Recap: Thank you for everyone who made RESI San Francisco our best event yet!

17 Jan

By Claire Jeong, Senior Research Analyst, LSN

claireLast week’s RESI San Francisco during JP Morgan brought almost 1,200 attendees, making it our largest conference to date. This included over 500 investors and 500 early-stage companies in our usual sectors of focus – therapeutics, medical devices, diagnostics, and digital health. Here is the breakdown of technology sectors and investor types that were represented:

The partnering forum hit full capacity earlier than anticipated, so we had to close registration early to provide the best accommodation possible for all attendees. We did our best to provide as many additional meeting areas as possible, but even those spots ended up filling within just a few hours after launch. We truly appreciate the support of everyone who actively participated in the conference and contributing to the early-stage life sciences & healthcare ecosystem. While JPM week always attracts global players, RESI San Francisco 2019 was truly unique in that we were able to welcome large delegations from Taiwan, Israel, and Quebec and support their promising innovations.

We also had two engaging luncheon events during the conference – the Stetson Family Office brought together a network of family offices and other relevant players in fostering their Global Family Office BioForum (GFOB) initiative and promoting an ecosystem that enables “Better Health at Lower Cost”. BioMed Taiwan organized a luncheon and pitching event for their start-up delegation, during which each company did a brief pitch of their technologies. Over 100 attendees RSVP’ed for this popular event.

Responses from the delegations were very positive. Dr. Woei-Jer Chuang, Director General of Department of Life Sciences of Ministry of Science and Technology remarked, “RESI is a fabulous conference that successfully provides the opportunity for early-stage life science companies across biotech and medtech to meet investors from around the globe and create relationships. The RESI conference is what Taiwan needs now to help our start-ups to reach the global stage and build global partnerships.”

The Israel Export Institute & Foreign Trade Administration commented, “RESI’19 was an incredible event, bringing hundreds of investors and tech companies under one roof to engage and create value. We organized a delegation of 11 Israeli Digital Health companies and led them to RESI’19 who have met there tens of potential investors and partners, all saying that the RESI partnering platform is highly beneficial and convenient for use, hoping to see outcomes in the near future. The RESI staff was incredibly helpful and responsive, assisting in any way possible, which helped us maximize our JPM week.” The Israeli delegation included Novotalk, the company taking first place in the Innovation Challenge.

We are extremely grateful for the support of these delegations and their involvement truly speaks for RESI’s niche in the early stage funding landscape. We aim to work with more bioclusters and tapping into their regional ecosystems, helping more companies scale globally.

We also introduced a few new panel topics during the conference, including “Investing in Cell & Gene Therapy” (pictured above) and “Taiwan Investors”. Although many of our panels focus on recurring topics, we will continue to dedicate a set number of panels to new, emerging trends we see in this dynamic ecosystem. Through our team’s work with the LSN Investor Platform and curating information on new and existing investors, we have had longstanding relationships with leading investors and industry leaders, which always enables an excellent lineup of panelists. In addition, we featured the West Coast Innovators’ Pitch Challenge, in which 8 companies in West Coast innovation hubs were selected to pitch in front of a panel of investors who actively assess and evaluate early-stage opportunities. We look forward to continuing the Pitch Challenge to provide the earliest stage companies an opportunity to present to and network with active investors.

2019 will be a big year for RESI, as we plan to expand the conference to regions outside of North America for the very first time. We look forward to seeing you at more of our events this year!

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