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First Coast Tech Hubs Gather @ RESI Boston

16 Aug

By Dennis Ford, Founder & CEO, Life Science Nation; Creator of RESI Conference Series

The First Coast Innovator’s Gathering is a new component of the Redefining Early Stage Investments (RESI) Conference Series which was requested by the investors and strategic channel partners who routinely attend RESI. Many of these partners wanted LSN to bring the “earliest stage” companies so that they can identify them and get them on their radar screens in order to start a dialogue that can result in a future partnership. The First Coast Innovator’s Gathering focuses on tech hubs and companies from the First Coast of life sciences: DC, MD, PA, NJ, NY, RI, CT, and MA. Dozens of tech hubs will be attending RESI to take a spot in the exhibit hall and showcase the new technologies being developed at their institution or facility. This fall, RESI will expand to include the earliest stage companies from the discovery stage through venture stage: companies seeking grants, seed, angel, series A, and series B funding.

This RESI event offers exhibit tables to the incubators, accelerators, tech transfer offices, university translation initiatives, hospitals, research labs and their constituents, with space for incubator members’ poster boards (5 poster boards for each tech hub). LSN’s network of early-stage global investors will have access to all the key players in one place to learn about the iterative, breakthrough, and transformative technology coming out of the First Coast region.

Stetson Family Office, a Title Sponsor of RESI and a supporter of the Innovator’s Gathering, is pioneering new global funding initiatives and platforms to help the early stage players move faster through the development cycle. See below for the tech hubs that are confirmed to be part of the First Coast Innovator’s Gathering. Tech hub members are also eligible to apply for free to the First Coast Innovation Challenge to pitch in front of a panel of investors. The deadline for applications is Friday August 17th – that’s tomorrow! If you’d like to make a 7-minute pitch to investors at RESI, it’s not too late to sign up. We hope you will join us at RESI Boston on September 6th to see more. Click to see the confirmed First Coast Innovator’s Gathering participants

Massachusetts

Connecticut / Rhode Island

New York City / New Jersey

Pennsylvania

Maryland

China PE Firm Invests Up to $40M Per Company In Medtech, Diagnostics, and Digital Health

19 Jul

A private equity firm headquartered in China with additional offices throughout China and Hong Kong provides venture capital and growth capital to growth-stage companies across various industries, including life sciences, Internet, consumables, software, and high technology sectors (i.e. drones). The firm is interested in all types of life science companies except drug development. The allocation size will vary, but the firm has the capability to allocate up to $40 million per company, depending on the opportunity. The investment is typically in form of equity, but convertible loan will be considered as well. The firm has an emphasis on technologies and products, and it is currently seeking new investment opportunities globally. Companies with a China angle will be a big plus.

The firm is currently seeking to invest in medical device, diagnostics, biotech R&D services and healthcare IT sectors. The firm is very opportunistic in terms of subsectors and indications. Currently the firm will not invest in companies targeting drug development. The firm will consider companies at all stages of development, from pre-clinical stage all through to commercial stage; however, the firm prefers companies in the business proven stage, where the product is on the market and may already have customer feedback.

The firm primarily invests in growth-stage private companies. The firm does not have specific requirements for companies’ management team or revenues. The firm will take a board seat post-investment.

If you are interested in more information about this investor and other investors tracked by LSN, please email mandates@lifesciencenation.com.

Global Funding Insights for Digital Health Initiatives in 2018

12 Jul

By Ashley Durrer, Marketing Manager, LSN

This week I interviewed Colin Widen, the CEO of Boston Innovation Capital (BIC), Life Science Nation’s (LSN) wholly-owned broker-dealer arm, to learn where investors are allocating funds, and the current focus on healthcare advancement within the digital health space.

BIC works alongside LSN and our network of investors to support early-stage companies in forging connections with investors, major pharma firms, and other strategic players in the life science world. By managing clients’ fundraising campaigns and connecting them to investors who are a good fit, BIC is able to address its, and LSN’s, mission of advancing new and innovative technologies to the clinic.

Interview with Colin Widen moderated by Ashley Durrer

AD: With billions of dollars being poured into digital health, why the sudden increase?

CW: “Healthcare needs to find a way to pay for digital health now that value-based care and hospital incentives are aligned to support lower costs in healthcare with improved patient care. There are new potentials for change within the telemedicine space in light of ongoing healthcare reforms and debate.”

AD: How will that turn out for those seeking funding?

CW: “Digital health initiatives will be the least impacted by changes to the American healthcare system, making them prime opportunities for investment this year.

“There is a much lower cost to creating software, virtual platforms, compliance tools, etc. than creating advances in biologics, drugs, and other life science advancements, making digital health an increasingly popular space for investors. Successfully investing in therapeutics or medical devices requires a great deal of expertise, not to mention the increased risk due to the potential failure in clinical trials. On the other hand, software is a recognizable, lower cost, and scalable business model that is often also easily adaptable when regulations change.”

AD: Where does BIC fit into global funding from client perspectives?

CW: “BIC is working tirelessly to support digital health technologies that will have a real impact on the healthcare system for our doctors, nurses, and hospitals. This year BIC is focused on digital health technologies, assets, and virtual tools, which can support doctors’, hospitals’, and nurses’ efforts with patients. However, this currently excludes consumer-based products and electronic medical record (EMR) initiatives.”

AD: What are some examples of potential best-fit clients?

CW: “Some examples recognized in the market are pill dispensers and medicinal tracking for patient compliance, health portals for patients and doctors, mental health apps, medication tracking, patient monitoring and more.”

AD: What kind of client are you seeking now? Can you share a potential client profile?

CW: “Within our LSN network of investors, feedback clearly shows there is an increasing appetite to invest in niche digital health opportunities.

“Investors are seeking companies within the top-tier of their specialization, and a proven business model within the market. Often these investors want to see that the product, software, tool, etc. are viable, which means it’s already being used within the market e.g. hospitals. This also includes an accompanying value proposition for payors and the company is receiving ongoing revenue for that service.”

BIC Global Network of Digital Health Investors are focused on:

  • Funding of $10M-50M
  • Min $3mm+ ARR
  • Niche companies within the top-tier of their specialization
  • Currently avoiding pure EMR focused and consumer-based products

The Future of Digital Health

There are innovations happening every day to help improve access to healthcare. 2018 has already seen an increase in the debate over healthcare reform, rising insurance costs, and uncertainty of coverage for millions of Americans. Advancements in technologies and virtual tools for doctors and hospitals could really help to streamline processes and reduce overall costs for themselves as well as the patients they serve.

We can’t wait to hear what new innovations are entering the digital health space.

About Colin Widen, CEO

Colin Widen, registered representative, is a seasoned executive with 25 years of sales, trading and portfolio management experience in major investment banks. Colin joined Deutsche Bank where he led a team providing consulting services about alternative asset allocation strategies to family offices and smaller endowments and foundations. In creating BIC, Colin has combined investment skills with the robust investor network of LSN to offer a unique platform. Colin is a registered representative and holds Series 7, 24, 63 and 82 registrations. His specialties include reconstructing hedge fund portfolios. analyzing private equity holdings and helping with strategy and execution of capital raise initiatives across the spectrum of today’s life science assets.

About Boston Innovation Capital

Boston Innovation Capital (BIC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Life Science Nation Holdings, became a FINRA-registered broker-dealer in 2016. BIC works alongside LSN’s other two divisions (LSN’s Investor Platform and Company Platform, and the RESI Conference Group) to support early-stage companies in forging connections with investors, major pharma firms and other strategic players in the life science world.

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