Next Phase Issue 100: A Look Back at Our Top Five Articles

26 Feb

By Michael Quigley, Director of Research, LSN

mike-2In honor of the 100th edition of the Next Phase newsletter, LSN would like to share five of the most popular articles to date. These articles provide a great snapshot of what this newsletter is all about: educating entrepreneurs and investors on the early stage life-science-investment landscape and providing tactical advice to entrepreneurs on how best to present their opportunity to the life science investment community. These articles all stem from our daily dialogues with both investors and entrepreneurs from around the world; this experience allows us to act as an information portal between these two groups.

Without further ado, here are the top five articles.

  1. 11 Tips for Creating a Successful Pitch Deck

By Shaoyu Chang, Senior Research Analyst

“Coming from a scientific background, I thought I knew well enough about using slides and making presentations, whether in laboratory journal clubs or at hundred-attendee conferences. However, as I start to help fellow scientists on their fundraising campaigns, it has become apparent to me that academia and business speak very different languages.”

  1. LSN Published in Nature Bioentrepreneur: “Beyond Venture Capital”

By Dennis Ford, CEO, LSN, and Barbara Nelsen, Founder, Nelsen Biomedical

“LSN is officially announcing the release of  ‘Beyond Venture Capital’ in the January 8, 2014, edition of Nature Bioentrepreneur! This piece, appearing in the current issue of Nature, is an in-depth analysis of the new life sciences fundraising environment, detailing what caused the paradigm shift in the investor landscape, who is active, and how fundraising executives should adapt. This is a must-read piece for anyone involved in the early stage life sciences arena, and an excellent primer for newcomers to the Redefining Early Stage Investments Conference.”

  1. Formulating the Introductory Email to Potential Investors

By Michael Quigley, Director of Research

“Having personally scheduled and held several hundred interviews with life science investors over the past year, I have developed and refined a formula for getting ‘in the door’ with an introductory email. As anyone who has embarked on a fundraising campaign knows, initiating the dialogue is often the hardest part of the process. Few introductory emails ever get opened, and even fewer earn a reply at all. However, there are a few concepts and tactics that can increase your efficacy substantially when it comes to initiating a dialogue and locking in that first meeting. This article will share some insights from my personal experience that may be helpful in your email outreach.”

  1. Pharma-Licensing Deal Trends in 2014

By Lucy Parkinson, Senior Research Manager

“LSN gathers data on early stage life science companies and investors worldwide, but we also track global licensing activity and trends through the LSN Deal Platform. We analyzed 20 pharma deals that were publicly announced from January through April and spotted three trends that offer a glimpse of what the industry may expect from pharma-licensing activity in 2014.”

  1. 10 Steps to a Life Science Fundraising Campaign

By Dennis Ford, CEO

“Executing a successful fundraising campaign in the life sciences space requires organization, professionalism, determination, a great technology, and an outstanding team. LSN has worked with hundreds of companies in this capacity—companies that are at all stages of development, in regions around the world, and pursuing various types of technology. We’ve been watching as the latest process for fundraising has surfaced, and I wanted to share what we see as the ten steps.”

We hope you have enjoyed Next Phase so far and found useful information in this newsletter. We look forward to continuing to provide you with tactical advice and forward-looking information on the early stage life-science-investment landscape in the months to come.

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