform leverages the user-friendly HD Apple iPhone and iPad video camera, which serves as a secure mobile data collection and transmission platform for Reflex’s pupillary evaluation software.

An optometrist, chiropractor or medical technician can simply bring up the Reflex or Reflex Pro app on their iPhone or iPad, hold it at the optimal distance from the patient’s eye and Reflex’s machine learning algorithm takes it from there.

The secure mobile Reflex platform offers near-instant repeatability of physiological and unbiased tests, which allows diagnosis and recovery monitoring for multiple neurological applications through pupillary light reflex measurements.

“These latest advances help clinicians and researchers from many fields in further unlocking the diagnostic properties of the pupil,” Sluss said

Sluss has received commercialization guidance from the Purdue Foundry, an entrepreneurship and commercialization hub housed in the Convergence Center for Innovation and Collaboration in Purdue’s Discovery Park District, adjacent to the Purdue campus. His company is now part of the Purdue Foundry’s Double Down Experiment, which includes high-growth businesses.

About brightlamp

Brightlamp is an Indiana-based health care technology company that specializes in frontier computer vision methods. As recognized by experts such as Donald Kuratko of Indiana University, the company develops innovative breakthrough methods and applies them to mobile solutions to assist in the advancement of health care. Brightlamp’s premier patented technology monitors the eye’s reaction to light so medical professionals can obtain more accurate and consistent neurological information in seconds through a mobile device. The name iPhone and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. For more information, visit

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The Purdue Foundry is an entrepreneurship and commercialization hub whose professionals help Purdue innovators create and grow startups. The Purdue Foundry is housed in the Convergence Center for Innovation and Collaboration in Discovery Park District, adjacent to the Purdue campus. The Purdue Foundry has been involved with creating more than 300 companies. The Purdue Foundry is managed by the Purdue Research Foundation, which received the 2019 Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities Award for Place from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. In 2020, IPWatchdog Institute ranked Purdue third nationally in startup creation. For more information about involvement and investment opportunities in startups based on a Purdue innovation, contact the Purdue Foundry at

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