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Healthtech Partnering Week: Meet the Panelists!

25 Feb

By Rory McCann, Marketing Manager & Conference Producer, LSN

Healthtech Partnering Week (HPW) launches in a few weeks and we want to highlight our esteemed panel faculty coming together to share the latest insights in early-stage life science and healthcare. Each panel is structured to tackle a variety of concerns relevant to fundraising executives that are timely and relevant to each major sector, and even specific indications.

Click the panelist photo below to learn more about their panel participation and to sign up for HPW!

Sascha Berger
TVM Capital Life Science

Jean Anne Booth
UnaliWear Inc.

Nat Brinn

Ivan Burkov
INKEF Capital

Barbara Clarke
The Impact Sea

Evan Cohen

Michele Colucci
DigitalDx Ventures

Marina Cortes
Hike Ventures LLC

Terence Craig
The Impact Seat

Ruchi Dana
DANA Group of Companies

Anne DeGheest
HealthTech Capital

Bettina Ernst

Howard Fillit
Alzheimers Drug Discovery Foundation

Mary Furlong
Mary Furlong & Associates

Robert Garber
7wire Ventures

Amit Garg
Tau Ventures

Scott Gazelle
GreyBird Ventures

Tom Gibbs
Debiopharm Innovation Fund

Sam Goldberger
Ambit Health Ventures

Mark Gray
Constant Companion

Chris Haskell

Katherine Hill Ritchie
Nottingham Spirk Family Office

Richard Hughen

Alicia Irurzun-Lafitte
UCB Ventures

Stephen Johnston

Kobus Jooste

Arnd Kaltofen
VI Partners

Justin Kelly
AXA Venture Partners

Chris Kent
ODS Medical Inc.

Oliver Keown
Intuitive Surgical

Lily Kim
OS Fund

Kristin King
Boston Harbor Angels

Richard Kivel
GrayBella Capital

Daniella Kranjac
Dynamk Capital

David Lapointe
Optina Diagnostics

Thierry Laugel
Kurma Partners

Taja Lester
Health Equity Capital

George Li
Proxima Ventures

Lisa Mendoza

Andy Merken
Burns & Levinson

Junaid Mian

Neal Mody
Zoic Capital

Richard Morphy
Parkinson's UK

Richard Mulry
Northwell Ventures

Jonathan Ng
Iterative Scopes

Laurie Orlov
Aging and Health Technology

Martin Pfister
High-Tech Gründerfonds

Stephen Pitt
Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Varun Ramdevan
Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Meghana Rao
Johnson & Johnson Innovation

David Rhew

João Ribas
Novo Holdings A/S

Jeffrey Ries

Christopher Rowan
Cove Fund

Florence Rozen
Fonds de solidarité FTQ

Kerry Rupp
True Wealth Ventures

Chirag Shah
Define Ventures

Todd Smith

Sherri Snelling
Caregiving Club

Patrik Sobocki

Catello Somma
TVM Capital Life Science

Weiyong Sun
Daiichi Sankyo

Hung-Loi (Lloyd) Tran
Transpacific Venture Capital Partners

Rick Voight

Tad Weems
Agilent Technologies

Mishael Zohar
OrbiMed Advisors LLC

Khat Zorig
Innospark Ventures

Meghan Zubradt
Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Free Webinar: Strategies for Successful Partnering

25 Feb

By Karen Deyo, Director of Investor Research, Israel BD, LSN

Life Science Nation (LSN) has recently held two free webinars outlining strategies for successful partnering. Whether new to LSN and our early stage partnering events, or a frequent participant seeking to optimize their experience, it’s our goal that you have access to learn how to use the platform well, so you can spend more time meeting investors and making deals.

Healthtech Partnering Week (HPW) launches March 15-19, and there’s still time to sign up and even apply for the Innovator’s Pitch Challenge (IPC) – applications are due tomorrow, February 26! If you’re an early stage fundraising executive unsure of what makes a powerful partnering platform, we invite you to watch our latest webinar on strategies for success partnering. Learn more and sign up at

Last Chance to Apply for the Innovator’s Pitch Challenge

18 Feb

By Joey Wong, Investor Research Analyst, LSN

One of the most powerful features at Healthtech Partnering Week, March 15-19, is the Innovator’s Pitch Challenge. This is a valuable opportunity for fundraising CEOs to showcase their technologies to conference attendees and pitch live to a panel of active investors and industry experts. Each conference throughout the week will host its own Innovator’s Pitch Challenge to ensure best fit for sector and technology. Learn about each conference and determine the best fit for you!

Accepted companies will each be provided with a dedicated landing page on the conference’s Live Agenda, which will host a full-length pitch video, pitch deck, executive summary and any other supplementary materials that are submitted. Companies are also invited to participate in a live Q&A session, which will include a quick elevator pitch, followed by questions and insights from a panel of active investors and industry experts.

This is a valuable opportunity to not only boost exposure among all the conference attendees, but also connect and speak directly with active investors and industry experts in the space. If you are a fundraising CEO, you do not want to miss this opportunity!

The last day to apply for the Innovator’s Pitch Challenge is this Friday, February 19. Be sure to submit your applications before then!

Apply for RESI IPC
March 15 – 17
Apply for 4D Meets AI IPC
March 18 – 19
Apply for LHI IPC
March 18 – 19

Innovator’s Pitch Challenge Applications Open at LSN Healthtech Partnering Week

21 Jan

By Claire Jeong, Chief Conference Officer, Vice President of Investor Research, Asia BD, LSN

claireLife Science Nation (LSN)’s Healthtech Partnering Week serves as a vehicle for early-stage fundraising within life science and healthcare with many valuable features, including a match-based partnering system and hours of educational materials like entrepreneur bootcamps, branding workshops, and investor panels. However, one of the most powerful additions to the digital partnering space is the Innovator’s Pitch Challenge (IPC).

The IPC highlights exceptional early-stage companies and provides them the opportunity to pitch live to a panel of investor judges. Accepted companies submit pitching materials, including a pitch deck, executive summary, and a long-form pitch video that are sent to judges to review prior to live Q&A sessions. During the live session, each company will present a brief elevator pitch and participate in a Q&A from the judges and audience.

IPC applications are open until Friday, February 19th. Accepted applicants who sign up before Friday, January 29 will also save $100 on registration. Learn more about the IPC and how it can help boost your exposure and increase visibility to hundreds of investors and strategic partners!

Congratulations to Digital RESI January Innovator’s Pitch Challenge Winners!

14 Jan

By Claire Jeong, Chief Conference Officer, Vice President of Investor Research, Asia BD, LSN

claireOur 3-day Digital Redefining Early-Stage Investments (RESI) January Conference came to an end yesterday, and we are very excited to announce the Top 3 Winners of the Innovator’s Pitch Challenge (IPC). Each participating finalist company had a dedicated page featuring a short pitch, executive summary, and other supplementary materials available for viewing.

The Digital RESI January Live Agenda is open to registered attendees until February 13, so there’s still time to check out the Digital RESI January Live Agenda for virtual exhibit of innovative technologies across all life science & healthcare sectors!

The RESI Team would like to thank every IPC company for their virtual presentations, and the hard work to promote their technologies to our RESI community. The Top 3 winners will be awarded with free tickets to future RESI conferences. Congratulations to the Top 3 winners, and thanks to all for voting!

First Place: Concarlo Holdings

Concarlo Holdings, LLC is a precision medicine company focusing on unmet needs in oncology: developing therapeutics and diagnostics to extend the lives of cancer patients, beginning with women with metastatic breast cancer.

Check Concarlo Holdings’ Dedicated Page


Tied for Second Place: BCell Solutions

BCell Solutions, Inc., is a pre-clinical biopharmaceutical company commercializing a family of highly anti-inflammatory, small molecule peptides. Uses include treatment of chronic inflammation, acute/hyper-inflammation, and neuroinflammation. Our lead indication is kidney disease, supported by data from two animal models showing BCS Immunotherapy’s successful reversal of loss of kidney autoregulatory function, a key element of chronic kidney disease and renal failure.

Check BCell Solutions’ Dedicated Page


Tied for Second Place: Surgical Innovation Associates

Surgical Innovation Associates (SIA) is a Chicago-based medical device spin-out from Northwestern University with FDA 510(k) clearance, CE Mark, and rapidly growing sales for its first product, DuraSorb™ – a patented absorbable surgical mesh in the $1B+ general and reconstructive surgery market. In only a few months on the market, we have grown sales to >$100k/month at >80% gross profit margin. SIA is led by an industry-experienced management team and supported by a veteran Board of Directors as well as a reputable medical advisory board. Existing investors include ex-CEO’s and CFO’s of publicly traded medical device corporations (Baxter Healthcare, Baxalta, etc.), KOL surgeons from leading universities (Northwestern, NYU, Northshore) and respected angel groups from across the country (Harvard Business School Angels, Gopher Angels, Ann Arbor Angels). We’ve also received $2M of NCI SBIR grants with an opportunity for $4M of follow-on grant funding, providing investors with great leverage. We are now seeking a $10M Series B predominantly to fuel sales growth, with a target closing in Q1 2021.

Check Surgical Innovation Associates’ Dedicated Page

Longevity, Health & Innovation’s Innovator’s Pitch Challenge Finalists

14 Jan

By Rory McCann, Marketing Manager & Conference Producer, LSN

Hosting live pitch sessions has long been an important element in Life Science Nation (LSN)’s partnering conferences. These sessions help companies get their message out to investors who are a fit for their technology and stage of development. On behalf of conference organizers, LSN and Mary Furlong & Associates, we are pleased to highlight the following ten companies participating in the Innovator’s Pitch Challenge this week:

Longevity, Health & Innovation’s Innovator’s Pitch Challenge Finalists

Please click the logo to learn more about these companies, their teams, products, and technology. To learn more about the conference and Innovator’s Pitch Challenge, visit

Introducing the Innovator’s Pitch Challenge Finalists!

7 Jan

By Claire Jeong, Chief Conference Officer, Vice President of Investor Research, Asia BD, LSN

claireLife Science Nation (LSN)’s Inaugural Healthtech Partnering Week launches next week, which means the Innovator’s Pitch Challenge (IPC) is on! The IPC is an opportunity for early-stage, fundraising CEOs to pitch directly to a panel of judges, who follow up with a live Q&A session.

How does it work? The finalist companies deliver pitching materials, including a comprehensive slide deck, executive summary, and a long form pitch video to be hosted on a dedicated webpage the judges review prior to their live session. Sessions are split up by sectors and are designed to match up companies with investors actively seeking opportunities in their space. During the live session, companies deliver a brief short form pitch, which is then followed by a Q&A period with the judges.

Each event sees an incredible line up of early-stage companies delivering promising tech to advance life science and healthcare. LSN is proud to host this powerful meeting of the minds.

Innovator’s Pitch Challenge Finalists

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