Kernel has raised a $53 million round of venture capital to accelerate the development of a new generation of brain tech to allow companies to leverage insights from the latest neuroscience.

General Catalyst led the round, which marks the first outside funding the company has accepted. The company had previously been self-funded by founder and CEO Bryan Johnson. Khosla Ventures, Eldridge, Manta Ray Ventures, and Tiny Blue Dot also participated in the round.

Johnson, who had founded Braintree which , had backed Kernel with $54 million of his own money. More recently, Johnson said he had been on a quest to figure out how businesses could tap into the signals by the brain to refine their own products and services.

“We can quantify and measure

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