Life Science Nation Collaborates with McDermott Will & Emery to Host the Inaugural RESI Asia Conference

19 Sep

By Gregory Mannix, Vice President International Business Development, LSN

The Creation of a Global Fundraising Superstructure

Life Science Nation (LSN) is collaborating with McDermott Will & Emery (McDermott) to bring the Redefining Early Stage Investments (RESI) Conference to Asia for the first time. McDermott is a co-sponsor of RESI Asia and will be hosting the global law firm’s 3rd Annual Shanghai Life Sciences Symposium during the RESI Shanghai Event.  The McDermott Symposium will cover hot legal topics in the life sciences and health industries, including international investment, regulatory frameworks in the US and Europe, IP and data protection and “Key Legal Issues on Cross-Border M&A Transactions”. McDermott will invite industry leaders and the program will feature more than a dozen leading attorneys who specialize in the life sciences and healthcare from the US, Europe and China.

RESI Asia will be comprised of RESI Shanghai, taking place on November 12th at the Ritz-Carlton Pudong, and RESI Taipei, taking place on November 14th at the Taipei International Convention Center. These new events, combined with RESI San Francisco, RESI Europe, RESI Philadelphia and RESI Boston in 2019, create a global superstructure for funding early stage assets across the silos of drugs, devices, diagnostics and digital health. This allows fundraising CEOs, investors and channel partners to meet every few months and form global relationships with partners who fit their strategic interests.

Dennis Ford, CEO of LSN and creator of the RESI Conference Series, said that “McDermott has been a longtime partner with LSN.  McDermott was one of our biggest supporters when we launched RESI 6 years ago. Over the years, the partnership has grown to be very complementary to the LSN & McDermott early-stage life science strategies. Together, we have expanded our businesses across the U.S., Europe and now Asia.”

“We are pleased to work with our longtime partners at LSN on our third annual Shanghai Life Sciences Symposium, to be held this year as part of the first-ever RESI Shanghai,” said Michelle Gon, a McDermott Partner stationed in Shanghai .  “This collaboration will provide life sciences companies and funds in China, Europe and the US with the strategies and connections that they need to attract investment resources and grow.  We look forward to this jointly organized event on November 12th in Shanghai, and to co-sponsoring RESI Taipei two days later on November 14th.”

The Asia region has become more central to life science innovation and investment over the last several years. LSN plans to bring fundraising CEOs and investors from outside of Asia who have an interest in accessing the vast Asian marketplace, whether to take advantage of clinical trials or get new products into the key Asian markets. Taipei is a technology leader in nanotechnology, robotics and custom silicon chip monitoring and control devices that will change the fabric of the healthcare world. LSN aims to open up the Asia Pacific to our North American and European constituents fostering partnerships and investment syndicates resulting in new global alliances.

About Life Science Nation

Life Science Nation (LSN) is a global partnering ecosystem that allows early-stage companies with compelling technology assets to get plugged into the early-stage investor and channel partner’s radars with minimal cost and a big ROI. LSN is a global matching platform for early-stage buyers and sellers across the domains of Drugs, Devices, Diagnostics and Digital Health – the “4 Ds”. LSN curates two databases: a buy-side of global cross-border early-stage investors/partners and a sell-side of global cross-domain technology assets. LSN also offers a sourcing and ranking service for clients who need to source and rank technology assets for channel, pipeline and portfolio development. LSN owns and operates the Redefining Early Stage Investments (RESI) conference series, a funding superstructure that runs five times a year during J.P. Morgan in San Francisco (January), alongside BIO Europe (March), alongside BIO U.S (June), Boston (September) and Asia in Shanghai and Taipei (November). LSN also owns and operates the Focus on Cures Accelerator (FOC) that provides international startups a Boston-based footprint and helps them develop and execute a global investor and channel partner strategy. Learn more at

About McDermott Will & Emery

McDermott’s global Life Sciences team fuels the mission of life sciences companies, leveraging a purpose-built and dedicated group of lawyers with demonstrated strengths across intellectual property, regulatory, transactional, employment and litigation law. Combining industry leadership and passion for the work they do – and leveraging the Firm’s deep health care experience – team members are routinely listed as “Life Sciences Stars” by LMG Life Sciences. Additionally, the Firm’s Life Sciences Intellectual Property team was ranked as a leading US practice in Life Sciences on Managing IP’s “2018 IP Stars” list.  Learn more at

For more information

Contact: the RESI Team at, or McDermott at

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: