HeadsafeIP is the company founded to commercialise the Concussionometer concept, a portable, affordable, objective means of diagnosing concussion.

Company Founder

Dr. Cohen is an internationally acclaimed expert in remote area medical services, occupational medicine, international medical evacuation and emergency medical services. He has spent over 20 years in Emergency Medical Services in Australia and abroad specialising in Medical Risk Management, pre-hospital care, helicopter and international retrieval with a special focus on preventable head and neck injuries.

After experiencing firsthand the lack of understanding and awareness of effective treatments for head and neck injuries he published a “Guidebook for the Management of Acute Spinal Injuries” for medical and rescue personal, as well as lecturing locally and Internationally on this topic, later this was followed by “NeckSafe: the Acute Management of Spinal Injury”. Necksafe is a registered charity dedicated to the elimination of preventable head and neck injuries through advocacy, awareness, education and research.

As concussion became recognised as an important issue in its own right, he created the HeadSafe program in 2012. NeckSafe is the Not For Profit Charity he started over 20 years ago, and the NeckSafe and HeadSafe monikers are the labels under which they provide educational courses, promote awareness and advocacy and seek to research these important areas. He is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine, supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students in Ophthalmology and Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Cohen is an accomplished author, speaker and consultant, having worked in the prehospital environment on and off the sporting field, as well as in front of and behind the cameras for TV shows including “Survivor”, “The NRL Rookie” and “The Discovery Channel Eco Challenge”. He is the author of 4 books; “Necksafe: The Acute Management of Spinal Injuries”, “Immediate First Aid”, Survivor First Aid” and “Save Your Kids Life”. International speaking and media credits including appearances on “Oprah”, “CBS Early Show”, “Access Hollywood”, “E!” and “The Discovery Channel”.

Weekly Updates

Follow their journey as the founders share their actions, achievements, wins and learnings below.


Week 12


  • Further Radio Interviews 2GB Sydney and Macquarie Media
  • Fairfax Media concussion TV segments recorded
  • Website landing page onlined
  • Provisional Patent filed
  • 3D product model printed
  • Shortlisted for 2017 IDE Group Building Better Futures for Health Challenge
  • HCF Catalyst Slingshot Accelerator completed!


Week 11


  • Further Radio Interviews ABC Melbourne and Sydney
  • New logo chosen
  • Website landing page completed
  • App updated with new logo
  • Meeting with interim HCF CEO John Barrington and his top team
  • TECH GUIDE magazine article
  • Over 1 million media views last two weeks


Week 10


  • Further Radio Interviews ABC Melbourne and Sydney
  • Meetings with Rugby Union and League players association re endorsement
  • 3D printing from Cad/CAM model completed
  • New logo and product imagery settled
  • 4 Grant Applications submitted (NSW and Federal)
  • App “live” in Apple Test Flight


Week 9


  • Interviews aired on 7.30 Report and Channel 9 News
  • Provisional Patent submitted
  • TGA/Regulatory advice: perhaps Class 1 will be sufficient
  • Ethic Application resubmitted
  • Web developer briefed for Easter landing page
  • App developer has first Test Flight iteration
  • Research accepted for publication and presented at international conference


Week 8


  • Briefed IP for Provisional Patent
  • 2 x Regulatory discucsions re Tga
  • met with potentail funders x 3
  • Met with other entrepreneur start-ups in medical space x 2
  • ABCTV interview for 7.30 Report next week
  • Met ex-Australian Rugby coach Bob Dwyer re concept
  • Met ex-Australian Rugby international Simon Poidevin re concept


Week 7


  • Concussion Research publication accepted in international journal
  • Prototype 3D started milling
  • Grant application to NSW Health submitted
  • Taught NSW Teachers Headsafe Course and introduced concussionometer concept


Week 6


  • More media focus on concussion this week – good for need awareness
  • 3 radio interviews plus 4 print mentions
  • Meetings with IP lawyers and TGA/regulatory companies


Week 5


  • Attended international rugby conference in South Africa
  • Good intros to colleagues involved in head and neck injury
  • Major media focus on concussion this week


Week 4


  • 3D visual model completed
  • Ethics Approval almost accepted……minor changes
  • Accepted in international research collaboration with past players>>PR


Week 3


  • Iterated Mk III version of product and smartphone interface separate
  • Looked to 3D printing prototype ASAP re form-factor and user-testing
  • Designer briefed re web, deck and app


Week 2


  • Registered several suitable domains and iterations
  • Started targeted research (customer experiments)
  • First video-update compiled for HCF Catalyst


Week 1


  • Received offer of assistance from another Founder – great addition of manpower and expertise
  • Highlighted need to focus on selling the business, not just the idea
  • Highlighted need for experiments to test assumptions
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