Announcing the Inaugural RESI Asia Week – November 12th & 14th 2019

11 Jul

By Jessica Yang, Investor Research Analyst, LSN

The Asia region has become more central to life science innovation and investment over the last several years, and at LSN we have aimed to welcome investors and other core strategic partners from Asia to join us at RESI and be part of our global ecosystem. For the first time, RESI will be heading to Asia in November, with two events in one week – RESI Shanghai on November 12th, and RESI Taipei on November 14th.

These two events will provide LSN’s global tribe of early-stage entrepreneurs and investors with a venue to meet face to face with partners from China, Taiwan, and other key Pacific Rim life science hubs. With Asia increasingly providing research & development services, investment funds and talent in life sciences, RESI Asia will be a key opportunity to get involved with life science innovation in the region and start new global partnerships.

You can now register for RESI Taipei and RESI Shanghai. We look forward to you joining us on our global journey.

Click here to download RESI Asia Brochure

Follow Up-The Holy Grail of Fundraising

11 Jul

By Dennis Ford, Founder & CEO, Life Science Nation; Creator of RESI Conference Series

Many scientist-entrepreneurs have a challenge developing the sales, marketing and BD acumen needed to get a startup fundraising campaign off the ground. The attention paid to training and teaching rudimentary sales and marketing is pretty much limited to the creating and coaching needed to for the elevator pitch, executive summary and the pitch deck, which run the gamut from ‘could use some more work’ to ‘pretty darn good.’  Exacerbating the problem is the diverse advice provided to fundraising scientist-entrepreneurs.  This is also true for the universities, colleges and hospital tech hubs, as well.  These hubs all have their own, often disparate, viewpoints on how things, like finding investors and channel partners, are properly done.

There is no standardized methodology for teaching a company how to brand and message itself.  There is no reliable, accurate, and current database besides LSN to get a company a list of global partners that are a fit for their stage of development and product set. No tech hub (that I know of) teaches how to get a current list of global partners and then manage that list with a CRM like SalesForce.com.  Nor do they teach how to prioritize that list into A, B, and C targets to go after and manage. Nor do they teach how to launch a partnering campaign and how to make an introductory phone call or write an introductory email.  Most importantly, no one teaches the holy grail of canvassing…how to follow up which is a universe onto itself.  I have written three books on the subject and have been doing boot camps around the world for 6 years trying to help solve the problem with a methodology LSN has created.  LSN’s Redefining Early Stage Investment Conference Series has featured thousands of pitching startup companies and hosted thousands of investors and for efficiency sake truly believe a standardization of the pitch can lead to faster understanding of who a company is and what it has to offer.

The team at LSN has created an accelerator called Focus on Cures that has a two week immersion course followed by the possibility for the startups to stay for 6-12 months while they transition from a regional-based mindset to a global mindset. At the same time, they can get wired into the LSN early-stage funding superstructure that we have created with the 6 global RESI conferences LSN now offers (3 in U.S., 1 in Europe and 2 in Asia, Shanghai and Taipei).  Having the FOC Accelerator take place in Boston is an added bonus because we are in one of the biggest hubs of the global life science ecosystem. You can do this – we want to help.

Panel Announcement – Medical Device Investors Panel @ RESI Boston

11 Jul

By Karen Deyo, Investor Research Analyst, LSN

Medical device startups often face difficult challenges when seeking funding. Many investors have limiting criteria in their investment mandates when it comes to medical devices – whether limiting the regulatory pathway or the need for regulatory approval at all, consideration for traditional devices vs. the combo devices with digital components that are becoming so prevalent, or even the size of the market or complexity of use. With the increased challenge of either penetrating an already crowded market with an improved iteration of an existing device or attempting to introduce a new type of device to the market, it can seem like medical device startups can’t win.

At RESI Boston, taking place on Sept. 11th, the Medical Device Investors panel will feature the following five speakers who will share their perspective on investing in early-stage device companies, whether as strategic partners or financial investors. They will share their thoughts on what startups can do to catch the attention of investors, despite the challenges that may exist in today’s market. The panelists are:

Shahram Hejazi, Partner, BioAdvance

Shahram Hejazi, Ph.D., is a life science investor & entrepreneur. Over his 25+ year career, Shahram has invested and/or directed more than two dozen startups.  Since 2008, he has been a Partner with BioAdvance, where he serves on the Boards of 6 portfolio companies and is responsible for leading investments in medical devices, diagnostics, digital health. Shahram has also been on the faculty of Princeton University, since 2014. Previously, Shahram was the president of Kodak’s life science division, and before that, he was the founding CEO of Zargis Medical Corporation (a Siemens’ spin off). Prior to that, Shahram was the Global Head of the Strategic Business Development at Siemens Medical. Shahram is also the Chairman of the advisory board of Integral Molecular Inc., and the Chairman of PPDC at CHOP. Shahram has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and an executive business education.

Darshana Zaveri, Partner, Catalyst Health Ventures

Darshana Zaveri is a Managing Partner of Catalyst Health Ventures (CHV). Darshana joined CHV in 2006 and has 13 years of experience in the life science and pharmaceutical industries. She is actively involved in all aspects of fund management including investments and capital raising. She led investments in nVision Medical (acquired by Boston Scientific), Augmenix, Inc., (acquired by Boston Scientific), Lantos Technologies, Inc., Maxwell Health Inc. (acquired by Sun Life Financial), and Aria CV Inc. She previously represented CHV on the Boards of nVision, Augmenix, and Maxwell Health, and is currently a Director of Lantos Technologies and Aria CV. Prior to CHV, Darshana was an investigator within the cell biology department at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where she led drug development programs in oncology, metabolic disease, and immunology. Darshana received an MPA from Harvard University, a Master in Cell and Molecular Biology from Boston University, and a BS in Biochemistry from Bombay University in Bombay, India

Lu Zhang, Managing Partner, Fusion Fund

Lu Zhang, Founder and Managing Partner of Fusion Fund. Recently, Lu is selected as 2018 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Before this, she also got selected as Silicon Valley Women of Influence 2018 and Top 10 all America Chinese Youth. In 2017, she was awarded the Forbes US 30 under 30 & Featured Honoree of VC category and also awarded as the Town & Country 50 Modern Swans Influencer. Prior to starting Fusion Fund, she was the Founder and CEO of a medical device company (acquired in 2012). Lu is active in the entrepreneur and investor communities providing mentorship and serves as an advisor to programs like Microsoft AC, Singularity University, StartX at Stanford, and Youth Council of Future Forum. Lu received her M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University and holds several patents.

Michael Thomas, Director, Inova Strategic Investments

A veteran med-tech CEO, Michael Thomas is venture capital investor with the Inova Health System Strategic Investments team (ISI and IPHA). Prior to Inova, Michael was CEO of Appian Partners, an Annapolis, MD-based life sciences consulting practice. His med-tech experience spanned several early stage, growth stage, and turn-around ventures as CEO of Appian Partners, ReGear Life Sciences, NuSomnea, Tanzen Medical, Appian Medical, iSonea, and Sleep Solutions. Mr. Thomas was founder and CEO of Appian Medical, a digital health firm that developed an algorithm to diagnose Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Mr. Thomas spent 2.5 years as CEO of iSonea Ltd (ASX:ISN), a publicly traded global, asthma digital healthcare company. He raised $25MM for iSonea and increased the company’s market capitalization from $4MM to $250MM. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Circadiance, a specialty CPAP mask manufacturer. Thomas graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Microbiology.

Aaron Sandoski, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Norwich Ventures

Aaron Sandoski is Co-founder & Managing Director of Norwich Ventures, a specialized venture capital firm focused on early-stage MedTech.  Aaron’s current investments include Affera, Arterys, Lexington Medical, Pelvalon, Podimetrics, ReThink Medical and Vaxess Technologies.  Previous investments include Rhythmia Medical (acquired by Boston Scientific) and Intelligent Bio-systems (acquired by Qiagen).  Prior to founding Norwich Ventures, Aaron worked for DEKA R&D, the engineering think tank of Dean Kamen.  He has also worked in start-up operations where he helped launch a subsidiary of Express Scripts and helped launch a venture-backed payments company. Aaron began his career as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he advised healthcare clients ranging from leading medical device companies to a rural hospital system.  Aaron is co-author of How the Wise Decide (Crown Business), a book on best practices in making tough decisions, which has been translated into 11 foreign languages.  Aaron earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College with a double A.B. in Chemistry and Economics.

If you would like to attend this and other exciting panels taking place at RESI Boston, make sure to register!

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