Archive | March, 2014

Women CEOs Lead the Day at the RESI Innovation Challenge

27 Mar

By Maximilian Klietmann, VP of Marketing, LSN

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RESI ended on Monday evening with over 400 attendees and over 660 partnering meetings. Additionally, 33 of the 150 biotech and medtech companies attending RESI were selected for the RESI Innovation Challenge, and competed for “RESI Cash” invested by conference attendees. Well, the winners are in:

  • The winners are global in nature, hailing from the US and Europe.
  • There was a tie for third place.
  • Women led the charge! Three of the four winning companies have women CEOs.

Scroll down to see the winning companies below (click the logos to visit company websites):



Empiriko, based in Newton, MA, is addressing several of the challenges faced by scientists, clinicians and decision-makers responsible for taking drugs from concept to commercialization. The company’s Biomimiks™ solutions can help in predicting patient/drug interaction and can be used to optimize drug designs, and improve patient outcomes.

Pam Randhawa, Founder and CEO



BIOARRAY, based in Farmington, CT, is developing proprietary predictive diagnostic tests, based on cancer genes (markers), to choose the most efficacious treatment for cancer patients beforehand, rather than the trial and error approach currently used.

Marcia Fournier, CEO


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STC Biologics is a biotechnology company located in Cambridge MA focusing on development of biologic drugs. The company’s portfolio of drugs includes a MAb biosimilar for Oncology as well as a re-appropriated biologic drug for the treatment of Alzheimer’s.

Magdalena Leszczyniecka, President and CEO



Multineurons, based in Switzerland, is developing medical devices for non-invasive and wireless brain-computer interface and brain diagnosis/therapy. The company’s products are based on a unique technology that evolved from more than a decade of R&D. 

Tasos Smeros, Founder & CEO

Hot Life Science Investor Mandate 1: Family Office Seeking Therapeutics, Biologics and Small Molecules

27 Mar

A private investment company established by a single high net worth individual is looking to make direct investments in the therapeutics space.  Based in New York City the firm manages an evergreen structure allowing it to have a very large range for investment size, capital structure, and holding period. The firm has no set number of allocations that it plans to make over the next 6-9 months and will evaluate all relevant opportunities on a case by case basis.

The firm is currently looking for US based companies in the therapeutics space and is open to considering both Biologics and Small Molecules. Companies with assets in phase II or later are of high interest, and companies in phase I that have some human efficacy data are also open to consideration. The firm is not interested in therapeutics areas with subjective endpoints such as pain and mental disorders.

The firm is looking for both private and micro-cap publicly held companies and evaluates management on a case-by-case basis. Taking a board seat is not a requirement for the firm and their involvement in the management of the firm varies based on the needs of the company. The firm is interested in both leading as well as co-investing in investment rounds.

Hot Life Science Investor Mandate 2: Multi-family Office Seeking Medical Devices and Therapeutic Drug Development

27 Mar

A multi-family office based in the Greater Cincinnati area is looking to make direct investments in a variety of sectors including healthcare & life sciences.  Investments from this firm in early-stage companies are typically in the form of equity, whereas debt investments in later-stage companies may be considered.  The firm’s allocations are highly variable but are typically at least $3 million.  The firm primarily invests in US-based companies but Canada-based companies may also be considered.

Within the life science sector the firm has diverse interests, with a primary focus on medical devices and medical service providers (including biotech R&D services and healthcare IT companies).  Investments in therapeutic drug development may also be considered.  The firm is a generalist investor, and is open to investing in both preclinical and clinical-stage companies and considers opportunities on a case-by-case basis.  While the firm will consider investments in almost any indication, the firm prefers to invest in large markets and does not consider investment opportunities in rare diseases.

The Firm seeks to invest in solid management teams that have developed a product based on proprietary, patented technology.  While the firm does make investments into pre-revenue companies, they require that the company have a clearly defined path to revenue.

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