Global Funding Insights for Digital Health Initiatives in 2018

12 Jul

By Ashley Durrer, Marketing Manager, LSN

This week I interviewed Colin Widen, the CEO of Boston Innovation Capital (BIC), Life Science Nation’s (LSN) wholly-owned broker-dealer arm, to learn where investors are allocating funds, and the current focus on healthcare advancement within the digital health space.

BIC works alongside LSN and our network of investors to support early-stage companies in forging connections with investors, major pharma firms, and other strategic players in the life science world. By managing clients’ fundraising campaigns and connecting them to investors who are a good fit, BIC is able to address its, and LSN’s, mission of advancing new and innovative technologies to the clinic.

Interview with Colin Widen moderated by Ashley Durrer

AD: With billions of dollars being poured into digital health, why the sudden increase?

CW: “Healthcare needs to find a way to pay for digital health now that value-based care and hospital incentives are aligned to support lower costs in healthcare with improved patient care. There are new potentials for change within the telemedicine space in light of ongoing healthcare reforms and debate.”

AD: How will that turn out for those seeking funding?

CW: “Digital health initiatives will be the least impacted by changes to the American healthcare system, making them prime opportunities for investment this year.

“There is a much lower cost to creating software, virtual platforms, compliance tools, etc. than creating advances in biologics, drugs, and other life science advancements, making digital health an increasingly popular space for investors. Successfully investing in therapeutics or medical devices requires a great deal of expertise, not to mention the increased risk due to the potential failure in clinical trials. On the other hand, software is a recognizable, lower cost, and scalable business model that is often also easily adaptable when regulations change.”

AD: Where does BIC fit into global funding from client perspectives?

CW: “BIC is working tirelessly to support digital health technologies that will have a real impact on the healthcare system for our doctors, nurses, and hospitals. This year BIC is focused on digital health technologies, assets, and virtual tools, which can support doctors’, hospitals’, and nurses’ efforts with patients. However, this currently excludes consumer-based products and electronic medical record (EMR) initiatives.”

AD: What are some examples of potential best-fit clients?

CW: “Some examples recognized in the market are pill dispensers and medicinal tracking for patient compliance, health portals for patients and doctors, mental health apps, medication tracking, patient monitoring and more.”

AD: What kind of client are you seeking now? Can you share a potential client profile?

CW: “Within our LSN network of investors, feedback clearly shows there is an increasing appetite to invest in niche digital health opportunities.

“Investors are seeking companies within the top-tier of their specialization, and a proven business model within the market. Often these investors want to see that the product, software, tool, etc. are viable, which means it’s already being used within the market e.g. hospitals. This also includes an accompanying value proposition for payors and the company is receiving ongoing revenue for that service.”

BIC Global Network of Digital Health Investors are focused on:

  • Funding of $10M-50M
  • Min $3mm+ ARR
  • Niche companies within the top-tier of their specialization
  • Currently avoiding pure EMR focused and consumer-based products

The Future of Digital Health

There are innovations happening every day to help improve access to healthcare. 2018 has already seen an increase in the debate over healthcare reform, rising insurance costs, and uncertainty of coverage for millions of Americans. Advancements in technologies and virtual tools for doctors and hospitals could really help to streamline processes and reduce overall costs for themselves as well as the patients they serve.

We can’t wait to hear what new innovations are entering the digital health space.

About Colin Widen, CEO

Colin Widen, registered representative, is a seasoned executive with 25 years of sales, trading and portfolio management experience in major investment banks. Colin joined Deutsche Bank where he led a team providing consulting services about alternative asset allocation strategies to family offices and smaller endowments and foundations. In creating BIC, Colin has combined investment skills with the robust investor network of LSN to offer a unique platform. Colin is a registered representative and holds Series 7, 24, 63 and 82 registrations. His specialties include reconstructing hedge fund portfolios. analyzing private equity holdings and helping with strategy and execution of capital raise initiatives across the spectrum of today’s life science assets.

About Boston Innovation Capital

Boston Innovation Capital (BIC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Life Science Nation Holdings, became a FINRA-registered broker-dealer in 2016. BIC works alongside LSN’s other two divisions (LSN’s Investor Platform and Company Platform, and the RESI Conference Group) to support early-stage companies in forging connections with investors, major pharma firms and other strategic players in the life science world.

Call for Innovation Challenge Applicants

17 Jul

Life Science Nation invites all eligible early stage life science companies to apply to Innovation Challenge to showcase their technologies.

Companies from all categories of life science are encouraged to apply to Innovation Challenge for RESI Healthtech Week. Eligible companies can apply to Day 1, the First Coast Innovator’s Gathering, Day 2 RESI Global Partnering or both. Applicants will have the opportunity for excellent visibility among investors and strategic partners.

LSN is now accepting applications! The deadline is July 27, 2018.

For the first time this fall, Life Science Nation will have two days of Innovation Challenge competition as part of the RESI Healthtech Week (September 5-7, 2018). The Innovation Challenge offers selected companies the chance to gain more visibility from the early-stage investors in attendance.

Day 2 Redefining Early Stage Investments

All early-stage life science companies are eligible to apply. Finalists will be highlighted in multiple outlets:

  • Your country and technology highlighted at the conference
  • All conference attendees will have the chance to “invest” RESI Cash in their favorite technologies
  • LSN Newsletter Announcement to a readership of 20,000+
  • Featured on RESI Conference website Featured in the printed and online program guide
  • Winners will be announced during the cocktail reception
  • It is FREE to apply, click here.

Day 1, First Coast Innovation Challenge

All early-stage life science companies from DC through Boston are eligible to apply. Applicants will be highlighted in multiple outlets:

  • 10 finalists will be selected to pitch to a panel of investors
  • Applicants present a poster of their technology
  • All featured in the printed and online program guide
  • Attendees have access to partnering platform
  • Attendees have access to early-stage investor panels
  • Attendance on Day 1 for companies is $300, click here.

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Hot Investor Mandate: Singapore-Based PE Firm Invests Up to $20M in All Areas of Life Sciences with Potential for Global Growth, Open to Any Stage of Development

12 Jul

A private equity and corporate finance advisory firm is headquartered in Singapore with a global presence. The firm makes global investments into life science and healthcare companies as well as services related to healthcare. The firm acts as a lead investor and utilizes their network to seek out other co-investors. Typical deal size is $0.5m to $20m. The firm will occasionally seek distribution rights for international investments.

The firm is interested in therapeutics, medical devices, diagnostics, healthcare IT, healthcare services, biotech, R&D services and suppliers and engineering companies. The firm is both stage and indication agnostic and has no revenue requirement. The firm has no flexible investment criteria but the East West Axis is very important as the firm is not interested in companies that are restricted to one country. The firm looks for companies with a multinational, global component.

The firm is flexible with their management team requirements. The firm is open to bringing in their own talent to assist with management and have supported scientists in becoming successful entrepreneurs. The firm is a value-added investor driven by opportunity. The firm takes a board seat when making investments.

If you are interested in more information about this investor and other investors tracked by LSN, please email mandates@lifesciencenation.com.

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