Archive | May, 2018

RESI Boston Summer, June 4, 2018 – Program Guide Is Here!

31 May

By Nono Hu, Director of Marketing, LSN

In 4 days, The Redefining Early Stage Investments (RESI) Conference will kick off a bustling week for the global healthtech industry in Boston. At RESI Boston, over 300 investors will be under one roof in search of compelling connections with early stage companies.

Check out the program guide now to plan for a productive day at RESI packed with partnering meetings, innovative technologies, and up-to-date investment knowhow.

See you at RESI on June 4th at the Boston Marriott Copley Place!

Life Science Nation Launches RESI Healthtech Week, Sept. 5-7, 2018

31 May

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

The inaugural RESI Healthtech Week (RESI HW) launches on September 5th at the Boston Marriott Copley Place with a new conference – the First Coast Innovator’s Gathering, where incubators, accelerators, tech transfer, university translation initiatives, hospitals, research labs and their constituents from DC, MD, PA, NJ, NY, RI, CT and MA (the first coast) will gather for the first time in one location to get on the radar screens of potential global partners. The First Coast Innovator’s Gathering is followed by the RESI Global Partnering Conference, September 6th, and the Entrepreneur’s Academy Workshop Series, September 7th.

LSN’s established network of early-stage global investors attend RESI Conference Series to source, engage and allocate funds to startup firms across the silos of biotech, medtech, diagnostics, and digital health. In addition, we present the RESI Healthtech Week!

“The First Coast is blessed with an amazing amount of technological assets addressing unmet medical needs across the entire healthcare spectrum. They need to get in front of global investors,” says Dennis Ford, CEO at Life Science Nation. This includes over 100 incubators, accelerators, tech transfer, university translation initiatives, hospitals, and research labs each with aggregate portfolios of 1000 or more assets.

Chuck Stetson, CEO of Stetson Family Office, is a Title Sponsor of the First Coast Innovator’s Investor Gathering on September 5th, and the RESI Global Investor Conference on September 6th. Stetson is pioneering a new, nonprofit, evergreen, endowment model for early-stage global companies within technology-rich innovation hubs. “It is time to address the developmental ‘valley of death’ and muster state-of-the-art resources to bring breakthrough technologies to market faster,” Stetson stated.

LSN invites the technology hubs, and their scientist/entrepreneurs, of the First Coast to take advantage of this inaugural launch. LSN created an affordable registration price that will facilitate more startups attending the three-day event. “We had to get the price point right as the early stage folks have been priced out of most of the other conferences,” said Ford. Register for the event at

Qualifying First Coast day 1 registrants are the northeast corridor incubators, accelerators, tech transfer, university translation initiatives, hospitals, research labs and their constituents as well as the investors and partners that seek them. Day 2 and 3 are open to all global attendees – scientist-entrepreneurs, fundraising CEOs, investors, channel partners and service providers.

RESI Spotlight: Investors Focusing on Innovative Technologies For Mental & Behavioral Health

31 May

By Christine A. Wu, Senior Research Analyst, LSN


While mental and behavioral health conditions are highly prevalent, they are also often stigmatized. In the healthcare technology arena, this indication area has been on the rise in both excitement and innovation. According to the World Health Organization, one out of four people in the world suffer from a mental or neurological disorder, including a total of about 450 million people with mental disorders. Even as one of the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide, mental illness carries with it stigma, discrimination, and neglect, preventing patients from admitting the need for help, reaching for help or having the accessibility to resources for when they do. In a society that shies away from vulnerability, it becomes easy for us to not embrace the need for mental health or fully understand how to prevent future cases.

Industry and investors have responded; with the growth of the digital health vertical, the amount of capital invested in the mental and behavioral healthcare space has increased significantly. This year, the industry has seen deals as high as $40M in digital health platforms streamlining patients and mental health clinicians, mobile apps with professional coaching, and software solutions to overcome anywhere from anxiety and depression to eating disorders and substance abuse. As chronic diseases such as diabetes and inflammatory bowel disease can be debilitating for patients both medically and psychologically, behavioral health solutions include disease management IT platforms to monitor and improve treatment adherence. With the aim to treat individuals holistically, such platforms connect patients, mental health professionals, and medical physicians, tracking the patient’s physical and mental health as the disease progresses.

At RESI Boston Summer on Monday, June 4th, the LSN team is launching an initiative to highlight investment in mental and behavioral health with a new expert panel of VCs, pharma, hospital and healthcare systems.

Moderated by Julie Papanek Grant, Partner at Canaan Partners, the panel includes:

  • Justin Baker, Scientific Director, The McLean Institute for Technology in Psychiatry
  • Ken Duckworth, Senior Medical Director for Behavioral Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA
  • Robert Garber, Partner, 7wire Ventures
  • Eric Schaeffer, Senior Director, Neuroscience Innovation, Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Panelists will provide their diverse perspectives of industry (and academia) trends in mental and behavioral health, its future outlook, and global impact.

The LSN team has also slated a handful of digital health companies in mental and behavioral health for the RESI Innovation Challenge.

Register for RESI and be sure to meet and learn both the investor side and company side of this up-and-coming space!


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