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Don’t forget to apply to the RESI Innovation and Pitch Challenges before Aug 7th!

1 Aug

By Karen Deyo, Senior Investor Research Analyst, LSN

Whether you are a startup applying to be a finalist in the RESI Innovation Challenge, or a constituent of a registered First Coast tech hub vying for a spot in the Innovators’ Pitch Challenge, participation in these Challenges can be good for a company beyond RESI. In addition to the increased exposure at RESI, companies have also found that being able to highlight participation can be a boost when speaking with potential investors. The application deadline for the Innovation and Pitch Challenges is next Wednesday, Aug 7th and we encourage you to submit your application for consideration!

Click below for articles with interviews from previous Innovation Challenge winners and Pitch Challenge participants

Tech Hubs in the Spotlight at RESI Boston 2019

25 Jul

By Bryanna Allison, Business Development Manager, LSN

We are in the age of the incubator. Sprouting up in biotech hubs such as Boston, around universities and research hospitals at a rapid rate — these facilities are intended to help entrepreneurs take those difficult first steps. With new technologies developing at an accelerated rate, it just makes sense. Starting your own company is risky, bootstrapping is even riskier. An incubator serves to soften this risk and give budding entrepreneurs some of the support and advice they need to make their company a success.

With investors and strategic partners looking earlier, either for partnerships or to keep an eye on potential future investments, it only made sense to incorporate these tech hubs into our ecosystem, creating a special segment for them at our RESI Conference in Boston last fall.

In September of 2018 LSN launched our first ever “First Coast Innovators’ Gathering” at RESI. We invited incubators, accelerators, tech transfer or regional organizations based on the East Coast from DC to Boston to not only exhibit their programs but to bring their constituents to meet with the early stage investors at RESI. These tech hubs could benefit from the exposure they receive, form relationships with investors who may be interested in their portfolio companies, while the constituents could meet potential investors or even form relationships for the future and get investor feedback on what they need to become more relevant.

To great success, LSN has incorporated a tech hub component into every conference since. RESI will be back in Boston on Sept. 11th, and joining us will be the second First Coast Innovators’ Gathering will be the following tech hubs:


Regional Spotlight: “First Coast”

18 Jul

By Gregory Mannix, Vice President International Business Development, LSN

The 2019 RESI Boston Fall conference will again feature the First Coast Innovators’ Gathering, showcasing the hottest new technologies being developed in the tech hubs from the Northeast Corridor region—from Boston to DC—which we have denominated the “First Coast”.

This unique region is truly moving the needle in the life sciences, and the numbers show it. The region is extraordinary in many ways: total investment dollars in life sciences companies, grant awards by the National Institutes of Health, number of top incubator and accelerator programs, world-class medical facilities, etc.

The region was number one in the world in total biopharma investments and series A investments in the space, and near the top in medical devices and diagnostics.*

19 of top 50 NIH grant recipient institutions in 2018 were in the First Coast Region, receiving over $2.3 billion in awards**
*SVB 2019 Annual Report
**Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News, June 4th, 2019

First Coast Innovators Gathering

Investors are looking to identify the hottest new technologies at earlier and earlier stages of development, which is why we got such positive feedback about the first edition of the Innovators’ Gathering at RESI Boston 2018. Tech hubs from DC to Boston gathered at RESI and exhibited information about their programs and cutting-edge companies.  Investors and strategic partners were able to get to know many of the tech hubs from the region and interact with their staff and companies who were attending.

Likewise, tech hubs necessarily aim to nurture and grow their networks of key players in the life sciences ecosystem in order to offer the most value to their constituents. The Innovators’ Gathering provides a perfect platform to accomplish this.

“The visibility is extremely beneficial for us. It helps us maintain a pipeline of resident companies and it provides ample opportunity  to meet potential investors and industry partners.”

Mary Ann Picard, COO at M2D2 Incubator

Another benefit of the Gathering is that it gives the earliest stage companies—companies that are working out of these tech hubs—access to the RESI conference at a discounted price.  All of these tech hub constituent companies can apply to compete in the Innovators’ Pitch Challenge, an opportunity to pitch to a panel of 5 investors and be able to follow up with them after the conference.

This year we will host the second edition of the First Coast Innovators’ Gathering, and we look forward to welcoming back the amazing tech hubs and their constituent companies that made the first edition such a success. RESI Boston and the Innovators’ Gathering will be held on September 11th at the Westin Copley Hotel.

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