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Introducing Longevity, Health & Innovation Panels

22 Oct

By Rory McCann, Marketing Manager & Conference Producer, LSN

Longevity, Health & Innovation, the newest partnering conference from Life Science Nation (LSN) and Mary Furlong & Associates, brings early-stage companies together with investors and strategic partners to network and start relationships around the needs and trends of the longevity market. View our panels of market experts and investors leading the conversations toward innovation.

You can learn more and sign up at the super early bird rate (until October 24) by visiting www.longevityhealthinnovation.com.

Longevity, Health & Innovation – A Partnership Between LSN and MFA to Advance the Longevity Marketplace

15 Oct

Dr. Mary Furlong

An Interview with Dr. Mary Furlong, President and CEO, Mary Furlong and Associates

By Rory McCann, Marketing Manager & Conference Producer, LSN

With our inaugural Longevity, Health & Innovation conference fast approaching, I spoke to Dr. Mary Furlong, President and CEO of Mary Furlong and Associates, our partner for LHI. MFA is widely considered a leader in the longevity and aging marketplace, largely due to Mary’s experience in the space.

Listen below to find out more about how Mary got started, where she thinks the industry is going and the importance of events such as LHI in moving technologies and solutions forward.

Mary Furlong, Ed.D, MFA’s president and CEO, is a leading authority on the longevity marketplace. She has guided the business development and marketing strategies of leading corporations, emerging companies, and nonprofit organizations for more than 30 years.

Her list of clients/sponsors includes AARP, Caring.com, CareLinx, First Republic Bank, GreatCall Inc., Link•age, PetPlan, and UnitedHealthcare (UHC). Mary founded MFA in 2003 to help socially- and consumer-conscious companies understand the real needs of this growing market.

In addition, Mary is the Dean’s Executive Professor of Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business.

Before launching MFA, Mary founded the nonprofit organization SeniorNet in 1986 and ThirdAge Media in 1996. Throughout the course of her work for both organizations, she raised $130 million in venture capital funds, corporate sponsorships, and foundation grants.

During Mary’s tenure, SeniorNet served more than 500,000 adults age 50 and older. Much of her time was spent in the field at the organization’s learning centers, observing the applications that worked and the issues related to the technology. ThirdAge Media reached more than 2 million members – most age 45 and older – when Mary served as its CEO and visionary leader of the editorial team.

Mary has appeared on CBS, PBS, NPR, and NBC’s Today show to discuss trends in aging and technology, and her expertise has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Business Week, Fortune, People, and Fast Company, among other publications.

In 2001, Fortune Small Business named Mary one of its “Top 25 Women Entrepreneurs,” and Time-honored her in 1999 as one of its “Digital 50.” She also served as a White House Commissioner on Libraries and Information Science during the Clinton administration, and she has conducted hearings on aging and technology for the U.S. Senate. She was named one of the 100 most influential women in Silicon Valley by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and has been a recipient of the ASA Leadership Award. Mary is an advisory member of the Ziegler Link•age Longevity Fund, L.P.

Mary is the author of Turning Silver into Gold: How to Profit in the New Boomer Marketplace, which was published in February 2007 by Financial Times Press. She also co-authored the book Grown-Up’s Guide to Computing, published by Microsoft Press in 1999.

Networking in a Virtual World: Optimizing Your Digital Conference Experience

15 Oct

By Karen Deyo, Senior Investor Research Analyst, LSN

In the world of digital events, virtual partnering, and Zoom fatigue, it’s more important than ever to stay connected, especially when fundraising, sourcing technology, or expanding a portfolio. Whether you’re thriving in slippers at your home office or itching to share cocktails and small plates (that you didn’t prepare) while networking, virtual partnering events can be a powerful asset to your fundraising and deal-flow.

The Life Science Nation (LSN) conference team has designed our digital events with the user in mind, for optimum convenience and connectivity. Take advantage of these elements and keep the conversations going!

Common Goal

When logging into a partnering platform, you know that every attendee you scroll through shares a common goal. The specifics of that goal may not line up with yours, but someone at a partnering event is there to make deals. With LSN’s partnering platform, we make it easy for participants to target and connect with those who are the right fit for technology, as well as stage of development. Whether you’re a seasoned partnering pro or new to the arena, a virtual format, as well as the LSN partnering platform, takes the guesswork out.

Equal Access

Have you ever attended a conference and witnessed an incredible presentation that spoke directly to you, only to find yourself 30-attendees-deep in a line to connect with the speaker? The virtual ecosystem provides equal access to speakers and industry leaders who may otherwise be tough to get facetime with. While there’s no guarantee the reception to a meeting request, your chances increase when you’re able to review a profile that communicates what the recipient is looking for… It might be you!

Interactive Features

Be sure to take advantage of live events and interactive features within the virtual event. One of the most popular aspects of the digital model is tailoring your experience, not only around your objectives and interest, but also around your schedule. Despite that convenience, many of the best conversations begin in live panels and interactive pitch sessions. If you’re able to join a panel or pitch to a live investor audience, even better! Virtual events like LSN’s make connection convenient, however, active participation in live features will give you a competitive edge.

If you’re dreaming of the days of in-person networking, we hope you’ll take advantage of the features available in the digital format. The game is afoot, and the best deals aren’t waiting. We hope to see you at Digital RESI November 17-19, and then again at the LSN Healthtech Partnering Week, January 14-15, 2021. Check out our newest events at 4D Meets AI and Longevity, Health & Innovation!

Healthtech Partnering Week: Call for Panelists!

8 Oct

By Rory McCann, Marketing Manager & Conference Producer, LSN

The Inaugural Life Science Nation (LSN) Healthtech Partnering Week 2021 launches January 11-15, 2021 with three back-to-back digital partnering conferences: Redefining Early Stage Investments (RESI), 4D Meets AI, and Longevity, Health & Innovation (LHI). These three events make up the ultimate partnering experience within healthcare and life science through their match-based partnering system, as well as pitch sessions, informational workshops, and panels.

Panels have been a valuable resource for both early-stage companies and investors to learn how other industry professionals are navigating challenges and building successful businesses and partnerships. Participants increase their exposure in addition to receiving complimentary registration in return for adding such value to attendees. We are still accepting applications for new panelists, and if you are an early-stage company developing new tech to advance healthcare or an investor with industry insight, joining a panel gives you increased exposure to share your story with our community. Read more about the events and apply to join a panel!

Redefining Early-Stage Investments (RESI) – January 11-13, 2021

The Redefining Early Stage Investments (RESI) conference series was created by Life Science Nation (LSN) to bring together startups with early-stage investors and strategic channel partners to maximize the capability of these companies, from seed to series B, to find partners who are a fit for their technology and stage of development. RESI is cross-border and cross-domain, connecting start-ups with ten categories of global investors across the silos of drugs, devices, diagnostics, and digital health. RESI caters to both the earliest stage start-ups, those seeking grants, seed and angel capital, and the early-stage firms who seek series A and B funding.

Apply to be on a RESI Panel (Investors Only)!

4D Meets AI (4D) – January 14-15, 2021

Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly reshaping the healthcare landscape, and redefining what is possible in life science. The business of AI is broken down into two groups: the buyers and the sellers. 4D Meets AI is a partnering conference that connects the investors and strategic partners and matches them to companies developing and commercializing AI technology in drugs, devices, diagnostics, and digital health (the 4 Ds) to revolutionize healthcare. In addition to pitch sessions and one-on-one meetings hosted by our premier partnering platform, 4D Meets AI features investor and application panels to expand your knowledge of the industry and learn the latest trends and developments. This two-day digital conference provides the opportunity to meet strategic partners, learn from the experts, and build relationships to advance the future of healthcare.

Apply to be on a 4D Panel (Investors and CEOs)!

Longevity, Health & Innovation (LHI), Co-Organized with Mary Furlong & Associates – January 14-15, 2021

The aging boomer population contributed $8.3 trillion in economic activity to the 2018 US economy, and that number is projected to triple by 2050. The need for advancements in drugs, devices, diagnostics, and digital health for the treatment of age-related conditions is crucial. Longevity, Health & Innovation (LHI) is a new partnering conference focused on conditions related to aging, market challenges, and solutions via early-stage companies and their promising tech and products. LHI brings fundraising startups together with investors in longevity innovation to make deals in order that today’s seniors live longer, healthier lives.

Apply to be on an LHI Panel (Investors Only!)

Interview with Life Science Nation CEO, Dennis Ford on Longevity, Health & Innovation Conference

1 Oct

By Rory McCann, Marketing Manager & Conference Producer, LSN

Rory McCann (RM): This year, so many conferences have gone virtual or have been cancelled, but you’ve released a new conference: 4D Meets AI, and announced a new one: Longevity, Health & Innovation. Why are you expanding on your flagship conference, RESI?

Dennis Ford (DF): Basically, the market needed Life Science Nation (LSN) to expand so we can all get on with conducting the business of early-stage funding, partnerships and alliances. LSN sees its global investor network investing every week. LSN events have seen a 30% increase in attendees, and our digital events have turned into global digital events with meetings taking place 24-hours per day over 3 days straight. Our RESI September event had 1,500 virtual meetings in 3 days. Unfortunately, it looks like the planet has at least another year of this virtual reality to deal with and LSN is a vehicle for our clients to continue their invaluable work.

Regardless of the C-19 troubles, we are in the golden age of life science technology across the silos of drugs, devices, diagnostics, and digital health. There are literally tens of thousands of early-stage healthcare start-ups with a myriad of ground-breaking, game-changing, nascent technology surfacing all around the planet. To net it out, I am seeing compelling new products and services that are well-articulated with data and prototypes in-hand to show they can make a difference in the standard of care across the entire healthcare arena.

It used to be 10% of early-stage companies might have a chance to secure series A and make it to that 5-year milestone. At LSN RESI conferences, we see 3,000 early-stage companies each year going after seed, series A and B funding with an equal number of qualified investors looking to add to their portfolios. When we looked out on the horizon, AI and Longevity products and services seemed poised to make a huge impact. AI and Longevity will be the two beacons where this new technology is moving ahead at full speed. The early-stage technology is there, the investors are there, and LSN knows how to gather up the buyers and sellers with our unique partnering theme, so we said, “Let’s go for it!”

RM: What does Longevity, Health & Innovation have to add to the early stage partnering landscape? What will attendees get out of it that is unique compared to other partnering conferences, even RESI?

DF: There is a myriad of major diseases that affect the boomer generation, ranging from Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, and Cancer to Arthritis, Depression, and Diseases of the Eye and Heart. There are thousands of governmental and academic entities conducting research and helping translate the research into products and services that will have an impact on these debilitating illnesses. LSN sees all these companies at our RESI conferences and it became obvious to us that we needed to have a dedicated partnering and funding event that could cater to the Longevity and Health Innovation arena.

RM: You’ve partnered with Mary Furlong & Associates. What does that partnership offer to the success of the conference?

DF: Mary is the leader with her Longevity conference series that assembles all the major stakeholders together and creates a discussion and exchange of ideas regarding Longevity and Health. When LSN looked at the Longevity and Health landscape, it was evident that if we could bring Mary’s stakeholders and content, and LSN could bring our early-stage technology companies and global investors, we could broaden and enhance each other’s conferences. Mary produces high-quality content and LSN’s partnering system is exemplary; these two strengths make us very complementary. I believe that our quarterly, international, joint Longevity, Health & Innovation Conference will be the go-to Longevity global event.

Sign up for Longevity, Health & Innovation and save $150 on the super early bird rate until October 10!

LSN Launches Healthtech Partnering Week, Partners with Mary Furlong & Associates on New Longevity Partnering Event

24 Sep

By Rory McCann, Marketing Manager & Conference Producer, LSN

The Inaugural Life Science Nation (LSN) Healthtech Partnering Week 2021 launches January 11-15, 2021 with three back-to-back digital partnering conferences: Redefining Early Stage Investments (RESI), 4D Meets AI, and Longevity, Health & Innovation (LHI). LSN’s RESI conference series has been very successful co-located with the J.P. Morgan Annual Healthcare Conference and will continue to grow with its two newest digital partnering conferences as a healthcare event trifecta.

LSN is proud to announce the newest digital partnering conference, Longevity, Health & Innovation, co-organized with Mary Furlong & Associates, the preeminent leader in the longevity education market. While Covid has ravaged the conference and event industry, LSN has seen tremendous growth in early-stage partnerships throughout life science and healthcare and looks forward to expanding through the week-long partnering event. The need to connect buyers and sellers is greater than ever, and LSN is proud to partner with Mary Furlong & Associates to facilitate these conversations in the longevity market.

Learn more about the three events:

Redefining Early-Stage Investments (RESI) – January 11-13, 2021

The Redefining Early Stage Investments (RESI) conference series was created by Life Science Nation (LSN) to bring together startups with early-stage investors and strategic channel partners to maximize the capability of these companies, from seed to series B, to find partners who are a fit for their technology and stage of development. RESI is cross-border and cross-domain, connecting start-ups with ten categories of global investors across the silos of drugs, devices, diagnostics, and digital health. RESI caters to both the earliest stage start-ups, those seeking grants, seed and angel capital, and the early-stage firms who seek series A and B funding.

4D Meets AI (4D) – January 14-15, 2021

Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly reshaping the healthcare landscape, and redefining what is possible in life science. The business of AI is broken down into two groups: the buyers and the sellers. 4D Meets AI is a partnering conference that connects the investors and strategic partners and matches them to companies developing and commercializing AI technology in drugs, devices, diagnostics, and digital health (the 4 Ds) to revolutionize healthcare. In addition to pitch sessions and one-on-one meetings hosted by our premier partnering platform, 4D Meets AI features investor and application panels to expand your knowledge of the industry and learn the latest trends and developments. This two-day digital conference provides the opportunity to meet strategic partners, learn from the experts, and build relationships to advance the future of healthcare.

Longevity, Health & Innovation (LHI), Co-Organized with Mary Furlong & Associates – January 14-15, 2021

The aging boomer population contributed $8.3 trillion in economic activity to the 2018 US economy, and that number is projected to triple by 2050. The need for advancements in drugs, devices, diagnostics, and digital health for the treatment of age-related conditions is crucial. Longevity, Health & Innovation (LHI) is a new partnering conference focused on conditions related to aging, market challenges, and solutions via early-stage companies and their promising tech and products. LHI brings fundraising startups together with investors in longevity innovation to make deals in order that today’s seniors live longer, healthier lives.

LSN Launches Healthtech Partnering Week, Partners with Mary Furlong & Associates on New Longevity Partnering Event

20 Sep

By Dennis Ford, Founder & CEO, Life Science Nation; Creator of LSN Healthtech Partnering Week

Life Science Nation (LSN) Healthtech Partnering Week 2021 launches January 11-15, 2021 with a partnering trifecta – three back-to-back digital partnering conferences: Redefining Early Stage Investments (RESI)4D Meets AI, and Longevity, Health & Innovation (LHI). LSN’s RESI conference series has been very successful co-located with the J.P. Morgan Annual Healthcare Conference and will continue to grow with its two newest digital partnering conferences as a quarterly, global healthcare event trifecta hosting thousands of attendees each week.

Balancing out the trifecta is LSN‘ s newest digital partnering conference, Longevity, Health & Innovation, co-organized with Mary Furlong & Associates, the preeminent leader in the longevity education market. LSN has seen tremendous growth in early-stage partnerships throughout life science and healthcare and looks forward to expanding through the week-long partnering event. The need to connect buyers and sellers is greater than ever, and this partnership will build on prior success to facilitate these conversations in the longevity market.

Learn more about the three events:

Redefining Early-Stage Investments (RESI) – January 11-13, 2021

The Redefining Early Stage Investments (RESI) conference series was created by Life Science Nation (LSN) to bring together startups with early-stage investors and strategic channel partners to maximize the capability of these companies, from seed to series B, to find partners who are a fit for their technology and stage of development. RESI is cross-border and cross-domain, connecting start-ups with ten categories of global investors across the silos of drugs, devices, diagnostics, and digital health. RESI caters to both the earliest stage start-ups, those seeking grants, seed and angel capital, and the early-stage firms who seek series A and B funding.

4D Meets AI (4D) – January 14-15, 2021

Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly reshaping the healthcare landscape, and redefining what is possible in life science. The business of AI is broken down into two groups: the buyers and the sellers. 4D Meets AI is a partnering conference that connects the investors and strategic partners and matches them to companies developing and commercializing AI technology in drugs, devices, diagnostics, and digital health (the 4 Ds) to revolutionize healthcare. In addition to pitch sessions and one-on-one meetings hosted by our premier partnering platform, 4D Meets AI features investor and application panels to expand your knowledge of the industry and learn the latest trends and developments. This two-day digital conference provides the opportunity to meet strategic partners, learn from the experts, and build relationships to advance the future of healthcare.

Longevity, Health & Innovation (LHI), Co-Organized with Mary Furlong & Associates – January 14-15, 2021

The aging boomer population contributed $8.3 trillion in economic activity to the 2018 US economy, and that number is projected to triple by 2050. The need for advancements in drugs, devices, diagnostics, and digital health for the treatment of age-related conditions is crucial. Longevity, Health & Innovation (LHI) is a new partnering conference focused on conditions related to aging, market challenges, and solutions via early-stage companies and their promising tech and products. LHI brings fundraising startups together with investors in longevity innovation to make deals in order that today’s seniors live longer, healthier lives.

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