4D Meets AI’s Angel & Family Office Panel

27 Aug

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

It’s important that fundraising CEOs understand the different types of investors, what differentiates them, and which are the best fits for their products and stage of development. This is why 4D Meets AI is featuring an investor panel on Angels and Family Offices. Many angels and family office groups invest in early-stage life science and healthcare because of the strong impact this capital has on the global market, as well often having a personal connection or mission towards helping in this space. Understanding these groups will give fundraising CEOs a clearer direction when considering strategic partnerships to pursue. Read below to learn more about this panel and click here to register for 4D Meets AI.

Moderator: Dennis Ford, Founder & CEO, Life Science Nation (LSN)

Dennis Ford is an entrepreneur, author, and frontier technologist with deep expertise in sales, marketing, and business development. He has spent most of his career involved in launching new technology-based companies. He has wide-ranging experience in hardware and software computing, middleware, data storage, networking, SaaS, data mining, data profiling, expert systems, and scaling/funding companies. Most recently, Dennis has spent the last 7 years in the early-stage life science arena creating an ecosystem to streamline fundraising for next-generation drugs, devices, diagnostics, and digital health products. Over the last 15 years, he has worked extensively with creating an active network of global investors ranging from Family Offices, Private Equity, Venture Capital, Foundations, and Endowments to large Corporate and Pharmaceutical firms interested in high-growth early-stage technologies. His expertise encompasses using database subscription services to create business solutions and using the Internet to create an interactive dialog between buyers and sellers. He is a big proponent of using data profiling and matching technology to efficiently find that all-important business fit in the marketing and selling process. Currently, Life Science Nation has the most comprehensive life science investor database in the world. Dennis has also pioneered a unique global partnering event model that matches buyers and sellers based on their specifically stated needs and declared partnering mandate initiatives garnered from one-on-one interviews and curating buyer/seller databases in a selected industry. Ford is the author of The Peddler’s Prerogative and The Fund Manager’s Marketing Manifesto, two well-received sales and marketing books. His latest book is The Life Science Executive’s Fundraising Manifesto which he turned into a two-week immersion class for scientist-entrepreneurs and fundraising CEOs which is now offered to international government agencies to move their funded startups into the global funding arena.

Richard Anders, JD, Founder & Executive Director, Mass Medical Angels

Richard Anders is an investor and long-time entrepreneur. He founded the legal software publishing company Jurisoft, which he sold to Lexis/Nexis, published newspapers including Boston Digital Industry and New York Digital Industry and currently serves as managing director of Rubin/Anders Scientific, which places scientists as consultants in patent projects. He has invested in approximately two dozen early-stage startups.

Anders is an overseer at the Museum of Science in Boston where he served as a trustee for nearly 20 years. At the museum he was most recently a member of the food committee, exploring science education around the issues of food and its preparation. He is a trustee of the Forsyth Institute and an overseer at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital and the Gardner Museum. Anders founded and currently runs MA Medical Angels (MA2), one of the country’s leading angel groups focused exclusively on life sciences. He has founded the angel group Launchpad, the nationally renowned Science on Screen event at the Coolidge Corner Cinema and was a founding trustee of the Massachusetts Interactive Media Council. He served for many years as a member of the Dana Farber Cancer Center Institutional Review Board. He has been a board member or board observer at multiple life science startups. Anders teaches medical device entrepreneurship at the Harvard/MIT HST program. He is a graduate Summa Cum Laude in Mathematics from Harvard and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Ruchi Dana, MD, Board Member, DANA Group of Companies

Dr. Ruchi Dana is a qualified medical practitioner, who has transitioned successfully into a seasoned entrepreneur and Business Leader. Ruchi did her MD from AMU and her full-time MBA from Stanford University. Ruchi also received her PMP Certificate in Public Management and Social Innovation from Stanford University. Ruchi is a frequent speaker at various industry conferences and sits on multiple Corporate, startup, non-profits and University boards including Dana Group of Companies, Dubai, Duluth Medical Technologies Inc, USA, NGO Aaroogya Foundation, India and the California State University, Chico Cybersecurity Advisory Board. Ruchi has been recognized by Forbes Middle East as the “Next Generation Business Leader, Arab World” for 3 consecutive years 2017, 2018 and 2019. She has also been recognized by Campden Wealth as the “Women to Watch” in September’18 issue, and was conferred with the Yuva Ratna Award, 2018. Ruchi has also been recognized as “Top 75 Family Business Leaders” 2019 by Campden Research (UK). Recently, Dr Ruchi was featured on the Forbes ME Top Power Businesswomen 2020. Since joining Dana Group, Ruchi has been instrumental in starting the Value-added Steel manufacturing division in 2008, Lubricants and Grease manufacturing division and also Retail, Hospital and Real Estate divisions for Dana Group in 2014. Dr. Ruchi is actively involved in strategic planning for Dana Group and manages the family office investments. Ruchi has also worked with Golden Seeds, an investment firm in New York and New Silk Route Growth Capital, a PE firm in Dubai, she has mainly focused on healthcare related investments at both these firms.

Michael Langer, Founding Partner, Old Silver VC

Michael is Head of Search, Evaluation and In-licensing for all new technology and products at Pear Therapeutics. Michael also runs point on telemedicine and virtual care transactions, as well as competitive intelligence at Pear. In addition, he works closely with the Pear fundraising team to build and maintain relationships with prospective investors primarily on the international front. Michael is an investor, advisor and mentor to startups. Michael is the founding partner at a fund through his family called Old Silver VC, where he invests in Healthcare (Biotech and DigitalHealth) and Deep Tech with a focus on materials startups. He also invests directly into Seed and/or Healthcare/Biotech focused venture capital funds as a Limited Partner. He is a mentor and Judge at MassChallenge Healthtech and a mentor at MassConnectDH. Michael is an active philanthropist. He co-founded the Young Coder’s Society which teaches children how to code using Raspberry Pi. He is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, serves on The Discoverers Committee at the Museum of Science, the Visionaries Circle at The Possible Project and is the Senior Advisor of Special Projects at the Galenus Foundation. Prior to Pear and Old Silver VC, Michael spent time at several startups/venture capital funds including: Akili Interactive Labs, Udacity, Modern Meadow, Polaris Partners, The Harvard Experiment Fund and Boston Seed Capital. Michael has a BA from Lehigh University in Science, Technology and Society with a Double Minor in Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development.

Wei Tao, PhD, Member, Life Science Angels

Wei Tao, PhD, is a Silicon Valley based investor passionate about venture investment. Dr Tao focuses on early stage life science and healthcare companies with explosive growth potential, commercializing disruptive technology to address critical unmet needs and improve societal well-being. Dr. Tao is a sought-after value-add investor and adviser. He built extensive connections with the entrepreneurial community in Silicon Valley and beyond. Dr. Tao is an adviser to a number of entrepreneurship initiatives at leading institutions such as Stanford University, UC Berkeley and UCSF. As a result he enjoys unparalleled access to proprietary deal flow, screening hundreds of promising deals every year. He is an active member of Life Science Angels, the premier life science focused investment group. He served on the board of LSA and several venture-backed companies.

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