Who’s Meeting Whom at RESI?

11 Sep

By Lucy Parkinson, Senior Research Manager, LSN

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With less than a week to go until LSN’s Redefining Early Stage Investments (RESI) conference, attendees are using our online partnering system to set up meetings during the event. Registered RESI attendees have sent more than 1,300 meeting requests to each other, resulting in hundreds of partnering meetings already scheduled. As we go into the last week before the conference, there’s still bandwidth available for newly registered startups and investors to book meetings. Each attendee is able to book up to 18 meetings, so it’s not too late to register and begin filling up your schedule.

All attendees belong to one of three broad categories: investors; biotech and medtech companies; or service providers and consultants. With three categories of attendees, the meetings booked fall into six groups. (See Exhibit 1.)

Exhibit 1

Exhibit 1

While meetings are booked among all categories, 60% of all meetings scheduled thus far are between investors and biotech and medtech companies. This has always been the central mission of RESI: to provide a venue for life science entrepreneurs to discuss their research and how it’s going to change the world in face-to-face meetings with investors.

As RESI has developed we’ve been surprised to note that many investors like to book meetings with fellow investors; as RESI is such a large and robust gathering of life science investors, these investors take the opportunity to network with each other, discuss synergies, and find potential co-investors for deals that they’re interested in.

But we’re encouraged to see that RESI facilitates meetings between all possible constituencies. RESI provides a forum for every stakeholder in the early stage life science world to reach out to others and build the relationships that will carry new technologies towards commercialization. We hope to see you there on September 17th.

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