Launched in 2008, Sands Research Inc. (SRI) is a continuation to the successful track record of co-founders Dr. Stephen Sands and Mr. Ron Wright. Their first company, Neuroscan Inc., was the largest supplier of EEG equipment and software to the neurological research market, with over 2,500 laboratories utilizing their products worldwide. After the sale of Neuroscan, Dr. Sands and his team initiated years of research and development into the brain’s response in applied settings. SRI has recorded response to TV commercials, TV broadcast, movie trailers, packaged goods, in store shopping, point of sale, automotive clinics, print, web, gaming, fragrances, taste, touch, and even responses to different shoes while running.
The result is SRI's patent pending software (Neuromedia™) that analyzes and scores media by a target subject group’s engagement and emotions (The Sands Research Neuro Engagement Score™ NES and Emotional Valence Score™ EVS, respectively).
SRI manufactures neurophysiological equipment to include, caps, gel, amplifiers designed for research EEG and event-related potentials. The equipment is fMRI, MEG, and TMS compatible and is sold to leading university and national research institutes around the world.
Sands Research Inc. is also recognized as one of the leading providers and innovators in the growing field of neuromarketing services. The company has offices, labs, and partners around the world and offers a unique service to its clients and to the advertising community.
Sands Research explores basic and clinical research in the Neurosciences. Current interests focus on functional neuroimaging, neurophysiology and behavior. We develop new and improve upon existing tools for the Neuroscientist in order to increase the efficiency of data collection, the clarity of results, and the ability to report results effectively.
Dr. Stephen F. Sands
Stephen F. Sands, Ph.D.
Dr. Sands is the Chairman and Chief Science Officer for Sands Research Inc. This is Dr. Sands’ second successful corporate venture after the formation, building and sale of the leading supplier of research EEG systems to The Marmon Group.
In 1988 Dr. Sands, with Mr. Ron Wright, co-founded Neuroscan Inc. which became the market leader in EEG software and equipment to over 2,500 universities, corporate and national research laboratories. Dr. Sands was instrumental in introducing many innovations which were new to the discipline of Neuroscience and are today accepted practices for recording high-density in EEG and evoked potential research.
Receiving his B.A. in Psychology in 1975 from California State University, Long Beach, California, Dr. Sands earned his MA and PhD in Biomedical Sciences at The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Houston, Texas. Between 1979 and 1983 Dr. Sands performed Postdoctoral work at the National Eye Institute in the Department of Sensory Sciences at The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. He was a Research Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Biomedical Science Center at Houston, a Lecturer at the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas at El Paso and a Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories in Naperville, Illinois.
During 1983 and 1990 he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). He received tenure in 1994 where he was promoted to Associate Professor. His academia career includes being a Visiting Research Assistant Professor at The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Neurophysiology Research Center at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and a Consultant to Brain Potential Imaging Laboratory at the Harvard Medical School.
In 1988 he joined with Mr. Wright as Chairman in the establishment and building of Neuroscan. He also relinquished his tenured position at UTEP to devote his full time to the growth of the Company. In the summer of 1998 Neuroscan Inc. was sold to Marmon whereupon Dr. Sands was appointed as Chief Science Officer. He remained with Neuroscan until 2005 and then served in a consulting capacity at SRI International in Menlo Park.
In 2007, Dr. Sands, established Sands Research LLC and Electrode Arrays LLC. Sands Research was converted to a Delaware corporation in early 2008. Dr. Sands has numerous scientific publications in psychology, behavior and the neurosciences.
In 2014, Dr. Sands was elected to The National Academy of Sciences.
Mr. Wright is the President/CEO of Sands Research Inc. He teamed up again with Dr. Sands in their second successful venture in January of 2008.
In their first endeavor together, Mr. Wright with Dr. Sands founded and served as President / CEO of Neuroscan, Inc., the leading manufacturer of research EEG and related neuroimaging software based systems. They established Neuroscan in 1988 and sold the company to The Marmon Group of Chicago in 1998. Mr. Wright acquired and merged two additional medical device companies while at Marmon and remained with the Company until the end of 2002.
Mr. Wright also is Chairman of Next Century Technologies, Inc. (NCT), (www.nxtcent.com) an international holding company of healthcare, software and biotechnology corporations based in Northern Virginia. After leaving Marmon, Mr. Wright served as President of JNetDirect Incorporated, (www.jnetdirect.com) a leading Northern Virginia software company in which NCT invested and now wholly owns.
In public service, Mr. Wright was appointed for two terms by Virginia’s Governor (now U.S. Senator) Mark Warner to the Board of Directors of the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park Authority. He served as the Treasurer of the Park Authority and as a Director of the Virginia Biosciences Development Center subsidiary. He is also a member of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, was appointed for two terms to the New York District Export Council by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and has served on the Finance Committee for numerous federal and state political campaigns.
Prior to the formation of Neuroscan Inc., Mr. Wright was President of a private market research consulting practice based in New York City and received a degree in Public Policy from Eisenhower College in Upstate New York.
SANDS RESEARCH INC. 955 N Resler 104-113
El Paso, TX 79912
Phone 915.787.0254 FAX 915.201.2544