By Shaoyu Chang, MD, MPH, Director of Research & Asia Business Development Liaison, LSN
RESI is going to BIO. As we join 2017’s largest life science innovation carnival, we aim to showcase the most promising, innovative new health technologies in the RESI Innovation Challenge. If you’re headed to San Diego with the aim of raising money or making deals for your startup, we’d like to see your application.
The RESI Innovation Challenge covers startups in therapeutics, medtech, diagnostics and healthcare IT companies from around the globe. All applicants will be vetted based on not only the quality of the company’s scientific work, but also the strength of the management team and how well-positioned the company is to receive investment.
On June 19th, RESI’s estimated 1000 attendees will receive “RESI Cash” to allocate to the entrepreneurs whose technologies they expect will be most influential. The capital invested will be tallied up and the top three winners will receive prizes and be featured in our RESI newsletter recap that will go out to LSN’s 20,000 newsletter readership. See below for the previous RESI Innovation Challenge first place winners – a diverse group of startups from every area of the life sciences.
Michael Quigley, VP of Market Research, Life Science Nation | Mark Elias, CEO, Co-founder, Steadiwear | Emile Maamary, CFO, Co-founder, Steadiwear | Natasha Eldridge, Marketing Manager – RESI Conference, Life Science Nation
RESI on MaRS 2017 Innovation Challenge 1st Place Winner – Steadiwear inc.
- Steadiwear (Toronto, ON) – Medical Device
- Pathcore (Toronto, ON) – Healthcare IT
- BioMedomics (Durham, NC, USA) – Diagnostics
- Perimeter(Toronto, ON) – Diagnostics
- GeneSegues Therapeutics(Chaska, MN) – Therapeutics
- Clearsight(Aurora, CO) – Medical Device
- Rna Diagnostics(Toronto, ON) – Diagnostics
- Redox(Madison, WI) – Healthcare IT
- Empiriko(Newton, MA) – Therapeutics
- ORIG3N(Boston, MA) – Service Provider
- Kineta(Seattle, WA) – Therapeutics
What makes the RESI Innovation Challenge so valuable? We’ve included a few words from previously successful participants below, but in short, being part of the Innovation Challenge provides startups with a new way to get attention and start dialogues with the investors who attend RESI. Participants can share their message all day in the exhibit hall, with their Innovation Challenge display providing a starting point for a meaningful conversation about the opportunity.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 5, 2017
Here is what our previous winners are saying about the RESI Innovation Challenge:
“It was an absolute pleasure to participate in the RESI conference held at MaRS in Toronto. The unique structure of the conference facilitated creating new relationships with potential investors and partners. In particular, the Innovation Challenge pushed us to introduce ourselves to new people, which will be useful as we look towards a future financing round. I definitely recommend the RESI conferences to entrepreneurs seeking financing in the bio / health space.”
– Raymond Shih, President, Co-Founder, QoC Health
3rd Place, RESI on MaRS, June 23, 2016
“The RESI Innovation Challenge is a really good opportunity to meet investors and other companies in the space. It’s a good showcase to reach that audience.”
– Jessica Ching, CEO, Eve Medical
2nd Place, RESI San Francisco, January 12, 2016
“The RESI Innovation Challenge is a unique way to pitch, and provides a great opportunity to see what other companies are doing in the industry, while allowing you to meet with potential investors and strategic partners outside of the partnering meetings.”
– John Connolly, VP Corporate Development, Rna Diagnostics
1st Place, RESI Boston, September 16, 2015