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Why Do So Many Investors Come To RESI? It’s Not Only To Meet Startups

30 Nov

By Cole Bunn, Senior Research Analyst, LSN

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Life Science Nation (LSN) brought the Redefining Early Stage Investments (RESI) conference to life four years ago with the vision of creating a circuit of events focused on bringing together life science entrepreneurs and early-stage investors, from a wide variety of categories, based on mutual fit. One of the most prominent themes we’ve witnessed, after 15 RESI conferences in cities across North America, is the complexity and evolution of the early-stage healthcare ecosystem. The variety of capital sources, strategic partners and other critical stakeholders in the industry has created an environment where investment groups/firms find tremendous value in working together to finance, scale and exit companies.

Investors are primarily drawn to RESI by the large number of top tier startups that attend, but RESI has become much more than a place for investors to find startups and vice versa. While the bulk of the meetings that take place at RESI are between investors and entrepreneurs, RESI also provides a venue for investors to find the newest capital sources, complimentary co-investors and foster relationships with a range of otherwise strategic and exit partners.

We took a look at the partnering meeting data, and discovered that in terms of who meets with whom at RESI conferences, investor-to-investor partnering meetings represent the third largest category, after investor-to-startup meetings and startup-to-service provider meetings. Driven by the unique nature of the early-stage healthcare landscape, LSN’s dedication to bringing in a diverse pool of capital providers makes RESI a must-attend event for all investors and entrepreneurs alike.

We asked some regular attendees their thoughts on RESI’s capacity to help investors connect, and here’s what they said:

“RESI provides a dynamic and fast-paced setting for strategic investors, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs to explore the latest innovations that will disrupt conventional healthcare and redefine the means by which we enable health and wellness in our communities.  As strategic investors, we are particularly interested in RESI to find opportunities to build more patient-centric care models, pilot scalable and efficient delivery models and identify business opportunities to successfully tackle the ‘big’ challenges in healthcare.”
Eric Louie, CMO, Healthbox Global Partners

“I have attended multiple RESIs over the years in SF, NYC and Toronto.  Each has given me a unique perspective on the ecosystem of the area and allowed me to connect with like-minded co-investors and strategic partners.  I will definitely be at the RESI in SF this January.”
Sam Ifergan, President & CEO, iGan Partners

“The RESI conference platform is a highly productive forum for me to engage with both early-stage entrepreneurs and investors. The 30-minute format allows for just enough time to gain a high level understanding of an opportunity or an investors profile. I attend several each year and recommend highly when speaking with both founders and co-investors.”
Sean Kearney, Managing Director, Fosun Group

Qualified investment firms can receive up to two complimentary passes to attend the upcoming RESI conference in San Francisco on January 9, 2018. The previous RESI @ JPM event hit capacity two weeks prior to the date of the conference. Please reach out to research@lifesciencenation.com to request registration for the event and take advantage of the RESI partnering system to secure meetings and get the most out of your Tuesday during JPM week.

 

RESI Innovation Challenge: LSN’s Scientific Review Team Selects 30 Top Life Science Startups

1 Jun

By Christine A. Wu, Senior Research Analyst, LSN

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We are pleased to announce our thirty finalists to compete in the Innovation Challenge at Life Science Nation’s (LSN) first-ever RESI in San Diego. From a pool of approximately 100 applicants, the LSN Scientific Review Team has selected a diverse group of life science startups: three healthcare IT, three diagnostic, thirteen therapeutic, and eleven medical device companies.  These startups will showcase themselves in the exhibit hall display spaces at RESI on June 19th. The quality of these companies should not go unnoticed, as we have seen nearly 50% of Innovation Challenge finalists from previous RESI’s receive funding within one year of their debut.

From personalized cancer immunotherapies to digital pathology imaging, these companies cover a diverse range of life science technologies. Coming from all over the world, the companies will be competing based on scientific merit and investment potential, pitching to RESI attendees and showcasing their innovations. Be sure to catch them and make your “investments” at the RESI Exhibition Hall in just a couple weeks!

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Key Stakeholders Share the Value of RESI for Early Stage Investors and Startups

27 Apr

By Natasha Eldridge, RESI Conference Manager, LSN

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In San Diego on June 19th, the Redefining Early Stage Investments (RESI) Conference will bring a new, early stage focused discussion venue for startups and investors who are visiting BIO week and want more opportunities to connect. What makes RESI different? At our last event, RESI on MaRS in Toronto, we asked our key stakeholders this question and here’s what they told us.

Ying Tam – Head of Digital Health – MaRS Discovery District

“All the research says that one of the critical elements for an entrepreneur ecosystem, especially in health, is funding and investment. It takes a long time to nurture a health company, to get it to market and commercialization and scale. So, investment is critical for the development of a startup in health. RESI brings in a whole set of investors from across North America and across the world.”

Rebecca Yu – Head of JLABS @ TorontoJohnson & Johnson Innovation JLABS

“RESI attracts many repeat attendees, and that speaks to me that there’s a story, there’s something here. There’s great stuff happening here for entrepreneurs. There’s early stage companies from across Canada, from pharmaceuticals to medical devices to consumer health, and of course there’s a big digital health and AI presence here in Toronto. That’s why JLABS and J&J are here. We play in all the sectors, we partner with different groups within this ecosystem, and we see LSN/RESI as a key partner as well, to bring investors to this ecosystem.”

Richard Soll – Senior Vice President, International Discovery Service Unit – WuXi AppTec

“The RESI conference is an opportunity to help out these early stage companies such that they can achieve inflection points. If I can identify companies early, then I might become a vendor of choice for them. Getting in early becomes an important objective for me. When I come to a conference like RESI, I come to these early stage companies who are really looking for partnering with investors here, but also get an opportunity to introduce WuXi to them as well.”

RESI attendees can book up to 16 meetings with investors in one day, right at the start of BIO Week. If you want to take this opportunity to start your BIO with a bang, register now.

Get Your Startup in the Spotlight at the RESI Innovation Challenge in San Diego

20 Apr

By Shaoyu Chang, MD, MPH, Director of Research & Asia Business Development Liaison, LSN

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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.

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:

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“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

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“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

30 Leading Life Science Startups Compete in Innovation Challenge at The Redefining Early Stage Investments (RESI) Conference at MaRS

9 Mar

By Michael Quigley, VP of Market Research, LSN

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As RESI gears up for its second landing on MaRs in Toronto this April 4th we are proud to announce our latest batch of life science/health tech companies that will be participating in the RESI Innovation Challenge.

30 companies from across North America, hand selected by LSN’s scientific and commercial review team, will compete directly on merits of innovation and commercial viability.  Past RESI events have seen as many as 50% of innovation challenge contestants go on to receive funding or significant partnerships within a year from the competition.

From companies helping to detect oncoming seizures to those developing cost effective ways of growing blood stem cells, this diverse class of competitors is sure to impress. Come check them our yourself in the Exhibition Hall at RESI on MaRs on April 4th!

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Diagnostic
Medical Device
 
Healthcare IT
 

Compelling New Technology Startups Selected RESI@JPM Innovation Challenge

29 Dec

By Dennis Ford, Founder & CEO, LSN

The 11th Redefining Early Stage Investments (RESI) Conference will be joining the JPM fray for our largest event yet on January 10th in San Francisco. We’re excited to announce the early stage life science companies that will be participating in the RESI Innovation Challenge.

The 30 participating companies have been hand-selected by LSN’s scientific review committee based on the innovative nature of their core technology and how well-positioned each is to capitalize on their respective market opportunities.

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Medtech Devices
 

Compelling New Technology Startups Selected, RESI X Innovation Challenge

18 Aug

By Dennis Ford, CEO of LSN; Creator of RESI Conference Series

As RESI comes back to Boston for its 10th conference, we’re excited to announce the early stage life science companies that will be participating in the event’s RESI Innovation Challenge.

The 30 participating companies have been hand-selected by LSN’s scientific review committee based on the innovative nature of their core technology and how well-positioned each is to capitalize on their respective market opportunities. The selected companies, two thirds of which have received funding from various NIH institutes, cover all corners of the life science domain including therapeutics, medtech, diagnostics and digital health.

Therapeutics

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Diagnostics

Medical Device

Digital Health

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