Company Profile

Scientific Learning Corporation (AKA: Scientific Learning Principles Corporation~Scientific Learning Company)
Profile last edited on: 12/22/2020      CAGE: 1UMZ7      UEI: E4B6N7YHGAD3

Business Identifier: Evidence-based reading intervention designed for adolescent learners
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Inactive (Acquired)
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Location Information

300 Frank H Ogawa Plaza Suite 600
Oakland, CA 94612
   (888) 665-9707
Location: Single
Congr. District: 12
County: Alameda

Public Profile

A long-time leader in evidence-based online reading and language software and having only limited SBIR-involvement, in September 2020 it was announced that Scientific Learning Corporation (OTC PINK:SCIL) had been acquired by an affiliate of Carnegie Learning, Inc. (“Carnegie Learning”), a leader in artificial intelligence for education and formative assessment, in an all-cash merger transaction valued at approximately $15 million. The combination will strengthen the education technology portfolio of both entities to further drive forward their joint mission of improving student learning outcomes through leading-edge technology built from and validated by rigorous research. Anchored in the concept of understanding how the brain works, from the outset and with impressive associated talent and expertise, Scientific Learning Corporation has been developing software products designed to address cultivation of the underlying cognitive skills required for reading. The firm's flagship Fast ForWord, a Web-based product, comprised Fast ForWord Language for elementary learners and Fast ForWord Literacy for adolescent learners that build foundational reading and language skills to help districts move below grade level learners to learn in the general classroom, and Fast ForWord Reading, which builds learning capacity through developing cognitive skills using exercises focusing on phonemic awareness, phonics and decoding, spelling, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. The company also provides Reading Assistant that offers a one-on-one reading tutor for learners; ResultsNow!, an online hosting and support solution for its Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant products; and BrainPro services targeted at learners who are below grade level. In addition, it offers on-site product training, technical installation, implementation management, consulting, and Web-based synchronous and asynchronous professional development services; and software technical update releases, as well as extensive telephone, email, and chat support services. The company offers learning solutions primarily to educational institutions, speech and language clinics, learning centers, and parents. When the firm's value dropped below required levels, Scientific Learning was delisted from NASDAQ in 2012 and now trads on OTC

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Most Recent SBIR Projects

Year Phase Agency Total Amount
2000 1 NIH $109,001
Project Title: Posturographic Games: Children with Balance Difficulty

Key People / Management

  Robert C Bowen -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

  Barbara M Calhoun -- Senior Research Scientist

  William M Jenkins -- Founder

  Michael M Merzenich -- Founder

  Steven L Miller -- Founder

  Paula Tallal