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Boston is best known for many things, such as sampling their famous baked beans, catching a game at Fenway Park, running in The Boston Marathon, and even visiting the enormous bar from Cheers, but dig a little deeper below the surface and you'll find some of the most informative pharmaceutical and biotech industry conferences in the world. One of these conferences, truly a diamond in the rough for startups, is RESI Boston 2019.
The Redefining Early Stage Investments (RESI) conference series is created by Life Science Nation (LSN), and will be held this year on September 11th, 2019 at the Westin Copley Place in Boston. This unique event brings together biotech startups with early-stage investors and strategic partners in the industry. RESI is known to be a small, but a very established conference that provides an international venue for early-stage life science companies across Drugs, Devices, Diagnostics, and Digital Health. This particular conference gives attendees the ability to source investors from around the globe, create relationships, and potentially secure funding. The main goal being to maximize the capability of startup companies, from seed to series B funding, and to find partners who are a fit for their specific technologies and stages of development.
We’ve found that the yearly RESI conference is a valuable blend of early stage companies, investors, and service providers. What‘s particularly special about RESI is the depth and quality of investors who attend the conference, by connecting startups with 10 categories of global investors across the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. The investors who are at the RESI conference have previously invested capital in their portfolio companies, therefore, meeting investors that have funded CEOs in their portfolio means the ultimate opportunity to sell your services to the top of the food chain.
For such large scale events, it can quickly become overwhelming for a team of company attendees, particularly if limited in size. With so much potential ground to cover, making the most of your time and investment is key, so we’ve put a few tips together for planning out your time in Boston:
Know the area and activities
The business convention center at The Westin Copley Place is located in the sophisticated Back Bay neighborhood, alongside the best shopping, dining and entertainment that the city has to offer. Famous attractions such as Fenway Park, the Boston Public Library, the Boston Common, and Quincy Market are within close proximity of the hotel and can be easily visited by way of public transportation. Conveniently, there are many hotels also located just 15 minutes from Boston's Logan International Airport. There will be many avenues to explore during your team’s visit to the event, from listening to biotech investor panels, drug-device investor panels, and early-stage entrepreneur panels, to attending the workshops, and of course participating in the all-day partnering forum.
Some of the features that RESI 2019 will have to offer include:
- 800+ Attendees
- 350+ Fundraising Executives & Entrepreneurs
- 350+ Healthcare Executives & Strategic Partners
- 100+ Service Providers
The RESI conference has an additional feature that includes tech hubs and their constituents. LSN will also offer exhibit tables to the incubators, accelerators, tech transfer offices, university translation initiatives, hospitals, and research labs. LSN’s network of early-stage global investors will have access to all the key players in one place and learn about the iterative, breakthrough, and transformative technologies. All eligible tech hub members are also invited to apply to the Global Innovators’ Pitch Challenge and have the chance to pitch your technologies to a panel of investors. You team will be able to watch multiple companies of the tech hubs present their technology as a 5-minute pitch to a panel of early-stage investors. All finalists will then be featured in the program guide, on the RESI website and announced in LSN’s newsletter to a readership of over 23,000 members.
For more details visit LSN’s RESI 2019 agenda webpage for a complete list of all the activities taking place during the event.
Identify the right companies to meet
RESI caters to both the earliest stage startups, those seeking grants, seed and angel capital, and the early-stage firms who seek seed funding, or series A and B funding. Participate in the RESI conference and help your company gain unprecedented visibility into the early stage life science community and leverage our close-knit network of key decision makers to make promising connections with future clients and strategic partners. Decision-making CEOs are the main group that attend RESI, and they either are looking for initial capital allocations or have been funded and are looking for follow on capital. When these CEOs receive capital from an investor, they will have to find 3rd party outsourced service providers to spend it on, and that’s where the RESI conference shines.
The investors attending RESI represent a huge pool of capital, and RESI’s unique Partnering system allows fundraising companies find investors and strategic partners that are a best fit for their technology and stage of development. On the investor/strategic partner side, you’ll find everyone from angel groups, venture philanthropy and endowments, venture capital and private equity, family offices, mid-size and big pharma. As for startups, RESI accommodates biotech/pharma companies, medtech and diagnostics groups, and healthcare IT/digital businesses.
Find out who’s going
As a registered attendee, you will automatically become a part of the RESI Conference Community. Scheduling your meetings with relevant companies and investors is just a few clicks away, by visiting the RESI Partnering Platform webpage. This valuable tool will give you the ability to set meetings ahead of time with the online meeting scheduler and view the attendee list for the upcoming event. The system will stay online for a month after the event, making it easy to interact in real time as you stay on top of conference updates, the status posts of attendees, and responding to meeting requests while at the event. The RESI partnering platform has a deep insight into the investors and strategic partners that regularly attend in search of assets to partner with and create investments. LSN, the creator of RESI, sells a world class investor and strategic partner database to scientist-entrepreneurs and fundraising CEOs, and now RESI attendees can get partial access to that data and review the deep profiles that come with this one-of-a-kind database as part of the RESI partnering experience.
Wear comfortable footwear
This point is really worth mentioning, and since navigating the conference can be quite enduring, please make sure to wear your most comfortable footwear in order to avoid any sore feet after the show. You’ll want to be at peak endurance during the event, so be sure to drink plenty of water, and don’t miss out on any important exhibits, sessions, and most of all, meetings!
Meet up with Zymewire
While we may not be attending RESI 2019 this year, we’d still like to hear from you! Let us know about your experiences, and how your company preps for events to maximize ROI. If you would like to learn more about how teams at service providers around the world are getting more face to face meetings with the right prospects, reach out for a demo today!