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RESI on MaRS Panel Announcement: Corporate Venture Capital

22 Mar

By Cole Bunn, Director of Research, LSN

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Large corporations, especially in the pharmaceutical and biotech world, play a very important role in anchoring an innovation ecosystem. The most notable activity of these corporations is perhaps their role as an investor in and buyer of innovation – an exit partner. However, attracting and concentrating talent, and providing access to resources and experts are also vital elements of a healthy entrepreneurial community that big pharma brings with its presence. Corporate venture funds, which can serve as a vehicle for big pharma to make riskier/earlier investments, continue to find their way into more and more biotech venture rounds every year.

Toronto, looking to ramp up commercialization of its world-class research and put its name on the map as a life science powerhouse, will host the RESI conference for the third time as a part of the Toronto Health Innovation Week and welcome a panel of Corporate Venture investors. This increasingly important investor class will discuss trends in the space, their current interests, and how entrepreneurs can best prepare to pitch to and work with a group like theirs.

Moderated by Salim Teja, President, Venture Services, MaRS Discovery District, this panel will feature:

  • Marian Nakada, VP of Venture Investing, Johnson & Johnson
  • Jens Eckstein, President, SR One
  • Richard Osborn, Managing Partner, TELUS Ventures
  • Tom Gibbs, Director, Debiopharm Innovation Fund

By registering for RESI on MaRS, you’ll be able to listen to the Corporate Venture Capital panel live and learn how to position yourself to work with this type of group as well as interact with the a range of investors and entrepreneurs and experience numerous opportunities to expand your network in the life sciences.

RESI on MaRS Panel Announcement: Medical Device Investors

22 Mar

By Lucy Parkinson, VP of Investor Research, LSN

Medical device innovation is known for being a challenging area for raising capital.  Given the timelines and capital requirements involved, as well as the increasing consolidation of the major firms that make up the exit landscape for devices, entrepreneurs may find it difficult to build their investment story.  However, LSN is in contact with hundreds of investors who are seeking deals in the device space, either for purely return-driven investments or for adding to a strategic pipeline.  At RESI, we aim to bridge the gap between early stage device firms and investors and help entrepreneurs close those ‘last three feet’ to make deals.

At RESI on MaRS, we welcome a Medical Device Investors panel featuring experienced investors from across North America, including both strategic players and financially-driven venture investors who will explore and elucidate the world of early stage device investment from every angle.  The panel will be moderated by Sam Ifergan, President & CEO, iGan Partners, and the participants are:

  • Katherine Parra Moreno, Vice President of Business Development, Epic Capital Management
  • Zishan Haroon, Chairman and General Partner, Julz Co LLC
  • V Kadir Kadhiresan, Vice President, Venture Investments, Johnson & Johnson Innovation
  • Gerry Brunk, Managing Director, Lumira Capital

RESI San Francisco @ JPM Week – Medical Devices Panel Announcement

14 Dec

By Claire Jeong, Research Analyst, LSN

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With RESI San Francisco less than a month away, we are proud to announce the Medical Device investors panel, where 5 seasoned experts in medical device investments will discuss how they seek to work with early-stage medical technology entrepreneurs.

The fundraising process and path to commercialization for medical device products continue to be a rigorous challenge for many budding companies. Especially with the exponential growth of the IoT/IoMT market, a growing number of entrepreneurs are focusing on the development of connected, “smarter” devices that incorporate a software or data component. Although often overshadowed by the biopharmaceutical industry in terms of degree of need or financial returns, the medical device sector is a very much needed area in the improvement of healthcare.

If you are a medical device entrepreneur and heading to San Francisco for JPM week, you do not want to miss out on our RESI Medical Devices panel! Our panelists are:

  • Renee Ryan, Vice President, JJDC, Johnson & Johnson Innovation (JLABS)
  • Yao Li Ho, Director of Business Development, LYFE Capital
  • Zishan “Z” Haroon, Chairman & General Partner, Julz Co LLC
  • Sam Ifergan, President & CEO, iGan Partners
  • Randy Scott, Partner, HealthQuest Capital

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